I'm the film editor for the Reader
, where my writing on the arts has appeared regularly since 1996. My story "Prove It All Night"
was anthologized in Da Capo Best Music Writing 2000
, and my film reviews have twice been honored in the annual awards of the Association of Alternative Newsmedia. Over the years I've also contributed to the Kenyon Review
, New York Press
, East Bay Express
, and ABCNews.com. When I think about all the stuff I’ve published in the Reader, my head hurts, but a few pieces stand out: “The Actor’s Letter,”
about the Chicago years of film noir icon Robert Ryan; “Out of the Wreckage,”
a personal reminiscence of novelist Richard Yates; “The Pope Who Found Jesus,”
about the spiritual awakening of punk-pop musician Josh Caterer; “Ska’s Lost Cause,”
which looks at the racial history of Chicago ska; and “Friends of Bill,”
about my visit with William S. Burroughs.