IN SEARCH OF MAXIMON - Guatemala, 2008

In August, 2008, I journeyed to Guatemala in search of the Mayan deity known as Maximon who had moved into my penthouse apartment in Los Angeles and taken over my life. I found him... and much more! Read all about it here:

SHAMANIC ANTICS - Summer in Siberia 2007

In July, 2007, I was asked to be on the jury of an international music festival in Siberia. On the way there I accompanied the world-renowned throat-singing group Huun Huur Tu to their hometown of Tuva in the middle of Central Asia. The whole crazy story is right here:

BOMBAY DAYS - A Six-Week Sojourn, 2006

In November, 2006 I was invited by the Indian film industry to lead a screenwriting workshop at the Indian Film Festival in Goa, and then spent a month in Mumbai (I call it Bombay) writing a screenplay for a Bollywood producer. A few impressions on my third visit to the world's most exciting city are here:


In January, 2006, I was in Las Vegas for the annual Adult Video Convention on assignment for GQ Italia, where this piece was subsequently published. A profile of my friend Dominic, an artist skilled in the ancient art of Shibari (Japanese Erotic Rope Tying), the story is a little risque, containing sex, drugs, profanity and violence... and those are just the good parts! Check it out at your own peril:


In January, 2004, I accompanied my friend and photographer Wayne Schoenfeld on a trip to the town of Karaikal in Tamilnadu, Southeast India to document the work of Rotaplast Intl. Being witness to this medical mission, treating children with cleft lip and facial deformities, was a life-changing experience for me and everyone involved. My account, written from the field and published daily on the web before the word "blog" even existed, has a raw, unedited urgency and immediacy made all the more powerful by Schoenfeld's photos. Later published as a book (which we brought back to Karaikal in 2005), Mission To India: Portrait of a Volunteer Surgical Team in Action (Great Circle Books), this extraordinary experience -- in a beautiful place that a few months later was later transformed forever by the terrible tsunami -- is captured here: