To Not Flinch

Sacramento is in a quiet golden literary age, in my opinion. We enjoy an embarrassment of riches of independent booksellers, a poetry community, regular spoken word, poetry series and open mic events, and a bunch of critically acclaimed, courageous, badass writers doing great work. I say it’s a quiet golden age because Sacramento is not famous yet for being a hotbed of literary courage. Yet whenever I attend Sacramento Stories on Stage on the last Friday of the month, or a book launch at Time Tested Books, I leave inspired and amazed that I share at least a day job zip code with these…

A Great Yes: The Camera Man

Ten years ago a ¬†young man was beaten almost to death in his high school bathroom. The kids who jumped him broke his jaw. The police caught the kids who jumped him because a friend of theirs had filmed the beating and posted it online. The news announced that the police were still looking for the camera man. Online beatings are a thing now (i.e. WORLDSTARHIPHOP), but ten years ago this was a newsworthy event. Talk radio shows invited psychologists to talk about¬†the kind of young person who could take video of a victim’s beating and not do anything to…