Today marks ten years to the day since this blog first began.
As you might recall, I decided to "retire" this blog in early 2020, for reasons explained here. For eight years I posted a new story about once every three days, and to give the blog an appropriate climax I shared a walloping 55 stories all at once to celebrate the blog's "end," and give readers something to chew on for a while. In case you missed it, here's a video of yours truly telling the blog's "final" story, in video form:
The problem is, though, that artists never retire. How could you ever stop having things to say, ideas to express? Life is too interesting. What I suspect in the above video has turned out to be true: the blog has continued alongside my other endeavors, as there are simply too many good stories happening out there, and I just can't resist sharing them with you. I've settled into a pattern of posting new content here at the start of every month– check back in, and tell a friend! (You can also use the "Subscribe" button on the upper right of this page (desktop format; scroll down if on a phone) for automatic updates!)
For myself, I've been hard at work on a second book, promoting the first one (including two wonderful talks for the folks in Carnation and Northgate, plus a great show at the Wing Luke), and working on a new film project. I'll have some cinema-related material for you soon.
Although I don't post stories as often now, the ones I do post come not from obligation but from a deep, compelled desire to do share. They're often longer and more substantive. Here are a few highlights from the blog's "post-retirement" phase:
A few reflections on how our current hard times shape how we see others, and what we can keep in mind on that score:
...and three deep dives:
On Films by Others:
On My Film:
New work and accompanying essays on place and feeling within the following cities:
This list is incomplete. If you're on a desktop, check out the selections and archives on the right; if you're on a smartphone, scroll down for the same. Enjoy the links above, explore more, and don't forget to check in around the 1st of every month for new material!