Archive for April, 2012

April 21, 2012

Saturday, April 21st, 2012

A new moon tonight.

A lot of things are new.

Namely, this wonderfully flattering piece of news:

Earlier this month, I got an email from James Toth, who plays music under the name Wooden Wand.

Basically, he wrote to say, “I was very moved by Last Words of the Executed – so moved, in fact, that I wrote a song using a lot of words from the book as lyrics. The song is called ‘Dungeon of Irons,’ and it will appear on my new album, Blood Oaths Of the New Blues. The album won’t be out until October…”

He then sent me a copy of the song. I may have teared up, more than a little, and was sworn to secrecy.

In short, it’s an amazingly powerful song and I’m proud to have even a small part in it. James will be through Chicago at some point,  I’m looking forward to hearing it live…

In the meantime, here are a couple of interviews James has done, a recent one with M3 and another with Magnet magazine. If you want to hear more of his music, some older songs can be heard on MySpace.

April 16, 2012

Saturday, April 21st, 2012

Cat = out of the bag.

I’ve been named as the managing editor for‘s launch in Chicago. Crain’s wrote about it here.

Check out all the good work they’ve been doing in New York for the past two years.

April 13, 2012

Saturday, April 21st, 2012

Two quick items:

1) The nice folks over at Google Play have listed three of my books.

2) Adam and the crew over at Filmspotting ran my interview with Kimberly Peirce. We chatted about “The Godfather” and other things for my series at the Music Box called “The Film That Changed My Life,” based on my book of the same name. You can listen to that interview here.

March 26, 2012

Saturday, April 21st, 2012

I’m helping with the inaugural Chicago Writers Conference (Twitter: @ChiWritersConf) the weekend of September 14-16 at the Tribune Tower.

I’ll be one of their speakers, along with author Christine Sneed, talk show host Mark BazerSourcebooks founder Dominique Raccah, Chicago Review Press CEO Curt Matthews, plus agents and editors and more.

More details & Kickstarter campaign can be found here.

Also, a video:


March 13, 2012

Saturday, April 21st, 2012

I talk about the beloved, lost TV show “Jim Henson’s The Storyteller” with Kate over at The Televerse. Listen here.

Feb. 20, 2012

Saturday, April 21st, 2012

Thanks to everyone who came out to the third event for “The Film That Changed My Life” screening. Director Steve James showed “Harlan County USA” and his own film “The Interrupters.” Great crowd, a great time. Here’s a shot of Steve responding to one of my questions as we both sat on stage.

At some point in the future, the folks over at Filmspotting may run it on their podcast.


Steve James on stage at the Music Box Theatre Feb. 19, 2012