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Book Update 1: Miles to Go

Updated: Mar 24, 2019

In which the author spills his guts to the rest of the class as substitute teacher Vic Racine chews his toothpick sardonically.

The fun, fiery and flawed Vic Racine (Roger Rees) / Ep. 6 "The Substitute"

Hi all – just wanted to bring you up to date on where I am with the book, which is pretty easy. Though 19 interviews into the process, I still have many more still to go before I can really buckle down and start writing.

That said, I haven’t been completely idle on that front. Greatly inspired by something Winnie Holzman told me during one of our chats back in January, I found myself dashing off the book’s introduction in just a couple of hours. Hardly surprising as the creator of My So-Called Life is every bit as thoughtful and inspiring as you’d expect her to be. (Fair warning: In the weeks and months to come you're probably going to hear a fair amount about how amazing Winnie is, both from those I've interviewed as well as from me.)

I’ve also recently begun work on the chapter about Episode 17, “Betrayal” – this after having the privilege to speak with its director, Mark Piznarski. He was instrumental in helping me better understand the overall tone and look of this pivotal chapter in My So-Called Life. I’m sure we’ll be deconstructing that episode, and many others, in the near future.

Which reminds me, when I say “we” I mean you and me. I really want to encourage you to share your thoughts, memories, reflections and insights in the comments below. You can also hop on over to the book's Facebook page.

Well, that’s all for now. I can’t wait to hear what you have to say about this amazing show.

See you in the halls,




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