A few selections from my massive oeuvre.
Yeah, I'll bet you wish you had
PEOPLE & PLACES | TECH
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PEOPLE AND PLACES
Peter Gammons Principle
He's the "Dean of Baseball Journalism." He's the "Unofficial Commissioner
of Baseball." And he knows less about the game than, oh, say, my cat. This
is my "critique" of Gammons from the New
Hacking the Road Rules
My Salon story of the boy who
hacked his way to stardom on MTV! Archived here, in order to survive Salon's
I really wanted to like the XFL. I really did. I normally like
anything that irritates people as much as Vince McMahon does. But when
I went to a game the XFL irritated me.
The Player: Paul Mariner
An aging English soccer star tries to hold on to his fading dream
in the American bush leagues. Originally from Metro. This is the longer
Mr. Hollywood Goes to Tokyo
I assess one Ronny Santana, actor, male stripper, all-around itinerant.
From the Daily
I lived in Tokyo for 2 1/2 years. Now, benefit from the fruits
of my experience! Go there yourself! From the MetroActive
TECH AND NET
Big Dirt Napster
Returning yet again to the L.A.
Weekly, I examine the state of stealing -- sorry, sharing --
music on line. Will the once-legendary Napster rise from the dead to lead
the music industry into its digital future? (Spoiler
Alert! I doubt it.) For that matter, will I even be able to get
anyone from Napster on the phone?
Concordes Keep Falling on My Head
Young! They're Hip! They're the CIA!
Another L.A. Weekly piece, ruminating on the crash of the world's only supersonic commercial airliner and the end of the Jetsons era.
From the L.A. Weekly, another
ahead-of-its-time story: MP3 and how the Internet will turn the evil, rotten
music industry on its butt-ugly head. And it has happened, oh yes, it has.
How a Quack Becomes a Canard
From the New
York Times Magazine: a chronicle co-written with John Whalen of how
the TWA 800 "missile theory" made its way through the internet.
Reach Out and Hate Someone
Regarding the preponderance of anti-celebrity sites on the Web.
From the June, 97 issue of the late, lamented Internet Underground.
In which I become an outlaw by the act of viewing Star Wars:
The Phantom Menace on a laptop. I am now on the lam from the Lucas
I talk to the guy who puts the bugs in your system. Or at least
the viruses. And he tells me why there's really nothing to worry about.
Dialogue With Spectacular Stan
Not once, but twice have I personally conversed, transcribed and
pontificated about the force behind such Marvel Comics icons as Spider-Man,
The Incredible Hulk and, well, you know the rest. My 2001 interview is
and my 2000 piece is here. Excelsior!
Grant Us the Wisdom...
Comic-book fanboys will recognize this as the infamous Grant Morrison/Fantastic
Four "incest" interview. From my "Thwack" column on the dearly departed
iFuse.com Web site. Another victim of the dotcom downturn.
The 24-Hour Bad Super-Hero Movie
After X-Men came out, as part of my duties as comic-book
correspondent for iFuse.com, I bravely undertook to view a sampling of
super-hero movies past. I did this, so you don't have to.
Because that is just the type of human being I am.
O.J.'s Final Run: A Comic Book
Since The Big Book
of Scandal! came out, I'm asked all-too-frequently how I wrote the
thing. Here, then, a script for one of the 54 stories in the book.
The Devil's Smelly Brother: Another
Comic Book Script
Another example of how I write a comic-book script. This one's
Big Book of Grimm, and is more of a traditional narrative story than
the O.J. thing. But mercifully short!
Pants Free Presidents!
And now, here's what a comic that I've written actually looks like
once an artist gets his paws on said script. Also from The
Big Book of Scandal!
From the New York
Press: the real election scandal is the voting machines themselves.
I began covering this story 11 years ago.
Vote of No Confidence
Remember I said I began covering the voting story 11 years ago?
Remember? Well, dammit, here's the story I wrote back then.
The State of California, as of July 1, 2001, will no longer send
minor drug criminals to the slammer. Well, that sounds like a good thing,
right? Yup. Problem is, there's already a pretty good system for doing
All the stuff THEY don't want you know. "They" would usually include
the New York Times, but not this time. Check out this piece from
Little Off the Top
Head transplant surgery! It's not for everyone. But is it right
for you? From Wired
70 Greatest Conspiracies E-Book
Six, count 'em six chapters from the smash-hit book. Plus, a never-before-seen
bonus piece about the Internet being a tool of Satan and all. In Acrobat
Reader ".pdf" format
Magazine's Big Mistake...
...was killing this story, for reasons
that still remain murky, and will forever now that the magazine is no more.
The piece ultimately ran in the October, 1999 issue -- of FATE
From the late, semi-lamented Web mag, iFuse.com (The "Popculprit"
section), my account of Disinfo.Con 2000. I lived it. I was there.
The Threshold of Belief