A Little Background



A Little Background


When required to post a bio on the Internet, I usually go with this: “Virgo who doesn’t believe in brief bios on the Internet likes long walks at night in the city in the rain with an umbrella and a flask of 10-year-old Laphroaig.” While this works for most readers, others want a wee bit more background.

Rather than regale you with tales of my professional career and the jobs I have held (more than I can remember) or the extraordinary women I have known and loved (ditto), I’m just going to list things that I am passionate about.

So, read on!


Jennifer Garner as the uptight, conniving, conservative (in the worst sense of the word) but talented butter sculptor in the 2011 movie Butter. This is a movie so few people have seen that those of us who have, often think we’re the only person in the country who did! Shame, as it’s a good movie.


a few of my faveravest things

Favorite single
Elvis Presley, Hound Dog / Don’t Be Cruel (1956)

Favorite album
The Beach Boys, Pet Sounds (1966) 1

Favorite female singer
Petula Clark

Favorite male singer
Elvis Presley

Favorite group (tie)
Beatles (1961-1969)

Beach Boys (1962-1972)
Rolling Stones (1963-1971)
Kinks (1964-1971)
Byrds (1965-1967)

Favorite novel (tie)
James Clavell, Tai-Pan (1966)
James Clavell, Shogun (1975)

Favorite science-fiction author (tie)
Poul Anderson

Phillip Dick
Harlan Ellison
Anne McCaffrey
Norman Spinrad

Favorite poem
Tristan Tzara, Approximate Man 2

Favorite old movie (tie)
King Kong (1933)
The Scarlet Pimpernel (1934)
Snow White And The Seven Dwarves (1937)

Favorite recent movie (tie)
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Dances With Wolves (1990)
Love Actually

Favorite actor (tie)
Cary Grant
Kevin Costner

Favorite actress (tie)
Irene Dunne
Jennifer Garner
Marisa Tomei

Favorite movie director (tie)
Woody Allen
Clint Eastwood

Favorite cartoon character
Bugs Bunny

Favorite television series (tie)
Star Trek (1966-1968)

Northern Exposure (1990-1995)
Friends (1994-2004)
Firefly (2002-2003) 3

Favorite costumed hero (tie)
The Fantastic Four (Jack Kirby and Stan Lee)
Spiderman (Steve Ditko and Stan Lee)

Favorite costumeless hero (tie)
The Spirit (Will Eisner)
Pipsqueak (Wally Wood)

Favorite aboveground comic books artists (tie)
Steve Ditko
Jack Kirby
Wally Wood

Favorite underground comic artist (tie)
R. Crumb
Fred Schrier

Favorite psychedelic poster artist
Rick Griffin

Favorite mixed drink
Tanqueray martini, stirred not shaken, straight up, with one olive squeezed into the drink then tossed over my left shoulder. 4

Favorite unmixed drink
10-year-old Laphroaig

Favorite mind-manifesting drug
Lysergic acid diethylamide

Favorite participatory sport (tie)

Favorite spectator sport (tie)

Favorite baseball team
Philadelphia Phillie

Favorite baseball player
Pete Rose 5

Favorite ice cream
Tillamook Vanilla Bean

Favorite quotation
“It ain’t what you know that gets you into trouble—it’s what you know that just ain’t so!” (Josh Billings)


This art was done by Wally Wood for the cover of the 1979 edition of Robert Overstreet’s Comic Book Price Guide. It is an homage to the work that Wood did for the legendary EC comic books Weird Science and Weird Fantasy in the early ’50s.


a few intimate details

I am in a long-term, committed relationship with a woman who hates seeing her name on the Internet. 6

Footnotes on my blog posts. 7

I am a renowned pizza snob who believes that Old Forge, Pennsylvania, is the Pizza Capitol of the World. I would rather eat frozen pizza than the stuff that most places bake out here in the Pacific Northwest.

Miscellaneous love

Miscellaneous hate
F*cking bullies 8



1   But there are a number of albums that could be considered a close second. This includes but is certainly not limited to Bob Dylan’s Blonde On Blonde (1966), the Byrds’ Younger Than Yesterday (1967), The Band’s Music From Big Pink and the Rolling Stones’ Beggars Banquet (1968), From Elvis In Memphis (1969), the Kinks’ Arthur (1969), and the Beach Boys’ Sunflower (1970).

2   The Mary Ann Caws translation of 1973.

3   I could name so many more: Ally McBeal, The Good Wife, Boston Legal, M.A.S.H, Next Generation, Weeds, Shameless, etc.

4   That’s a martini made the old-fashioned way: four-parts-gin-to-one-part-vermouth, not the modern 20-1 mix.

5   Because as a Phillies fan I credit Rose with their first World Championship in 1980 to Rose.

6   I would love to regale you with tales of my conquests, my loves, my losses—but that same Internet-fearing woman would have what’s left of my balls pickled in a jar on the mantle if I did.

7   Like these.

8   All bullies: physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, and in this country, political and economical bullies.