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Poem: “America (the poem)”

In American Radio, poetry, writing on 03/28/2013 at 14:15

America (the poem)
Home.
You’re feeling lonely
as you’re approaching,
hoping
unfamiliar shapes
will turn into faces
but your friends all have places
in states and
streets you never thought you’d see.

“Is Nat home?”
“He’s moved to New York City.”

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In Uncategorized on 03/17/2013 at 23:58

Here is my short story “Killer” as it apepars with Eunoia Review

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After she decided it would be far kinder for her sister to never be born, it was only a matter of planning. Luce sat on the highest level of the driveway’s retaining wall and waited for Kathy to come home. Kathy Dahl kept no regular hours, making quick work of her children’s plans, but for now Luce was happy to sit and wait, kicking pink sandals against the rain soaked limestone—by her count there were six months still, and to a ten-year-old six months is a lifetime.

 

Luce “Lucy” Dahl was one of five children at 4 Westwood Lane, a semi-gated community huddled in the undergrowth of southern Mass. Of the kids—better known as the Dolls, residents of the titular Dollhouse—no two shared a father. Frederick, fourteen and the only boy; half-sisters Carmine (5), Kelli (6), Clarice (8) and Luce. Two summers ago the first ever Doll, Rose, turned…

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Short Story Published

In fiction, writing on 03/17/2013 at 21:42

I am happy to announce that my short story “Killer” is available to read on Eunoia Review.

Check out “Killer” here.

The Four Coolest F ckin Bands On The Planet

In music, present, writing on 03/11/2013 at 12:49

Sometimes radio scares me. I like pop music, from Rihanna to the Beach Boys and every trend between. A good pop song is a beautiful thing. But the radio historically has also been home to the legends of rock: Elvis Presley, James Brown and the Beatles all hold multiple airplay records and awards. Today, the rock and roll attitude is completely absent from radio.

Which begs the question: twenty years from now (hell, ten years from now) who will be regarded as the preeminent rock bands of the 2000s and 2010s? Cold Play, The Frey and Nickleback have been some of the most successful contemporary rock acts in recent years, god help us.

Who then will carry forth the bad ass torch of rock? Who should you tell your kids you listened to back in the day? Wonder no more.

4. Kings of Leon
all the bubbas got they heads in a nod

Best Albums: “Aha Shake Heartbreak,” “Youth and Young Manhood”
Best Tracks: Trani, Kings of the Rodeo, Joe’s Head
How they so cool? “You talkin bout my baby? I could flip you upside down and I could mop this place,” taunts KOL front man Caleb Followill on 2007 Because of the Times track “My Party.” Despite a two album slump and an unavoidable corporate tweak to their image, the Kings came out of the gate strong with a pair of southern garage rock classics, followed by the more ambitious, arena-rock 2007 release. KOL boozes to the point of excess, smokes with the best of them and have set the marriage bar at Super Model. Just when you think this band might not be bad ass, that the sudden fame brought on by the bands 2008 breakthrough “Sex On Fire” may have ruined their rock cred for good, the Followills come up with gems like this: (to a live audience) “For all the people out there that don’t give a shit about us, I want you to know…I understand. But we worked fucking hard to get here so anyone who has anything to say, fuck you. We’re the god damned Kings of Leon.”

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Ultimate Catfish: Te’o vs Rod and Ebony

In present, TV, writing on 03/08/2013 at 14:26

Will catfishing be remembered as one of the strangest trends of the new millennium, or does it signify a social media-driven sickness that will slowly consume the world in a plot worthy of high science fiction? Here we examine two of the more bizarre cases of “misleading identity,” some of which end in an odd yet happy couple, other times in murder.

Manti Te’o is perhaps the most famous victim of a catfish, even if many suspect he may have been complicit in the plot from the start. Here are the facts, as best as they can be surmised:

-In fall of 2012, Te’o told several media outlets that both his grandmother and girlfriend had died on September 11, 2012. Te’o said his girlfriend, Stanford student Lennay Kekua, died after a car accident and subsequent battle with leukemia. He had promised Kekua that he would play football even if she died Te’o emerged as a Heisman Trophy candidate throughout the season, and his story was widely publicized.

Considering Kekua never actually existed, it seems trivial to point out that leukemia is not a common side effect of car accidents.

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2013 Second Quarter Movie Guide

In movies, writing on 03/06/2013 at 16:18

So far Side Effects is the only film that stands out in 2013, though there are plenty to come and more I have yet to see. May and June mark the start of the summer season. Here’s a taste.

May 10th: “The Great Gatsby”
Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, Isla Fisher
Despite clocking in at a magnificently efficient ~185 pages, GATSBY has so far proven unfilmable. Baz Luhrmann’s questionable direction (as evident by the trailer) looks to be the latest victim. The film looks to be a visual feast, however, and Fitzgerald fans will find themselves turning out, however low their expectations may be.

Gold-hatted Gatsby!

May 24: The Hangover: Part III
Starring Ed Helms, Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifinakis, Mike Tyson
Who would have guessed THE HANGOVER would have been such a sleeper smash? The most successful R-rated comedy franchise of all time will surely inflate that total big time as Zach Galifinakis has cemented himself as a comedic film star, Bradley Cooper is fresh off a Best Actor nod and Ed Helms continues to…stay relevant. The second outing left a lot to be desired, but in retrospect seems a quirky (yet exceedingly grim) parody of its predecessor. The third promises to be even darker, completely different and the final installment.

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Best of “Modern Seinfeld” (2013)

In Uncategorized on 03/06/2013 at 15:51

If you thought 2012 was busy for the popular twitter feed “Modern Seinfeld,” you aint seen nothing yet! Here are the best modern Seinfeld treatments so far in 2013.

George, Jerry, and Kramer compete to see who can go the longest at a meal without checking their phone.

Elaine is late to a movie because her new boyfriend (James Wolk) will only get in hybrid cabs. Jerry’s new gf cheats at Words With Friends.

Jerry makes a dinner reservation online, but they won’t seat him, because he never replied to the confirmation email. Bania gets his table.

Newman completes his epic DVD collection thanks to stolen Netflix deliveries. Elaine’s boss accuses her of spoiling a ten year old movie.

George gets upset when his favorite songs go from Classic Rock to Oldies on the radio. Kramer makes bathtub FourLoko.

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