FICTION

Latest Short Stories and Flash Fiction
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A Furious Beauty

The lights were dim and the room smelled like sweat and sweet perfume. The aromas twisted and blended under the heavy tracks of disco funk. Drag queens stomped from one end of the floor to the other, their massive wigs and elongated lashes shaking to the undulating beat. Gay men…

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Signs and Reasons

The first inkling I have that this is not going be an ordinary workday is when I drive into the parking lot. My car is swarmed by a horde of middle-aged women all screaming like they thought Elvis suddenly lost his damn mind and decided to drive up to the…

POETRY

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Super Mario Bros.

Know what I want to do right now? Play Mario Brothers on Super Nintendo Be Mario, a real mustache Pete With my foxtail, be high up in the forever blue sky Flying around, collecting gold Shooting fireballs out of my arm pits Can heaven be as cool? All turtles can’t…

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Idea Mercenary

When the flags began to wave I chased each one What did I have to live for? I behaved as the wind behaves Some ideas lasted longer than others Were more resilient under the boot heel Others were more democratic A cacophony What did I believe in? Whom did I…

REVIEWS

Latest Film and Television Reviews
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As Above, So Below

Every year at least one good horror hits theaters.  By good, I mean it actually gives me a few scares and I go recommend it to fellow fright aficionados. As Above, So Below is not in the above category.  In fact I’m not sure I could even suggest you watch…

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Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

After nine years, some people’s prayers have been answered.  There is finally a sequel to Sin City.  Based on the gritty graphic novels by Frank Miller, all directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller had to do was grab a few stories, weave them together into a semi-cohesive plot like the…

Interviews

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Interview: Mark Reznicek

Nineteen ninety-four will go down as one of the most eventful years in music history, a year full of landmark releases where little-known bands would sell millions of albums and enjoy critical as well as commercial success. One of the albums released that year, The Toadies’ platinum-selling album Rubberneck has…

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Interview: Clay McLeod Chapman

My introduction to Clay McLeod Chapman was memorable. It started with walking into a room with eight or nine other people. We were a group of young writers starting a series of classes on the craft. All of us had been chosen to have our plays produced for a festival…

FILM

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Girl in a Movie Theater

A girl in a movie theater sits watching a movie about a girl who sits in a movie theater watching a movie where characters always look back at each other into the darkness into the darknesses made of loneliness and heartbreak and the pure black shadows of movie theaters The…

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The Expendables 3

As I’ve mentioned before, sometimes you go into a movie knowing exactly what to expect.  The Expendables 3 was one of those times.  I knew it wasn’t going to bowl me over with amazing writing, a coherent plot or Oscar-worthy acting.  No, I was going to see shit explode and…

TELEVISION

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Man of Science, Man of Faith:
A LOST Retrospective
Season One

Over the coming weeks, Matthew Guerruckey and I will be watching LOST and having a back and forth discussion about each season. This discussion covers season one, but SPOILERS for all seasons of the show follow. We will be talking about LOST’s mythology and long-term storytelling, perhaps the two topics…

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The Emmys Get it Wrong … Again

Historically, I never cared a whole lot about the Emmys. TV tended to fall short of what I considered to be “high art” (that designation belonged to the cinema) and therefore the awards for such a medium didn’t really seem to be worth that much, ultimately. It’s like your kid…

Non-Fiction

Essays and Creative Non-Fiction
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Trek Into Meaninglessness

In the week following the release of the film Star Trek Into Darkness, I wrote a long essay comparing and contrasting the two Star Trek IIs. My thesis was that, compared to Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek Into Darkness was a study in experience over engagement…

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I am a Whore

I am a whore, a prostitute, a holler-for-a-dollar lowlife scum. I lied to the Girl Scouts of America. I have lied to the American Cancer Society, The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Lutheran Adoption Services, Catholic Charities, even a community program that helps at risk youth. I lied. I will continue…

LATEST POSTS

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Super Mario Bros.

Know what I want to do right now? Play Mario Brothers on Super Nintendo Be Mario, a real mustache Pete With my foxtail, be high up in the forever blue sky Flying around, collecting gold Shooting fireballs out of my arm pits Can heaven be as cool? All turtles can’t…

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Idea Mercenary

When the flags began to wave I chased each one What did I have to live for? I behaved as the wind behaves Some ideas lasted longer than others Were more resilient under the boot heel Others were more democratic A cacophony What did I believe in? Whom did I…

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A Furious Beauty

The lights were dim and the room smelled like sweat and sweet perfume. The aromas twisted and blended under the heavy tracks of disco funk. Drag queens stomped from one end of the floor to the other, their massive wigs and elongated lashes shaking to the undulating beat. Gay men…

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20 First (And Last) Dates

1. He took me to the movies, Did not hold my hand, Did not try to feel me up, Did not move. I thought he was dead. 2. He made me walk 3 miles In 20 degree weather Wearing a mini skirt. 3. He introduced me to his parents On…

As Above, So Below

As Above, So Below

Every year at least one good horror hits theaters.  By good, I mean it actually gives me a few scares and I go recommend it to fellow fright aficionados. As Above, So Below is not in the above category.  In fact I’m not sure I could even suggest you watch…

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Signs and Reasons

The first inkling I have that this is not going be an ordinary workday is when I drive into the parking lot. My car is swarmed by a horde of middle-aged women all screaming like they thought Elvis suddenly lost his damn mind and decided to drive up to the…