Lucy Gray conducts an extensive podcast interview with Eddie.
That's what Eddie is imbibing above.
It started in Florence, with a guy who'd grown immune
to his usual, the Americano. His mixologist added an equal
measure of gin and the rest was history.
1 ounce gin
1 ounce Campari
1 ounce sweet vermouth
More Campari if you like it bitter,
more vermouth if you like it sweet.
Combine with ice in a cocktail shaker,
strain into a martini glass.
Garnish with lemon or orange peel.
Prior to wordsmithing, Eddie was a bartender. At least
he's made one positive contribution to society.
is a second generation San Franciscan, product of a lousy
public school education, a couple of crazy years in art school,
and too much time in newspaper offices and sporting arenas.
No college, but he's compensated by always hanging around
smarter people, an effortless feat typically accomplished
Despite repeated warnings, he followed in his father's footsteps,
earning a living as a print journalist for sixteen years.
No scoops, no big prizes, but he left behind a thoroughly
abused expense account that got him into (and out of) various
intriguing parts of the world.
His career as an ink-stained fourth estate wretch sidetracked
Muller's early goal of becoming a filmmaker. A stint in George
Kuchar's notorious "narrative filmmaking" class
at the San Francisco Art Institute in the late 1970s resulted
in the creation of a 14-minute, 16mm hommage to Raymond Chandler
called Bay City Blues, one of five national finalists
for the 1979 Student Academy Award. He also appeared as an
actor in several Kuchar
movies of the period.
Since 1998 Muller has devoted himself full-time to projects
that pique his interest, ranging from the creation of a Historical
Boxing Museum, to a fully illustrated history of Adults Only
movies, to acting as co-writer and -producer of one of the
first completely digital theatrical documentaries, Mau
Mau Sex Sex. He created his own graphics firm, St. Francis
Studio, which enables him to design, as well as write, his
non-fiction books. He has achieved much acclaim for his three
books on film noir, earning the nickname "The Czar of
His father, the original Eddie Muller (he's not a junior
long story, don't ask), was a renown sportswriter for the
San Francisco Examiner who earned the nickname "Mr. Boxing"
during his 52-year run. The senior Muller served as inspiration
for the character of Billy Nichols, the protagonist of the
younger Muller's two critically acclaimed novels, The
Distance (2002) and Shadow
Eddie lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife, Kathleen