Bad PR

In July of last year I hired Lawrence Helman to do PR on the novel I was writing. When I look back, it was too early to hire a PR person. I also commissioned a video at the same time. The man producing it and I had to get to know each other, but he […]

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My hospital stay

Last Tuesday at 3:00 AM with excoriating pain in my gut I took a cab to the ER in San Francisco after sending Michael an email that I was doing it. The ER was almost empty and I was seen shortly after getting there. After a quick exam, I was hooked up to a morphine […]

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Dinner with Michael

The first time I saw him Michael was a square smiling face tending to the other customers in Toad Hall in the middle of the day. He was husky with a natural masculinity. His father was a blue collar worker in the aerospace industry in Southern California who built the house Michael as raised in […]

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The Fifties and now

I’m reading Billy Hayes’ brilliant ‘insomniac city’ and he talks about the 60s and 70s as his era, so when I watched a PBS program of pop music from the 50s it took me back to my era. Patty Page is dressed in a flowing floor lengthen sparkly powder blue gown and a jacket with […]

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Homage to the early 70s in San Franicsco

When I arrived in San Francisco in the early 70s and I had been involved in the Civil Rights struggles in the South; my generation was ending a senseless war in Viet Nam and gay men in San Francisco were changing the way America thought about sex, their optimism was heady. I wasn’t released from […]

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I’ve paid attention to politics since I watched the 1950 Democratic Convention in my Republican grandparent’s tiny TV set and I majored in government at Dartmouth. During Nixon’s presidency it was clear to me that Republicans very successfully got away with accusing Democrats of doing something to deflect attention to what they were doing, often […]

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We are on the march again January 21, 2017

We are on the march again January 21, 2017 As a kid I read saddened newspaper accounts of blacks brutally beaten when they stood up to segregation. I watched urban riots burn swaths of Detroit and LA to rubble. I watched demonstrations at the Democratic Convention in Chicago in 1968 turn into a police riot. […]

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My Novel to be Published in February

Our Time is the story of a man named Paul and his generation that said, “Now it’s our time to be treated just like everyone else.” They were proud of being gay and they were given by San Francisco that wrapped its foggy arms around outcasts the freedom to create their own neighborhood in the […]

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The next four years

The Trump presidency will prove once and for all that Republicans can’t govern. They run against government and once they get into office they raid the treasury and vote for tax breaks and regulations no one sees that let corporations get away with murder. Trickledown economics has never worked and Trump’s neo-fascism won’t work either. […]

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If Thomas Nast, the cartoonist, was alive today

Thomas Nast is famous for his depiction of 19th Century politicians and robber barons. I can’t draw but were he alive today one of Nast’s cartoons would have on one side of the frame a group of overweight businessmen in 3-piece suits sitting around a table covered with piles of cash. On the other side […]

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