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The theater scene in Charlotte used to be better than it is today. (I wasn’t here, but as I understand it, the turning point was a 1996 production of Angels in America that led to court cases and funding withdrawals and the end of some local companies.) But there’s one company in town whose work […]

posted 8 May 2024 in Uncategorized. no comments yet

Public Speaking!

Lately, I’ve been doing a lot more public speaking. I actually have years of experience when it comes to speaking in public–everything from readings at bookstores to broadcasts on the Today show–but these days I’m letting people know I’m available, particularly if you’re interested in a funny-yet-trenchant speech on awakening creativity via the philosophy of […]

posted 10 September 2019 in Uncategorized. no comments yet

Final Draught

Do you live in Charlotte, North Carolina? If you don’t live in Charlotte, can you get to Charlotte? Because on Tuesday, August 13th (that’s tomorrow night as I write this), I will be speaking at Final Draught, the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation’s quarterly series of fundraisers featuring “local thought leaders, beer, and books.” (I believe […]

posted 12 August 2019 in News, Uncategorized. no comments yet

R.I.P. Scott Weiland 1967-2015

At some point in the mid-90s, I turned down the chance to interview Stone Temple Pilots: I had already written too many profiles of heroin addicts, and right then, I couldn’t listen one more time to stories of the drug and its inevitable toll on human lives. A decade later, I ended up spending a […]

posted 4 December 2015 in News, Uncategorized. 1 comment

How Tweet It Is

A few months ago, I told you about a long interview I conducted with Rivers Cuomo of Weezer for the British magazine Huck, in which we discussed many of his tweets and his state of mind when he composed them. Unless you frequent skate shops in the UK, you probably didn’t see a copy of […]

posted 15 September 2011 in Uncategorized. no comments yet

Friday Foto: World Trade Center Site

Photographed in 2005. Eventually I was able to think of the WTC site as a construction project rather than a mass grave–but I never really got used to the immense high-security hole in the ground.

posted 9 September 2011 in Photos, Uncategorized. no comments yet