My favorite books of 2009

| December 27, 2009

These are my best 2009 reads. I reviewed all of them except Box 21. Maybe I included that one because I read it for fun. T.J. Stiles, The First Tycoon (Knopf) Hans Fallada, Every Man Dies Alone (Melville House) Stieg Larsson, The Girl Who Played With Fire (Knopf) Peter Kuper, Diario de Oaxaca (PM Press) […]

The pleasures of local color

| June 28, 2009

I spent a few hours on Larchmere Boulevard in Cleveland yesterday, baking in the sun to sell copies of my book, “Cleveland Rock & Roll Memories.” I was part of the Loganberry Books local authors’ fair, which was part of a daylong flea market. Didn’t sell a single copy, but I saw a lot of […]

Live dead

| May 18, 2009

Northern Ohio Live, a magazine I’ve written for on-and-off for nearly 20 years, is dead. RightUp Media, which took it over from founder John Schambach three years ago, closed May 15, pulling the plug on the bimonthly and laying off the whole staff. For now, the website remains, offering readers a look at the kinds […]

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I'm a veteran critic and business writer who reads and listens and writes about music, books, hotels and travel. I've been in the business for many years and still enjoy it. My pride and joy is my book, Cleveland Rock & Roll Memories. Follow me on Twitter: