[NOTE: This story was first posted on OCWeekly.com on Nov. 27, 2019. It was one of the last stories to go up before the paper shut down after nearly a quarter century. Since then, former owner Duncan McIntosh Inc. has scrubbed the website of all online-only stories, which included this one. While the story is … Continue reading ‘He Didn’t Go Away’–10 OC Women Describe Their Stalking Experiences
Got home today to find this waiting for me. It's a collection (published, like my noirish Maui novels, by Event Horizon Press) of some of my noir-themed pieces of journalism dating back to early 1996, when I first decided to become a reporter. It's organized by theme - misfits, rich people, cops/crooks, babes, etc. - … Continue reading My New Book ‘Stealing Cars With The Pros’ Now Available At Amazon.com
So yeah. The good people at Event Horizon Press are asking me to do yet another book. Well, two books. They want another Charley Ridgway book, which will take time (simply making up stuff is a lot tougher than I originally thought), but they also want a non-fiction book. Specifically, they're looking for a collection … Continue reading What? I’m Supposed To Work On Another Book?
So the other night a friend and I were milling about Sacramento's Second Saturday (It was Zombie Night!), walking down the street among throngs of people and catching completely random snippets of conversation, which we then tried to figure out and explain. "I was drunk off my ass!" one woman said as we walked by. … Continue reading Hearing Voices
And now to plug yet another of my former OC Weekly colleagues. On Monday, according to this Associated Press story, the Supreme Court trash-canned some New Jersey wad's attempt to overturn Barack Obama's presidential election, saying Obama is not a U.S. citizen because his dad was a British national. This is well known. But did … Continue reading Obama’s nutty OC antagonist
Rather than try to improve on what's turning out to be the shoe-related story of the decade, I'm just going to refer everyone to this take on the matter by my old friend and OC Weekly colleague Jim Washburn. It's far superior to anything I could have written on this momentous occasion, and captures what … Continue reading Shoes you can trust
David Foster Wallace has long been one of my inspirations. A master of the English language, DFW could string together impossibly long sentences, replete with colorful descriptions, conservational prose and, every now and then, completely made up mathematical formulae. It made no difference what he was writing; Infinite Jest is a delightful monster of a novel; … Continue reading RIP DFW