April 22, 2019

I don’t much follow the WNBA. I probably pay more attention to it than most non-fans, but one byproduct of being from where I am is that you can’t talk about women’s basketball for more than, oh, maybe ten seconds, before my home state gets invoked. Arguably the biggest reason I don’t follow it is more »

April 8, 2019

I recently got rid of my premium Spotify account. I wish I could say I did it in solidarity with my musician friends and the absurdly low royalty rate that they get paid. (It’s something like less than half a cent a song, mindblowingly low. My guess – and it’s just that, a guess, I’m more »

February 14, 2019

I want to talk to you for a few minutes about Pedro Morales. When I was a kid, my Saturday mornings were much like every other kid. An exception for me was that at 11am, the cartoons would switch from animated to live action in the form of professional wrestling. My father would watch with more »

January 1, 2019

I want to talk to you for a few minutes about New Year’s. For most of my adult life, it’s struck me as a pretty arbitrary day. That didn’t stop me from celebrating it in years past, a few of which turned out to be amazing experiences that could never be replicated, but most of more »

December 27, 2018

I want to talk to you for a few minutes about Aquaman. I was pretty excited about seeing this movie. I remember, as a kid, watching the Super Friends cartoon every Saturday morning and Aquaman being one of my favorites. I think it says a lot about my self esteem even back then that the more »

December 19, 2018

I want to talk to you for a few minutes about The Little Drummer Boy. My days off at my new job are Monday and Wednesday. Monday is a hard off; the restaurant is closed, and so, once I finish my morning writing, that day is a wide open, unstructured, free-for-all. Wednesdays are the day more »

December 17, 2018

I want to talk to you for a few minutes about brass rings. Most people are familiar with the phrase “Grabbing the brass ring” as a metaphor (or simile, or whatever) for striving for something out of reach, trying to accomplish something challenging, taking a risk, etc. What most people don’t know is where that more »

December 7, 2018

I want to talk to you for a few minutes about Paul Gregory. Paul Gregory was a theater and film producer in the 1950’s and 60’s. His hallmark style, as displayed in such plays as the original “The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial” and films like “The Night of the Hunter,” was one of stark realism, especially more »

November 30, 2018

I want to talk to you for a few minutes about reggae. Most genres of music are pretty wide open. Bands as divergent from each other as E.L.O. and ACDC are both make what is considered rock music, pop music was still getting made even when it wasn’t popular, even if that’s what its identity more »

November 21, 2018

I want to talk to you for a few minutes about Venice. Venice has always been a fascinating place to me, and I think some of that is, at least as I remember it, its outsized place in early education. It’s an anomaly, to be sure, a place where the streets are canals, and what more »