thomas gladysz

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  Over the last few years, I've contributed hundreds of feature stories, reviews, interviews and other pieces to news websites, namely the Huffington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, and I've also posted occasional pieces on, and blogged on sites like Salon. All-in-all, I've written nearly 750 online articles about film, books, music, and the visual arts. Scroll down this page to see a selection of my online journalism. A half-dozen pieces, a few of my favorites, are highlighted in bold. If you're interested in reading more of my work, visit my contributor page on any of these three sites. Huffington Post SFGate

I have been writing for print publications since 1984. Over the years, I've been a staff reporter, columnist, book reviewer, editor, and free-lance contributor, as well as an art critic for a regional wire service. My published pieces include feature stories, reviews, and interviews, all of which appeared in various newspapers, magazines and literary journals. My work has also been included in a few books. To see some of my contributions to newspapers, magazines, and books, please visit my "Offline Writing" page.


"Pandora's Box with Louise Brooks shows in Seattle and Toronto.", January 21, 2014.


"Best Film Books of 2013." Huffington Post, December 23, 2013.

"A Girl in Every Port: The Birth of Lulu?" Univ. of Wisconsin Cinematheque, December 2, 2013.
-- blog at the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research

"Singin' in the Rain at SF Symphony." Huffington Post, December 1, 2013.

"Boogie Woogie Festival Debuts at SFJAZZ." Huffington Post, November 7, 2013.

"Louise Brooks' Star Shines Brighter Than Ever." Huffington Post, November 4, 2013.

"Music to Murder By: San Francisco Symphony Screens Hitchcock." Huffington Post, October 29, 2013.

"Beggars of Life with Louise Brooks in England and Italy.", October 6, 2013.

"Lost Movie by First Film Superstar Found." Huffington Post, October 3, 2013.

"Life, and the Sexual Adventures of an Artist, at Fringe Festival." Huffington Post, September 9, 2013.

"Tears of a Clown." The Watch, August 29, 2013.

"Hitchcock's Early Films at PFA." Berkeley Patch, August 10, 2013.

"Silent Film Festival Screens Indie Film Shot in San Francisco." Huffington Post, July 17, 2013.

"San Francisco Silent Film Fest Leaves You Spellbound in Darkness." Huffington Post, July 15, 2013.

"Interview with Musician Stephen Horne.", July 12, 2013.

"Rare Alfred Hitchcock Films Debut in San Francisco." Huffington Post, June 11, 2013.

"Boogie Stomp to Rock Sonoma International Film Festival." Huffington Post, April 11, 2013.

"March at Niles Essanay." Union City Patch, March 4, 2013.

"Bay Area Becoming Mecca for Silent Film.", February 20, 2013.

"Magic on the Screen at Silent Film Festival." Huffington Post, February 15, 2013.

"Notable Month at Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum." Fremont Patch, January 31, 2013.

"Mary Pickford Tour Comes to Bay Area." Huffington Post, January 30, 2013.

"New Year of Silent Cinema at Niles Essanay." Huffington Post, January 2, 2013.


"Best Film Books of 2012." Huffington Post, December 27, 2012.

"Baby Peggy stars on Turner Classic Movies.", December 3, 2012.

"November at Niles." Union City Patch, November 3, 2012.

"Louise Brooks film screens at Andy Warhol Museum.", October 30, 2012.

"SF Symphony presents Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.", October 29, 2012.

"Jim Tully takes Hollywood, again.", October 10, 2012.

"Ty Burr on Gods Like Us: On Movie Stardom and Modern Fame.", September 27, 2012.

"Salomy Jane: Once Lost Silent Film Returns to Marin." San Rafael Patch, September 25, 2012.

"Remembering the original Romney gaffe." Open Salon, September 23, 2012.

"The Movies: 10 Must-Read Books Coming This Fall." Huffington Post, September 14, 2012.

"Silent film star recalls 1924 Democratic Convention." Open Salon, September 5, 2012.
-- Salon editor's pick

"A Hollywood Fairy Tale Gone Wrong." Huffington Post, September 4, 2012.

"Historic Twin Peaks Tunnel film returns to San Francisco.", August 28, 2012.

"Pandora's Box Plays Out Doors in Newcastle." Huffington Post, August 27, 2012.
-- published in UK entertainment section

"Remy Charlip Remembered: 10 Great Books Plus One or Two More." Huffington Post, August 22, 2012.

"Hot August Nights at Niles with sexy Clara Bow and sultry Evelyn Brent.", August 2, 2012.

"Louise Brooks Stars in Beggars of Life." Huffington Post, July 30, 2012.

"Lulu by the Bay: Louise Brooks is legend in Pandora’s Box." San Francisco Chronicle, July 12, 2012.
-- also ran in SF Sentinel

"Actor Paul McGann Talks about Silent Film." San Francisco Chronicle, July 11, 2012.

"Director Philip Kaufman is guest at Silent Film Fest.", July 9, 2012.

"Film historian Jeffrey Vance talks about Douglas Fairbanks." San Francisco Chronicle, July 8, 2012.

"What and Who (as in Doctor) Not to Miss at This Year's Silent Film Fest." Huffington Post, July 7, 2012.

"15th annual Broncho Billy Silent Film Festival." San Francisco Chronicle, June 28, 2012.

"Pandora’s Box and the Celluloid Closet." San Francisco Chronicle, June 23, 2012.

"Author of Louise Brooks novel, The Chaperone, comes to Bay Area." San Francisco Chronicle, June 22, 2012.

"Louise Brooks Cover Girl and Secret Muse of the 20th Century." Huffington Post, June 6, 2012.

"Louise Brooks and Silent Film Star in Montreal." Huffington Post, May 21, 2012.

"Laurel y Hardy en Español." San Francisco Chronicle, May 10, 2012.

"Robert Flaherty’s Man of Aran screens in Niles." San Francisco Chronicle, April 27, 2012.

"Pandora's Box with Louise Brooks screens at Getty Museum.", April 26, 2012.

"Buster Keaton gets a beat courtesy of the tUnE-yArDs." San Francisco Chronicle, April 22, 2012.

"Louise Brooks Celebrated in London." Huffington Post, April 11, 2012.
-- published in UK entertainment section

"Academy Award Winner to Speak in Berkeley." Berkeley Patch, March 31, 2012.

"Heavenly Joan of Arc screens at Zellerbach.", March 30, 2012.

"Niles celebrates 100th anniversary." San Francisco Chronicle, March 29, 2012.

"Louise Brooks Is Lulu in Pandora's Box." Huffington Post, March 22, 2012.

"Napoleon – “greatest film ever made” screens in Oakland." San Francisco Chronicle, March 22, 2012.

"Strange Silent Film Screens in Syracuse." Huffington Post, March 15, 2012.

"The Other Silent Film To Win An Oscar At This Year's Academy Awards." Huffington Post, March 7, 2012.

"Remy Charlip: San Francisco Connection to Hugo." San Francisco Chronicle, February 27, 2012.

"Now We’re in the Air: the silent cinema and aviation." San Francisco Chronicle, February 23, 2012.

"Beggars of Life with Louise Brooks Screens in New York." Huffington Post, February 17, 2012.
-- published in New York City section; tweeted about by Roger Ebert


"Napoleon: A Lost Masterpiece Returns." Huffington Post, February 13, 2012.

"Twin Peaks Tunnel film now online." San Francisco Chronicle, February 2, 2012.

"Dashiell Hammett at Film Noir Festival." Huffington Post, January 25, 2012.

"Historic San Francisco film emerges after 95 years." San Francisco Chronicle, January 19, 2012.

"Howard Hawks Retrospective in Berkeley." Huffington Post, January 11, 2012.

"Georges Méliès, Inspiration for Scorcese's Hugo, At Niles." San Leandro Patch, January 7, 2012.

"This Date in San Francisco History." San Francisco Chronicle, January 4, 2012.


"Hunchback of Notre Dame at Grace Cathedral on New Year's Eve." Huffington Post, December 28, 2011.

"Silent films among those named to 2011 National Film Registry.", December 28, 2011.

"She's So Unusual: The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt." Huffington Post, December 27, 2011.

"Charlie Chaplin’s The Gold Rush is cinematic masterpiece." San Francisco Chronicle, December 23, 2011.

"Best Film Books of 2011 Are Biographies." Huffington Post, December 12, 2011.

"Oscar-Winner Kevin Brownlow Continues His Labour on Behalf of Cinema." Huffington Post, December 2, 2011.

"Naked Men Everywhere: New Exhibit Reverses the Gaze." Huffington Post, November 21, 2011.

"Lou Gordon and the Original Romney Flip-flop." Huffington Post, November 21, 2011.
-- published in Detroit section

"Theaters of the San Francisco Peninsula." San Francisco Chronicle, November 17, 2011.

"Spencer Tracy biographer talks about his new book." San Francisco Chronicle, November 14, 2011.

"Film Biographers Take Center Stage in Bay Area." Huffington Post, October 27, 2011.

"Susan Orlean talks Rin Tin Tin." San Francisco Chronicle, October 26, 2011.

"Niles Essanay in Fremont Goes Goth." Huffington Post, October 21, 2011.

"Online Archive Reveals Recorded Voices Of Noted Poets." Huffington Post, October 20, 2011.

"Director John Huston – the story of a story-teller revealed in new book." San Francisco Chronicle, September 28, 2011.

"Silent Film Festival partners with American Conservatory Theater.", September 21, 2011.

"Before Contagion, there was Survivors." San Francisco Chronicle, September 12, 2011.

"Novelist Laurie R. King talks silent film, Sherlock Holmes." San Francisco Chronicle, September 5, 2011.

"Pictures and sounds of a gone world." San Francisco Chronicle, September 1, 2011.

"Once banned film resurfaces 90 years after scandal." Open Salon, August 25, 2011.
-- Salon editor's pick

"John Bengtson, archeologist of early cinema." San Francisco Chronicle, August 17, 2011.

"Walt Disney’s silent inspirations." San Francisco Chronicle, August 9, 2011.

"The return of Baby Peggy, the last silent film star." Open Salon, August 4, 2011.

"Lou Reed, Frank Wedekind, Metallica and Lulu." San Francisco Chronicle, July 25, 2011.

"Napoleon’s cinematic exile to end in 2012." San Francisco Chronicle, July 14, 2011.

"A baker’s dozen: interesting people at the Silent Film Festival." San Francisco Chronicle, July 14, 2011.

"Theodore Roszak (1933-2011)." San Francisco Chronicle, July 9, 2011.

"Second oldest in California turns 111." San Francisco Chronicle, July 6, 2011.

"He Who Gets Slapped." San Francisco Chronicle, July 4, 2011.

"Reading the stars: books from old Hollywood." San Francisco Chronicle, June 27, 2011.

"Film historian Richard Schickel to speak at Book Passage.", June 7, 2011.

"Before Greg Mortenson and Three Cups of Tea." Open Salon, April 21, 2011.
-- Salon editor's pick

"Louise Brooks film featured at Toronto Silent Film Festival.", April 3, 2011.

"Remembering Richard Leacock.", March 29, 2011.

"Marc Ribot accompanies Chaplin’s The Kid.", March 15, 2011.

"David Thomson’s New Biographical Dictionary of Film.", March 10, 2011.

"Harold Lloyd, Igor Stravinsky and Co.", February 19, 2011.

"Lulu character featured in new play, Mlle. God.", February 6, 2011.

"Bay Area silent film historian to speak in Hollywood.", January 3, 2011.

"A Girl in Every Port." Starts Thursday!, January 1, 2011.
-- guest blog


"Louise Brooks films celebrated in Paris.", December 23, 2010.

"Local film preservationist does his bit and more.", December 15, 2010.

"Mountain Goats scale Sir Arne's Treasure at Castro.", December 11, 2010.

"Diary of a Lost Girl screens at National Gallery of Art.", December 9, 2010.

"Jim Tully Revival: Hobo Author Back in Print."Huffington Post, December 3, 2010.

"Best DVDs of 2010: Silent Film."Huffington Post, December 3, 2010.

"Best Film Books for 2010." Huffington Post, November 30, 2010.

"Two New Releases Show Genius of Charlie Chaplin." Huffington Post, November 24, 2010.

"Early film star Baby Marie dies at age 99.", November 17, 2010.

"Moguls and Movie Stars: History of Hollywood starts tonight.", November 1, 2010.

"Once lost Northern California film found.", October 26, 2010.

"Left in the Dark: Portraits of San Francisco Movie Theatres.", October 20, 2010.

One woman play about Tilly Wedekind.", October 19, 2010.

"Fremont film historian featured on 60 Minutes.", October 16, 2010.

"Dear Stinkpot: Letters from Louise Brooks by Jan Wahl."Huffington Post, October 13, 2010.

"Carl Th. Dreyer retrospective comes to Berkeley.", October 6, 2010.

"Louise Brooks’ private journals to be revealed.", October 2, 2010.
-- tweeted about by Roger Ebert and Neil Gaiman


"The Diary of a Lost Girl: Brief history of a banned book." Open Salon, September 24, 2010.

"The Remarkable Life of Valeska Gert."Huffington Post, September 24, 2010.

"An encounter with a curious character." Open Salon, September 14, 2010.
-- Salon editor's pick

"Six questions with novelist Glen David Gold.", September 13, 2010.

"Rare Oscar to a Film Historian... and the Award Goes to Kevin Brownlow." Huffington Post, August 31, 2010.

"The Secret Historian and the Silent Film Star: One Was Gay."Huffington Post, August 31, 2010.
-- commented on by New York Times critic Dave Kehr; it also led a major publisher to revise a book

"A Lost Girl, a Fake Diary, and a Forgotten Author."Huffington Post, August 26, 2010.

"Rufus Talks Lulu Plays Denver."Huffington Post, August 12, 2010.
-- published in Denver section

"Beggars of Life Screens Under the Stars."Huffington Post, August 10, 2010.
-- published in Los Angeles section

"'I Am the Victim of Such a Lascivious Beauty' Rufus Wainwright on Louise Brooks."Huffington Post, August 5, 2010.
-- interview with the pop star

"American Venus." Starts Thursday!, August 3, 2010.
-- guest blog

"Some of the many facets of Polish cinema.", August 3, 2010.

"Restored Metropolis returns to San Francisco.", July 29, 2010.

"The art and history of coming attraction slides.", July 28, 2010.

"G.W. Pabst: A Film Director for All Seasons."Huffington Post, July 13, 2010.

"Pixar Academy Award winner Pete Docter selects funny films.", July 11, 2010.

"George O'Brien a man's man in Hollywood.", July 10, 2010.

"Six Questions With Stephin Merritt of the Magnetic Fields."Huffington Post, July 8, 2010.

"15 Reasons to Attend the San Francisco Silent Film Festival."Huffington Post, July 7, 2010.

"Berlin film festival features Louise Brooks.", July 6, 2010.

"The return of Norma Talmadge.", July 5, 2010.

"Daisy D'Ora, one-time German actress, dies at age 97.", June 26, 2010.

"Remembering H.A.V. Bulleid, Author and Pioneering Film Historian."Huffington Post, June 14, 2010.

"Major discovery of silent films announced.", June 7, 2010.

"Allen Ginsberg: Remembering The Iconic Poet Through His Photography And Words."Huffington Post, June 4, 2010.

"Six questions with the Dodge Brothers.", May 23, 2010.

"20,000 Leagues Under the Sea resurfaces in San Francisco.", May 3, 2010.

"Six Questions with . . . now silent film composer Stephin Merritt.", April 27, 2010.

"Georges Méliès Cinemagician of early movies.", April 23, 2010.

"Niles marks 1906 earthquake.", April 16, 2010.

"Edison's Frankenstein It's Alive.", March 18, 2010.

"Miss Mend is masterful melodramatic mash-up.", March 16, 2010.

"Silent-era actress Dorothy Janis dies at age 100.", March 12, 2010.

"Mack Sennett's fun factory.", March 9, 2010.

"Roger Ebert to receive award at San Francisco International Film Festival.", March 2, 2010.

"Magnetic Fields' Stephin Merritt to perform score for silent film - joined by Lemony Snicket.", February 18, 2010.

"Silent film star Karl Dane revealed in new book.", February 15, 2010.

"Kevin Brownlow's Photoplay Productions now online.", February 9, 2010.
-- Six months after I wrote "Someday, Brownlow should be given an honorary Oscar for all that he has done. Do they give them in the field of film history?" Brownlow became the first film historian given an Academy Award

"Early Frank Capra films featured in Berkeley.", January 14, 2010.

"Rufus Wainwright pens tribute to silent film star Louise Brooks.", January 12, 2010.

"Steven Severin performs music for silent films.", January 11, 2010.

"George Lucas's Blockbusting.", January 7, 2010.


"Best DVDs of 2009.", December 21, 2009.

"Best film books of 2009.", December 15, 2009.

"J'Accuse masterpiece not to be missed.", December 10, 2009.

"Stuart Oderman: talking to the piano player.", November 23, 2009.

"Francis X. Bushman King of the Movies revealed in new book.", November 6, 2009.

"New Doctor Who comic celebrates silent film.", October 31, 2009.

"Sad tale of Oakland comedian told in new book.", October 8, 2009.

"Anna May Wong documentary at film festival.", September 16, 2009.

"Silent films among new Warner Archive offerings.", August 23, 2009.

"The murder that almost murdered the movies.", July 24, 2009.

"Aviators of early Hollywood take flight in new book.", July 10, 2009.

"Nell Brinkley art highlighted in book by San Francisco herstorian.", July 8, 2009.

"Aftermath of 1906 earthquake depicted in newly available films.", July 7, 2009.

"Louise Brooks and Pandora's Box still attract.", June 30, 2009.

"The Sea Gull, silent film, and the state of publishing.", June 19, 2009.

"From silents to sound book details tipping point in Hollywood history.", June 16, 2009.

"Reviving the art of silent film, one note at a time.", May 25, 2009.

"The Silent Cinema in Song.", May 19, 2009.

"Cinematic new novel depicts Charlie Chaplin and silent film era.", May 12, 2009.

"Chaplin biographer to speak in San Francisco.", May 8, 2009.

"Lost World finds sound in San Francisco.", May 1, 2009

"When Hollywood came to town.", April 28, 2009.

"Father of JFK recalled as Hollywood mogul.", April 10, 2009.


"A Window into Old Hollywood: Three Biographies.", August, 2000.


"Modern Censorship: A Booksellers View.", September 20, 1997.

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