Movie Review: Guillermo del Toro’s “Pinocchio”

There is certainly no shortage of Pinocchio movies. Guillermo del Toro’s version is the third this year. It will air on Netflix in December, but I attended an advance screening. Is this version any better than the twenty-nine film versions that have preceded it?...

Rusty Hospitality

A friend came to visit the other day. We carved jack-o-lanterns, roasted pepitas, and yakked. We played music and sang. We had dinner. All in all, an excellent time. But it felt like returning to something I’d done in a hazy past life. Familiar but also...

Driving in Canada: Notes from a Clueless American

I’ve spent the past week in British Columbia enjoying the many pleasures our beautiful northern neighbor has to offer. Driving has not been the least of them. But I did have a few things to learn. Car vs Pedestrian Don’t stand in the vicinity of a crosswalk if you...

Pinocchi-oh no no no

I won’t keep you in suspense. I loathed Disney’s Pinocchio remake. Now, admittedly, I’ve spent years thinking and writing about Pinocchio as an allegory for the human struggle to find authenticity and meaning. I wrote a play about him...

Growing Feathers

“She almost shook her head no but then asked for a Negroni too. Courage in a glass. What would he do when she told him? If she told him. She could still call it off. No. She was almost thirty-two. If she wasn’t going to die alone, she had to get past this with...

Why I hate writing

Don’t get me wrong. Some parts of writing are great. Like the “going to write” part. That’s when the beautiful dreams of stories flutter down like bright birds of paradise to alight on my shoulders and sing of untold wonders. That’s the...