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First Comic-Con memories

Friday July 25th. 7:25AM. Union Station. My assistant Biz arrives, excited for her first Con. While it’s no Hogwart’s Express, the Pacific Surfliner whisks us off to another magical place – San Diego. As we chugged along the beach, I […]

Musicals

Three things musicals taught me about marriage

The Wizard of Oz – Travel… It’s impossible not to hear the echoes of Dorothy Gale’s famous line, “there’s no place like home.” The film’s coda about familial nostalgia is timeless, but more importantly, the film demonstrates how adventure forces us to […]

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Hurricane Sandy: Survival is a collaborative art

October 29th, 2012. The storm raged. Evacuation warnings had been issued. Like many Staten Islanders, my parents had been told to evacuate, just like when Hurricane Irene hit 10 months prior. Like many, they had not been affected by Irene. […]

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Retreat is not a four letter word

Retreat!? We’ve read articles about the big agencies gathering their troops to mingle in exotic locales. We’ve been dazzled by the roster of famous speakers on the one hand and chuckled at the mandatory “classes” for assistants on the other. […]

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The Book Guy

I’ve always been a reader. As a kid, I preferred to bury my face in an anthology of fairy tales over playing sports with the guys on the block. Books, before movies, were my sanctuary, my oasis, my home. As […]

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He said: Nine years

Like many of you, I came to L.A. with dreams of making a movie. A decade of academia taught me next to nothing about the film industry, despite being a film student, so I spent the following nine years learning […]

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