Selma and the Case Against the Oscars

I’m a 53 year old white guy living in one of the most diverse zip codes in the country. 98118. I love this zip code. I love the people in it. I love that, for the most part, we live harmoniously among each other despite our differences, despite our country’s lack of tolerance for diversity […]

Today is World AIDS Day: “The Democracy of Water”

December 1. It’s an interesting day to remember and/or try to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS. It’s a time for celebrating the holidays, finishing up the year, planning ahead. But it is a good time for reflection and, I suppose, any day is a good time for that. In point of fact, we cannot eradicate […]

2 AM Albums

As a writer, there is nothing more motivational for me than music. Over the years, I’ve used all kinds of music to set the scene, draw emotion and keep the mind engaged for long stretches in front of the computer. Nothing compels me more than the right music for writing. Since I’m a lousy sleeper […]

Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin

I just saw Winter’s Tale, the film adaptation by Akiva Goldsman. While it was a huge disappointment as a film, despite Caleb Deschanel’s gorgeous cinematography and terrific acting, I found myself finding touch points to remember the novel. Winter’s Tale, by Mark Helprin is a classic novel published in 1983. Filled with magical realism, great […]