FICTION

Latest Short Stories and Flash Fiction
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Love Life Loss

Rachel’s steps falter as she and Daniel cross Hester Street. It’s after midnight and the city appears evacuated. Galleries and window displays alive only hours ago are hidden behind varied patterns of metal grating. The opening of Daniel’s latest work ended in a restaurant that could barely contain the patrons,…

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My Sandwich

And I can’t remember how it ended. Was it her or was it me? So much time has passed but I still find myself thinking about those days. I remember thinking that everything was fine, but then Florida happened. That trip changed it all for us. We were young and…

POETRY

Aerospace Tarot

P-38, Burbank’s five-sworded, counter-rotating fork-tailed child of Operation Vengeance, Rosie the Riveter’s demon, mower of roads, in thousands you stormed the nightmares of the survivors of your whisper as Californian as surfers and guitars. B-58 of arrowhead wings, master of time to climb to alabaster atmosphere, your strength roared to…

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The Last Days of Vaudeville

THE VENTRILOQUIST: Uncertain era, it tousles my hair, wrinkles my bowtie and insults my vest. It tires a trouper. Importunate age disrespects verities, superannuates props, abuses the stage and fatigues better arts. I’m straining my teeth to maintain levity. THE DUMMY: Not droll; you’re getting old and your shoes are…

REVIEWS

Latest Film and Television Reviews
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Movie Review:
The Drop

Cousin Marv’s is a forgettable little bar tucked away in Brooklyn. It’s a hidden sanctuary where the locals seek refuge, where Bob Saginowski (Tom Hardy) tends bar, doling out the occasional free drink to someone who needs it, to someone lost and alone in this inescapably expansive city. Bob’s cousin,…

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Music Review: Shooter Jennings
Don’t Wait Up for George

The tribute album. It’s a great idea in theory, and a way to pay homage to a legendary artist, but usually the greatness stops there. The number of horrific tribute albums certainly outnumber the good ones, especially in the country genre, where the purveyors of pop country continue to commit…

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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Movie Review:
The Drop

Cousin Marv’s is a forgettable little bar tucked away in Brooklyn. It’s a hidden sanctuary where the locals seek refuge, where Bob Saginowski (Tom Hardy) tends bar, doling out the occasional free drink to someone who needs it, to someone lost and alone in this inescapably expansive city. Bob’s cousin,…

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Captain Canada’s Movie Rodeo

After reading a blog post by an L.A. Weekly writer on the worst hipster movies of all time, my first thought was I wish someone would punch that guy in the back of the head. It was a childish reaction. Largely based on “HE HATES A LOT OF THE MOVIES…

TELEVISION

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Little Mosque On The Prairie

Two of the twin benefits of the Streaming Age are finding shows you might not otherwise have seen, and finding shows geared at very niche audiences. Having grown up in the pre-Internet era and, in many ways, the pre-Cable era, I was always aware that there was more entertainment out…

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

Donald McCarthy: LOST’s second season opens up with a mind-blowing teaser. In what at first appears to be a flashback, we see a man waking up, going through his morning routine, injecting himself with some substance, pushing numbers into a computer, and then being rudely interrupted by an explosion. It…

Non-Fiction

Essays and Creative Non-Fiction
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She’ll Never Love You the Way You Love Her

You’re too deep into it now, and Brooklyn is imploding on the life you thought you wanted. I’m thinking “yes.” I’m thinking “no.” I’m thinking, “I don’t know. Maybe I don’t want to know. Maybe it’s ok to not know.” Maybe it’s just hormones or my terrible job or this…

LATEST POSTS

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Love Life Loss

Rachel’s steps falter as she and Daniel cross Hester Street. It’s after midnight and the city appears evacuated. Galleries and window displays alive only hours ago are hidden behind varied patterns of metal grating. The opening of Daniel’s latest work ended in a restaurant that could barely contain the patrons,…

ham sandwich

My Sandwich

And I can’t remember how it ended. Was it her or was it me? So much time has passed but I still find myself thinking about those days. I remember thinking that everything was fine, but then Florida happened. That trip changed it all for us. We were young and…

little mosque

Little Mosque On The Prairie

Two of the twin benefits of the Streaming Age are finding shows you might not otherwise have seen, and finding shows geared at very niche audiences. Having grown up in the pre-Internet era and, in many ways, the pre-Cable era, I was always aware that there was more entertainment out…

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Movie Review:
The Drop

Cousin Marv’s is a forgettable little bar tucked away in Brooklyn. It’s a hidden sanctuary where the locals seek refuge, where Bob Saginowski (Tom Hardy) tends bar, doling out the occasional free drink to someone who needs it, to someone lost and alone in this inescapably expansive city. Bob’s cousin,…

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Captain Canada’s Movie Rodeo

After reading a blog post by an L.A. Weekly writer on the worst hipster movies of all time, my first thought was I wish someone would punch that guy in the back of the head. It was a childish reaction. Largely based on “HE HATES A LOT OF THE MOVIES…

Aerospace Tarot

P-38, Burbank’s five-sworded, counter-rotating fork-tailed child of Operation Vengeance, Rosie the Riveter’s demon, mower of roads, in thousands you stormed the nightmares of the survivors of your whisper as Californian as surfers and guitars. B-58 of arrowhead wings, master of time to climb to alabaster atmosphere, your strength roared to…