“The Word ‘Future’ Wasn’t Part of My Vocabulary”: On Cookie Mueller’s “Walking Through Clear Water in a Pool Painted Black: Collected Stories”

JULY 25, 2022 IN AUTUMN 1967, The Doors played a concert at the Berkeley Community Theatre. The crowd was fast and heavy. Among the motley crew of hippies, washouts, and junkies was the visionary artist Cookie Mueller. Having fled the suburbs of Baltimore, Cookie stood in the back, bright-eyed, cradling an empty beer can. Her … Read more

Elusive part in overlooked article

The announcement of the discovery of the Higgs boson on July 4, 2012, at CERN, the European center for particle physics, was a strange scientific jubilee. Reporters and scientists crammed into the auditorium to hear about the revelation. There was a party atmosphere, with wild applause interrupting presentations by the researchers who had done the … Read more

The Art of Not Giving In (Part Two)

The Second Coming of the North Surrey Gigantopithecus PREVIOUSLY, in The Art of Not Giving InI described how I went from abandoning my novel, The North Surrey Gigantopithecus in 2017 to being around to witness its publication by Unsung Stories in 2021 to some acclaim. I had seen the story as a voice exercise and … Read more