August 24-27, 2016  HOME AGAIN

I was honored by my hometown, Shenandoah, PA, at several venues in the town, and it all came down to the Heritage Parade, in which I rode in a classic Studebaker.

The Schuylkill County Arts Commission inducted me into their Hall of Fame, in Pottsville, Pa., the county seat.


 Prior inductees include John O'Hara and Tommy Dorsey. I mentioned this recently to a 20-something and got a blank stare. 


(No pictures because I was there with my son, and neither one of us takes pictures.)

Jan. 2, 2017

The city of Palm Springs honored me with a star on their Walk of Stars, the first of the new year. It’s next to Ray Bolger, just off the entrance to Peabody's, my favorite dive bar, and in front of the historic Plaza Theatre.

On the red carpet I fielded two minute interviews--kind of like speed dating--and was made half-blind by flashing lights. Here is the link to some of it.




http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/video/new-york-film-festival-opens-with-the-world-premiere-of-news-footage/855705636

At the Star Ceremony. Matthew Modine, DP, Ruby Montana, and Joe Wambaugh


From Sevilla ABC on the Spanish publication of The Last Detail and Last Flag Flying: "...the prose is as sharp and precise as surgical steel." And--"This novel (TLD)...is one of the most important works of American letters in the second half of the 20th Century..."

REISSUE OF BOTH "The Last Detail" and "Last Flag Flying."


Skyhorse Publishing has published both a hard-cover and paperback of  "Last Flag Flying," and a paperback of "The Last Detail" with a new preface by me. 


Both books are now available at book stores and Amazon.


Over the past three to four years, I have been writing a novel and a collection of short stories. The working title for the novel is "The Eternal Sojourners." The collection is "Heat Deflectors," 100 short-short stories, none longer than around 1250 words, some as short as 100 words. I'm striving for fully realized stories in as short a form as possible.




Oct. 2016 - Rehearsals. Steve Carell, Lawrence Fishburne, DP, Bryan Cranston, Rick Linklater

The NYFF added 3 additional screenings on Thursday, 9/28, to accommodate the overflow. After the main screening, Rick, Bryan, Lawrence and I were whisked out of the theater and upstairs to a balcony as the end credits rolled. We stepped out into a spotlight and were given a standing ovation. (Carell could not make it. The director on his current project would not let him go, which pissed off everybody, which is why I'm not mentioning his name. 

The Austin Film Society had a screening to honor Linklater, hosted by Stephen Colbert and Ethan Hawke. I happened to have a copy of the novel in my bag. Colbert really is as likable as he appears.


September 28, 2017


"Last Flag Flying" opens the New York Film Festival on September 28, with a limited release on November 3.

"Ponicsán delivers an irreverent, acerbic, but nonetheless poignant look at the true nature of loyalty. Recommend both novels and the movie." (Booklist)