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07.17.2014 | 76 days ago | Posted at 08:49 AM

Benefit for Neighborhood House of Milwaukee

By David Luhrssen
  Filmmaker Paul McComas is more than just a man with a camera—you might call him a renaissance person for his resume as a musician and novelist as well as his work as a low-budget director and film lecturer at Northwestern and National-Louis universities. One of the Milwaukee native’s performance projects, Unplugged, is a one-hour program of memorable songs and moving...
Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013

Karen Joy Fowler is Beside Herself

NPR promised that fans of Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go—one of my three favorite novels—would adore Karen Joy Fowler’s latest, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves (A Marian Wood Book/Putnam)
Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013

No-budget film stars Milwaukee musical legend

 Richard LaValliere was a remarkable figure from Milwaukee’s ’70s punk scene. As bassist and songwriter, he brought unusual wit to The Haskels and redrew boundaries with his no-guitar follow-up, The Oil Tasters. LaValliere left for New York in the ’80s and continued to make cliché-busting music
Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013

Milwaukee novelist reflects on the ‘Me Decade’

 I don’t know why retired Milwaukee pathologist Reuben Eisenstein decided to set his debut novella during the 1970s, but the choice was spot on. Date Certain takes place in the post-Vietnam War, post-Watergate, post-’60s-activism Carter years—a period of national apathy and
Thursday, May 2, 2013

Biography of the director behind Dr. Jekyll and ‘Porgy and Bess’

 After reading Mamoulian: Life on Stage and Screen (University Press of Kentucky), David Luhrssen's comprehensive, illuminating biography of the pioneering director, I'm tempted to call its subject “the Kevin Bacon
Thursday, March 21, 2013

Steinbeck’s Chronicle of Conscience

 John Steinbeck is familiar to film buffs for the raft of Hollywood movies based on his novels, including such classics as The Grapes of Wrath and East of Eden; and many of us encountered Steinbeck in a high school or college
Monday, Oct. 3, 2011

Also: Wisconsin Humane Society hosts Jon Katz

Paul McComas is a multidimensional performance artist whose high-energy acts have transfixed audiences for more than 20 years...
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Paul McComas is engaging, intelligent and creative in many media. His most recent novel, Planet of the Dates (2008), was drawn from his experience as a teenager from Whitefish Bay prowling the fleshpots of Milwaukee with a fake ID...
Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Book Preview

It’s no coincidence that some of the most controversial and widely discussed books of the last century have been coming-of-age novels. Evidently there’s something about a young person’s path through the minefield of adolescence that can capture the anxieties of an epoch. Milwaukee native Paul McComas’ new novel, Planet of the Dates, offers readers a glimpse into the shifting political and cultural climate of the late-1970s and ’80s through the eyes of an ardent youth. It speaks of an era when the public’s anxiety . . .

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