Friday, February 3, 2017

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Meeting R. L. Stine

I had the honor of meeting renowned horror author R.L. Stine at the San Diego Writers' Conference this year.

Extremely affable, down-to-earth guy, and one of the most humorous public speakers I've ever heard.

And now he has a copy of my book, "Holy Ghosts."

Monday, January 16, 2017

Kramer in a jazz band

That moment when you discover Cosmo Kramer playing in a jazz band in Mexico City...

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Author of "The Exorcist" on Johnny Carson (1974)

I came across this old video after reading that William Peter Blatty, author of "The Exorcist" and the film's screenplay, had appeared on The Johnny Carson Show.

The interview with him is fascinating, but so is everything else about the episode. The pacing is much slower and less flashy than modern TV, and the audience reaction more subdued. People had a greater ability to take their time processing what they were watching.

Despite the differences, though, the "current events" in Johnny's monologue are timeless: a pipeline that threatens the environment. A celebrity with controversial political views. And, of course, unthinkable scandals in Washington.

If only we had an Exorcist who could rid our world of these things.

Episode of "The Johnny Carson Show" from January 17, 1974. Blatty interview begins 51:40 into the video.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Mamá Lola conoce el libro de los chaneques

Un momento histórico:
Por primera vez, Mamá Lola conoce el libro que contiene las historias de los chaneques que ella vivió en carne propia.
"Está muy bonito el libro, y todo eso es cierto. Yo lo sé porque yo lo viví. Pasó hace muchos años, pero yo me acuerdo. Qué bueno que existe el libro, porque ahora muchas otras personas pueden conocer estas historias también. Y no van a desaparecer."