31 in Review, Onward and Upward to 32

I make a point of marking my birthday with reviewing where I’ve come in the past year. I spoke in a prior post about the broader road traveled since I was a teenager, but my actual birthday this past Wednesday was a beautiful reminder of just how fantastic this past year has been. I can’t…

The Video Game of the Year as Chosen by my Dog, Cordy

Cordy has appeared here and there on this blog before, she’s an incomparably sweet english shepherd whose greatest tragedy is that while  she’s impossibly soft and sweet, she hates cuddling. Generally, she likes to be within arm’s reach. There’s one exception to that though. She gets very worried and affectionate when I have a video…

Doors Through Which We Might Go

I have a certain fascination with doors. I realize that in the real world, many of them don’t lead anywhere fantastic or magical. Oftentimes, the most enticing ones we see that warn of special access to employees only just lead to somewhere unremarkably industrial and pragmatic. There is one doorway that has always matched the…

The Scene is Dead, Long Live the Scene

I’ve never been much a fan of shock value art, or weird for weirdness’ sake art. It’s not a very sustainable position to convey a message that has any lasting value except as a punchline, because shock and weirdness are both relative to a given norm. I’m a fan of Punk rock precisely because the…

What Everyone Gets

“But I did okay, didn’t I? I mean, I got, what, fifteen thousand years. That’s pretty good, isn’t it? I lived a pretty long time.” “You got what anybody gets, Bernie. You got a lifetime.” -Bernie & Death, Neil Gaiman’s Sandman I’m not prone to being a numbers person, but in two weeks I turn…

If it Were Done

We all confront our demons at different paces and in different ways, and we realize our progress in different ways also, but keep going.

Sparks (Not the Coldplay Song)

If you have a cool friend who notices something she thinks would be cool to do, do it. You might just find a new favorite band/artist/place to eat.

Excelsior – RIP Stan Lee

Stan Lee pulled off both- and in so doing he created not just a world, but an entire universe all his own.

A Tale of Two Suzies – Argento’s Suspiria (1977)

The same day I posted about my fuck up having seen the Suspiria remake when my friend and I intended on seeing the original 1977 Dario Argento film, my friend came through and found that a local cafe/bar/venue was doing a free screening of the original this past Sunday. Ideally, I may have preferred seeing…