I have been writing for a long time. I started out as a staff reporter for my college newspaper, and have since worked as a free-lance writer, columnist, reviewer, editor, and art critic (for a regional wire service). With the advent of the web, I moved into online journalism, and have contributed hundreds of articles to various websites, notably the Huffington Post and SFGate (San Francisco Chronicle).
My 1250+ published articles include news stories, reviews, interviews, features, and profiles related to film, books, music, the visual arts, and pop culture, most all of which have appeared either in newspapers or magazines scattered across Michigan and California, or on the world wide web; a handful of my pieces have also appeared in literary journals, trade journals, festival programs, ‘zines, and the alternative press. Additionally, I’ve blogged for various sites. All-in-all, I’ve written a lot of stuff.
Unfortunately, the internet is proving to be an ephemeral archive – and some of my online work has vanished. For example, pieces written for Open Salon (a few of which were named editor’s picks on Salon), as well as those written for the now defunct examiner.com, disappeared when those sites shutdown.
I’ve created a select chronological bibliography as a record of my best work. If you’re interested in checking out my online or offline journalism, please visit one or more of the following pages.
To date, I’ve also authored / edited three books, and have had the honor of having my journalism collected in a few others. To find out more about that aspect of my work, please visit my BOOKS page.
With so much work behind me, I’ve selected a few of my “greatest hits,” including a few personal favorites, and listed them here.
“The BFI Re-Opens Silent Film Pandora’s Box.” PopMatters, December 7, 2017.
“Laurel & Hardy: The Magic Behind the Movies.” Huffington Post, November 21, 2016.
— sometimes I have the most unlikely readers
“It’s All True: Bruce Conner at SFMOMA.” Huffington Post, November 18, 2016.
“Best Films Books of 2015.” Huffington Post, November 23, 2015.
— this article, like each of my annual Best Books of the Year pieces, had many readers and received a considerable amount of attention
“William Gillette and the Making of SHERLOCK HOLMES.” EatDrinkFilms, May 22, 2015.
“Boogie Stomp to Rock Sonoma International Film Festival.” Sonoma Valley Patch, April 11, 2013.
— one of a few dozen pieces I’ve written for patch.com
Silent film star recalls 1924 Democratic Convention.” Open Salon, September 5, 2012.
— a Salon editor’s pick, and one of the most viewed pieces on Salon that day
“Actor Paul McGann Talks about Silent Film.” SFGate / San Francisco Chronicle, July 11, 2012.
— my interview with the eighth Doctor Who
“Once banned film resurfaces 90 years after scandal.” Open Salon, August 25, 2011.
— my second piece on Open Salon, and my first Salon editor’s pick
“He Who Gets Slapped.” San Francisco Silent Film Festival, Summer 2011.
— my essay in the festival program was praised from the stage of the Castro Theater by the Academy Award winning director Alexander Payne; it was later reprinted by EbertFest and the Telluride film festival
“Reading the stars: books from old Hollywood.” SFGate / San Francisco Chronicle, June 27, 2011.
— my first piece on SFGate, about an exhibit I curated at the San Francisco Public Library
“Louise Brooks’ private journals to be revealed.” examiner.com, October 2, 2010.
— this piece was tweeted about by Pulitzer Prize winner Roger Ebert and fantasy writer Neil Gaiman
“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, also referenced on the Smithsonian magazine blog; it also led the publisher to revise the book under discussion when published in softcover
“‘I Am the Victim of Such a Lascivious Beauty’ Rufus Wainwright on Louise Brooks.”Huffington Post, August 5, 2010.
— interview with the pop star
“Jim Carroll: Verbal Entries.” X-Ray, Winter, 1995.
— interview with rock musician, poet and author of The Basketball Diaries, later reprinted in a reference work, Contemporary Literary Criticism
“Interview with Allen Ginsberg.” Photo Metro, August 1991.
— my second interview with famed Beat poet Allen Ginsberg made the cover of this photography journal; the piece was later praised by the subject, and was reprinted numerous times, including in two significant Ginsberg books
“Man Ray.” Photo Metro, October, 1990.
— article with q&a with the artist’s widow, Juliet Man Ray
“Robinson Jeffers: A Continuing Presence.” San Francisco Review of Books, January 1988.
— article and q&a with Pulitzer Prize winners William Stafford and Robert Hass
“Cabaret.” Contra Costa Times, May 20, 1987.
— theater review; widely quoted in the ad campaign
“Harry Callahan’s personal vision.” State News, October 1, 1984.
— includes a rare q&a with the acclaimed photographer; later quoted in Harry Callahan: New Color – Photographs, 1978-1987 (Hallmark, 1988)
“Clash in Detroit.” State News, May 10, 1984.
— concert review; the legendary band, fronted by Joe Strummer, “approved” and autographed my article in my presence a couple days after it was published
“Artists in Exile.” State News, March 30, 1984.
— article, includes q&a with the future Nobel Prize winning Russian poet Joseph Brodsky