I haven’t written an update to this series of posts in far too long. For those that don’t remember, which is probably everyone, the posts (part I, part II, and part III) were about the process of publishing a novel I’ve been working on for the last six or seven years.
I did eventually find an [...]
I read Watchmen some fifteen or twenty years ago when I was basically just a kid and remember almost nothing about it. What I do remember is that I was expecting something on the order of Batman, or Superman or The X-Men and it certainly wasn’t anything like that. Unfortunately, despite seeing it [...]
I stumbled onto this wonderfully engaging talk by Elizabeth Gilbert, author of the bestselling Eat, Pray, Love, that bears a lot of truth about how important it is to acknowledge that the source of our creative gifts are not always within us but without. Anyone who writes, paints, sings, dances or otherwise engages in the [...]
I’m sure everyone has heard some reference to the eerie coupling of music and film evidenced by joining Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon with The Wizard of Oz. If you haven’t, let me give you a brief introduction: get Dark Side of the Moon ready on your music player of choice and at [...]
In one of the early scenes of The Wrestler, Randy “The Ram” Robinson (Mickey Rourke) shows off his scars as Cassidy the stripper (Marisa Tomei) responds with sympathy by whispering, “He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities, the punishment that brings us peace is upon him and by his wounds [...]
Some twenty-years ago a friend gave me a book called The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice. It’s a lushly written tale about man involuntarily damned to an eternity outside salvation and his struggle to define his own morality in a world he believes is beyond the reach of God. He’s a rebel, a braggart, and [...]
I have an aversion to anything that’s the subject of too much hype or popularity. Such things are suspect and regarded with narrowed-eyes for a long time before I feel comfortable giving them any objective consideration. Sometimes this hesitation serves me well, The DaVinci Code for example—groundbreaking and controversial, right? The real story: old news [...]
Remember that great scene in 2001: A Space Odyssey when the apes learn to use tools? That singular event changed the course of history, gave rise to domestication, civilization, and in the fullness of time, even iPhones. It’s an iconic piece of cinema and an unforgettable juxaposition of sound and image.
It’s 2009 now and civilization [...]
I grew up with Full Moon Fever. Songs like “Freefallin’”, “I Won’t Back Down”, “Runnin’ Down a Dream”, and “Yer So Bad” could easily be the sound track to my coming of age in rural Florida. I came from a town too small to have a theater, an arcade, or population of girls that hadn’t [...]
I stumbled onto a treasure this weekend in the bookstore. Leonard Cohen. I’ve been a fan of his music for a long time, from the silky Art Garfunkel-esqe sound of his younger days to the deep, baritone rasps of his golden years, and though I’ve picked up his books of poetry often enough out of [...]