Sunday's finale of Mad Men's penultimate season showed anti-hero Don Draper commit two of the most evocative acts in the show's history. He told the truth. Twice. Well, that's evocative for him anyway. He's the ultimate liar. Here are some facts on his dubious nature. Fact One: His name is Dick Whitman, and he's gone … Continue reading Two Truths and a Whole Mess of Lies: Is there any Salvation for Mad Men’s Don Draper?
We all ache at our own frequency. Maybe it's the suffering Buddhism talks about. Maybe it's Christianity's Original Sin. Maybe it's simply the pain of being on a lone planet in an ever-expanding universe. Whatever you want to call it, the important fact is that it's there at the edge of all our moments of … Continue reading Album Review: American Kid, Patty Griffin
There's a Nutella commercial on tv right now that grinds my effing gears. Click on the link to watch this domestic drivel, and then I'll tell you why this commercial makes pure anger run through my veins. Enraged? I wasn't the first time I watched it, but then the commercial kept playing, and, instead of … Continue reading Nutella’s Assault on Writers and Husbands
The Moth is a storytelling godsend. For those who haven't listened to The Moth Radio Hour on NPR (Sunday nights at 7 on MPBN), here's how The Moth works: a storyteller takes the stage without any notes and tells a true story for ten minutes or less. Other than that, there aren't any rules. Their … Continue reading Concert Review: The Moth Main Stage Event at the State Theater (6.6.13)
Summer in Maine is a cold IPA on the back deck of In'finiti. It's dreamy drives home from Crescent Beach. It's blue sky views from the top of Bradbury State Park that make you feel infinite. Most importantly for this nerd, Summer is reading beach-appropriate books. You know, it's tossing aside the dense copy of … Continue reading Summer Reading Selections For The Beach
Tribute albums can be the saddest damn things. Music executives shamelessly trying to squeeze every last gold nugget out of beautiful music. Aging rock stars with plastic faces struggling to hit notes they once reached with ease. Flat duets with a new top ten sensation. Tribute albums reek of the cheap perfume of sloppy nostalgia … Continue reading Album Review: Wrote a Song For Everyone, John Fogerty