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RECORDS REVIEW: Albums #35-31

In music on 04/30/2012 at 17:42

The count down continues. Here are 5 more albums you should for real check out.

35. “Late Registration” by Kanye West
Late Registration

Ye’s follow up places just a few spots higher than his debut, and while both efforts have their strengths and weaknesses, “Late Registration” is the out and out better album. It’s darker, smarter, longer, funnier and the production values are up, more layered and cohesive…it’s fitting that this is somewhat of a “conceptual follow up” to “The College Dropout” because it’s simply an improved version. Read the rest of this entry »

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SUNDAY FICTION: “The Flying Linskey”

In fiction, writing on 04/29/2012 at 18:41

Here is, as promised, today’s story “The Flying Linskey.” Check it out at Figment.com and show it some love.

“The Flying Linskey”
When the alarm goes off at 6:35 I’ve been awake for forty minutes. The clock-radio plays a blizzard of morning talk, The Strokes, an announcement to the people of the second floor, 53 Airport Road, Bridgewater, Massachusetts, that we are in for another unseasonably warm Wednesday. Sometimes I overhear classmates saying they set as many as five “safety alarms,” or they bury their phone in some far corner of the room so to be forced out of bed after it. My point being, I set my alarm to 6:35, forty minutes after I’ve entered the shower, and if I fail to do so I can become lost for hours…on several occasions father has had to fish me out of a fetal corner of the stall. –What are you doing, he asks, mystified that I am his son. I do not discuss these alarm tactics with my classmates. I share very little with them, actually. Read the rest of this entry »

FICTION: The Heist at John F. Kennedy High

In fiction, TV, writing on 04/28/2012 at 22:21

Tomorrow a full length story “The Flying Linskey” will be up, and it’s a good one. Please come back and check it out. In the meantime here’s a quick memoir–err, I mean, story!

Don’t forget, the fiction that appears on STAHR can be found at Figment as well as reviews of Parks and Recreation here.

This week STAHR will begin a shift towards emphasis on writing and the arts, and this June we will begin accepting submissions from outside writers. We hope you all submit!

Without further a-do…

“The Heist at John F. Kennedy High”
Aaron is the inside man. He is, per request, as far removed from the action as possible. His name has been stricken from the record, he is nowhere to be found at the meetings in the back booth at Burger King, he will swear ignorance should something go wrong… should we be taken into custody. Aaron’s cargo shorts are still warm from the laundry when he loops the bit of fishing wire around the library window lock, slips it outside, does a casual about face, and resumes his docent tasks. His job is done. Read the rest of this entry »

QUOTES FROM LAST NIGHT

In TV on 04/27/2012 at 15:57

My review of last night’s “Parks and Recreation” appears on LAFAmily.com, please read it here! Here are some quotes from the other comedies on NBC.


COMMUNITY

“Hey, she’s the one putting her hands in my mouth.” –Janitor Read the rest of this entry »

TOP 10 THURSDAY: 10 TV Comedies, 1990-2009

In TV on 04/26/2012 at 18:46

Let’s count down the funniest shows on TV the past two decades.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This list was obviously not proofed correctly as it omits STELLA, perhaps the funniest show in all of existence. “Stella” will get an article all its own in the coming days.

10. Boy Meets World (1993-2000)
I almost gave this spot to “Fresh Prince” on account of Will Smith’s acting chops far outshining anyone on “Boy Meets World,” which devolves into the sappiest of sap at times, but the strengths of the TGIF stalwart proved too much.

The first few seasons of BMW is childhood-based comedy gold. Ben Savage is by far at his most likeable when he’s in the fourth grade, as are all his classmates. It’s the evolution of Eric from teen heart throb to mentally challenged chubster that sees this 90s classic through its toughest of times, providing one of the comedic turns of the decade. Read the rest of this entry »

2012 SUMMER MOVIE GUIDE

In movies on 04/26/2012 at 18:09

If you’re like us at STAHR you love going to the movies, and May through July is the season for that! Starting with next Friday’s “The Avengers,” there’s at least one huge block buster, classic reboot or highly-anticipated comedy after another. Let’s give a brief run down.
(Click the title for a trailer)

MAY
May 4th, The Avengers
The gang's all here

As of right now not much differentiates “The Avengers” from any old summer blockbuster, like for instance “Battleship” which look so typical it didn’t make this list despite being good for at least 40 million opening day. I either did not see or did not care for any of the “supplementary films” leading up to “Avengers,” though Robert Downer Jr’s portrayal as Tony Stark is good entertainment. What’s most interesting is, will it all be worth it? Read the rest of this entry »

A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE vs STAR WARS

In Game of Thrones, movies, TV on 04/24/2012 at 17:53

After squeaking out a victory against fellow fantasy juggernaut “The Lord of the Rings,” the surviving members of George RR Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” join some new faces in hopes to dethrone the mecca of geekdom: “Star Wars.”

Ned vs Obi_Wan
ROUND 1: Ned Stark vs Obi Wan Kenobi
Last week Ned Stark’s nobility edged Boromir’s corruption, but there will be no such advtange in this match up. These two would treat each other to breadbaskets at the Oliver Garden before this duel, just to show the utmost respect.
One has to worry about the logistics though, as far as light saber vs sword goes, even a sword as might as Ice. The thing is, the same respect that goes into lobster ravioli and chicken domani is the same respect which would have Obi Wan finish off Ned Stark as fast as possible while he looks dumfounded at Ice in two pieces on the ground. Sorry Ned, your headless again.
WINNER: Obi Wan Read the rest of this entry »

Attention young and aspiring writers! A COMMUNITY FOR WRITERS

In fiction, writing on 04/24/2012 at 00:05

Hello loyal followers 🙂 I’ve just started using this website called Figment. I’ve posted my story “A Place Just West of Here” as well as a few shorts, you can read it here (if you aren’t on Figment [yet] you can read–and hopefully comment–on my story here).

Anyways, the purpose of this post is two-fold: 1) While I like Figment I’d love to check out more communities like it. Is anyone here part of a website with forums/groups where you share your stories and read other aspiring writers stories? I’m sure there are plenty, but I’d love to hear some specifics from you all!

2) As my summer writing schedule kicks into gear, I will be posting my writing journal/account of progress here 1-2 times a week. I really look forward to getting some comments and hearing about everyone else’s writing process. I am fascinated by the routines of other writers. More specific topics will be covered.

My current project is a magical-realist piece called “Magicicada,” but my next story scheduled to appear on STAHR MAGAZINE will be “The Flying Linskey.” I look forward to your feedback!

RECORDS REVIEW: Albums #40-36

In music on 04/23/2012 at 18:00

It’s Monday so why not continue our march down Alek’s 50 favorite albums? Onward then!

40. “Hot Fuss” by The Killers

HOT FUSS

It’s hard to pick out debut albums flashier, more fun and all around as good as The Killer’s “Hot Fuss.” Read the rest of this entry »

SUNDAY FICTION: “A Place Just West of Here”

In fiction, writing on 04/22/2012 at 16:20

Here is this week’s effort, a brief story taking place in Rhode Island and Martha’s Vineyard. Please respond with negative and/or positive feedback, anything would be nice, thanks!

“A Place Just West of Here”

Somewhere in the world St. Petersburg bubbled to lights, candied stars sweeping through sweet bistros and dapper arcades, along avenues and boulevards. Ivan imagined his brother switching on lamps, slipping tennis tickets into a book to hold his place, leashing Mowgli for a walk. Ivan allowed the cigarette to somersault gracelessly from his lips and pirouette on the water between his legs. The sun crested overhead, a white, aggravated eye over the island. He observed from the edge of the dock suburban trenches carved into hills on the far shore, alive with traffic and church bells. Ivan thought of the passport pinned over his bed, airfare safe in an envelope beside a calendar tagging off the days until November, when he would fly. Read the rest of this entry »