San Diego Writers Open: Jeff Weinstein, John Brizzolara, Dave Zielinski


Someone told me, about Brizzolara, that he searched the money he got for Wire cutter and the following books. However, they did not tell me about Hodgkin’s disease.

hard local

Brizzolara recalled a night when, along with three other thrillers, he was invited to Grounds for Murder, a San Diego mystery bookstore, to discuss his work. “There has been some controversy over Wirecutter. Store owner Phyllis Brown seemed concerned about the violence in the book. I objected to her, suggesting that if you open a bookstore specializing in mysteries, you have to admit at least a fleeting fascination with violence.

By Judith Moore, August 31, 1989 | Read the full article

Late one night, after a full day of drinking, Hemingway challenged Dodger player Hush Casey to a boxing match.

The smaller the ball

When after Gwynn’s sensational 1987 season, he only finished eighth in the National League MVP vote, he succumbed to bitter thoughts. He began to think that in order to gain the respect that any worthy artist craves, he would have to bow to contemporary prejudices – he should start hitting home runs…. (But) during the winter of 1987-88. Gwynn decided to leave Super alone. He would settle for being the best Tony Gwynn in baseball.

By Linda Nevin, April 26, 1990 | Read the full article

Still life with apples and a pot of primroses, Paul Cézanne

Writers write, painters paint

“We often notice that many of Edward Hopper’s paintings engender feelings of loneliness. It is assumed that such feelings are in response to narrative elements in the paintings, but in fact they are in response to some repeated structural patterns. We often feel left behind, even abandoned, as something else in the painting, usually a road or trails, continues. We feel caught in a wake that offers no possibility of catching up with what is gone.

By Judith Moore, May 17, 1990 | Read the full article

Brown: “I wrote a lot of sonnets, because I grew up when Edna St. Vincent Millay was so popular.

Buried treasure: four local poets

As a poetry researcher at Stanford after World War II, Gerlach found his mentor in Yvor Winters, the controversial critic and poet, who insisted that good poetry has a moral and a rational dimension. At Stanford, Gerlach explains, he was “wintered”. After Stanford, Gerlach spent time with other notables like Black Mountain poet Paul Blackburn, Allen Tate, John Crowe Ransom, and Cleanth Brooks of the Fugitive Group. Gerlach received the prestigious Hopwood Prize for his poetry.

By David Zielinski, October 18, 1990 | Read the full article

Thursday 4:00 am Sam bolts standing in bed thinking: The novel stinks. Thought tracking: You are not Poe, but neither are you Danielle Steele.

Illustration by Peter Hannan

Go see Julian, open a vein

Stir up the fire. Try to read Hemingway. Letters to Pound, Maxwell Perkins, Archibald MacLeish, Fitzgerald. So many borrowing and lending money to other writers, asking Perkins for advances. I wonder why writers are broke half the time; maybe it has something to do with the fact that if a writer does a job well, the job seems effortless, and editors are reluctant to pay for what seems to be done so easily.

By John Brizzolara, December 6, 1990 | Read the full article

The archives were created in 1968 by Professor Roy Harvey Pearce as a result of his research for his “masterful” book The Continuity of American Poetry.

The debris of what you really do

When I was in high school, the hit of Summer of Love, and reluctantly became a hippie, I tried to relax as in my heart I longed to be an intense truth seeker with existential angst. I went to college, moved to San Francisco, and became an experimental story writer. Aside from occasionally meeting Gregory Corso, Bob Kaufman, Lawrence Ferlinghetti and once Allen Ginsberg in North Beach cafes, my beatnik dreams were dormant.

By Dodie Bellamy, November 10, 1994 | Read the full article

Eleanor Antin in the role of “the king”. His monologues and meditations become the vocal parts of extended personal projects centered on kings, ballet dancers and other roles.

The poets of San Diego

Small magazines have always been the focal points of writing activity across the board: San Diego is no exception. The problem here has been the distribution. As there is no central bookstore devoted to modern literature, access to small magazines is often difficult. Many of them are passed from publisher to friend without reaching the biggest public bookstores (this, in large part due to the huge revenue share – 40% + – demanded by stores like Pickwick and The Unicorn).

Part 1, February 20, 1975 | Part 2, February 27, 1975

Gutfleisch and Widmer. I softened when he told me that the restaurant belonged to Martin Gutfleisch. Could this be the same man who taunted me in the Tropic trial?

Another Miller’s Tale

I appeared in a San Diego courtroom as a defense witness for Lawrence and Geraldine McGilvery, owners of a La Jolla bookstore, The Nexus. They were on trial for selling obscene material, Miller’s Tropic of Cancer. Before the arrest, a young officer cadet walked into the pocket bookstore and insisted he needed to Tropic for a course in journalism. The conspicuous student got a used copy of Tropic for 50 cents.

By Eleanor Widmer, March 3, 1977 | Read the full article

Steinbeck is doing research. Kazin and Edmond Wilson have suggested that it is impossible for a novelist writing in and about California to produce great literature “because California is so shallow.”

Steinbeck’s Defender

The right attacked Steinbeck for political reasons. The right attacked Steinbeck for his attacks on powerful producers, for his claim that all was not well in the United States. The left’s disapproval started in earnest, according to Benson, with Row of cannery. “What really did [leftist critics] mad because he treated the dispossessed – from their point of view – in a light way. They considered it trivial. Critics on the left wanted him to keep writing Grapes of Wrath.

By Judith Moore, March 30, 1989 | Read the full article

For his first Reader Critic, Weinstein chose the downtown Korea House – not, says Weinstein, that he knew anything about Korean cuisine.

You eat in the world

As a graduate student, Weinstein had little money to eat out. When he got out, where did he go? “A Chinese restaurant near Highway 5 at the end of Pacific Beach. Aztec Kitchens # 1 and # 2. In Tijuana, a Basque restaurant near the jai alai stadium. Future Foods, San Diego’s attempt at healthy fast food. The Carnegie A440, a lovely little restaurant on Carmel Valley Road in Del Mar. ”

By Jeff Weinstein, June 8, 1989 | Read the full article

How I wrote my first novel

Californians don’t have much favor in the Heart of Dixie – especially San Diego alcoholics with bad attitudes. My first attempts at flashy stories detailing the adventures of the anguished Golden State were received indifferently. So after a stupid scandal and a messy divorce (another long story), I holed up to write my first real novel. By placing a fresh sheet of paper in my new electric typewriter, I typed the words “Happy Hour” and a monster was born.

By Davd Zielinski, October 19, 1989 | Read the full article


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