Bob Dylan’s Biggest Fans

Posted April 27th, 2009
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Only a few people in entertainment retain real icon status for me. Bob Dylan is one. And so, I thought I would use the release of his newest album as an occasion to expound on my “relationship” to Bob. Such as it is. He had a huge impact on my ideas about music and creativity when I was a kid. I was never “in love” with him, like I was with John Lennon, (he was too incomprehensible and prickly, whereas John Lennon was just the right amount of both.) but I actually snuck out in the middle of the night once when I was in high school and Dylan had just gone electric, and some how finagled a ticket to a performance he was giving at Berkeley High School.(!) Our tickets entitled my friends and I to sit on folding chairs on the apron of the stage, only a few feet from him. It was so surreal, even then, that I sometimes wonder if I made the whole thing up. Anyway, over time I have become a lot more jaded and cynical ( though I was doing a pretty good job of appearing to be both even when I was in high school) but I still think Bob Dylan is a very big deal. Read more

Its kind of like this

Posted April 22nd, 2009

.I am appearing on two panels at the L.A. Times Festival of Books on Sunday. (Ap.26) I did this a few years ago and found it very enjoyable  even though I was adrift in a sea of successful authors who didn’t seem to necessarily have the same issues with trying to write that I do. One guy who sat next to me on a fiction panel said that he gets up every morning and writes  from eight to noon because to him it just feels like “turning on the tap to watch the ideas flow out.”  I can’t even get started until I have an imaginary boxing match in my mind where I repeatedly punch myself in the face until I agree to start. Like today, when I am doing this instead of writing.  Almost every day  I  argue with myself about whether or not I even have anything to say. The whole thing is kind of an ordeal . It kind of looks like this. Read more

Teeny baby critters

Posted April 20th, 2009

Welcome to my new blog. Here it is. Right here. Now all I have to do is  figure out what to write about.
For openers, here is a video I shot at the California Wildlife Center, where I am a volunteer in the baby ward once a week.  In this case, the babies are week old possums and a baby squirrel. We feed them formula with a syringe, then when they get old enough the center puts them back from whence they came. That second part is especially great because it eliminates the feeling that I better adopt them and bring them home with me. My house already looks enough like the inside of a sweater as it is. (Especially now that it’s dog hair season. I have the equivalent of a toupee in every corner.) Read more