Just Think About It: Tom McElfresh, 1935-2015

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 4, 2015
At a CityBeat party 10 years ago an acquaintance pulled me aside and asked earnestly, “When you write a harsh review of a play, do you use a different byline? Is it Tom McElfresh?”   

What Kind of Question Is That?

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Do you look forward to your job every day? Do you do for a living something you would do for free, anyway? I do, don’t you?  

Verify Before You Vilify

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Professionally and in my journalism ethics classes, we ask whether the harm we do is justified and to whom. I already know Rollie Chance’s answer.  

It's Really Scary to Be a Writer

1 Comment · Thursday, January 3, 2013
It’s pretty widely accepted that creative types — the kind whose work is meant to disseminated — share a common trait: swollen, bulging egos that must constantly be nursed with attention, positive or otherwise. The writer writes, of course, because he likes the sound of his own voice.    

A Hero Ain't Nothin' But a Sandwich

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Like an Old Testament miracle, Chick-fil-A founders last week reversed themselves and decided to stop contributing chicken sandwich money to organizations spearheading the right-wing conservative movement to dismantle same-sex marriage nationwide.  

After the (Trash) Dance

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Trash Dance captures the development of contemporary dance choreographer Alison Orr’s experimental performance piece featuring a crew of sanitation workers.