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Mar.16.2013
Magazine articles don't usually get much coverage, but here's what the blogger Chris Estey had to say about one of mine.  Naturally, I'm pleased as punch. Officially out this week is The Comics Journal 302, about the thickness-size of a big city phonebook, but completely made up of very high...
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Mar.11.2013
The second issue of this fine anthology of black humor (verbal and pictorial) will contain a chapter from my long suppressed -- well, roundly disparaged anyway -- novel THE SCHIZ.  Other contributors on the prose side include Paul Krassner, of THE REALIST fame, and Michael O'Donoghue, who made...
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Feb.26.2013
My latest piece has gone up at "The Broad Street Review."  It comes with an eye-catching, full-color photograph, and trims of material where the editor found his interest wandering.  You can find it at http://www.broadstreetreview.com/index.php/main/article/...
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Feb.11.2013
My latest piece is up at THE COMICS JOURNAL's web site.  You can read it here: http://www.tcj.com/let-us-now-praise-al-feldstein/ It begins like this:     In my prime EC Fan-Addict years, 1952-to-1954, during which I was ten, eleven and twelve, the Pulitzer Prize for fiction...
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Feb.08.2013
The latest issue of "The Comics Journal" (#302), now a not-quite annual, weighs in at 3.5 pounds, runs 670 pages, and costs $30.  For your money, you get interviews with Maurice Sendak and Jacques Tardi, plus ME (with 60 pages on Albert Morse, Robert Crumb, and the true story of "Keep On...
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Feb.03.2013
The "Virtual Berkeley" site has honored another 20-or-s0 former residents, including Philip K. Dick, Timothy Leary, Edward Teller, Thornton Wilder, and the area's first vegetarians.  My contribution was Beserkley Records.  You can read all about them and more at OOPS!  THE EDITOR HAS...
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Jan.12.2013
This Thomas Pynchon-site has linked to and featured my blog of 1/1/13.  If you have an interest in Pynchon and don't know if it, check it out.  http://masondixon.pynchonwiki.com/wiki/index.php?title=Main_Page#Featured_Article I am flattered to be included -- but reading what is already...
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Jan.02.2013
Here's a plug for The Escapist book store on Claremont Ave. in south Berkeley: http://www.escapistcomics.com/ It's fully stocked with a helpful staff.  It also has TWO of my books on its shelves.  This may not be as big a tribute as I think since it acquired Comic Relief's inventory when...
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Jan.01.2013
My latest piece has gone up at: http://www.broadstreetreview.com/index.php/main/article/pynchons_mason_dixon_revisited/I thought my idiosyncratic charm suffered in the editing, so I am reproducing the original below.  Literary scholars are invited to compare and contrast.And Happy New Year to...
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Dec.24.2012
Thanks to all my readers.  May you have a wonderful 2013. The last of my cards went in the mail this morning.  (I usually go with a non-denominational PEACE-type message, so is long as I'm done by the first of the year, I figure I'm cool. I like sending cards.  It started when I was...
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Dec.14.2012
My most recent take on Bob Dylan, posted here a few weeks ago, has been picked up by First of the Month as part of a star-studded line-up which can be sampled below.  If anything appeals, it can be read for free in full at the cited link.  Enjoy.   Read new posts at www....
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Dec.07.2012
Yesterday I was in Moe's, my favorite Berkeley book store.  I had struck out on the fourth, third and second floors, and was in the sub-street level first, when a woman who had been shelving books said, with a big smile, "Hi! Haven't seen you in a while." I had, so far as I knew, never seen...
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Dec.05.2012
Yesterday, non-short term memory-impaired readers will recall, I recounted how a sweater I had ordered on-line had, from the combined efforts of Blue Fly, UPS, and the USPS, managed to be determined insufficiently (though correctly) addressed, making it non-deliverable to my home and was headed...
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Dec.04.2012
So after many months of commendable, abstemious behavior, I broke down and bought a sweater from Bluefly.  The price had dropped 20% overnight; I had a credit to blow; I am always pleased to help the economy; shipping was free. Shipping was also a problem.  Tracking it at UPS, I was...
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Nov.22.2012
"Until something really happens, nothing's really happened."  Pau Gasol.  New York Times November 21, 2012. For roundball-related profundity, I think this ranks with Darryl Dawkins's "When everything is said and done, there's nothing left to say or do." Happy Thanksgiving to all who read...
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