The Good Old Days

Sometimes, on a rare lazy Sunday afternoon, my wife and I will try to go to the movies. “Try” is the operative word, because more often than not, we can’t find anything that makes us want to leave the house (and spend forty bucks for two matinee tickets, two drinks and a medium popcorn). I…
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Mister Newman’s Neighborhood

Folks under the age of say, 35, might be vaguely familiar with singer-songwriter Randy Newman for his catchy little tune “You’ve  Got a Friend in Me,” which played under the closing credits of “Toy Story.” They might even associate Newman with one of his only true hits, “I Love L.A.,” especially if they happen to…
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Real Men of Genius

I love the Bud Light “Real Men of Genius” campaign that’s been running for years. You know the one I mean; the announcer salutes “Mr. Cargo Pants Designer” or “Mr. Beach Metal Detector Guy” while the over-the-top 80s hair band singer wails in the background. (Sidebar for future “Jeopardy” contestants: that voice belongs to Dave…
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So Long, Jack

I’ve been under the weather lately, so I used it as an excuse to stay home and watch the final six episodes of “24.” It was just what the doctor ordered. Over the past eight seasons, the show has been one of my guilty pleasures. I knew I shouldn’t watch it for a dozen reasons,…
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FREE!!!

I just finished reading a book called “Free” by Chris Anderson. (Ironically, it retails for $15.99.) As usual, I digress. The main premise of “Free” is that the Internet has made it feasible to give away intellectual and creative content because the cost of doing so is close to zero. This is a radical concept…
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Half and Half

Years ago, I worked at a crappy radio station with a guy who had a great voice and knew more about 1950s and 1960s rock ‘n’ roll than anyone I’ve ever met. Had he possessed an ounce of ambition, he could have been the next Wolfman Jack or Casey Kasem. Instead, he was perfectly happy…
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More Brilliance from Seth Godin

My new best friend, business writer and original thinker Seth Godin, has precisely captured my current views on writing and publishing. And he’s accomplished this in just a few simple sentences. My only regret is that I didn’t come up with it first: Publishing books to make money… is a little like hanging out in…
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The Drunkard’s Walk

A young woman I work with uses the word “random” a lot, often in the context, “Here’s a random question.” What I think she means is “unexpected” or “out of left field.” Technically, not “random” but close enough for government (or even marketing) work. I thought of this as I was reading “The Drunkard’s Walk,”…
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On the Same Page

Last weekend, I attended Jami Carpenter’s editing workshop at the Clark County Library on Flamingo. Jami’s a good friend and a professional editor for Stephens Press, one of our only credible local publishers. Her presentation reminded me (and the other fifty or so folks in the audience) why writers should never go it alone. Remember…
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Me and More Me

I overbooked myself and scheduled two appearances this weekend. The first one is 11 a.m. Saturday, April 10 at the Clark County Library (known to locals as “the Flamingo Library”), 1401 E. Flamingo. As part of the “Write On” lecture series, I’ll be discussing the pros and cons of the most popular publishing options, including…
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