Other Writings

“Paper Lanterns”  (essay, published in Word Riot) My father lives in the middle of a cemetery. Large trees and civil-war era gravestones in all directions. A two-lane road curves through the grounds and past his front door. “I guess it’s weird,” he says, “but at least you know a McDonald’s is never gonna pop up…

Novel

“Ferdinand Fell” was named a semi-finalist in the Big Moose Prize for fiction from Black Lawrence Press. It’s a surreal mystery set in Los Angeles, 1986. I’m currently submitting it to publishers and agents. This is the first page: —– A blanket of clouds slipped over the city, dimming the light as if a play…

Audio

As the 2015 Artist in Residence at KBOO Radio, I wrote and directed “The Pool,” a 30-minute radio play set in The Crystal Plunge, a public swimming pool in San Francisco that was demolished in 1958. For the setting of this play, which begins at 7:57 PM on a February night in 1983, I pretended…

Amsterdam

I published around 300 articles while living in the Netherlands. Glancing at them now I’m surprised at the sharp emotions they bring back return from that time, as clearly as if they were scented. I must have swung wildly in those days between sorrow and joy.