- Massachusetts, USA
- September 20
- Retired composer, music publisher and producer. Writer.
- Manchester Music Library
- My memoir "Escaping the Giant" and my thriller "You Can't Write About Me" are both finished and with an agent. If he can't sell
them I will self-publish, so one way or another they will be available soon.
This blog and my memoir have enjoyed a vibrant relationship: I've repurposed bits of the memoir, which have then found their way into later drafts of the book. I didn't plan it that way, but it's a nice way to work.
MY RECENT POSTS
- Marty Balin Live at the
September 10, 2014 07:06AM
- Epiphany in the Check-in Line
August 27, 2014 11:55AM
- Go West, Old Man (A fairy
August 19, 2014 12:57PM
- Ingrid Michaelson - Lights Out
April 18, 2014 11:24AM
- A Writer's Dilemma
February 12, 2014 07:13AM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “I wish you had that kind
of love inside your house,
Reading this I don't
November 09, 2014 11:31AM
- “I don't have any problem
with the color! You did a
with the room,
August 27, 2014 06:00PM
- “Thank u all 4 the kind
words! DandyLion -I was at a
sitting next. To a
August 27, 2014 02:55PM
- “Thanks, Linda.”
August 19, 2014 12:32PM
- “Thanks for this. I
hadn't thought of his death
this way. The
dark side, the
February 13, 2014 05:00AM
- MY LINKS
I keep getting tangled up in strange loops of time. I’ve told the true fairy tale of how I came to Mill Valley in the summer of 1970, vowed to live there and then found myself doing just that, 44 years later. But that was last month. Whatever time-release spell enchanted me wore… Read full post »
My mother was a confirmed atheist. She believed in no higher power,
nothing that couldn’t be quantified. She barely believed in the existence of emotions. But everyone’s got to believe in something, even my mother.
She was an orthodox liberal who fervently believed in equality. R… Read full post »
"Go West, young man, go West. There is health in the country, and
room away from our crowds of idlers and imbeciles." Horace
Greeley said this, or perhaps not.
The view from my door.
How is it that I’m suddenly living in California, after 63 years on… Read full post »
This post is an experiment. I normally never listen to music when I write. Like many musicians music can never really serve as background for me. I can’t help listening to it, and it’s distracting to my words. Right now I’m listening to Ingrid Michaelson’s new album Li… Read full post »
Until a few years ago if you wanted your book published you had two options: find an agent to take it to publishers, or hire a vanity publisher. The first option was uncertain, and took a long time. The second was expensive, and (after your mom and best friends dutifully bought)… Read full post »
Sometime in the early sixties my father took me to see Pete Seeger at the local High School. It was my first concert, and the first time I’d seen a banjo. What I remember most of that night is my father’s loud baritone as he sang along with Pete, “Oh… Read full post »
By John Manchester
Most Fridays in the fall of 1963 my father was working at American Education Publications, publishers of “My Weekly Reader.” I was in my eighth grade class.
But that Friday, November 22nd, my father picked me up early from school in his green Austin-Healey Sprite… Read full post »
My father William Manchester’s account of JFK’s assassination, The Death of a President, is finally back in print after many years. Jill Abramson of the Times wrote an interesting overview of all the books on the subject, concluding with this about my father’s: “The… Read full post »
(Dylan at Ginsberg's typewriter)
A few days ago I got an email confirming that something I suggested to someone a few months ago had resulted in a cool thing. Nothing scandalous, but it made a fun story.
Something. Someone. Thing. Nothing. No, this is not an exercise in… Read full post »
I enjoyed When Harry Met Sally. I found Sleepless in Seattle and You’ve Got Mail a bit sugary for my taste. I didn’t really fall for Nora Ephron until Julie and Julia. I loved that movie. I don’t make movies, so I don’t know exactly how her directing contributed to… Read full post »
“It’s all one.”
I am well aware that my style of blogging does not fit the medium. My posts are too long, and worse, too complicated. Here’s why:
When I was ten my mother gave me… Read full post »
This is the very short version of my memoir Escaping the Giant, minus the fun stuff (sex, drugs and rock and roll), for those of you who have understandably gotten tired of waiting for publication. Reduction 1:45. Still working on the twitter version.
In early 1964 J… Read full post »
Mitt Romney in 1965, and today.
I try to steer clear of politics on this blog. With all the political discussion raging online, I’m afraid all I have to contribute is heat, and not much light.
But the recent revelation that Mitt Romney was a bully in prep school –… Read full post »
My father's last book is about to be published:
FINAL BOOK OF CHURCHILL TRILOGY COMING THIS FALL
By HILLEL ITALIE, AP National Writer – 4 days ago NEW YORK (AP) —
The third and final volume of the late William Manchester's beloved series on Winston Churchill is coming out this fall,… Read full post »
I love a good thriller. This recent genre of novels is descended from older breeds of diversionary literature, such as the mysteries, detective stories and horror. Unlike these styles, which have tended to calcify into predictable forms, thrillers are still in an early state of evolution. Its w/… Read full post »
(Note – I wrote this several weeks ago and didn’t get around to finishing it until now. I’m leaving it in the present tense.)
According to clocks and calendars, time marches along at steady, metronomic tempo. That’s not how it feels to us. Time stretches and shrinks, dependin… Read full post »
Cloud from 1st nuclear explosion, "Mike."
I was scouting sites in San Francisco for a new novel. I called my old friend Dan. He’s been doing audio for films for decades, starting with Apocalypse Now. I figured he’d seen some strange locations.
I asked him, “What… Read full post »
As promised in my last post, here are graves from the Pet Cemetery. It is no longer the peaceful spot it once was now that it cowers under the construction of the new feeder to the Golden Gate Bridge. But if you're in the area you should catch it before it's… Read full post »
“I Left a 'Piece of My Heart' in San Francisco”
No, it’s not some gruesome song mash-up, the ghost of dear Janis Joplin scrreaming over a poor crooning Tony Bennett, scaring him so badly that he’s losing that genial smile.
It’s a simple stat… Read full post »
The ophthalmologist who diagnosed me with a retinal stroke called it “the canary in the mine” -early warning of worse things that might come, like a brain stoke. Last Wednesday I had an MRI to investigate what danger might be lurking down the tunnels of my arteries.
&n… Read full post »
Japanese war tubas
Three short Preludes and an Impromptu for Tubas, Piano, Violin, Pianist, Recording Engineer, Golden Girl, Razor Blade, Sex Toys, Editor of Sex Film (off stage), Orgasm Loop (faked; off stage), Fender Rhodes and Celeste.
PRELUDE I - SoCal Tuba Traged… Read full post »
Why have I been absent from OS since last summer? I’ve been busy working, of course, but the real reason I’ve been gone is that I fell down a well. Not with a dramatic splash, but slowly, like a motion capture film of a leaf on a fall day. So slowly… Read full post »
My old freind Peter Stern had been telling me for years about his cousin Tom, a musician who's played with Frank Wakefield, Dan Hicks, Taj Mahal, David Nelson of NRPS and THE guitar hero of my youth - Mike Bloomfield.
Last week I finally got to meet Tom, for dinner… Read full post »
Linda posted about our recent lunch.
Lunch a second year in a row confirmed what I already knew–that Linda exudes a warm spirit that embraces others with real huggggs. She’s funny, quirky, overflowing with stories that are as colorful and eclectic as the fun clothes she wears.… Read full post »