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Friends’ Central School. 1960.

BA (Politics): Brandeis Univ. 1964

LLB: Univ. of Pennsylvania Law School. 1967

MA (Creative Writing): San Francisco State Univ. 1975.



VISTA volunteer assigned to Community Legal Counsel, Chicago, Ill. 1967-68.

Library clerk at Continuing Education for the Bar, Berkeley, CA. 1968-69.

Associate of Jerrold R. Levitin, Esq., at Levy & Van Bourg, San Francisco, CA. 1969.

Associate of Jettie Pierce Selvig, Esq. and Melvin M. Belli, Esq., San Francisco, CA. 1970-81.

Solo practitioner in Berkeley, CA. 1981-2011 (ret’d)..

Certified specialist in Workers’ Compensation Law by the California Board of Legal Specialization. 1979-2009.


Publications and Awards

“You Can’t Tell the Players” (story). FOLIO, Spring, 1963.

“Nightlife” (article). COLLEGIATE GUIDE TO PHILADELPHIA, 1966.

“Gang-Busting in Chicago” (article). NEW REPUBLIC, June 1, 1968.

MAD 5″ (story). TRANSFER, Fall 1974.

“The Best Ride to New York” (story). MASSACHUSETTS REVIEW, Summer 1976. One of five best stories of the year, Coordinating Council of Literary Magazines; anthologized as Pushcart Prize winner, PUSHCART PRESS II; honorable mention, BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES.

“Open Man” (story). CAROLINA QUARTERLY, Spring/Summer 1976. Honorable mention, BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES. Reprinted in FULL COURT: A LITERARY ANTHOLOGY OF BASKETBALL (1996).

“The Gremlin that Vanished” (story). KANSAS QUARTERLY, Spring 1978. Honorable mention, KANSAS QUARTERLY literary contest.

THE BEST RIDE TO NEW YORK (novel). Harper & Row, 1978. Won San Francisco Bar Association’s prize for fiction.

“Moments on the Trail” (article). WRITER’S YEARBOOK, 1980.

“Hudson” (story). CAVALIER, Aug. 1980.

“Workers’ Compensation and How to Avoid It” (chapter). MODERN TRIALS, Belli ed. 1982.

Recipient of grant, National Endowment for the Arts. 1982.

“Hollywood and Me” (thinly veiled fictional account). FRYING PAN, Dec. 1983.

“Republic” (story). FRYING PAN, Aug. 1984.

“Springsteen for President,” (article). FRYING PAN, Dec. 1985.

“The Boys of Shadow Elm,” (story). SAN JOSE STUDIES, Spring 1986.

“Remembrances of a Fan-Addict Past” (essay/memoir). COMICS JOURNAL, Number 120, reprinted (abridged) SPIN, Aug. 1988.

“Why Roy Lichtenstein is a Greater Artist than Ghastly Ingels,” (essay). COMICS JOURNAL, Number 135.

“Atack of the Salmon Heads,” (essay). COMICS JOURNAL, Number 141.

“What do Tex Watson, Rene Magritte and Wally Wood Have in Common?” (review of show by Jim Shaw). COMICS JOURNAL, Number 141.

“‘Yes, Yes,’ She Panted,” (essay). COMICS JOURNAL, Number 143.

“‘I Don’t Fuck My Dog’: The Life and Art of Dori Seda” (profile/essay with Adele Levin). COMICS JOURNAL, Number 154.

“Missing: The Search for ZAP #0,” (article/essay). COMICS JOURNAL, Number 156.

“Good Ol’ Chester Brown,” (profile/essay with Adele Levin). COMICS JOURNAL, Number 162.

“‘Enlighten ‘Em or Sicken ‘Em’: S. Clay Wilson: Work and Play,” (profile/essay). COMICS JOURNAL, Number 175.

“I Can’t Get No… No, No, No…,” (review of Harvey Pekar & Joyce Brabner’s Our Cancer Year, with Adele Levin). COMICS JOURNAL, Number 177.

FULLY ARMED: THE STORY OF JIMMY DON POLK (biographic fiction). Baskerville, 1995. [Excerpted in THE BERKELEY INSIDER, May 1996.]

“Outsider Cartoonist: B.N. Duncan Goes to the Museum,” (profile/essay). COMICS JOURNAL, Number 185.

Bob Dylan: the Man; the Myth; the Italian Meats Sandwich,” (essay). KARAMU, Spring 1996. Reprinted in MONTAGUE STREET #3. 2012.

“Have Mercy” (review). COMICS JOURNAL, Number 195.

“Rough Passage” (review). COMICS JOURNAL, Number 197.

“Sex and the Single 11-Year-Old,” (essay). COMICS JOURNAL, Number 200.

“Rice, Beans and Justin Greens,” (profile/essay). COMICS JOURNAL, Number 203.

“Katz Feat,” (profile/essay on Jack Katz) COMICS JOURNAL, Number 206.

“Alone in the Western World: The Saga of Maxon Crumb” (profile/essay). COMICS JOURNAL, Number 217. [Reprinted in unauthorized bootleg edition as “The Strange World of Maxon Crumb” April 2000.]

“The Story in Everything” (profile/essay on Ben Katchor). COMICS JOURNAL, Number 220.

“Not Being Emily Dickinson” (interview of Trina Robbins). COMICS JOURNAL. Number 223.

“Cushlomochree Revisited” (essay on Crockett Johnson’s “Barnaby”). COMICS JOURNAL, Number 224.

“The Dr. Filth No One Knows” (essay). COMICS JOURNAL, Number 235.

“The Pirate and the Mouse: Part I” (profile/essay on Dan O’Neill). COMICS JOURNAL, Number 236.

“The Pirate and the Mouse: Part II.” COMICS JOURNAL, Number 239.

“Teddy Bears’ Picnic” (profile/essay on Rory Hayes). COMICS JOURNAL, Number 250.

THE PIRATES AND THE MOUSE: DISNEY’S WAR AGAINST THE COUNTERCULTURE (non-fiction book). Fantagraphics. 2003. (Excerpted in REASON vol. 36, no. 7. Dec. 2004; Italian edition, UN PORTOPOLINO TRA IL PIRATI: LA GUERRA DELLA DISNEY CONTRA L’UNDERGROUND. Free Books. 2006; reprinting of REASON excerpt, slightly revised at the web site of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s history of comic censorship. May 2013.)

“Now You See Me” (profile/essay on Arn Saba/Katherine Collins). COMICS JOURNAL, Number 255.

“The Mark of Tyrone Power” (profile/essay on Alex Toth). COMICS JOURNAL, Number 262.

“What’s So Fair About Fair Use.” Speech to The Ohio State University Cartoon Research Library’s eighth triennial Festival of Cartoon Art on censorship, self-censorship and editorial control. October 16, 2004.

“See My Light Come Shining” (profile/essay on Vaughn Bode). COMICS JOURNAL, Special Edition Volume Five. 2005.


“Your Children Will Thank You” (introductory remarks). THE ART OF S. CLAY WILSON. Ten Speed Press. 2006.



“The Phantasmagoria of S. Clay Wilson” (interview). THE COMICS JOURNAL. Number 293. (Republished at www.tcj.comApril 2, 2012.)

“Optimism of the Will” (opinion).


“Steak Sandwiches, B.C.,” THE BROAD STREET REVIEW (memoir). April 25, 2009.

“Palestra” (Published as “Growing Up at the Palestra, 1958,” THE BROAD STREET REVIEW (memoir). May 6, 2009.

“Hang Out” (Published as “Hanging Out in the ‘50s,” THE BROAD STREET REVIEW (memoir). May 9, 2009.

“Construction” (Published as “How I Spent My Summer Vacation”), THE BROAD STREET REVIEW (memoir). May 25, 2009.

“How I Became a Writer, Part 1,” THE BROAD STREET REVIEW (memoir). May 30, 2009. (Republished in FIRST OF THE YEAR: 2009, DeMott ed.)

“Lesson” (Published as “How the World Works: Philadelphia 1961”), THE BROAD STREET REVIEW (memoir). July 7, 2009.

“How I Became a Writer, Part 2,” THE BROAD STREET REVIEW (memoir). July 21, 2009.

“How Michel Choquette (Almost) Assembled the Most Stupendous Comic Book in the World,” THE COMICS JOURNAL (article). Number 299.

“How I Became a Writer, Part 3.” THE BROAD STREET REVIEW (memoir). Aug. 11, 2009.

“How I Became a Writer, Part 4,: THE BROAD STREET REVIEW (memoir) Aug. 22, 2009.

“Rock’n’Roll” (Published as “The Dawn of Rock ‘n’ Roll”), THE BROAD STREET REVIEW (memoir). Sept. 1, 2009.

“Puddles” (Published as “For the Love of a Dog”), THE BROAD STREET REVIEW (memoir). Oct. 4, 2009.

“Two Books” (Published as “Let Us Now Praise Obscure Men”), THE BROAD STREET REVIEW (memoir) Oct. 19, 2009.

“Movies” (Published as “’50s Films that Stoked the ‘60s”), THE BROAD STREET REVIEW (memoir) Oct. 26, 2009.

“Pariah-Time” (memoir), FIRST OF THE YEAR: 2009, DeMott ed.

“October 1, 1950” (Published as “My Ball Club, My Sister”) (memoir), THE BROAD STREET REVIEW. Nov. 2, 2009.

“As Mildred” (Published as “Ready for My 15 Minutes of Fame, Mr. DeMille,”), THE BROAD STREET REVIEW (memoir). Nov. 7, 2009.

Untitled. (Interview of J.T. Dockery/review of IN TONGUES ILLUSTRATED). Nov. 29, 2009.

“B.N.Duncan, R.I.P.” (memorial), THE COMICS JOURNAL. Number 300.

“Mail” (Published as “You’ve Got Mail”) (memoir), THE BROAD STREET REVIEW. Jan. 10, 2010.

“Bar Mitzvah, Boy” (Published as “Bar Mitzvah Boy”), (memoir) THE BROAD STREET REVIEW. Jan 29, 2010.

“Dylan at the White House (or was that Shakespeare?)” (review). THE BROAD STREET REVIEW. Feb. 9, 2010.

Untitled. (Review of “Sitting Shiva for Myself”). April 20, 2010.

“Rose By Any Other Name”(memoir), THE BROAD STREET REVIEW. April 20, 2010.

“The Dawn of the Civil Rights Movement” (Published as “Distance Learning”). July 2010.

“In the Fire” (Review of book on Greg Irons), Sept. 27, 2010.

“My First Faggot” (Published as “A Muy Macho Philly”) (memoir), FIRST OF THE YEAR: 2010. DeMott, ed.

“As Far As Hello,” (memorial/Don Donahue), Nov. 2, 2010.

“Fraud and the Holy Ghost” (article). getMED LEGAL MAGAZINE, Number 19.

“Top Ten” (memoir). Nov. 2010. (Reprinted in PERSPECTIVES BY INCONGRUITY, Benj DeMott, ed. Transaction Publishers, 2012.)

“On ‘Colored Girls’” (Published as “‘For Colored Girls Goes Hollywood’”) (review), , BROAD STREET REVIEW. Dec. 7, 2010.

“Seeing Is…,” a foreword to SPUD CRAZY, by Nick Tosches and J.T. Dockery. Institute 193. 2011.

“Goodbye to All That” (article on Frank Frazetta), March 7, 2011.

“Heart Attack” (Published as “This Close to Eternity”) (article). BROAD STREET REVIEW. March 7, 2011.

“…does it all mean?” (essay on “The Adventures of Phoebe Zeit-Geist”). BLACK EYE No.

1. 2011.

“Anatomy of a Heart Procedure” (article). BROAD STREET REVIEW. Aug. 9, 2011.

“Kate Atkinson: Crime Fiction for Grown-Ups” (article). BROAD STREET REVIEW.

Aug. 14, 2011.

“Nat Tate” (article). Sept. 2011.

“The Maniac Responsible” (article), published in THE SOMEDAY FUNNIES, ed. by Michel Choquette. Abrams. October 2011.

“The Mother Vanishes” (article). BROAD STREET REVIEW. Dec. 7, 2011.

“Bitter Orange” (Published as “The Square Jungle”) (article). BROAD STREET REVIEW. Dec. 17, 2011.

“Out of the Past” (Review of THE SOMEDAY FUNNIES). Dec. 22, 2011.

(Reprinted, without permission, at “Bodo’s Blog,” Dec. 27, 2011.)

“The Lady is No Ditz” (Published as “Truth as Silly Putty, or Why Janet Malcolm Makes Me Say ‘Wow’”) (article). BROAD STREET REVIEW. Jan. 10, 2012.

“You Vant, Mebbe, 38 Vays to Say ‘Imbecile’?” (Review of YIDDISHKEIT). Feb. 8, 2012.

“Five Years Ago You Would be Dead” (article). BROAD STREET REVIEW. Feb. 12, 2012.“Matinees and Memories” (article). PERSPECTIVES BY INCONGRUITY. Demott, Benj, ed. Transaction Publishers 2012. (Republished in THAT FLOATING BRIDGE, DeMott, Benj, ed. 2013)

“I Walk With Janet While the Others Ride By” (article). BROAD STREET REVIEW. March 1, 2012.

“Matinees and Memories” (article). FIRST OF THE MONTH. March 2012. (Republished in THAT FLOATING BRIDGE. DeMott, Benj, ed. 2013.)

“Like a Lamb Chop Meeting Its Chefs” (article). BROAD STREET REVIEW. April 10, 2012.

“The Cake Also Rises” (article). BROAD STREET REVIEW. July 3, 2012.

“To Hell and Back” (review of ED THE HAPPY CLOWN). July 9, 2012.

“The Unfinished and the Unknown” (article). July 2012.

“A Kiss Before Dying” (review of THE CARTOONS OF FLANNERY O’CONNOR) July 23, 2012.

Text on plaques for Don Donohue and Greg Irons. Berkeley Historical Plaque Project. July 2012.

“Whatever Happened to Baby Jessica?” (Published as “‘Marvin Gardens’ and Woodstock’s Lost Innocent”) (article). BROAD STREET REVIEW. Sept. 15, 2012.

“My Life in Porn” (Published as “My Life as a Pornographer” (article). BROAD STREET REVIEW. Oct. 16, 2012.

“Of Debatable Significance” (article). October 2012. (Republished in THAT FLOATING BRIDGE. DeMott, Benj, ed. 2013.)

Bob Dylan: Autumn 2012″ (article). December 2012.

“Mason & Dixon” (review) BROAD STREET REVIEW. Dec. 31, 2012.

“Let Us Now Praise Al Feldstein” (essay). Feb. 11, 2013.

“Puttin’ On the Gloves” (essay). BROAD STREET REVIEW. Feb. 26, 2013.

Text on Beserekely Records. Berkeley Historical Plaque Project. March 2013.

“Albert and Robert” (investigative journalism). THE COMICS JOURNAL, No. 302

“Ware or When (and What About It) (review of “Building Stories”). April 10, 2013.

“86,397 is Not Enough” (published as “One Last Implant”) (essay). April 13, 2013.

“The Comic Art of Al Williamson” (review). June 1, 2013.

“The Boys of Winter” (essay) Aug. 27, 2013.

“The Anti-War of Harvey Kurtzman” (review). Sept. 4, 2013; (Reprinted at April 9, 2014.)

“As I Lay Dying” (essay) Oct. 1, 2013.

“Confessions of a Spiritual Pornographer” (essay) FIRST OF THE MONTH. Oct. 2013.

“Morning Becomes Renee” (conversation with Renee Blitz). Oct. 28, 2013.

“The Art of Law” (essay) Nov. 5, 2013.

“Giving Thanks” (essay). Nov. 22, 2013.

“Ces bandes dessinees ne sont pas un pipe non plus” (review). Dec. 5, 2013.

“Great Big Beautiful” (review of Doll). Jan. 13, 2014.

“The Master” (review of The Master and Margarita). April 18, 2014.

“The Archduke and the Pervert” (essay). April 24, 2014.

“Cleft” (essay). Jan. 14, 2014.Cot

“Cottage Industry” (review of Cottage Classics) May 30, 2014.

“Boys and Girls Together” (review of Adam) June 9, 2014..

“What’s Mything” (review of Pirates in the Heartland). July 3, 2014.

“Compassion” (essay, with Adele Levin) July 29, 2014.

“Kentucky Bonded” (review of Despair vol. 2). Aug. 8, 2014.

“Gentleman in Distress” (essay) August 2014.

“Women and Children First (essay) August 2014.

“Two Reviews” (review of Well Come and Scab Lands). Sept. 29, 2014.

“Ol’ Blue Eyes” (review of Bob Dylan). December 2014.

“Draw, Write, Talk,” (introduction). The ZAP Interviews. Fantagraphics. 2014.

“S. Clay Wilson’s ABC” (review). Dec. 21, 2014.

“Seasons Greetings” (published as “On the Sending of Christmas Cards”) (essay). Jan. 9, 2015.

“News at 11″ (essay). Jan. 13, 2015.

“A Flag for Robert Stone” (essay). Jan. 20, 2015.

“This Writing Life” (essay). Feb. 6, 2015.

“Several Million Dollars for Your Thoughts” (essay). March 15, 2015

“True Romance” (review of “Inner City Romance”. March 18, 2015.

“The Chocolate Speaks” (essay). April 8, 2015.

“A. Lange’s Zine” (review of “Trim”). April 10, 2015.

“The Marvel and the Albatross” (essay/review on Misleidys Pedroso). www.broadstreetre- May 9, 2015.

“The Wild One is Thirty-eight” (review of “Tad Martin”). June 15, 2015.

“Kafka in the Hot Tub” (review of “The Poet of Transparency”) www.broadstreetreview.
com. June 20, 2015.

“Fugging Around” (review of “Fogel’s Underground Comix Price Guide”).
July 23, 2015.

“Electric Bob” (review of “Dylan Goes electric”). Sept. 4, 2015.

“Sex, Lies and Showtime” (review of “Masters of Sex”) Oct. 6, 2015.

“Art, No Art” (review of “Pop Wasteland”). Niv. 2, 2015.

“Texas, In My Rearview Mirror” (essay on “Los Tejanos/The Lost Cause”) Jan. 11, 2016.

“Breaking and Entering” (review of “The Burglary”). Feb. 22, 2016.

“The Killing Fields” (review of “Ghettoside”). March 15, 2016.

“The Kids Who (sort of) Beat Hitler” (review of “The Boys in the Boat”) . April 11, 2016.

“The Road Goes On” (review of “Odyssey”). May 10,2016.

“The Horror! The Horror!: Graham Ingles and the Art of Real Yuch” (essay). May 13, 2016.

CHEESESTEAK: The West Philadelphia Years: A Rememboir. Spruce Hill Press. May 2016.

“Flight of the Somebodies” (essay). June 10, 2016.

“What’s Going On” (review of “Gulag Casual”) June 17, 2016.

“The Message” (mini-essay). June 19,2016.

“And Bob’s Your Uncle” (review of Bob Dylan) July 3, 2016.

“The Writing on the Wall” (On “Ray Donovan”). Aug. 8, 2016.

THE SCHIZ (novel). Spruce Hill Press. Sept. 2016.

“Two Joes and a Jill” (review of “Joe Gould’s Teeth”). Sept. 25,

“The Only Sensible Response” (Review of “Robusto!!!”). Oct. 7, 2016.

“The Falcon and the Pardon-Seeker” (On “The Falcon and the Snowman”). Oct. 13, 2016.

“Two Joes and a Jill” (review of “Joe Gould’s Seagull”). Nov. 3, 2016.

“A Poem” (afterword to Aaron Lange’s “HUGE”).December 2016. Reprinted as “Picture This” at Dec. 14, 2016.

“Something of Value” (essay on Mike Diana). Feb. 6, 2017

“Just Another Public Service Announcement” (guest blog). www.travelswithtrump.blogspot.
com. Feb. 27, 2017.

“Laughing in the Dark” (review of “Turkish Trilogy”). March 3, 2017.

“Adventures in Marketing: Week 45″ (essay). www, April 1, 2017.

“It Takes a Train to Cry” (review of “M Train”). June 1, 2017.

“Headin’ My Way” (review of “Here and Now”). June 7, 2017.

“The Hammer and the Paintbrush” (on “Jesus’s Son”) July 5, 2017.

“Alone” (review of “Purgatory”). July 31, 2017.

“The Murderers and the Nun” (on “The Keepers”). Aug. 1, 2017.

“Every Picture Tells a Story” (on “South and West”). www.firstofthe Aug. 6, 2017.

“Approaching Wilson” (review of “Belgian Lace From Hell”) Aug. 28, 2017.

“Quite the Kidder” (review of “The Third Remedy”). Sept. 11, 2017.

“Fox and Foes” (on “The Badge They Are Trying to Bury”). Nov. 11, 2017.

“With Reservation” (review of “Wild River”). Nov. 29, 2017.

“Jimmy Stewart Meets H.P. Lovecraft.” (opinion). Feb. 9,2018.

“Don’t Buy the Farm” (review of Wendell Berry’s “Affirmation.”)
May 2, 2018.

“The Other – Word” (opinion). Jan. 7, 2018.

“Game Theory” (review of “Berlin: 1936″). Feb. 11, 2018.

“Me Two Cents” (opinion). March 1, 2018.

“Creating Dangerously” (essay on Guy Colwell). FULL BLEED, vol. 2. July 2018

“Weighty Tomes” (reviews of “Monograph,” “Blood on the Water” and “The Dying Grass”). July 1, 2018.

“Why Does the 12-Inch-Tall Piano Player Sing?” (Review of “The House Next Door”). Oct. 18, 2018.