A collection of stories by and about the writer and film critic, who has died at age 70.
[Fiction] A previously unpublished sci-fi story by the writer and film critic, who died on April 4 at age 70:
"'This is a vague idea,' said Regan. 'I'm still working on it. Titan evolves molecules that group in such a way that they, oh, get together, like, and don't actually communicate, like, but prowl around in non-self-conscious collective-information patterns. That's what we're hearing, now that we're closer to the source.'
"'There's only one way this is going,' Alex said. 'A lunar intelligence.'
"'Intelligence is not required,' Regan said. 'All that's needed are patterns that move more easily than other patterns. Patterns that lend themselves to pattern-originators. The way of least resistance. We don't like sulfur, but it's yummy for the deep-sea plumes.'"
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PUBLISHED: April 4, 2013
LENGTH: 9 minutes (2410 words)
A love letter:
"Wednesday, July 18, is the 20th anniversary of our marriage. How can I begin to tell you about Chaz? She fills my horizon, she is the great fact of my life, she has my love, she saved me from the fate of living out my life alone, which is where I seemed to be heading. If my cancer had come, and it would have, and Chaz had not been there with me, I can imagine a descent into lonely decrepitude. I was very sick. I might have vegetated in hopelessness. This woman never lost her love, and when it was necessary she forced me to want to live. She was always there believing I could do it, and her love was like a wind forcing me back from the grave."
PUBLISHED: July 17, 2012
LENGTH: 12 minutes (3029 words)
The point for now is: I had no conception of such a show and no desire to work with Siskel. The three stages of my early career (writing and editing a newspaper, becoming a film critic, beginning a television show) were initiated by others. Between college and 2006, my life continued more or less on that track. I was a movie critic and I had a TV show. It could all have been lost through alcoholism (I believe I came closer than many people realized), but in 1979 I stopped drinking and the later chapters became possible.
PUBLISHED: July 15, 2011
LENGTH: 12 minutes (3030 words)
In mid-October, he'd seen his beloved Charlie Rose interview Diane Lane and John Malkovich. Ever since that interview, he'd been carrying with him the notion that he would see this movie at his earliest opportunity. Never mind his preceding fondness for the racehorse and its moment in history--there was also *Diane Lane* to consider. (It turns out--and I never really knew this before--my grandfather has a major thing for Diane Lane.) And then there he was, stuck with cancer, stuck dying, stuck in movie limbo.
PUBLISHED: Dec. 23, 2010
LENGTH: 8 minutes (2168 words)
Hefner and Playboy have been around so long that not everyone remembers what America used to be like. It was sexually repressed and socially restrictive. Many people joined in the fight against that unhealthy society. Hefner was one of them, and a case can can be made that Playboy had a greater influence on our society in its first half-century than any other magazine.
PUBLISHED: Oct. 27, 2010
LENGTH: 9 minutes (2415 words)
It has been nearly four years since Roger Ebert lost his lower jaw and his ability to speak. Now television's most famous movie critic is rarely seen and never heard, but his words have never stopped.
PUBLISHED: March 1, 2010
LENGTH: 26 minutes (6633 words)
PUBLISHED: Feb. 5, 2010
LENGTH: 35 minutes (8754 words)
PUBLISHED: Jan. 6, 2010
LENGTH: 7 minutes (1855 words)