Peter Ames Carlin

Peter Ames Carlin has been a senior writer for People, a TV critic for The Oregonian newspaper, and is the author of Catch a Wave: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson and Paul McCartney: A Life. Carlin lives with his wife and three children in Portland, Oregon. Visit

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Paul McCartney


Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. "Take it easy, but take it" -- Woody Guthrie

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Man, I barely know where to begin. It's a moving target. Some days it's seeing the smiles on my kids' faces. Other days it's more complicated than that.

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. Are you gonna eat that?

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. Me, as a younger person.

Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

A. A large albino worm on the ocean floor. They seem pretty chill.

Author Voices

October 19, 2012

BRUCE will hit its official on-sale date on October 30, which means you can snap up, say, 100 copies and drop them into the kiddies' Halloween bags. A generous gift, but if you do it you'll be a hero, and all your neighbors won't ever stop talking about it. I swear.

In the meantime: Check out my revamped website,, which is full of cool Bruce/BRUCE info, including the video trailer, where-to-buy info, a relaunched multi-media blog (all kinds of fun stuff will happen there) and more, more, more.

Also - here's a calendar of my scheduled readings, speeches and personal appearances. More on the way....

November 3... see more

September 19, 2012

Oh lord, this Simon & Schuster blog tool -- so cruel, so whimsical, a techno-fascist of the highest regard -- just deleted this big blog entry I wrote. It's a long and gruesome story, and of course I had a hand in the cock-up myself, which only makes it worse, so argh.

Whatever, let's start the BRUCE blogging here with a bulletin about the preview reading I'll be doing at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, NJ, on September 16.

I'll be appearing at the Springsteen Symposium, a long weekend's worth of readings/presentations/discussions about probably the whole wide world of B. Springsteen-related thoughts, ideas, etc. You should... see more

December 18, 2009

Hey everyone. Thanks for checking out my page here in the middle of the Simon & Schuster galaxy. What fun to be here. I hope you feel the same way. Here's a story I read on Oregon Public Broadcasting a few weeks ago; it's about Beatles Rock Band, and how the Beatles themselves were so much like so many of us: members of a really normal, really dysfunctional family. Enjoy! (ps: I blog regularly on The first thing we did was have an argument. This was before the music started, before the animation lit up the TV screen, before we’d even attached the toy guitars and drums to the shiny white box that would allow us to spend the... see more