Curtis Gillespie

Curtis Gillespie is the author of four books, most recently the novel Crown Shyness. He has also won three National Magazine Awards for his writing on travel, sports, politics and the arts.

Stories from Curtis Gillespie

The author receiving a hair cut from his father, circa 1968
Friday, April 5th, 2013

I grew up in a lower-middle-class western Canadian home with a limited haircut budget for male children—zero, to be precise—which meant a tension-filled hour for me and my four younger brothers whenever our father brought his Sears  Craftsman thirteen-piece barber kit out of the closet, the one that claimed on the box to contain “all the equipment needed for home hair-cutting.” My father ran his own glass and trim business, and was famously handy—he could repair a television, do home wiring, build a garage, re-cover a sofa—but he was a dreadful barber.

Photo: Dan Sackheim
Thursday, April 12th, 2012

The fifty or so buildings on the sprawling Fox Studio lot in Beverly Hills, California, take three primary shapes: the sleek glass and steel of the executive offices in the southeast corner, the giant airport hangar-like sound stages in the middle, and the low-slung two-storey apartment-style production offices along the west edge of the lot. Strolling through this environment is an exercise in compulsory humility.