Thursday, June 30, 2016

WORTHEN ONE-ON-ONE TV INTERVIEW: MOTIONAL BLUR






Monday, July 4th, 1 p.m.

Tuesday & Wednesday, July 5th & 6th, 5 p.m.

Channel 17 (Santa Barbara)



Thursday, June 23, 2016

THE ORBS OF JERMYN STREET







If you look closely you can see Aleister Crowley, the renowned occultist (known as "The Beast"), hovering over his final home at No. 93 Jermyn Street.






But who be this...?





Monday, June 20, 2016

MEMENTO





Sometimes the most poignant keepsake is cheap and childish.



Sunday, June 19, 2016

Saturday, June 18, 2016

MOTIONAL BLUR: ADVANCE READING COPIES







Within 45 minutes of receiving bound galleys from the publisher, I fortuitously ran into Ellen DeGeneres, and she graciously accepted one.




MOTIONAL BLUR BOOK TOUR (THUS FAR)








October 4:  Launch party and book signing at Tecolote Book Shop, Montecito, CA.  

Commencing 5 p.m.


October 6:  Book signing party at BoHenry's Cocktail Lounge hosted by Chaucer's Bookstore.

5-7 p.m.  (All drinks half-price.)


October 7:  Book signing event at Book Soup on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood.  

Commencing 7 p.m.


October 15:  Book signing event at Copperfield's in Healdsburg, CA.

Commencing 7 p.m.


October 18:  University Book Store, Bellevue, WA (near Seattle)


Commencing 6 p.m.



October 19:  Another Read Through, Portland, OR.

Commencing 7 p.m.









Friday, June 17, 2016

MARK TWAIN ON HUMOR







(And he didn't even know how the Democratic and Republican primaries would play out in 2016.)


Mark Twain’s wife Livy once became frustrated with the great author’s propensity for profanity. 

To illustrate what she had to endure, the normally pious-tongued woman cut loose with a blue streak for the ages. 

There, she told her husband when she was done, “Now you know just how you sound.” 

Sadly, Twain shook his head and said that it pained him to think he sounded like that, because “You got the words right Livy, but you don’t know the tune.”


SEEN IN PICCADILLY ARCADE...






...and dreamt about my last night in town.



Wednesday, June 15, 2016

THE NOVELLA





At Waterstones, and at UK bookshops generally, the novella is making a comeback.





Publication:  4 October 2016, Skyhorse, New York City.




Tuesday, June 14, 2016

SEEN AT THE NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY





When the late great Winston Churchill was seventy-three years old in 1947 he dictated a short book about a visitation he experienced from his dead father.


As Churchill relates his experience, he was in the midst of copying a damaged portrait of Lord Randolph Churchill, who died in 1895 at the age of forty-six, when his father appeared out of nowhere to ask his son a series of questions about what has taken place in the world.












Winston obliges his father by taking his spirit on a stroll through all that had happened—including two world wars—all the while omitting his own heroic role through half-a-century.



SEEN AT THE NATIONAL GALLERY III









Live in the moment.



SEEN AT THE NATIONAL GALLERY II










(Evoking a memory of Montecito.)



Saturday, June 11, 2016

FROM GOLDEN JUBILEE BRIDGE






The Muse said, for the second time, "I'm leaving you now, cross the bridge."