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Contributor since:September 2009
Location:New York

About Me

I'm lucky, having spent my youth on the triple itinerant habits of moviewatching, note-taking and opinion-spewing, and now decades later these are more or less the same activities that earn me mortgage and beer money. I've written and sold just about anything you could name that's made of sentences, including obituaries, limericks, memoirs, interviews with starlets one-third my age, dirty-shirt satire, TV pilots, manifestos, confessional poetry, book criticism, travel guides, and straight-on movie reviews, by the thousands. This includes a new novel from St. Martin's Press, HEMINGWAY DEADLIGHTS, the first in a series. I do not expect to be loved by everyone.



I'm Known For...

What Ed Park has called "two-fisted film reviewing."

My Current Project

After HEMINGWAY DEADLIGHTS, a third Hemingway novel, a TV pilot, a trilogy about a library moon, three screenplays, and that's just this quarter.

My Greatest Achievement

Getting my wife to marry me.

My Biggest Regret

My 20s. Mostly shot.

I Truly Respect

Werner Herzog.

Moments I'd Like To Forget

The ones I wasted trying to answer this question.

How I Pay For This Wardrobe

Look at how I dress and you'll know.

Blocks I've Been Around

The TV development circus and the New York film-crit fishtank, and I could tell you a thing or two.

Things That Really Happened

I'm the only writer in America to have had work selected for both a BEST AMERICAN POETRY annual and a BEST AMERICAN MOVIE WRITING.

Where I'd Like To Be 10 Years From Now

Right here.

Why True/Slant

I am free.

My Other Website

Blogging at And


What I'm Currently Addicted To...

Procrastination, via thinking up new projects.

This Is Annoying Me...

Blind ignorance. Especially if it has a gun and prays.

This Is Making Me Worry...

Everything. But not too much.

This Is Bringing Me Joy...

The Belgian brewing industry.

I'm Running From...

Wolves, in my dreams.

This Is Helping Me Create...

Pressure from above.

This Is Making Me Think - Hard...


This Makes My Teeth Itch

It's not really an itch, more of a tickle, on the inside...

Can't Do Without


Favorite Voices

Mencken. Orwell. Vidal. Hitchens. Even when they're ridiculously wrong.

My Most Awkward Moment

Forget it.

My Secret Ambition

All of my ambitions are public.

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