MCU: Out Today

Why are you reading this blog entry when you could be buying and/or reading MCU: The Reign of Marvel Studios? The book by Joanna Robinson, Dave Gonzales, and your self-aggrandizing author is available now at all the places you like to buy books. (Bookstores, mostly.) If you’re interested even somewhat in the Marvel superhero movies […]

posted 10 October 2023 in Buy My Stuff. no comments yet

One Day

MCU: The Reign of Marvel Studios comes out tomorrow. A starred review from Library Journal: “Marvel fans and film aficionados alike will appreciate this highly recommended, smashing insider look at one of entertainment’s greatest success stories.” And a few interviews with the authors (Joanna Robinson, Dave Gonzales, and me, in various combinations): A printed Q&A […]

posted 9 October 2023 in Buy My Stuff. no comments yet

One Week

One week from today, the book MCU: The Reign of Marvel Studios will be on sale in a bookstore near you. It’s the story of Marvel taking over Hollywood—and then finding that its domination was more precarious than expected. It’s got over 100 original interviews with the people who made the movies, from studio head […]

posted 3 October 2023 in Buy My Stuff, Reviews. no comments yet

Eat a Peach

I recently had my first byline in The Wall Street Journal: a review of Brothers and Sisters: The Allman Brothers Band and the Inside Story of the Album That Defined the ’70s by Alan Paul. Which I enjoyed, even though I don’t think the album lives up to the subtitle. If you want to read […]

posted 2 October 2023 in Articles. no comments yet

MCU on Tour

Team MCU is hitting the road! Some events are already sold out, but we’d love to see as many of you as possible….

posted 27 September 2023 in Buy My Stuff. no comments yet

MCU: The Reign of Marvel Studios

I have a new book coming out! It’s a history of Marvel Studios and how it remade Hollywood in its own image. We conducted over a hundred interviews for the book and it’s full of juicy behind-the-scenes details you’ve never heard, even if you’re a huge fan of the MCU (polka-dot horses! purple pens! dogs […]

posted 13 August 2023 in Buy My Stuff. no comments yet

R.I.P. Tom Verlaine

In the spirit of being thorough if somewhat tardy: a few months back, the legendary guitarist (and songwriter and singer and poet and producer) Tom Verlaine died, and I wrote (with Peter Keepnews) an obituary of the Television leader for The New York Times. Various peers and collaborators, including Lenny Kaye, Richard Lloyd, and Richard […]

posted 16 April 2023 in Articles, Outside. no comments yet

Al Green’s Middle Name

Recently, while writing a newspaper article, I learned that (a) I needed to know the middle name of the singer Al Green (b) there is some disagreement on how he spells it. He was born Albert Greene on April 13, 1946 (he dropped the final E from his last name shortly after he began his […]

posted 8 January 2023 in Outside. no comments yet

Chess and Cutting

Happy new year! In case you missed it in 2022: I had two articles in the “Overlooked” section of The New York Times (aka “Overlooked No More”), which profiles remarkable people who never got proper obituaries in the Times, due to the cultural biases of past decades. The first article was on Vera Menchik, the […]

posted 5 January 2023 in Archives. no comments yet

The Greatest Charlotte Photo Ever

Some months back, my pal Greg LaCour, who edits Charlotte magazine, sent me an email that included the photo you see above, and asked if I’d be interested in writing about the crazy two-week period in April 1972 when the Charlotte Coliseum hosted Billy Graham, pro wrestling, Elvis, and a minor-league ice-hockey championship series. My […]

posted 4 October 2022 in Articles. no comments yet