I have been writing, editing, and occasionally self-publishing since I was a kid. When I was really young, I used to pretend I was a newspaper reporter, just like in the detective movies on TV. In the basement I'd set up a table with my mom's manual typewriter on it, clamber up to remove the shade from the ceiling light (reporters always write under a bare bulb), and dangling from my mouth was a "cigarette" (actually a building block or pencil).
Eventually, I actually learned how to write. Over the years, this has run the gamut: my high school's newspaper, punk and underground zines, long-form journalism on politics and national security, scripts for film and performance, press releases, program notes, arts history, blogging, technical writing, documentation, songs, reviews, and all kinds of crap. (And as an editor, I would never let you get away with that last sentence.)
Below you will find some samples of some of my more recent stuff.
Program notes for film screenings
Since co-founding The Sprocket Society in 2007, I have compiled and written program notes for its screenings. These booklets include production histories, biographical profiles, preservation info, excerpts from archival sources, and always bibliographies of sources and suggested reading.
Full PDFs of these program notes can be downloaded from The Sprocket Society's web site.
For many years, I maintained a blog called Mugu Brainpan. After languishing for several years, I finally decided to decommission it in 2016.
Some of the posts from the blog will be archived here as I'm able to get to them.
- The Pre-History of Sound Cinema, Part 1: Thomas Edison and W.K.L. Dickson (April 10, 2006)
- Georges Melies Titles from the Blackhawk Films Anthologies (July 22, 2006)
- Film Notes on 3D Rarities II at the World 3D Film Expo II, 2006 (September 24, 2006)