Review: Spooner

Posted by on Mar 28, 2011 in Writing | No Comments

Spooner by Pete Dexter My rating: 2 of 5 stars Sorry… I love Pete Dexter, and have read most of his books. Reading ‘Paris Trout’ and ‘God’s Pocket’ (while living on the edge of the same South Philly neighborhood featured in ‘God’s Pocket,’ where he got his ass kicked terribly by bat-wielding thugs) were memorable […]






Ireland and the Irish: sentences from Michael Lewis

Posted by on Mar 25, 2011 in Authors, Ireland, Journalism, Writing | One Comment

Last night, while drinking Guinness and reading Pete Dexter’s Spooner, I took a break to catch up on that menacing, guilt-inducing stack of magazines. I got pulled into a Vanity Fair piece by Michael Lewis, and was quickly reminded why he’s among the best non-fiction writers alive. In describing Ireland’s financial collapse, he manages to […]






Dog View Daily

Posted by on Mar 23, 2011 in dogs, seattle, Writing | No Comments

Mickey, on the move in Seattle Occasional pix from Mickey-the-Dog’s POV, via Droid






My interview with author Karen Abbott

Posted by on Mar 21, 2011 in Authors, Books, seattle, Writing | No Comments

I’d briefly met Karen a few years ago in Asheville, NC, during her tour for her first book, Sin in the Second City. She visited Seattle last month to talk at Elliott Bay Book Co. about her new book, American Rose, a biography of Seattle-born Gypsy Rose Lee. We talked about writing, her naughty parrots, Freedom, […]






Dog View Daily

Posted by on Mar 21, 2011 in Writing | One Comment

Mickey, on the move Occasional pix from Mickey-the-Dog’s POV, via Droid






Dog View Daily

Posted by on Mar 19, 2011 in Authors, seattle, Writing | 3 Comments

Saturday morning, from Mickey’s perspective. Experimental blog posts/pix from Mickey the dog via Droid






Alan Shepard’s golf shot on the moon…

Posted by on Mar 16, 2011 in Books, space | No Comments

This May will mark the 50th anniversary of the flight in which Alan Shepard became the first American in space. My publisher (Crown) and I will be re-promoting my 2005 biography of Shepard, Light This Candle. (Kindle edition is here; an excerpt here.) Meanwhile, here’s a fun story on Shepard’s lunar golf shot, which occurred 40 […]