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 … [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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