Preface I got into blogging reluctantly. Now that I'm in it, I understand its importance for emerging writers. It's a necessary component in this uber-digital age we find ourselves in. With that said, I'm having a hell of a time blogging about writing, music, and beer. (Especially the beer part.) Six Reasons Why I Blog … Continue reading Advice From a Reluctant Blogger
(Note: this is a letter I sent to the University of Southern Maine to urge them to keep the Stone House. This is a house in Wolf's Neck in Freeport overlooking the ocean. The property is used by the Stonecoast writing program where I received my MFA. The school is considering selling this piece of … Continue reading Letter to the University of Southern Maine: Save the Stone House!
Portland's art calender is filled with poetry readings. From Port Veritas to Rhythmic Cypher, Portlandites can get their poetry fix a few nights a week. But what about us prose guys? Those of us who write and read in lines that wrap around the far edge of the page? You're right, we have Word Portland. … Continue reading Literary Death Match Throws Down in Portland
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
I can be passive aggressive with the best of them. I can mope, make snide comments, and indirectly be an ass to someone without ever addressing the real issue. If I'm mad at you, you might not even know it, unless you're tuned into my subtle, ninja-like passive aggressive behavior. I grew up in a … Continue reading The Dangers of Being Passive Aggressive: Take Heed Husbands and Writers
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?
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
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
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
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