Tuesday, July 28, 2020


The idea that talent is a rare thing is, I think, wildly overstated. There are lots of of extremely talented people in the world, but one of the qualities that makes all the difference on the road to success in the arts (in any field, really) is sheer force of personal will.

The man or woman with natural talent but no drive, no strength of purpose, may never reach the goal; may, in fact, get discouraged by rejection (which is part and parcel of the creative life), and surrender. Another person, not as gifted, but alight with passion and tenacity, will work harder and harder, mastering his or her craft and, regardless of the rejection faced along the way, ultimately achieve success.

The key (in my experience; yours may be different) is a fierce will. You have to be like Green Lantern, utilizing that fierce will to focus your dreams through the prism of your personal power ring.

Imagination + will = manifestation.

©copyright 2020 J.M. DeMatteis/Green Lantern ©copyright 2020 DC Entertainment

Sunday, July 19, 2020


The handsome gentleman to my left is my father-in-law, Irving Epstein, who passed away this week at the astonishing age of 97. (He was a spry 89 in the photo.) A man of great heart, honesty, decency, humor, and homespun midwestern wisdom. It was an honor having him in my life.

Safe travels, Irv. Love you.

Friday, July 10, 2020


"The voice that is heard deep within the soul is my voice—the voice of inspiration, of intuition, of guidance. Through those who are receptive to this voice, I speak eternally."
Avatar Meher Baba

Happy Silence Day to my Meher Baba family around the world.

Wednesday, July 8, 2020


Here's an intelligent and insightful analysis of Kraven's Last Hunt. Very grateful that people are still discovering, and discussing, this story more than thirty years after its publication.