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 […]
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 […]
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.
By a Beatle widow. “Hell in Paradise.” It brought me flashbacks of watching MTV in the mid-1980s. It also makes about as much sense as the new Missy Elliott video.
Those who get in a lather about legislation, ideology, presidential debates, talking points, lies, damn lies, and Kardashian wardrobes might do well to heed these words, depressing though they may be.
“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 […]
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 […]
When Abe Vigoda tells you to jump, you hit the ceiling. Or else. abe
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 […]
Visiting the grave of Ernest Hemingway on a day in July 1999, a century after he was born, was an important day for a New Jersey teenager who liked to write in clipped sentences without commas, or highfalutin descriptors. The experience left an impression on the child, who is father to this man (as another […]
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 […]
Diggers just uncovered a legendary symbol of New World brutality: the Huey Tzompantli, or Great Skull Wall, in a part of Mexico City. Thousands of enemy people were beheaded and displayed there as trophies of the Aztecs in the late 15th century. The find got me thinking of one of my favorite books, 2666 by […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Rod Serling, one of the greatest American minds of the 20th century, had one of the most fertile imaginations in the entire history of Literature. He was also one of the great prognosticators of paranoia, considering the global warming theories he prefigured. He also hated the heat, apparently. Feels good to watch this and not […]
The following is a re-translation of a creepy little vignette from the Old Testament. Reader discretion is advised. “A Valley of Dry Bones” The Lord grabbed me, and in the blink of an eye I was whisked away to a dark valley. He led me all around and over what looked like white sticks coating […]
Ah, the joys of home ownership, as described in great detail by Jello Biafra.
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, […]
… You’ll probably see in midst of your drab little week.