FICTION

Latest Short Stories and Flash Fiction
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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…

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Tuck You in Tight

I spent more time with you than my own mother. You gave me my first lesson in pastry making. “It takes a deft hand and a clear conscience to keep it light,” you said. I was waiting for your son; perhaps he was your favorite. “A tidy kitchen means no…

POETRY

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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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Mainstream

And the fish swim in the lake and do not even own clothing. -          Ezra Pound What kind of clothes would they wear, the little fishes of the lake? Would they collect tiny pebbles in their pockets or carry extra scales for when their own float off? Would the big…

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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
The Purge: Anarchy
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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…

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

It’s hard to make a sequel that surpasses the original.  You need to be able to continue the story while expanding on the world the characters live in.  You also need to make it even more exciting than the last one.  Dawn of the Planet of the Apes almost pulls…

FILM

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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,…

The Purge: Anarchy

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…

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…

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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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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,…

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Mainstream

And the fish swim in the lake and do not even own clothing. -          Ezra Pound What kind of clothes would they wear, the little fishes of the lake? Would they collect tiny pebbles in their pockets or carry extra scales for when their own float off? Would the big…

The Purge: Anarchy

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…

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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…