A Boy and his Beast

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Tonight is foggy, sluggish, on my rocky outcropping of the Earth. It is dark here. The sun is going down on Southern California, where mundane horror is again unfolding for some reason which will be the topic of politicized arguments for days, until the next massacre of unarmed innocents makes the next screaming headline. I […]

Mishima’s end.

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The soul first comes as a delicate young man, chilled and struck fatally ill in the spring snow as he climbs a mountain to get to his cloistered beloved. It is then reborn as a fiery revolutionary who attempts a revolution in 1930s Japan. It reemerges in a beautiful Thai princess. And it returns again […]

A Bunch of Men Who Played it Sick

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For all those aghast at the racism, lies, microaggressions, also-rans, genocide, macroaggressions and Kardashians that will fuel your Thanksgiving family dinner arguments, I would suggest Husker Du diagnosed it all in an incomparable pop song thirty years ago. Enjoy – and please share the prophetic guitar freakout with your drunk uncle-in-law.

Pynchon, History and B.S.

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“Who claims Truth, Truth abandons. History is hir’d, or coerc’d, only in Interests that must ever prove base. She is too innocent, to be left within the reach of anyone in Power,- who need but touch her, and all her Credit is in the instant vanish’d, as if it had never been. She needs rather […]

Halloween scare, no CGI.

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Here is something from probably the best haunted-house movie ever made. Hollywood did a remake, gutted the Shirley Jackson story, added some schlocky CGI, and stuffed some silly actors in a 1999 remake. It was so bad it rippled back to this original, 1963 version. I would wax on about declining standards, torture-porn and the […]

The Big Easy

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The living was easy in New Orleans for my first visit. The food lived up to its billing, the music and the party were electric, and the culture was unique. I even allowed myself to be photographed. We visited the cemeteries, the museums, the restaurants – including Antoine’s, Commander’s Palace, Napoleon House, Tujague… too many […]

Order on the Chaos.

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I interviewed the foremost murder detective in America this past week. I wrote a story about his expanded “bible” for homicide investigators. His name is Vernon Geberth, his book is Practical Homicide Investigation, and my profile was in Forensic Magazine. As I have mentioned in my story and elsewhere, there’s a literary quality mixed within […]

Faulkner and Tarantino: Timepieces

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Two writers of Southern birth, a significant timepiece for each. One secrets it away in the most secure place on Earth. The other listens to its relentless toll of doom, until the moment the Charles River submerges him forever. You decide. (Christopher Walken is always a safe bet). “…I give you the mausoleum of all […]

To save (GOP) time

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Tonight is the Republican presidential candidates’ debate on Fox News. I’ll be watching avidly, perhaps taking notes. My governor will be there. So will a guy who owns a golf course I once drove past. There’s even more Bush. But if you’d like to save time, I predict and summarize it below, in just four […]

Beauty bears repeating.

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Especially on such a summer’s day the Bard would appreciate from several centuries’ distance…   Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate. Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, And summer’s lease hath all too short a date. Sometime too hot the eye of heaven […]

Witnessing greatness.

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Saw a special concert Sunday night. One I had waited for since I was a teenager. One the world had waited for since the last millennium. D’Angelo is one of those once-in-a-generation artists. I was fortunate to catch him at a small club in New Jersey, and in top form. Gone are the drunken problems, […]