Hello – and welcome to my little slice of real estate on the web. My name is Thomas Gladysz (it’s a Polish name, pronounced gwa-dish). I grew up in Harper Woods, a suburb of Detroit, and attended Michigan State University in East Lansing before going west as a young man. I lived in San Francisco for several years before moving to Sacramento, California. I’m married to a wonderful woman, Christy Pascoe, and have two dogs, Sherlock and Buster.
I have many interests, including old movies, vintage television, the visual arts, music of all kinds, contemporary literature, and computing. Believe it or not, I’ve been online since 1989, almost before there was a “world wide web.” I have bungee jumped, make a superb garlic soup, and once met a Beatle, Paul McCartney. I have shook the hand of one President of the United States, Jimmy Carter (the first President I ever voted for), and met half of the bridge crew of the original Star Trek, as well as the eighth Doctor Who (who turned out to be a fan of my online radio station).
I am a longtime “culture worker,” which means I’ve held jobs in and related to the arts. I’ve worked as an art critic for a regional wire service, event coordinator at an independent bookstore, and a content developer on the web. Past web clients range from the San Francisco Silent Film Festival to author Remy Charlip to the San Francisco International Boogie Woogie Festival, among others. I am, as well, an independent researcher. You’ll find my work acknowledged and footnoted in nearly two dozen books published around the world.
As an arts and entertainment writer, I’ve authored well more than 1250 articles for various newspapers, magazines, literary journals and websites including, most recently, PopMatters and the San Francisco Chronicle. On the Huffington Post, I’m known as the “pop culture archeologist.” My subjects include books and authors, film, popular music, pop culture, and the visual arts. [read more]
My work has been included in books published by the National Gallery of Art, HarperCollins, University of Nebraska Press, Gale Group, and others. I also edited and wrote the introduction to the “Louise Brooks Edition” of Margarete Bohme’s classic novel, The Diary of a Lost Girl (PandorasBox Press), which film critic Leonard Maltin praised as a work of “passion” and “enormous research.” [read more]
I am the founding Director of the Louise Brooks Society, an online archive and international fan club dedicated to the iconic silent film star. As Director, I’ve curated exhibits, contributed to books, appeared on television and radio, lectured, and introduced the actress’ films around the world. I’ve authored two books on the actress’ films, and contributed audio commentaries to two DVDs. The LBS and its award winning website, blog, and online radio station (RadioLulu) have been hailed in the New York Times, USA Today, and in newspapers published around the world. [read more]
For a number of years, I worked as a bookseller, mainly at The Booksmith in San Francisco. I launched their pioneering website, managed internet sales, acted as publicist, and ran the store’s widely acclaimed events program – putting on nearly 1000 events over the course of a decade. I also represented the store at national conventions, served on the Board of Directors of the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association (a trade group), and was a member of the booksellers advisory board of the Paris Review. [read more]
As both a bookseller and a film historian, I’ve given talks, introduced speakers, conducted onstage interviews, and participated in panel discussions at venues including the San Francisco Public Library, Castro Theater, Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum, Detroit Institute of Arts, Village Voice Bookshop (Paris), and elsewhere. [read more]
As a critic, bookseller, and recognized authority on early film, I’ve also been the subject of stories in publications such as Wired, Publisher’s Weekly, and Film International, as well as on various local affiliates of National Public Radio (NPR).
Explore this website to find out more about me and my activities. To reach me via email, please visit my contact page. Otherwise, friend me on Facebook, follow me on Twitter @thomas_gladysz, or offer me work via LinkedIN. Or, shop my amazon.com author page, or visit my pages on IMDb or GoodReads.
Thanks for checking me out.