Posts by Dustin LaValley

Jerry Stahl

Pushcart Prize–Winning Author Jerry Stahl on Living It and Writing It

A conversation with Jerry Stahl on writing, the connection between stand-up comedy and memoir, and half-miracles in Hollywood. Jerry Stahl is a Pushcart Prize–winning author whose recent works include Bad Sex on Speed, I, Fatty and Happy Baby Mutant Pills. His 1995 memoir Permanent Midnight, chronicling his recovery from heroin addiction, was adapted to a film starring Ben Stiller. Stahl’s recent screenwriting credits include The Bleeder (2016) and episodes of Maron and CSI. Here Stahl        …read more

Dito Montiel

Exclusive: Director Dito Montiel Opens up about ‘Man Down’ and Shia LaBeouf

Dito Montiel shares his personal motivations for directing the dramatic military thriller ‘Man Down’ starring Shia LaBeouf. I caught up with Dito Montiel between advance screenings of his latest movie, Man Down, a dramatic military thriller starring Shia LaBeouf, Gary Oldman, Jai Courtney and Kate Mara. We touched on everything from the December 2 film release to his early artistic career in music, which led him to prose and filmmaking. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7KWbLummuMI Can we lead with a        …read more

Protect Yourself: Why Everyone Should Try Martial Arts

I’ve seen martial arts training help a middle schooler overcome homophobic bullying, two women with Down syndrome gain self-confidence, and a middle-aged mom take down a workplace serial groper. Here’s why I think everyone should try martial arts. I grew up in a foster home run by a corrections officer, who at one time was the Hapkido champion of Plattsburgh AFB. Our garage workout sessions sparked my love for martial arts that followed me into        …read more

An Open Letter to Chuck Palahniuk

Your books got me through a health crisis and inspired me to follow a dream. Hi, Chuck, When I was 18, I missed an appearance of yours at Spokane’s Auntie’s Bookstore by one day. I had to leave for home for medical reasons. In 2014, I missed your reading at Skidmore. I had plans through Northshire Bookstore to see you in Saratoga, but chemotherapy had drained me of what little energy Crohn’s and the Big        …read more