From the Front Lines, November 29, 2011

I should be writing the new chapter of my new novel.But... … [Read more...]

The Muppet Movie (1979)

My two-part reflection on The Muppet Movie, and how it changed my life, are published at Good Letters, the blog at Image. Part One / Part Two … [Read more...]

My Week with Marilyn (2011)

My review of My Week with Marilyn is up at Good Letters, the daily blog at Image. … [Read more...]

Happy Thanksgiving, friends!

What does Thanksgiving look like?Here's a good image... … [Read more...]

The Muppets (2011)

Once upon a time — 1979, to be exact — along a freeway in the southwest, a car carrying the Muppets broke down. And their pursuit of a dream (“to make millions of people happy!”) came to a crashing halt.So they built a campfire beside their broken-down car. Kermit the Frog walked into the darkness. Rowlf the Dog sadly played a harmonica. And Fozzie Bear pointed out the obvious: “We’re not going to make the audition tomorrow.”Then the daredevil Gonzo stepped into the spotlight… or rather, … [Read more...]

Chunhyang (2000) – A Few First-Impression Notes

Chunhyang feels like an ancient fairy tale that has been given a fresh coat of paint. Unfortunately, the paint is the most interesting part, as the story is told broad strokes and offers few surprises.It's about a young prince who falls in love with a courtesan's daughter and pledges his everlasting love to her. When he is called away because of his father's work, young Chunhyang is deeply troubled. Things get worse when a new governor moves in and demands that she be his courtesan.The … [Read more...]

Beloved Fantasy Author Anne McCaffrey has Died.

The beloved and influential fantasy author Anne McCaffrey died yesterday after suffering a stroke. She was 85. … [Read more...]

Fingertips: Longhand Writing; Time-Based Pixel Painting; Beer; Richard Linklater; Leonard Cohen; Joe Henry; Kate Bush; G.K. Chesterton; and St. Vincent

Writing on a computer is like sprinting through a park; you can cover a lot of ground very quickly. But will you have much to say about the ground you covered, or the sights and sounds you passed along the way?I want to write about subjects that deserve close observation... the kind of "seeing" that can only happen when you're patiently strolling along the path. So I write my fiction longhand. It slows me down. I see more (and better) storytelling opportunities. When I rough-draft fiction on … [Read more...]

20 Years Ago, U2 Moved in New and Mysterious Ways

It was 20 years ago this weekend that U2's Achtung Baby landed in music stores like something from another planet.I was assigned to listen to the album and turn in a music review the next day to The Falcon, the student newspaper at Seattle Pacific University. So I joined the line of U2 fans at Tower Records for the midnight album release. Then I rushed back to my dorm, put on my headphones, and listened to the album four times through. It turned in my review at 4 a.m. and then slept a couple … [Read more...]

Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011)

My review of Martha Marcy May Marlene is up at Good Letters, the blog for Image journal. … [Read more...]


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