Stones Studies: An Overview

In which I introduce a thermostat-inspired trilogy Something happens to me as spring turns into summer. It’s been an annual occurrence since 2012. The change in the weather, the ratcheting-up of the heat, impels me to spend some amount of time (brief or not) absorbing everything the “World’s Greatest Rock & Roll Band” did betweenContinue reading “Stones Studies: An Overview”

The Manly Men of Motown (& More)

In which I give into temptation (I’m so sorry, please don’t leave) This week is the week I sit down and hash out something I’ve had on the brain for years now, which involves taking a closer look at two musical factions which were essential to my musical education. I do say factions, because theyContinue reading “The Manly Men of Motown (& More)”

An Emergence/Emergency Kit

In which I prepare a launch pad The wave of protests across the United States and beyond in pursuit of just responses to the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and a whole horrible timeline of others–protests which, in their own right, have been mostly peaceful and entirely necessary–is different from previous expressionsContinue reading “An Emergence/Emergency Kit”

Songs I Love to Hate to Love

In which I admit guilt Popular music is fraught with problematic songs. There’s just no way around it. They express a sentiment which was commonly accepted in its day but hasn’t aged well, or they start out edgy by expressing a risky sentiment which really hasn’t aged well, or something else feels off-color or ickyContinue reading “Songs I Love to Hate to Love”

Every Musical Biopic Ever

In which I map it out (trailer is a miniature of the following) ACT I Establishment of band of hometown/university friends. Shots of small-time gigs at local clubs. Unrecognizable snippets/early drafts of what will evolve into hits. Idiosyncratic performance methods (e.g., dancing) which lead family/naysayers to ridicule the band’s dream of mainstream success. Band membersContinue reading “Every Musical Biopic Ever”

Lit Review: THE GIRLS

In which I defect to the dark side *WARNING: SPOILERS &/OR TRIGGERS* Social distancing has inspired me to make considerable room for pleasure reading. And I find myself branching out, an instinct which was enabled but not precipitated by our isolated conditions. While to some extent I’ve been drawn to beautiful dark twisted tales sinceContinue reading “Lit Review: THE GIRLS”

Jai Guru Deva Om

In which I mark the last major moment in the ‘Beatles 50’ decade The past ten years have been one long fiftieth-anniversary party for Beatles fans. Album after album, moment after famous (or infamous) moment, has celebrated its half-centennial. On Friday, we celebrated the last one, or at least the last of the official releases.Continue reading “Jai Guru Deva Om”

A Brief History of Gouda

In which I consider a career change One of my more bizarre priorities in this pandemic-induced wilderness has been maintaining access to good cheese. Don’t roll your eyes at me, it’s a legitimate concern. (Difficult enough in non-troubled times, if you ask me.) Anyway, I did recently happen upon some quality Gouda–tangy but mild, probablyContinue reading “A Brief History of Gouda”

One Great Music Video: “Sledgehammer”

In which I get animated A literary magazine recently sent me one of the best rejection letters I could hope for. Even if the short story in question didn’t make their cut, they did call the opening sentence ‘a sledgehammer of engagement.’ This was pretty good bad news because 1) I had done something right,Continue reading “One Great Music Video: “Sledgehammer””

Is Hawkeye Pierce the Perfect Character?

In which I ponder the big questions in the dregs of a limited-resources martini The past few days have sparked a debate in my home country (that is, on my home country’s social media) over just how many doctors, real or fictional, are more qualified than Dr. Phil to assess the threat posed by COVID-19.Continue reading “Is Hawkeye Pierce the Perfect Character?”