Two upcoming book events!

Two upcoming book events!

Hitting our stride now! Two Santa Cruz “Inside the Flame” events coming up. Please SAVE THE DATES! Tuesday December 6th we’ll have some dinner, some wine, and I’ll read a bit and reveal a lot @ Gabriella Cafe. Afternoon Prosecco Party at Soif,...
Allied Boredom

Allied Boredom

Since this film will be gone by the time you read this, there isn’t much point in offering an actual critique. Allied is a film loosely structured around Brad Pitt’s ability to wear suits and Oscar-winner Marian Cotillard’s inability to spin straw...
The Trespasser

The Trespasser

As reviewers are writhing all over themselves in praise of Tana French’s latest mystery, The Trespasser, allow me to remove myself from the frothing queue. Still bruised by her last book, I’ve been bruised all over again by this one. I had devoured...
Magical Mystery Tour

Magical Mystery Tour

As I emerged from a period of mourning over the recent election, I headed for what I knew would provide the perfect antidote—a matinee screening of Dr. Strange starring the elegant and resourceful Benedict Cumberbatch. The Big Screen and plenty of popcorn—it was sure...
In Praise of Clutter!

In Praise of Clutter!

In our zeal to clean up, throw away, and streamline we are in danger of losing touch with important moments and aspects of our lives. Before you toss out that old theater program or cluster of dried leaves, step back, take a deep breath, and consider this: • Clutter...
Inside the Flame Events

Inside the Flame Events

Excited about the Inside the Flame events lined up for November and December. Please come to any and all of them and help me spread the word by telling your friends, too. I am so honored to share this with my great community and beyond. (Take a look Inside the Flame...
the girl on the train

the girl on the train

There’s the book, and there’s the movie. The book moves quickly, until it doesn’t. The movie has a score by Danny Elfman. A very haunting, distinguished score by Danny Elfman. The book ended in a hail of red herrings, dei ex machina, and obviousness....
Being Everywhere

Being Everywhere

How many times have you walked into a room, and gotten sidetracked by a piece of mail and after you opened the mail you realized that you’d forgotten why you came into that room in the first place? You re-trace your steps, hoping to remember what you started out...
the post-birthday world

the post-birthday world

It was a piece in The Guardian that led me to read Lionel Shriver‘s justly renowned novel The Post-Birthday World. In this richly imagined, cunningly plotted, and brilliantly realized “what-if?” novel, we meet Irina McGovern, a book illustrator...
immediate approach

immediate approach

“Feeling so nostalgic for London,” said my friend Tai this morning. “It must be the autumnal weather.” She and I spent two weeks in England exactly a year ago, hiking through Jane Austen country in beautiful Bath and then sampling the great...