To the Lighthouse and Other Stories of the Heart (Part Three)

I handed in my essay on To the Lighthouse on Friday morning and spent the afternoon fretting over what I was going to wear that night. As I doubted every plaid shirt I owned, Emma knocked on my open door.  "Hey," she said, standing in the hallway. "Hi," I said, holding two near identical flannel … Continue reading To the Lighthouse and Other Stories of the Heart (Part Three)

The Breaking Bad Finale: 7 Reasons Why It Worked

There's no good way to end a highly acclaimed television series.   The viewer's expectations are insurmountable, and most likely contradictory.  We want the characters to live forever and get what they want, but if a writer does this, we'll complain that the end was cliche and boring.  It's the great human contradiction: we want to … Continue reading The Breaking Bad Finale: 7 Reasons Why It Worked

Understanding the Conundrum of Religion in America

On September 6, 1620, the Mayflower set sail for the new world.  102 Pilgrims left the civilized Western world for the unknown trials of the New World.  Were they leaving for adventure?  For the romantic notion of living in a world untouched by civilization?  To help push forward Western ideals?Hell no.  They were leaving because … Continue reading Understanding the Conundrum of Religion in America

The Beautifully Drawn Deterioration of Breaking Bad’s Walter White

A meek, yet brilliant high school teacher discovers he has cancer, cooks meth to pay for chemo, becomes intoxicated by the power of being a drug lord, beats cancer, keeps cooking meth, becomes a sociopath. That's a crude exposition of the transformation of Walter White's character in AMC's Breaking Bad over the course of five … Continue reading The Beautifully Drawn Deterioration of Breaking Bad’s Walter White

A Disturbance in Frenchville, Maine: Part II

Herman and his friend make the journey back to Herman's camp a week after the first disturbance.  During the seven hour trek of driving up 95, four-wheeling narrow logging roads, and hiking the final two miles, Herman and his friend speculate endlessly about what threw the boulder at their canoe. "A hermit," Herman says. "A … Continue reading A Disturbance in Frenchville, Maine: Part II