FICTION

Latest Short Stories and Flash Fiction
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Wheels and Wings

When I was ten years old, I stole my grandfather Louie’s car, a white Dodge Polara Sedan with a push button transmission. My parents were fighting (they were always fighting), so they once again farmed me out to my grandparents. It was summer time and I was miles away from…

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Trece

Marci squirmed in her chair while her mother hovered around the hairdresser. “Oh, it just has to be perfect,” Marci’s mother said. “It’s not every day my daughter celebrates her Trece, after all. “Mother, I had my trece last year,” said Marci. She looked up at her mother in the…

POETRY

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Pen to Page

This crime is out of my control, the jury is speaking clearly now Don’t let your guard down early; they’ll see your transparent exterior Keeping quiet and careful, this calls for more deception Your burlesque mask can hide you, but not the faux sensitivity You had everyone fooled A sensationalist…

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Sub-Acute Care

Florence is patted, dear-ed strapped and aimless she waits, part rigid spasm part slumped moan, stale as flaked sleep, sour like a matted yellow wound. Florence can be covered by afghans. She cannot hurry. Her pinned hip a sat-upon cactus, her prospect a shuffling desert, asleep, agape, done. She has…

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Interviews

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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…

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Interview: Scott Honea and Frank Mosley

On Tax Day, April 15th, Drunk Monkeys will host the world premiere of the short film Panhandle Jim, written and directed by Texas filmmaker Scott Honea. Honea’s previous work, Believe You Me, was featured at several film festivals and has received distribution through Hulu. For his follow-up production, Honea chose…

REVIEWS

Latest Film and Television Reviews
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Lucy

Before I get to the review, I just want to point something out.  Yes, the “humans only use 10% of their brains” idea is inaccurate.  Yes, Hollywood has a tendency to ignore science in favor of action, plot, pacing and simplicity.  Congratulations, you know that Lucy is built on a…

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The Purge: Anarchy

Let’s get this out there straightaway: The Purge: Anarchy is what should have started this inevitable franchise.  Unlike the boring, predictable, poorly paced original, this one is everything I want in a movie about Americans going nuts while everything is legal for 12 hours.  Since the trailer does a fantastic…

FILM

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Weekend Box Office
July 25-27

Owing perhaps to its intriguing premise (whether or not you think it’s a complete rip-off of Elfen Lied), and Scarlett Johansson’s rising stock as an action star (thanks to The Avengers and Captain America: The Winter Soldier) Lucy didn’t seem to have a lot to worry about this weekend. The…

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Weekend Box Office
July 18-20

Between Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and The Purge: Anarchy, it really could have gone either way. The follow-up to the 2011 reboot Rise of the Planet of the Apes garnered strong reviews. Although The Purge: Anarchy had a strong showing in the early moments of the weekend,…

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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Music Review: Tom Freund
Two Moons

Some artist refuse to let themselves be pigeon-holed by musical genres. Tom Freund is one of these artists. The former bassist for the Alt Country outfit The Silos keeps good company too—often collaborating with Ben Harper, who lends a guest vocal on the opening track “Angel Eyes”. “Angel Eyes” is…

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Weekend Box Office
July 25-27

Owing perhaps to its intriguing premise (whether or not you think it’s a complete rip-off of Elfen Lied), and Scarlett Johansson’s rising stock as an action star (thanks to The Avengers and Captain America: The Winter Soldier) Lucy didn’t seem to have a lot to worry about this weekend. The…

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Pen to Page

This crime is out of my control, the jury is speaking clearly now Don’t let your guard down early; they’ll see your transparent exterior Keeping quiet and careful, this calls for more deception Your burlesque mask can hide you, but not the faux sensitivity You had everyone fooled A sensationalist…

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Lucy

Before I get to the review, I just want to point something out.  Yes, the “humans only use 10% of their brains” idea is inaccurate.  Yes, Hollywood has a tendency to ignore science in favor of action, plot, pacing and simplicity.  Congratulations, you know that Lucy is built on a…

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Book Club: Orange is the New Black

“I knew that I would have to be brave. Not foolhardy, not in love with risk and danger, not making ridiculous exhibitions of myself to prove that I wasn’t terrified–really genuinely brave. Brave enough to be quiet when quiet was called for, brave enough to observe before flinging myself into…

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Wheels and Wings

When I was ten years old, I stole my grandfather Louie’s car, a white Dodge Polara Sedan with a push button transmission. My parents were fighting (they were always fighting), so they once again farmed me out to my grandparents. It was summer time and I was miles away from…