Recent author interviews at Amazon.com

Posted by on Sep 5, 2011 in amazon.com, Authors, Books, skateboarding, Writing | No Comments

Links to a few of the posts I’ve recently begun contributing to Amazon.com’s books blog, Omnivoracious: Q&A with Thomas Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum, authors of That Used to be Us. video interview/reading with Lev Grossman, author of The Magicians and The Magician King  an interview with Seattle Seahawks coach, Pete Carroll, author of Win Forever […]






Sk8 the St8s skateboarding road trip comes to an end

Posted by on Aug 12, 2011 in Books, skateboard, skateboarding, travel, Writing | No Comments

[Note: this is the final post from my Sk8 the St8s blog, co-sponsored by CBS, chronicling my fathers-and-sons, cross-country skateboarding summer road trip, which I hope will form the basis of a book about the history and culture of skateboarding.] I’m sitting in my backyard in Seattle, about to grill a chicken with my wife, […]






Sk8 the St8s: my dads-&-sons skateboarding road trip & book project

Posted by on Jul 15, 2011 in skateboard, skateboarding, travel, Writing | 2 Comments

In the summer of 1979, my parents took my brother and I on a cross-country road trip in a surplus army ambulance that my dad had converted into a camper. The beast was slow and noisy. It was hot as an oven in the back. My brother and I fought constantly. The ambulance broke down […]






Every writer needs a healthy diversion…

Posted by on Dec 17, 2009 in Authors, skateboard, skateboarding, Writing | No Comments

… mine is slopping together amateur videos, like this one of my sons and their friend during a trip to Portland: And here’s one my son Leo filmed and edited himself. He even “wrote” the music (in GarageBand):






More newspaper woes

Last week, the family and I visited San Francisco for spring break, in keeping with our practice of visiting cities for vacation. (Last year: Philly)  I had been invited to give a talk to the Sonoma County Historical Society, an hour north of San Francisco, in Santa Rosa, home town of cartoonist Robert “Believe it […]