Who am I?

That is probably the question you’re asking as you’ve come to this Substack.

Or, perhaps more specifically…

“Who is this and why should I care what he has to say?”

Well, I’ll walk you through it.

I’ve written two books—one on the 2018 NBA Champion Golden State Warriors and one on Ernest Hemingway and the myths surrounding him.

I wrote extensively for Golden State of Mind and, later and less extensively, Dub Nation HQ.

I’ve written two articles on the films of Martin Scorsese (here and here).

I’ve reviewed books and films (for examples of that work, click here).

I’ve worked as a DJ.

I’ve coached high school sports (assistant coach to girls’ varsity basketball).

I’ve been a teacher of both high school and college students.

OK, that’s a nice list of accomplishments, but why should I care?

What I hope to have articulated with this list is that I’m someone with a wide-ranging set of interests and that I’m one who can articulate (relatively) incisive thoughts about those sets of interests through writing.

What else should I know about you?

Here is some useful information in terms of the perspective I take/biases I might have:

  • Raised just outside of Oakland, CA; Undergraduate education at University of Texas at Austin; Doctorate from Florida State University; Currently living in Tallahassee, FL

  • Top 5 Musicians/Bands (at this moment): Bruce Springsteen, Grateful Dead, The Replacements, Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan

  • Top 5 Films (at this moment): Goodfellas, The Godfather, Mean Streets, Sunset Boulevard, Singin’ in the Rain

  • Top 5 Fiction Books (at this moment): The Moviegoer, On the Road, Invisible Man, In Our Time, A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories

  • Top 5 TV shows (at this moment): Mad Men, Simpsons, Hannibal, The Sopranos, Seinfeld

  • Sports rooting allegiances

    • NBA: Golden State Warriors

    • NCAA: Texas Longhorns (with gestures towards Florida State and Cal)

    • NFL: Las Vegas Raiders

    • MLB: Oakland A’s It’s in flux

    • WNBA: Golden State Valkyries (Coming 2025)

    • Soccer: Manchester United (Premier League) Austin FC (MLS)

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Writing about a wide range of topics (sports, music, movies, books, TV, pop culture).


Writer. Teacher. Bibliophile. DJ/Vinyl junkie. NBA/Warriors fan. English PhD from Florida State University. BA from University of Texas. Originally from Northern California.