As I wrote about in an earlier piece, there isn’t a more difficult or thankless job than being a mother. All too often the moms in our lives are busting their asses with little to no recognition for pouring their time, love, and energy into their children. On some level, it’s understandable: kids are kids, … Continue reading Number Thirty-Five: Take a Bow, Moms
As readers of this site know, I was a huge fan of MTV (see my previous posts in which I introduce my essay series, talk about the music-related shows, and rank the five sexiest videos from the glory days). I was a wee lad when the channel started – somewhere in the neighborhood of six … Continue reading Number Thirty-Four: Review of I Want My MTV by Tannenbaum and Marks
Sights. Sounds. Smells. Isn't it amazing how memories, both good and bad, can be triggered by the most innocuous things? A song playing on the radio; the smell of homemade bread baking in the oven; the sign outside your hometown, welcoming you back after time away – all of these and more can blindside a … Continue reading Number Thirty-Three: Triggering a Memory
Hot off the success of my Chipotle rant (which became the second most viewed essay after only twenty-four hours; it’s actually the *most* read essay if we toss out the porn clickbait from April Fool’s/Fools’ Day), I've decided to do my best 10,000 Maniacs impersonation and “give ‘em what they want.” And folks, I'm rubbing … Continue reading Number Thirty-Two: The McDonald’s Drive-Thru (aka Fifty Feet of Hell)
Despite my various rants about bad drivers and Presidential candidates, I’m really not that crabby of a person. In fact, I think this blog surprises the folks who know me. You see, I’m a pretty quiet dude. I don’t talk much unless I know someone pretty well, and even then I’ll hold back on some … Continue reading Number Thirty-One: I Love Chipotle’s Burritos and Hate Their Customers
Two Fridays ago I woke up to my daily-deal e-mail from Amazon Kindle, and what do I see? An anthology edited by the inimitable Lawrence Block, entitled In Sunlight or In Shadow: Stories Inspired by the Paintings of Edward Hopper, priced at $1.99. Being I’ve had my eye on the book since it came out … Continue reading Number Thirty: Abstaining From What?!
The Introduction Around 2001, I bumbled across the world of small-press publishing as I was looking for news on Stephen King's newest novel, From a Buick 8. While King news was what I came for, I stayed for the new-to-me authors who were being published in small-scale limited editions. Many of these authors did not … Continue reading Number Twenty-Nine: Catching Up With James Newman