My Lloyd Hamilton biography is now available for purchase on the McFarland website. It will soon become available through Amazon and other booksellers.
I have been in New York for the last two weeks researching a new book on silent film comedy. I want to thank Steve Massa, Susan Selig, David Massa, Ben Model, Robert Arkus, Bruce Lawton and Charles Silver for the hospitality they showed to me and my son Griffin during our visit. I also thank Eddie, the projectionist who ran films for us at the Museum of Modern Art.
The trip to New York gave me an opportunity to visit with my family. I was especially interested in seeing my 79-year-old mother, who complained to me recently about health problems. My mother will never tell you if she is feeling sick, which made me realize that this might be serious. Hours before I arrived in New York, my mother was hospitalized after blacking out, falling into a bureau, and breaking her nose and orbital bone. Throughout my visit, my mother kept telling me that the doctors did not know what was wrong with her and she had to wait for them to get the tests results. I could sense that she wasn't telling me the truth and that only made me more worried. When I returned home yesterday, I found a large box outside of my front door. The box contained copies of my Hamilton book fresh off the presses. I got inside my home, turned on my computer, and found an email from my sister asking me to call her right away. I called my sister and learned that my mother has Hodgkin's lymphoma. It was a strange feeling to be sitting next to a box filled with copies of my new book while hearing that my mother has cancer. I need a few days for this to sink in. In the meantime, I have lots of notes and recordings to transcribe.