Perspective and the Camerman

So you know, people have to process the pandemic and the ups and downs of life in their own way and I realize sometimes it’s good to vent for the sake of it, as well. But for me, it helps to have perspective. I’m reading this new Buster Keaton biography “Camera Man” by Dana StevensContinue reading “Perspective and the Camerman”

Brief Candles and Macbeth

Not a poem, not a story, not an essay, this is just a musing Recently I watched Orson Welles’ Macbeth with my son.  It’s one  of his masterful everything from nothing films, put together on a shoestring budget and delivered as fine art. Although, even as he pointed out, the costumes are a little rough,Continue reading “Brief Candles and Macbeth”

Chaplinesque

Ever since my son Jude was old enough to watch movies, we’ve had pizza party movie night. Usually weekly. Usually Friday. Most recently, he did a throwback dance and chose Wall-e, during which many fond memories of toddler Jude cascaded through my mind. But, I was also reminded of how good a film it is.Continue reading “Chaplinesque”

Chance the Gardener

Been thinking a lot about facades, for many reason.   Hopefully this ties a few things together.  Enjoy “Chance the Gardener” On the tour, I trace his footsteps. Movies imitating books, Peter Sellers imitating life Watching flickering screens, Mirroring the moves Losing himself in a kineoscope version of The naked American Dream When his father diedContinue reading “Chance the Gardener”

Luck Be a Lady Essay / News

An ancient song I wrote with my friend and Chi-town legend, Hugh Hart, appeared in a documentary on these bike riders who go from S.F. to L.A. to raise money for leukemia.  The riders are called the Fireflies; our song is a really loopy rocker called “Fat Man in His Car,” that I practically forgotContinue reading “Luck Be a Lady Essay / News”