Be Careful

The Harvey Weinstein accusations have opened long overdue conversation about sexual harassment. Nothing is more demeaning that subjected a person to unwanted advances. Women who were afraid to talk about are beginning to do so, and that will hopefully lead to more men understanding we need to treat women with respect. As with all social […]

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second novel

My second novel with the working title They Didn’t Come For Me follows the characters in my first novel Our Time, San Francisco in the 70s through the AIDS years and beyond. It will be published next year. This is an excerpt from one of the early chapters. Unwanted Advances San Francisco, 1981 A hot […]

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Video I made about my novel

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My Interview with Lambda Lit

Have you read any of the other recent books that deal with this moment–I am thinking of Cleve Jones’ recent bio. How do you feel your book relates to these other books? Cleve Jones has just written an outstanding book about the politics of the early 70s in San Francisco, but there isn’t much else […]

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Bad PR

In July of last year I hired Lawrence Helman to do PR on the novel I was writing. When I look back, it was too early to hire a PR person. I also commissioned a video at the same time. The man producing it and I had to get to know each other, but he […]

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My hospital stay

Last Tuesday at 3:00 AM with excoriating pain in my gut I took a cab to the ER in San Francisco after sending Michael an email that I was doing it. The ER was almost empty and I was seen shortly after getting there. After a quick exam, I was hooked up to a morphine […]

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Dinner with Michael

The first time I saw him Michael was a square smiling face tending to the other customers in Toad Hall in the middle of the day. He was husky with a natural masculinity. His father was a blue collar worker in the aerospace industry in Southern California who built the house Michael as raised in […]

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The Fifties and now

I’m reading Billy Hayes’ brilliant ‘insomniac city’ and he talks about the 60s and 70s as his era, so when I watched a PBS program of pop music from the 50s it took me back to my era. Patty Page is dressed in a flowing floor lengthen sparkly powder blue gown and a jacket with […]

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Homage to the early 70s in San Franicsco

When I arrived in San Francisco in the early 70s and I had been involved in the Civil Rights struggles in the South; my generation was ending a senseless war in Viet Nam and gay men in San Francisco were changing the way America thought about sex, their optimism was heady. I wasn’t released from […]

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TRUMP

I’ve paid attention to politics since I watched the 1950 Democratic Convention in my Republican grandparent’s tiny TV set and I majored in government at Dartmouth. During Nixon’s presidency it was clear to me that Republicans very successfully got away with accusing Democrats of doing something to deflect attention to what they were doing, often […]

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