My literary romance with The Great Gatsby dates back a decade when I was studying literature as an undergraduate. F. Scott Fitzgerald's lyrical prose wooed me. And his control of language and syntax continues to knock my socks off with each reading. His articulation of the seductive qualities of the American Experience is unmatched. The … Continue reading Movie Review: Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby
Since it came to my attention two weeks ago that Heady Topper has been named the best beer in America and the best IPA in the world by some beer rating outlets, it became my unbridled mission to get my hands on a can during my Vermont trip. As a Vermont ex-pat living in Maine, … Continue reading Is Heady Topper the Best Beer in America, Nay, the World?
I avoided the smartphone for as long as I could. As my friends worked their way from iPhones 1 to 5, I held on to my dumb-phone. I didn't take a high road hipster stance about purity or blah, blah, blah. I just saw the smartphoners crouched in coffee shops engaging with their phones instead … Continue reading The Anxiety of Smartphones
I fear I'm becoming the boy who cried beer. You know, I tell you, You gotta drink this! It's the best beer ever! or You need to visit this pub and drink their IPA! Only to toss out another tasty brew you must try or an establishment you must visit a week later. It's not … Continue reading The Maine Beer Company Expands Their Operation and Our Palates
If you've found yourself on my blog before, then you most likely read the post where I gush over Josh Ritter. Gush might be too minor a word. Lyrically, the guy can ne'er do wrong in my ears. I'm even willing to let slide the occasional musical shortcoming because atop that shortcoming is usually a … Continue reading Concert Review: Josh Ritter and the Royal City Band Reach New Heights
Now in the throes of the Americana music revolution, there are a glut of bands making the same stripped-down, down-home sound. With any musical movement that is generating revenue, the market gets flooded with opportunistic bands trying to ride the high cresting wave and make a living as artists. (For the record, I begrudge no … Continue reading The Felice Brothers Destroy the Boundaries of Americana Music
I learned about the WTF podcast the way most people did. Word of mouth. A talented musician friend of mine told me about this comedian out in L.A. who interviews celebrities in his garage. "He has this great interview with Bryan Cranston from Breaking Bad. Everyone seems to go to his garage for an interview," … Continue reading What the…Marc Maron Deserves His Moment in the Spotlight