The Bachelor Awakens From Its Vapid Sleep For Ten Minutes of Actual Reality TV

Last night I was doing manly activities: lifting heavy weights, drinking (craft) beer, looking at nudy magazines, scratching myself, et cetera, et cetera.  In the midst of said manly activities, I heard, from the living room, a sound I ne'er catch on Monday nights while my wife is watching The Bachelor: a female contestant explaining … Continue reading The Bachelor Awakens From Its Vapid Sleep For Ten Minutes of Actual Reality TV

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

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

Rethinking Rolling Stone’s Boston Bomber Cover and the Way We Discuss Ideas in America

My copy of the now infamous Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Rolling Stone cover photo has been on my desk for a week.  Living in Maine, it got to me days after it initially hit news stands, so by the time I pulled it from my mailbox, this country was in a full throttle yelling match over the … Continue reading Rethinking Rolling Stone’s Boston Bomber Cover and the Way We Discuss Ideas in America

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