Category Archives: Introductions

What kind of writer would I be?

If I didn’t make up excuses for not consistently updating my blog. Some faithful readers might recall that last fall I launched the ill-fated “Fir & Main” blog on the VC Reporter Web site. While I quickly launched the blog with a piece about the murder of Oakland journalist Chauncey Bailey, and was able to post some other items about content in our newspaper, it quickly got away from me. By the time I was able to recombobulate myself, we ran into a slew of problems with our blog host at the time. In the ensuing months, other priorities took hold, the Reporter’s staff changed over a bit, and life was, well, life.

Now I’m back, and hopefully eventually I’ll be better than ever. This site is pretty barebones now, and I’m not quite sure where I’ll take it, but it will certainly grow and evolve. I happen to encounter a lot of fascinating subjects in my travels through this world, many of which I’m sure I’ll want to share.

Happy reading.

P.S. Don’t forget to check out the blogs of Reporter Arts Editor Matt Singer at or that of Staff Writer Hannah Guzik at


White whale

What a week. As the sun bursts gold over the Pacific I exhale, winding down from one of those days that never quite seemed to start. I’m exhausted after completing what is pretty much the strangest and most fascinating piece of writing I’ve worked on so far in my life. If you haven’t read it yet, the tale of Jon Toriumi outlined in this week’s edition of the Reporter is quite fascinating. I don’t really know how best to explain it, having poured all my explicatory capacities into composing the piece. Therefore, I urge you to read it with the promise that you’re likely to be intrigued.

I hope indeed that I will remain far more dedicated to posting here than I ever was at my previous blog.