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Nov 22, 2013

The first time I read fiction by Monte Schulz, I think I could be forgiven for wondering if this was going to be the case of the son of a legendary American artist and writer trying to make a career on the old man’s reputation.

You know... Schulz.

But reading This Side of Jordan made it clear Monte had a voice and...


Nov 14, 2013

One of the happier accidents in my career came when I was adopted by the Friedmans.

Oh, I wasn’t an orphan – not that there is anything wrong with that – but the Friedman family, originally of New York, has been very kind to me.

First was caricaturist Drew Friedman, currently best known for his series of art books...


Nov 13, 2013

A lot of good things came out of the protracted Writers Guild of America strike of 2008. At the top of the list, the writers got a better cut of the profits that their talents generate. But I’m talking about content that was created that would not have otherwise existed.

MIKE SAGER podcast excerpt: "Journalism depends...


Nov 8, 2013

There are certain cultures in the Western world that we really know very little about.

The Church of Scientology, for example.

Justin Beiber.

And the tabloid journalism world of Rupert Murdoch, from Fox News to the New York Post.

KIERAN CROWLEY podcast excerpt: "All of these subjects, I encountered in reality. I covered...


Nov 5, 2013

Are you one of those people who admits, “I don’t know art, but I know what I like”? Have I got an art gallery for you! Katie Cromwell and Jensen Karp opened Gallery 1988 as a place the common filmgoer could enter and not feel intimidated. The work they exhibit and sell puts a spotlight on emerging artists who have...