Generalstaying sober, rebuilding/fixing tube amplifiers & quack medical devices, BDSM, reading, writing, guitar, lo-fi recording...surfing
Musicbob dylan, dream syndicate/steve wynn, handsome family, miles davis, television, tom verlaine, nels cline, velvet underground, neil young, throwing muses, virginia dare, liz phair, wilco, 13th floor elevators, south san gabriel, bennett & burch, mike watt/minutemen, SCOTS, howlin wolf, john coltrane, centromatic, the gourds...mike martt...mingus...john frusciante...thelonious M and bicycle thief...jimmy bryant & speedy west...the rolling stones...dinosaur jr, X, the replacements, westerberg solo...barbara manning...dick dale...pavement...the silver jews...slight pieces...don't mean maybe...many more
Booksfriends whose writing i love: tod goldberg, craig clevenger, anne marino, joan kelley, darrell spencer, francois camoin, steve almond, katie arnoldi, peter craig, joel brouwer...john steppling...wes walker...
writers i love but who i don't know well enough to borrow $ from (in a few cases cause they're dead): amy hempel, denis johnson, richard yates, jim thompson...hunter thompson...a bunch more to be added later...fitzgerald, hemingway's short stories (but not the novels)
Heroesthey call them grinders where i'm from. or hoggies.
- Dec 9, 2008 3:55 AM Shows/Readings this week...FRI and SAT AND SUNDAY!!
- Dec 2, 2008 12:33 PM in better news...Urinal Tour Diary
- Dec 2, 2008 12:32 PM Bad news on the book...thanks and apology
- Oct 24, 2008 3:35 PM WORKING BACKWARDS is available! Order info here...
- Oct 16, 2008 1:06 PM urinals on tour this week...east coast dates...
- slight pieces
- Craig Clevenger
- The Writers Garage
- chris neal
- The Danbury Shakes
- Lisa Rickenberg
- mike watt
- the violet rays
- Mike Martt
- Black Arrow Studio & Pr…
- Rich Ferguson / Spoken …
- rachel kann
- Elliott Goldkind
- SEISMIC MAG
- Patrick O'Neil
- Nervous Films
- Brian Frazer
- Billy Pitman
About me:to email me, drop me a line at:
or check the new website:
i write books, including the critically acclaimed neo-noir MORE THAN THEY COULD CHEW (Dark Alley/Harper Collins), which gets called darkly funny or depressing and disgusting, depending on who you're talking to...and the just re-issued DRIVE (Hollyridge Press)...MORE THAN THEY COULD CHEW is out in France with a dark and cool cover...I have a book of stories WORKING BACKWARDS FROM THE WORST MOMENT OF MY LIFE coming out next year on the great LA indie RED HEN PRESS (more details to follow)
i do monthly (or semi-monthly) columns for:
also,i play guitar and sing in the danbury shakes (www.myspace.com/danburyshakes), who sound like Neil Young & Crazy Horse...i play guitar and sing in the violet rays (www.myspace/thevioletrays), who sound like Link Wray and Woody Guthrie got into an accident and formed a band...i get to make really loud avant-pop noise on the guitar with LA punk veterans (class of 78), the Urinals, and we sound...well, we sound kind of like the Urinals (www.myspace.com/chairsofperception)....
I play, in order of competence, Guitar (6 & 12 string, though not 4 string tenor), Mandolin, Bass (sound very much like a guitar player playing bass--), LAP Steel, Pedal Steel (10 string, 3 levers....much more than that and my mind wanders) Banjo and (awkward drum roll please), drums. I sing, too, but that's just because I have to and I'm not sure where it would belong on the list
i restore vintage quack medical devices (violet wands and muscle units)...i rebuild vintage guitar amps, mostly Magnatones and Valcos...i annoy the neighbors when i test vintage amps...i teach at UCR/Palm Desert's MFA in writing program and at antioch's MFA in writin' program...
DO NOT ask to be my friend so you can spam me, ask me to join ANYTHING (I don't join groups or blogs or...anything...stop asking me...it's nothing against your group, i just have too much shit to do and read every day as it is...plus, i hate groups...especially, of course, any that would have me as a member)...Do not be my friend only so you can leave commercials in my comments section. I will delete you as soon as I get off my lazy butt to do it! Sort of quickly!
Who I'd like to meet:charles nelson reilly and brett somers
- Status: Married
- Hometown: long beach, ca
- Religion: Atheist
- Zodiac Sign: Cancer
- Children: I don't want kids
- Smoke / Drink: No / No
- Occupation: writer/musician/teacher
1991 to 1993
- Montpelier, VT
- Graduated: 1993
- Student status: Alumni
- Degree: Master's Degree
- Major: MFA in Writing
- Clubs: ?
1984 to 1988
- Boston, MA
- Graduated: 1988
- Student status: Alumni
- Major: writing
- Minor: drinking