RIP Willie Chan

I just heard about the death of Jackie Chan’s manager Willie Chan (he died at the end of October), which is really sad news. The first interview that I ever published was with Jackie Chan for the Chicago Sun-Times in 1989, and it was all because Willie paid some attention to me. I think that … [Read more…]

Remembering a Veteran from Long Ago

On this Veterans’ Day weekend, I am remembering my ancestor Samuel Ward, who is not thought of very often these days. Samuel, with his brothers, was a rigger in the town of Boston in the 18th century, and he chose to enter Washington’s army, while his two brothers remained loyal to the king. One day, … [Read more…]

Why I believe in dragons….

A few years ago, the Suvudu sf website published this essay of mine in which I allegedly defended my belieF in dragons, but actually tried to explain society’s stubborn irrationality. My daughter, who was then 10-years-old, illustrated it! Anyway, it’s been republished by the incredibly popular Unbound Worlds website, and you can see it here.

I remember that guy from Hebrew School!

Three thoughts on the Mark Halperin scandal. I knew Mark Halperin, the political reporter and pervert, when he was a kid in my Hebrew School at Beth El in the mid-seventies. We were in the same class for a few years and he really really didn’t like me at all. I do remember that Mark … [Read more…]

Oh How the Mighty Have Fallen Department!

This is the Lum and Abner Museum in Pine Ridge, Arkansas. The small town in the (very very very popular) Lum and Abner radio show was named Pine Ridge, and it was based on a town called “Water,” which then changed its name to Pine Ridge. This is still the main claim to fame of … [Read more…]

Answer an Easy Question, Win a Book

I’m not going to blog about politics on this page at all, but I was pleasantly surprised to discover that Deputy AG in the Trump administration, Rod Rosenstein, is married to a genuine Barsoomian (his wife is former US attorney Lisa Barsoomian)! His daughters, who live in my hometown of Bethesda, Maryland, are therefore the … [Read more…]

RIP Village Voice Print Edition

The Village Voice isn’t actually going out of business, but it won’t be the same without the print edition. Back in the 1980s, I actually bought it regularly (it was the only way to find out in the pre-internet era where The Raunch Hands were playing that week), and then I reviewed movies and wrote … [Read more…]


I have had five agents in my life. (I’m not easy to get along with, apparently.) Jonathan Matson was my third. Jonathan fired my second agent on behalf of the company he ran under his father’s name and then took me under his wing, for a while, anyway. He was the most storied, by far; … [Read more…]