Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Burn It Down, Start Again

We are officially under construction here at HQ. All tenants of this establishment will be notified of move dates, title changes, office re-arrangements, changes to the internal wiki and social media accounts, password clearances, and procedures for surrendering keys and parking passes, not to mention the results of recent performance reviews to be delivered shortly.

In the meantime, please enjoy these delightful refreshments.

If you're lucky in a lifetime, you get to dig into the nature of mortality with novelist and screenwriter Paul Auster 
I indulge my fondness for the late Ed Ricketts by talking climate change with Dr. Orrin Pilkey.
On the eve of the election, it's worth taking a look at the great texts of American history.
The great books that draw us together during SDCC.
Beating up social media via word-of-mouth.
A look at urban life through the lens of The City.
To what lengths will an unreasonable man go? Especially if he has a stainless steel rabbit?
 I have nothing but good things to say about the novelist Barbara Kingsolver. A more gracious interview subject doesn't walk upon this Earth of hers.

Nothing funnier than the title "Paris I (Heart) You But You're Bringing Me Down."

"London is a cities of voices, captured by the great and small..."

Thursday, January 19, 2012

We Never Close

So that was a year.

Ho, Internet. It has been some time.

Let's reintroduce ourselves.

In the meantime, here's a few highlights from my scribbling last year, which was violently limited for a giant multiplicity of reasons people characterize as "work."

From the bottom, up.

I talked manners with the acidly funny Henry Alford.

Carl Richards scribbles on napkins about money.

An English giant lost his greatest fight.

We talked movies and much more with Robert Ebert.

Fellow former denizen of the Ozarks Daniel Woodrell earned a Kirkus Star from me.

My Greek amigo Dimitris and his pirate friends were thrilled I got to interview George Pelecanos.

I leaned the phrase "Sino-American Relations" and what it really means.

I interviewed my favorite writer. Review of his latest, Sacre Bleu is forthcoming, although he doesn't know that yet.

I read comic books. Lots and lots of comic books.

I quizzed the fantastic reporter Juliet Eilperin about fish. Fish with really big teeth.

There are robots. And then there are killer robots, as penned by Daniel Wilson.

I talked about the West with Stephen Harrigan, author of the classic Gates of the Alamo.

What better to get into with the creator of Artemis Fowl? Let's talk about killing people.

My other favorite author came out of the woodwork with a new GroVont book.

Brad Pitt? Moneyball? I got your real source for Moneyball right here.

This guy? Knew Sinatra. Blue Angel Met Kennedy and Giancana. Hung out with the Rat Pack. You couldn't make this up.

If I had known, I would have seriously paid more attention to *that trial.*

I work in the non-profit industry, helping people help each other. I could be dealing heroin and accomplish the same thing, as it turns out.

Or I could just peer pressure people into doing the right thing. Which would be cool, too.

The author of The House of Sand and Fog and I talked about beating people up. Mostly ourselves.

I made my pitch to reboot Shogun and Rainbow Six.

I quizzed the Usual Suspects about their plans for the year.

We learned the dangers of the "Virtual You."

We deconstructed Harlem.

And I interviewed one bad @#$@#$$$#.

Cross your fingers, boys and girls. It's a new year, after all. I'll make my wishes if you make yours.