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Jan.11.2011
 If you're in Lexington, KY, on or after 2/3/11, Institute 193 will be showing the original art work from "Spud Crazy," a graphic- novel-in-progress by Nick Tosches and J.T. Dockery, introduction by Richard Hell, accompanying essay by me, with a soundtrack CD.  To learn more -- and to...
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Dec.15.2010
    It’s been months since the demons of 21st century life have driven a blog from me.  But they’ve struck, goddamnit, again.    Because I am phasing out of my law practice, I called AT&T to (a) reduce my services (and, hopefully, my bill) and (b) arrange installation of an extension with my...
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Dec.10.2010
My latest piece at "First of the Month" begins: "At the conclusion of a dream that included my descending in an elevator with a hooker and leaping a barrier to catch a subway train, I found myself on a park bench taking out a notebook to describe my collection of .45 rpm records to...
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Dec.08.2010
My latest piece is up at Broad Street Review.  It begins: "In the early 1970s, while struggling to maintain a low overhead, one-man law practice and simultaneously pursue an M.A. in creative writing at San Francisco State University, I found my secretaries for the former through postings on...
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Nov.10.2010
 One of the mysteries of the creative process that has long intrigued me has been my inability to write successfully about the attorney portion of my life.  (In fact, some of my least successful writing has drawn from that portion.)  Well, I've finally managed something.  It begins like this:    ...
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Nov.02.2010
Don Donahue died last week.  His passing has not yet made it into the mainstream media, as far as I know; but here's the opening of what I wrote:     Fogle’s message said Donahue was in Alta Bates with prostate cancer.  I run into Fogle maybe once a year.  I run into Donahue less.  But they belong...
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Oct.25.2010
    I was meeting a friend for lunch in a strip of South Berkeley, where antique stores and new restaurants have not yet swept the scene of urban blight, when I noticed that the sci-fi- bookstore, Another Change of Hobbitt, vanished from its former residence one half-block from my office, had re-...
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Oct.23.2010
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Oct.16.2010
    When Marilynne Robinson’s first novel, “Housekeeping,” was published in 1980, everyone I knew loved it, including my wife, whose judgment in such matters is gold.  This was, however, insufficient.  I tend to require serious fiction to pass a test of time.  (I am almost ready to engage “The...
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Oct.08.2010
 My latest reminiscence about growing up in West Philadelphia -- about the '50s, homosexuality and "American Bandstand" -- sort of a "Now It Can Be Told" -- is out and available in the anthology "First of the Year: 2010." You can read about it here: http://www....
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Oct.03.2010
    My pocket date book was gone.  Now I never lose anything.  Oh there was that yellow, sleeveless Dickey’s t-shirt in Tilden Park two months ago, but you know what they say.  How much noise does a yellow t-shirt make if it falls in a forest and no one hears it?  No, I am too obsessive to lose...
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Sep.27.2010
The Comics Journal has just put up my appreciation of the underground cartoonist Greg Irons (and Patrick Rosenzweig's biographic assesment "You Call This Art?!")   My opening paragraph is:  Some artists seem to have had greatness as their destination as surely as if a tracking device...
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Sep.18.2010
    TRANSITIONS    Funny you should ask.    Just this week I subscribed to the  New York Times.  I am headed for retirement and thought I would have time to read it.  Plus it offered 50% off.    The Chronicle, sports aside, takes me, oh...  10 minutes?  The Times, which does not deliver even one of...
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Sep.06.2010
Maybe some of you have seen these.  Maybe you all have and my e-mail circle is out of the loop.  But I enjoyed them and thought I'd pass them along.  Happy Labor Day: Beyond Valium, peace is knowing one's child is an internist. On Passover we opened the door for Elijah. Now our cat is gone....
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Aug.29.2010
    Foxy Grandpa    Tuesday, we saw Bob Dylan at the Fox.  Maybe “saw” is the wrong verb, brushing the ceiling as we were.  (See blog of July 31, 2010 for my “Do’s and Don’t’s” of ticket acquisition.)      I had been checking set lists and reviews and entered with expectations.  Ninety minutes  (...
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