Having just passed a major milestone of a birthday, I decided to take a little sentimental journey. In other words, I wen through my writing archives and rediscovered something intriguing. Many years ago, back in the 1990s, I was on staff at a local newspaper in southern California and made friends with another writer named Brian Chee. The paper went under the banner Southern Calif. Community New, or SCCN for short.
The two of us were young and arrogant enough to believe that we were the best writers on staff and should therefore write something together. Since we had both worked in restaurants in the past, we traded horror stories and thought we’d collaborate on a book together. That idea faded into memory.
Instead — and I’m pretty sure it was his idea — together we dreamed up a little editorial pamphlet entitled, FREESPEAK. The idea was to write contemporary pieces of our choosing involving politics, pop culture or whatever suited our fancy. I remember one piece I wrote in which I publicly implored whatever readers were out there to help push Mario Cuomo to run for the White House. Oy, the arrogance.
The project only lasted a few months but I recently came across all three issues, which were put together on Brian’s home computer, at the time. Below are the running columns I did during the salad days of home video players. My arrogance ran amok as I thought it was important to remind folks about films that may not be popular at their local rental houses, but still worthy of rediscovery. Glad to see I even picked a Lee Marvin movie in the process. Who knew decades later I’d be the award-winning NY Times bestselling author of Lee Marvin Point Blank? I know I didn’t! So, here again in full arrogance is my idea of “Forgotten Movies to Remember.” Don’t forget to click to enlarge.
– Dwayne Epstein

FREESPEAK, February 1992.

Freespeak, April, 1992


FREESPEAK, at the end.

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  1. I love “They Might Be Giants” & really like “Who’ll stop The Rain” & “The Emperor Of The North”.

  2. Dwayne, why should your idea about writing about your restaurant horror stories fade into memory? I’ve read books by restaurant workers who weren’t even writers, and they were fun reads.

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