Off Topic


May 11th, 2007

We’re off to Chicago in a few hours. My sister is graduating from college and the ceremony takes place this weekend. Next week I’m starting a new job at HBO. Should be interesting.


April 17th, 2007

This is a white man speaking.


April 17th, 2007

It is hard to imagine now, I know, but there was a time, not so long ago really, when loners didn’t methodically mow down chunks of their fellow classmates with twin nine millimeters and maniacal laughter.

I’m sitting here listening to the convocation on the radio and wondering when it became so…ordinary. I was struck by the poise of these kids, the survivors. They seemed so prepared for the tragedy. With a camera phone ever ready to provide eyehole views of the siege underway, live, as it happens.

Now I’m listening to the loud, bad, sad band playing a woozy funeral march over national public radio. The low bit rate warble conjures up FM images of a perverse anti-pep rally. And I’m struck again by the orderliness of this sad event.

“Thank you for coming,” says the lady on the internet. And then the coverage moves on; a parade of My Space entries and Facebook ghosts to mark the awful way.

Memories of Manson

“The Manson Family,” is a film I Associated Produced and Co-Edited, with maverick filmmaker Jim Van Bebber. It features my soon-to-be wife Amy Yates (at the center of the trio above) as a member of the murderous cult. In fact, the project began life as a school project almost fifteen years ago, when I was a film student at Wright State University and Amy was an acting major. We were friendly, but not close. Years later (’92ish) we both moved to New York where we would occasionally run into each other. Ten years later, “Manson” brought the two of us together when (insanely) the movie was picked up for international theatrical distribution, mostly due to Van Bebber’s absolute refusal to let the project die. It fell to me to track down the actors so that they could be paid. I emailed a common acquaintance, got Amy’s number, called, made a date for the following day and we’ve been together ever since. We plan to marry in April of 2008.