The Thinking Man's Idiot

The unruly brain and bad habits of a writer, artist, and grilled cheese sandwich-enthusiast.

About Me

I’m a writer (look to the left of this page).

I’m an actor / writer/ director / producer (look at the bottom of this page).

I love using a manual typewriter (yes, the one you see below).

I do not have a Facebook (anymore) or Twitter.

I have never been on Instagram, and I never will – Flickr for life! (see the right side of this page)

I exercise out of pleasure.

I’m a native of San Francisco (yes, I was born here).

I think the greatest song ever is Lauryn Hill’s “Everything is Everything”.

I’m a Black man whose life matters.

I love to cook.

I love Shakespeare and will not rest until everyone sees the parallels between Richard III and Scarface.

I love gangsta rap and classical opera with equal affinity.

I’d love to shoot a film on 70mm.

I can dig it.

21 comments on “About Me

  1. Jessica Waldman
    Sunday, 6 August, 2017

    Hi there!

    I just wanted to say that I read your review on Macbitch, and I really, really loved all the things you had to say. It was an awesome and critical analysis of the work. Thank you for your words!


  2. nope dontthinkso
    Sunday, 3 December, 2017

    you’re also a has-was and lost fans permanently because you decided to shoot off your stupid pie-hole about our President. We used a bonfire of your half-assly written books to cook a celebratory bbq for having a qualified President. Go away ..shooo


    • CharlesAndHisTypewriter
      Monday, 4 December, 2017

      Dear Readers:

      If the above comment left you confused (it certainly did for me, especially the term “has-was”), I think the person who left it was under the impression that I was this guy.

      I can’t speak for that dude as I haven’t written a book (yet), but my pie-hole is wide open. Besides, I get a chuckle from comments by random internet trolls who brag about BURNING BOOKS. Just like Nazis.🔥📖

      How proud the above commenter must be.


  3. DigitalSniper
    Monday, 3 September, 2018

    It wasn’t a term, it’s a phrase. There’s a chasm of difference. Seems you confuse easily so at least you’re honest about something.


    • CharlesAndHisTypewriter
      Monday, 3 September, 2018

      🤔 I’m guessing, Anonymous Commenter, that you’re alluding to my response to “has-was”? Merriam-Webster defines “term” as “1 – a word or phrase that has an exactmeaning
      2 – the particular kinds of words used to describe someone or something”.

      But… given your comment, I’m guessing you get confused quite often. You should look into that, sweetheart… especially if the only reason you commented was to defend an asinine (and also anonymous) commenter who confuses me with other people and advocates burning 📚.

      How proud you must be.


  4. Shiskey Offles
    Monday, 18 March, 2019

    My Mom was into theatre in her younger days but I grew up in a very different environment.

    Hopefully I’ll learn a thing or two from this site :)


  5. J
    Tuesday, 3 March, 2020

    Hey Man!! Come out and see “Memphis!” at Berkeley Playhouse!! We would look to hear your take on it!!!


    • CharlesAndHisTypewriter
      Tuesday, 3 March, 2020

      I would love to, I really would – we’re 3 months into 2020 and I haven’t been to the Playhouse yet.

      But… between all the other shows I’m scheduled to see and a piece I’m writing for the East Bay Express, I’m afraid I won’t have the time before the show closes. Boo-urns.


  6. Abdullah Aziz Abdullah
    Wednesday, 15 April, 2020

    I’m shocked by what you wrote. You as a non aboriginal person would make comments about my brothers and sisters you no nothing of my people are the fact that your people were used to hunt and track us down and were paid to do so to kill my brothers and sister. You have no idea about my people you never will because its not something your dead beat university lecturer can explain from a book that was written by a foreigner just like you. This country is mine not yours or the white people or the Mexicans or anyone else who act as if we aboriginal people owe you something. I and my people owe you nothing got that chump. Do you understand or would you like me to define it another way because you simply can’t understand something you haven’t seen with your own eyes. Your all talk and no action just as I suspected another coward with a mouth. I joined the military went to university got an advanced degree in anthropology. I will share a little secret. You up… good now pay good attention when I was deployed into combat I took enemy scalps because it is my right to do so got that. I’m proud I could count coup against my enemies as i would gladly meet you face to face so you can explain to me what it is you think you know about aboriginal people. English is not my native language I speak nine languages including Zulu so anytime you want you can reach my I will give you my address so we can meet face to face how about that because your my enemie just as all the other foreigners who came and took what was not yours like that land you live on. We will rise up and take back what belongs to us now I want you to remember that for the rest of your life. You and the rest are not welcome. So pack your things and leave now. We don’t want you or anyone else. Yeah and your Mexican friends from down south were paid by the Mexican government for scalps of my people… my people. Not to mention that they are responsible for the deaths of millions of men women and children and elderly…. there is no explanation you can ever give that would be suitable. So pack your things and get off my land and take everyone else with you. I’m extremely militant and believe you and everyone else needs to go with your high crime your drugs. Take that and stick it all the way up your fucking ass okay got that soft boy. I’m counting on you being stupid enough to write back because your a fucking killer like the rest.


    • CharlesAndHisTypewriter
      Wednesday, 15 April, 2020

      🤔 I honestly have no idea what the hell any of that word-vomit meant, let alone how it refers to anything I wrote, so replying to it would be a moot point.


  7. Dennis standing bear
    Wednesday, 15 April, 2020

    Idiot. You can’t read. He’s saying you are responsible like all the other foreigners that came to the United States. You can’t reply because you know he’s right. He has a right to be angry. Maybe you should pack your things I can help you pack and give you a ride to the airport. That mall in Oakland California is built on human remains of my people and your people shop at that mall tramping on the place where they rest. That is disgusting just so you can have a place to shop and please dont say where you idiot that only confirms that. Why are all of you foreigners so fucking stupid? Why? If you can answer that then the 241other people who are disgusted with you won’t flood this with personal attacks against you. Come to the rez if your looking for facts don’t write some bullshit rant about something you don’t have any knowledge of.


    • CharlesAndHisTypewriter
      Wednesday, 15 April, 2020

      So… you both just randomly pick people to ramble “Get off my lawn” at? And neither of you has told me what I’ve written that has you so hot ‘n bothered?

      These grammatically-lazy rants of yours make less and less sense as they multiply.


  8. lisadragon13
    Thursday, 18 June, 2020

    Hi Charles, I’d love to talk to you about a freelance writing opportunity. I’ve been hired by the Bay City News Foundation for the summer to expand the arts & entertainment and history coverage on the Local News Matters site. Would you be interested in writing for this online publication? My email is chrysalisa @ gmail dot com. ~ Lisa Hix


  9. Youwah Fragile
    Sunday, 5 July, 2020

    You also mute people who disagree with you on medium because your arguments are so weak!! Shame as you consider yourself liberal


    • CharlesAndHisTypewriter
      Sunday, 5 July, 2020

      No, I mute people (regardless of format) who do nothing but anonymously post racist content as a reflection of their own insecurity – an insecurity so prominent that they jump off Medium and run to a person’s personal site just to continue their rambling.

      Fortunately for me, every format I use comes with the ability to block such cowards as they impotently shout into the aether. Ta, troll. 🖕🏿


  10. ly ly
    Thursday, 20 August, 2020

    Jesus, man, have some integrity. Blocking and muting someone is the same as censorship. You obviously have some common sense and maybe even integrity, but what you lack is a character. Learn to respect the opinions of your peers, especially those who are able to change something. Respect is a challenge, not a right.


    • CharlesAndHisTypewriter
      Thursday, 20 August, 2020

      🤔 “Censorship”? …reeeeeeally, Anonymous-Inner-Sunset-District-Troll?

      Was I granted some power – government or otherwise – that allows me to negate the word of those with whom I disagree? Am I able to stop them from expressing their opinion literally anywhere else in the world? Have I come into their homes, taken their 💻 and 📱, destroyed all their writing materials, and cut out their tongues so as to assure they never speak out again?

      No, no, and no. I neither have the ability to censor anyone, nor have I ever done so. What I do have is an incredibly low tolerance for people whose only response to facts is to be racist, homophobic, misogynist, etc. I don’t put up with them any more than I’d willingly eat something unhealthy.

      Blocking trolls (like you) is the same cutting tooth-rotting junk food out of my diet: it makes me a better, healthier person. For an anonymous troll like you to suggest I tolerate bigoted abuse “just because” says a lot (none of it good) about your poor grasp of “debate” vs. “sadism”.


  11. Dennis McCue
    Friday, 4 September, 2020

    Charles, I read and re-read your ‘Language of the Unheard’ article several times in the past couple of days. I have also passed it along to a few of my more conservative white friends. I am a 68 year old ‘privileged white male’ through no fault of my own, but I have recently come to realize that I am one

    And thanks to a friend of mine from my years in a Western Pennsylvania Catholic grade school, I was inspired to read an outstanding book, WHITE FRAGILITY. This really helped me to understand the depths of the naivety of white people when it comes to white people as applied to our own culture and our lack of understanding of the (sometimes) unintentional harm we do to people of color.

    However, your article was a real eye opener for me! Thank you. Until I read it, I was of the opinion that protesting was fine, but destroying property was awful and deserved to be punished. You have helped me to see this in a whole new way. While I still have compassion for the victims of the property damaged in riots, of course, I can see that the level of violence that is occurring in our society today may be being caused by the slow pace of the progress since… the Civil War?… MLK?…. President Obama?

    I am not sure what it will take, but I have come to realize that it is endemic that it is up to each and every white person as well as the organizations and governments that we have to encourage and even demand that people of color be included everywhere… even next door.

    I think you should submit a version of that article or something like it to every newspaper and online source that will take it. I would like to post it on FaceBook and Linked In, if that is okay. I have never done that sort of this with a publish article, so I don’t know if they will accept, but…

    Thanks for enlightening me.


    • CharlesAndHisTypewriter
      Friday, 4 September, 2020

      Thank you for sharing. I’m glad it had such a positive effect. ☮


    • Dennis McCue
      Friday, 4 September, 2020

      Do I have your permission to post it?


      • CharlesAndHisTypewriter
        Friday, 4 September, 2020

        Well, it’s an SF Weekly article, so you’d need permission from them to officially republish or reprint it.

        But you don’t need permission to post the official SF Weekly link, so you can share that as many places as you like.


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