Essays, opinions and rants

Q & A

Why is your blog called Moonlight Mile? 

Surely you know the Stones song Moonlight Mile? You young people these days…. Go listen to it now. Aside from that, Moonlight Mile conjures an unknown journey, traveling a path with whatever light is available, finding your way and taking in darkness, beauty, mystery and surprise. 


 

So where are you actually from? 

The Chicken Pie Shop, Fresno
The Chicken Pie Shop, Fresno

Fresno, California, in the San Joaquin Valley. It runs through California’s belly and contains bounty and challenges in equal supply. To be from there, for me, is to know crime and violence, economic struggle, brutal weather, incredible food and a deep, gorgeous vein of creativity, openness, inclusiveness and compassion in the people.

Fresno outskirts
Fresno outskirts

Since leaving, I’ve lived between 200 and 9,000 miles from Fresno, from San Francisco to Boston to Singapore, but the valley remains an inescapable component of the lens through which I view the world.  

 

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Storyland at Roeding Park
Van Ness Ave., two blocks from where I grew up
Van Ness Ave., near where I grew up

 

Exactly what is the point of this? 

The power of storytelling, not just to connect us to each other and illustrate our shared humanity but to improve individual lives and the whole damn world, is my religion, so I’m trying to do my part. Blogging is also a) an attempt to figure out what the point is of this whole existence thing, b) a way to build a community so that when I produce novels, essays and articles I can assure publishers that readers exist, and c) a creative outlet and cyber-soapbox.

 

 

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