Category Archives: creativity and its discontents

You Can’t See The Interview, But I Did

Just bizarre! Since the new James Franco-Seth Rogen movie The Interview has been CANCELED—which I find outrageous—due to North Korea’s breathing down the neck of the studio, Sony, here is at least a review of the movie from “Time.” What … Continue reading

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Richard Yates (1926-1992), the author of Revolutionary Road and other novels, was a damaged man who produced beautiful, bleak books while he indulged his addictions and was in and out of mental hospitals due to frequent mental breakdowns (Yates was … Continue reading

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When I was an ardent young intellectual in the early ’90s, I took a class on Modernist Women Writers with the poet Kathleen Fraser at SFSU. One of our assignments was to do “a close reading” of our writer of … Continue reading

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So You Want To Make A Living Writing? 13 Harsh Truths.

Disclaimer: I haven’t read Bob Mayer’s books, but I always like his trenchant advice. Nos. 8 and 9 on this list particularly spoke to me.

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The East Bay Express ran an interesting story last month about a Berkeley (or Oakland) man who leaves colorful Post-it notes—expressing various positive sentiments—all over town (on bikes, bus windows, cafe tables). The man prefers to remain anonymous; the article … Continue reading

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The quality of our lives has an interesting rhythm. We strive to make our lives better, lighter, and then at certain times we feel haunted and pulled down by darkness. Certainly the horribly untimely death of Philip Seymour Hoffman this … Continue reading

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