Feel free to wander the foggy streets, alleys and varied terrain of Vista Del Mar in this selection of excerpts, images, and even the odd outtake and reflection on the writing life.

New Writing, New Images

To celebrate some new writing that’s about to emerge, I wanted to present a small portfolio of images from the state of Virginia, that beautiful and mysterious place that was my dad’s home, my birthplace, and throughout my life a strongly mythic locale. In the spring of 2003 I went back to photograph this beautiful…

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A Last Look

Here’s our last selection of photos from Patterson/South School, with a few in color. For those interested, the book this website supports, Vista Del Mar, a memoir of the ordinary, written by me and published by Counterpoint Press in 2016, has many more images of south Redondo as well as reflections on growing up in this…

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No Longer Seen

  Heading south next weekend to see the old elementary school before it’s demolished. It seems fitting to post a collection of images of places that, like the school will soon be, are razed, “no longer seen” – vanished intimate locales on which were once lavished a million unconscious glances but now, as the deconstructionists…

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VA RGB

Exciting to have some color photos to show, as all my formal images up till now have been in black and white. Here are a few from Virginia, a working title on top, and accompanied by a sentence or two from Vista Del Mar that seem to me like suitable travel companions with these photographs.…

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Back from Virginia

Had a wonderful time in Virginia – thanks to all who hosted me – you know who you are! Also thanks to the staff of the Virginia Festival of the Book, to our panel host Jon Lohman, and fellow presenters Jon Kay, Theresa Kubasak and Gabe Huck, excellent authors all. As always, the “mother of presidents”…

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C’ville here we come!

Off to the Old Dominion! Thank you Virginia Festival of the Book for such a great roll out! See you there Thursday March 23, noon at the Charlottesville City Council Chambers. Here’s Festival blogger Anna Patra on the program: Neal Snidow‘s Vista Del Mar presents a riveting, expressive memoir that captures the essence of place and time. Here, the banal…

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Linkage

The link has arrived! Thanks to Rob Davidson, AV expert Jeff Layne, and all friendly enablers at Chico State who took such good care of your humble correspondent at the Writer’s Voice 2017 reading last week! Below, find the presentation itself at the link, including Rob’s generous introduction, yours truly holding forth in a rambling preamble,…

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