Letter to the University of Southern Maine: Save the Stone House!

(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!

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

The Dangers of Being Passive Aggressive: Take Heed Husbands and Writers

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

Two Truths and a Whole Mess of Lies: Is there any Salvation for Mad Men’s Don Draper?

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?