Why Isn’t Every Movie RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (and Every Book THE HUNGER GAMES)?

I’ve always been a pretty picky movie-goer and reader. Most of what I see and read ultimately disappoints me (even if I usually end up being somewhat entertained along the way). When I was younger, I used to ask myself, “Why isn’t every movie Raiders of the Lost Ark?” These days, I might also ask […]

It’s Hard to Talk About Movies Today Without Sounding Bitter

So there’s this new movie out, The Lego Movie. I hear it’s pretty good, but I knew in advance that I’ll never pay to see it. Why? Because knowing how Hollywood works, if it’s a hit (and it is), they’ll now proceed to turn every children’s toy ever sold into a movie franchise. Oh, and […]

Does the World Need “Bad” Book Reviews?

The New York Times has an interesting discussion this morning about whether or not publications should publish “bad,” or negative, book reviews. The argument goes something like this: books, unlike movies and plays, are a “smaller” medium; since there are so many thousands of books vying for attention, why not devote precious print space to […]

GEOGRAPHY CLUB (the Movie) Out on DVD on March 11th

For those of you asking about the DVD of the Geography Club movie, here’s the press release. Oh, and for what it’s worth? The DVD includes a really great hour-long documentary on the making of the film. It gives an excellent feel for everyone involved — and also includes an interview with yours truly. It’s […]

Advice for Writers: Play Video Games!

So I’m on record as saying that every novelist should write at least one play in his or her life (and hopefully see it performed in front of an audience). The act of structuring a play — and plays, more than any writing medium except maybe screenplays, are ALL about structure — will teach you […]

Signed Editions of My Books? With Free Shipping, No Less!

So I just received some unsold book inventory. Since I have all the copies of my books I could ever use, I figured I’d offer them to people who might enjoy buying them as signed editions. I can personalize the books or simply just sign them (which is what most collectors want). Just let me […]

A New Russel Middlebrook Book? Yup! Look for it in December 2014

So a lot of people have been asking me lately if I’m going to write a fifth Russel Middlebrook book. And the answer is … yes! It will be released in December of this year. At this point, the plot details are top-secret (not really — it’s just that the book isn’t done yet, and […]

Russel Middlebrook’s Sex Life? Yikes!

So a couple of weeks ago, I released my free short story Two Thousand Pounds Per Square Inch – part of the Russel Middlebrook Series, but also part of The Real Story Safe Sex Project, my new project devoted to fighting HIV/AIDS and promoting safe sex among gay and bi guys. Some of the feedback […]

GEOGRAPHY CLUB, the Movie, is Now on iTunes and Amazon Instant Video!

So the movie adaptation of my first novel Geography Club is now available nation-wide on iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and most other VOD movie options. Check it out! If you do see it, let me know what you think. I was really more of a by-stander in the creation of the movie itself, so you […]

I’m Back to Loving Lady Gaga (and it Has Nothing to do with ARTPOP!)

I’m a Lady Gaga fan, but honestly, “Applause” aside, I haven’t gone crazy for ARTPOP. But her latest appearance on The Graham Norton Show (an excellent UK talk show) reminds me why I fell in love with her in the first place, and it has nothing to do with her music. Graham talks to Gaga […]