The Writing Life
For as along as I can remember, I have been writing.
In recent years, writing has become my life. I've written profiles of interesting artists, musicians, change-makers, and creatives; interviewed famous folks, and once went skydiving with a celebrity for a magazine cover story. Off the top of my head, I've chatted with Nicole Kidman, 50 Cent, Dwight Yoakam, Liam and Chris Hemsworth, Charlotte Gainsboug, Mark Romanek, Topher Grace, The Black Keys, Sophia Coppola, Noah Baumbach, Christiane Kubrick, Julian Schnabel, Llyn Foulkes, Diplo, Weird Al Yankovic, Ty Segall, Best Coast, Alabama Shakes, Talulah Riley, Moby, Anoushka Shankar, Tinariwen, Flying Lotus, Shooter Jennings, Eric "McSteamy" Dane, and probably a few more that I've forgotten all about.
I went skydiving with Hunger Games star Liam Hemsworth for this cover story for Nylon Guys Magazine. Woody Harrelson also told me why he calls Hemsworth “the Labrador.”
For Time, I wrote about the enduring legacy of photographer Robert Mapplethrorpe.
The born-and-raised Angeleno artist has been known for his often politically charged, queer performance art, which often pushes his body to extremes.
Actress Talulah Riley invited me to her house for an interview. It was also the home of her fiancee (at the time) Elon Musk. So we snuck a ride in his Tesla prototype.
“Game of Thrones” actor Alfie Allen met me in a Hollywood bar and showed off his new gold teeth.
A tip from Jackson Browne exposed Ravi Shankar's daughter to flamenco. She delves deeper into those sounds on her album 'Traveller.'
“Workaholics” actor and producer Blake Anderson invited me to his kind of bananas house in the Hollywood Hills to chat about his psychedelic clothing line.
My editor at Flaunt Magazine made me go work out with Eric “McSteamy” Dane. It didn’t quite go as planned.
Sophia Coppola’s films float along, a drop of oil that seeps across the water. She makes ordinary moments extraordinary by extending a scene to the point past where mainstream directors would have called cut.
Artist/director Julian Schnabel, screenwriter Ronald Harwood, and actors Mathieu Amalric, Marie-Josée Croze, and Max Von Sydow spoke with me about the profoundly moving film, “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.”
Dwight Yoakam and I caught up on the phone for Artbound as he was caught in some vicious L.A. traffic to discuss a brief history of California country and his punk roots.
I spoke with Kidman about her film "Rabbit Hole" and discussed living in a house with the cast, finding a studio to back their film, conjuring up gut-wrenching grief, and how her character infiltrated her dreams.