Before Bradley Manning, there was Christopher Boyce

I’ve been spotting the movie The Falcon and the Snowman on cable TV a lot these days. At first, I thought it was just a case of me noticing it more. It’s a natural thing to happen – you tune your brain to a particular wavelength and you’re bound to start picking up signals you didn’t know were there. The fact that for the last year I’ve been working on a sequel to the book The Falcon and the Snowman with Christopher Boyce and his wife, Cait, should certainly be enough cause for any mention of falcons or snowmen to send my radar into overdrive. But to be perfectly honest, I’m convinced it’s a lot more than that. A conspiracy? No. Aliens? Go ask Giorgio Tsoukalos. For a while, I ascribed it to

Everything you always wanted to know about the Falcon and the Snowman... and then some

You learn something new every day. And every other day, you take something for granted. In co-writing the book American Sons: The Untold Story of the Falcon and the Snowman with Christopher Boyce and his wife Cait, I seem to have done a little bit of both. The first thing I did was take for granted the educational influence of Hollywood movies. I assumed that since there had been a popular movie made about the subject, most people would be familiar with the story of Christopher Boyce and Andrew Daulton Lee. But in the course of spreading the word about the new book, I’ve learned that not everyone is. Although the natural thing would be to tell someone to “Google it!” I have a hard time doing

How a touch of denial helped me kick cancer's ass

It was October of 1996 when I was diagnosed with Stage III(b) lobular carcinoma of the left breast. Strangely enough, the first thought to run through my head was “How convenient. It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month!” My second thought was “Is this how it ends?” For those who don’t know and who hopefully won’t ever have to learn, lobular carcinoma isn’t like “ordinary” breast carcinoma. The lobular type is a lot harder to detect. It spreads rapidly. And it kills randomly. Really, really kills. It’s so hard to detect that the hospital I went to in San Francisco didn’t even bother to try. That dark shadow on the mammogram? Nope, nothing to worry about. Until a lump developed, and then suddenly

How I got involved in the writing of "American Sons: The Untold Story of the Falcon and the Sno

It’s strange to think that my decision to not go to college is what ultimately resulted in my getting involved with Christopher Boyce and the writing of the book American Sons: The Untold Story of the Falcon and the Snowman. Yeah, there were plenty of other factors that played into it. My being a freelance writer probably helped out a bit—it certainly ensured that my writing chops were up to snuff. But if I had to boil it all down to any single choice I made throughout the course of my life, I believe it was my aversion to higher education that did it. In 2004 I was 35 years old, neck-deep in debt, and working in a call center—not exactly the final refuge for the desperate and the under-educ

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