This blog is now 7 years old, with over 1,000 posts. For those just joining us, here's a helpful roundup of my best and most popular writing entries.
ON TV WRITING
- What is the best book on TV writing? Hands down it's this one.
- In which I attend a special Battlestar Galactica screening and listen carefully to the people who made this amazing show.
- In 2006 the Writers Guild Foundation presented Breaking Into the Box, one of the best TV writing seminars I've ever attended. I took copious notes and everything still pretty much applies. Here's Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four and some concluding thoughts.
- Christopher Nolan speaks about his no-budget first film, Following.
- The day I spent with Uncle Forry Ackerman, RIP.
- Mickey Rourke has Eyes Without A Face.
- One of my favorite movies is Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey. I've written about it many times, including this review of a rare 70mm screening in Hollywood.
- My entry on 2001 in a round-robin blog-a-thon got thousands of reads. Praying to the Aliens is the sort of film writing I wish I had more time for.
- Why The Manitou is one of my favorite bad movies.
- Cletus Anderson was a great costume designer, a terrific teacher and the guy who made green mold grow on Stephen King's ass in Creepshow.
- Children of Men, an instant sci-fi classic, posits a bleak future held in check (if barely) by the human heart.
- One of my favorite monster movies ever comes from South Korea: The Host.
- Need some fun Halloween movies? Try these.
- The late Jim Carroll made a splash with his heroin-spiked memoir The Basketball Diaries and a series of punk rock and spoken word records. Here's my interview with him in the 90s.
- Remembering Lux Interior of The Cramps, the best frontman I ever saw (and I saw Elvis, peoples).
- Drummer Stewart Copeland's home movies of The Police.
- How writers can shape a story using music as a template.
JOURNALISM, POLITICS, RELIGION, ETC.
- What were you doing on 9/11? It took a while to realize I was doing exactly what I needed to be doing.
- When a distant friend dies, old pals gather and remember.
- What the 1969 Moon landing, and a certain teacher, mean to me.
- Sometimes I'm a journalist. Here's a recent piece I wrote on NASA using warfare drones for peaceful purposes.
- Everybody has their own personal kryptonite. Here's mine.
- Sci-fi is a ghetto and yet we all live there.
- Every bad thing you've heard about Alabama is true. So is every good thing.
- The late SF writer Octavia Butler's body of work pits the human heart against some very bleak futures.
- Here's the proud story of the night I pissed off a crazy TV evangelist so much he stopped the show to yell at me via satellite.