The Proofreading and Sexual Harassment Sandwich

In December 2007 I billed a client ten thousand dollars. I was not a high-priced hooker or a bail bond agent. I was a freelance educational writer, and for many years that was fine—before the mergers and layoffs and before the school budget crises. I freelanced because it was beneficial to editorial development companies and… Continue reading The Proofreading and Sexual Harassment Sandwich

Looking Back Mortified

From Propeller, January 2010 Last spring at the Someday Lounge, a club at the edge of Portland, Oregon’s, moribund Chinatown, I saw a performance of Mortified, a revolving comedy show of adults sharing their adolescent gaffes. One guy sang his high-school-era lyrics written in the style of Rush. Another performer read her critiques of make­out… Continue reading Looking Back Mortified

Art and Social Practice (and Kitties): An Interview with Wendy MacNaughton

Originally published in Propeller Quarterly, spring 2014. The tricky thing about interviewing illustrator/author Wendy MacNaughton is her natural curiosity can lead the interviewer into talking about herself, digressing into such oddities as to whether a wallet and keys talk to each other in a purse. I was not surprised to find out she was trained… Continue reading Art and Social Practice (and Kitties): An Interview with Wendy MacNaughton

Long Black Road: A Talk with Lee Ranaldo

Originally published in Propeller Quarterly, Jan 2014. Lee Ranaldo’s Instagram account lays out his hobbies like a yearbook caption of the cool kid with two feet out the door: amateur botanist, sometime spelunker, slackline walker, road cyclist, six stringer. On the first anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, in October 2013, we spoke for an hour on the phone.… Continue reading Long Black Road: A Talk with Lee Ranaldo

Crime Stories with People We Know Recognize: A Talk with Laura Lippman

Originally published in Propeller Quarterly, June 2015. Hush Hush, by mystery writer Laura Lippman, begins with an unedited transcript between a documentary filmmaker and a witness to a crime long ago. The reader is initially disoriented: What is the documentary about? Why not start in scene with Tess Monaghan, the titular focus of this series?… Continue reading Crime Stories with People We Know Recognize: A Talk with Laura Lippman