Profile of David Loftus
Native Oregonian David Loftus has lived in Europe and Boston, and traveled in Asia and West Africa. He has been a full-time newspaper reporter and has authored three books. Currently, Loftus writes occasional free-lance book reviews for THE OREGONIAN as well as the CALIFORNIA LITERARY REVIEW. He also blogs at www.americancurrents.com. After spending much of his adult life as a writer, copyeditor, and proofreader, with only occasional forays on the stage, he started working seriously as an actor in his late 40s, in 2005. For the past seven years, he has read literature aloud to live audiences every month at a coffee shop, an event he calls “Story Time for Grownups.” By 2009, Loftus had become a full-time free-lance writer and actor, and was regularly doing print modeling jobs and acting in commercials, industrial videos, and indie films in 2010. In early 2012 he also launched a political talk radio show which he hosts on Sunday nights but which is also archived for later listening or download at any time on BlogTalkRadio.com. Loftus lives in Portland with his wife Carole and dog Pixie, a seven-pound toy fox terrier.
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Articles written for the California Literary Review:
- An Interview With Novelist Nicole Mones
Posted on 20 Jun 2007 in China, Fiction Reviews, Food
“I know food is hot right now – we have the Food Network – but believe me, in Western civilization we have never elevated cuisine historically to the level of art, to which it’s been elevated in China. But through learning about Chinese food, and through her encounters with this man and his family, and his effort to compete in an Olympics of cuisine, in the 2008 games, she learns about life.”
- Empire of the Stars by Arthur I. Miller
Posted on 10 Jun 2007 in Biography, History, Non-Fiction Reviews, Science
So why did Eddington savage his young colleague nine years later? Jealousy? Racism? A threat to his own work? The answer seems to have been a little of all these and more, but not one clearly more than the rest.
- Gen·e·sis: The Scientific Quest for Life’s Origin by Robert M. Hazen
Posted on 27 May 2007 in Non-Fiction Reviews, Science
In all the recent noise over the higher steps of evolution and the proper way to teach them in American schools, it’s easy to forget that science hasn’t established the first big step: how the basic building blocks of life—the nucleotides that make up Watson and Crick’s celebrated reverse spiral staircase—organized into life proper.
- The War of the World: Twentieth-Century Conflict and the Descent of the West by Niall Ferguson
Posted on 24 Apr 2007 in History, Military, Non-Fiction Reviews, Politics
Niall Ferguson is hot—about as hot as a historian can get.
- I, Wabenzi: A Souvenir – by Rafi Zabor
Posted on 24 Apr 2007 in Biography, Non-Fiction Reviews
Although this is a sly, sidelong-glance kind of book that repeatedly takes you to a different place from where you thought you were headed, Rafi Zabor doesn’t keep the reader in suspense about its odd title.
- Marriage, A History: From Obedience to Intimacy, or How Love Conquered Marriage
Posted on 22 Apr 2007 in Non-Fiction Reviews, Sociology
Like the disappearance of the well-mannered and respectful adolescent, the imminent (or, for some commentators, already accomplished) collapse of the institution of marriage has been a popular lament, at least since the mid 1960s.
- In Character: Actors Acting by Howard Schatz
Posted on 22 Apr 2007 in Movies, Non-Fiction Reviews, Theatre
Imagine 32 famous actors looking you straight in the eye and flirting with you. (Marlee Matlin! Natasha Richardson! Swoon!)
- Here, There and Everywhere: My Life Recording the Music of The Beatles
Posted on 22 Apr 2007 in Music, Non-Fiction Reviews
Oh, no—the cry is almost involuntary—not another Beatles book! What more could anyone possibly say? The lads from Liverpool have been by far the most chronicled musical entity of our time.
- The Story of AC/DC by Susan Masino
Posted on 10 Apr 2007 in Biography, Music, Non-Fiction Reviews
Rock biographies, particularly of bands, are an odd subgenre. With an individual singer or instrumentalist, the narrative may take any of the traditional “hero” arcs (rags to riches, unappreciated innovator’s ultimate triumph, temptation/fall and — usually — redemption, etc.), but the story of a hydra-headed rock band must adopt a more amorphous approach.
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