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November 28, 2017

David Mamet was asked once where he got his ideas, and he said 'my brain.' (I think this is a true and not apocryphal story- and even if not true, it has a truth to it.)

Which is sort of what makes writing so potentially difficult. The one thing you need to write is wha...

October 24, 2017

From the last in the series of 'stuff in my garage':

This is a photo which I absolutely love, that I picked up in New Orleans. As I head off this week for the Austin Film Festival (always a great time), this is a way to put things in perspective, especially when it come...

September 29, 2017

This is the first part of 'stuff in my garage/office' series of, well, stuff in my garage/office. This is a poem that hangs on the wall. The poem was written in Austin at a typewriter rodeo, where poets with typewriters hang out on the street and write poems on the spo...

September 3, 2017

Having had two challenging Dads in my life (a story to be told another time), I'm always on the lookout for a different kind of father figure, or at least a mentor. I haven't been lucky enough to meet one in person, but have sought them in the abstract. The following i...

May 13, 2017

The following is the kind of prose that results after driving around Death Valley (pictured above), and then having a few too many drinks in Las Vegas:

I woke up this morning, and there was nothing left. Like desert. I was no longer me. I was an empty landscape. Things...

April 18, 2017

Just two quick thoughts: 1) the greatness of Arthur Miller- recently finished 'A View From the Bridge', and while I was not able to see what sounded like a phenomenal production in New York last year, I was reminded of his skill and the pure craft of his playwriting; 2...

March 22, 2017

The single best writing advice, from the playwright Simon Stephens's 'A Working Diary':

The key is to find a space for the audience to explore. A wound for them to stick their finger into.

February 6, 2017

'When someone is honestly 55% right, that's very good and there's no use wrangling. And if someone is 60% right, it's wonderful, it's great luck, and let him thank God. But what's to be said about 75% right? Wise people say this is suspicious. Well, and what about 100%...

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