The Adventures of Robin Hood

The Adventures of Robin Hood

Robin stole from the rich,  despised the greedy plutocrats, and in acts of social justice, gave to the poor, the hungry. As a child in Southern California, I knew nothing of class struggle, but I was all on the side of Robin and his Merry Men. In the early...
Frontiers: Immigrants and Pioneers

Frontiers: Immigrants and Pioneers

Contented people do not uproot, repudiate their pasts and move on. To leave one’s home or homeland requires energy, strength, determination, or maybe just desperation. Somewhere in the past of all American families, such restless people exist, people who crossed...
High Noon

High Noon

While High Noon was in production, no one associated with it would have dreamed that it would be nominated for seven Oscars, that it would win four, that it would rank as one of the best westerns of all time. The studio originally treated it as a throwaway, a...
The MG

The MG

If there is some glorious afterlife where one relives moments of tremendous earthly happiness, then for me, one of those would be me driving a vintage MG convertible, zipping along on a narrow road, Pacific Ocean on one side, dry California hills on the other, music...
This One’s for the Writers!

This One’s for the Writers!

The Pickup and the U-Haul You’ve written “The End.”  Bravo.  Celebrate! Buy champagne, dance in the streets! But inevitably after that glorious moment, you drag yourself to your desk, open a new folder called Version 2, or Revision, or New Draft. Whatever.  You’re...