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You won’t get over it

For you, next week will be six months. For me, next month will be 42 years. Here is something I learned in that time. It isn’t what you want to hear, and it might not comfort you, but it’s the truth you need. You won’t get over it.

Writing Reseda: Nowhere is safe

If you saw another movie set in Reseda, Boogie Nights, you have a hard time forgetting that donut shop scene. If you haven’t seen it, I won’t ruin the movie or your appetite by describing it. Let’s say that the violence in it shocked a lot of people, except for me. That’s because I lived in …

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Why remember?

Another September 24. Another painful anniversary. And another question: Why remember a murder that happened nearly 40 years ago? Is it morbidity? A stubborn unwillingness to let go of a long-gone past? If I didn’t remember, the only alternative is to forget. “You cannot invest in retrospect,” as my dad used to say. And I …

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Stories that don’t leave you alone

Last week, I wrote about how to start a story. The next question is how to pick a story to write. Just as every story starts a different way, every story comes from a different source. For me, one project was inspired by a Herman Melville work. Another came from trying to process world events. …

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Ghost story

I’ve been receiving a few e-mails from Reseda High School students asking me about Mary Ann Henderson. She was the 15-year-old classmate of ours who was raped and murdered after a football game in 1976. These current Reseda students tell me stories of a ghost haunting the campus, and they think it is her. I’m not going into …

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