The Red Pen of Doom

Conventional wisdom about writing is conventionally wrong.

The past, present and future of news

This post is like X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, except with printing presses and the web instead of Hugh Jackman. We’ll go back in time, return to the present and … Continue reading

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The killer beside you

The first murderer I ever met was tall and awkward, with curly hair. But this was sixth grade, and we were all a bit awkward. Every one of us. This … Continue reading

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7 secret ingredients to cook up a Bad Superhero Blockbuster

We live in the Golden Age of comic book movies, with Marvel and DC pumping them out as faster than you can swipe your VISA for $14 tickets to IMAX … Continue reading

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CHARACTER ISSUES – A new column in Criminal Element

I love advice columns, especially when the questions are incredibly minor, quirky or insane. Across the pond, they call these advice columnists Agony Aunts, which is perfect. Dear Abby has … Continue reading

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Man leads police on 112 mph chase, crashes, then flees with his pet monkey

Photo courtesy of the Burien Police Department. This sounds like an Onion story. But it’s not. As a reformed journalist and unrepentant fan of weird news, this story is classic. Let’s … Continue reading

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Things I’m selling that you should buy and such

MAGIC BREADMAKER You put water and wheat-powder stuff inside, push a button to use the Force, then POOF, out comes bread. Sort of like this: This breadmaker is in a … Continue reading

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The Red Pen of Doom takes on GO SET A WATCHMAN by Harper Lee

To Kill A Mockingbird is a classic novel that turned into an amazing film. So when news broke that Harper Lee, who never published another novel, was coming out with … Continue reading

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Superhero movies: Golden Age or insane glut?

You can’t escape the marketing blitz. Superhero movies have targeted your local multiplex and they WILL. NOT. STOP. Ever since Hollywood took a risk by turning Tim Burton and Michael … Continue reading

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Top 7 reasons why SPECTRE is average while SKYFALL soared

The latest 007 film misses the target—despite having the same ingredients as SKYFALL: great actors, great director, great action scenes. Here’s why: 7) Biggest fight scene comes in the middle, … Continue reading

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The four secret purposes of music videos

Why do music videos still exist now that MTV is dead? The old answer, back in the day, was a simple formula: (a) Band makes a music video (b) Gives said … Continue reading

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Why MAKE ME by Lee Child gets graded on a curve

I can’t count how many hardcover Reacher novels line the top shelf of my library. Lee Child is that good. MAKE ME is his latest novel about Reacher, and it’s … Continue reading

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Defense against the Dark Arts: Propaganda vs. journalism and rhetoric

As the race for the White House gears up, you are being bombarded with stories, 30-second ads, attack tweets and Instagram videos. Back in the 1970s, the average person got … Continue reading

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FROZEN: THE PHANTOM EDIT

After spending a week hanging out with our two-year-old niece, I’ve memorized the words to “Let It Go” and “Do You Wanna Build a Snowman?” Those two songs–especially “Let It … Continue reading

July 12, 2016 · 4 Comments

Quirky and Fun versus Weird for the Sake of Weird

In my sacred quest to watch Every Decent Thing on Netflix, I’ve seen a lot of quirky movies that make fun of the action and superhero genres. All good, right? … Continue reading

June 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

2016 craziness leads to brilliant and funny music videos

Now, this fake Japanese commercial for Trump is spot-on and hilarious. But the seriousness and inevitably silliness of a campaign that started out with 20+ candidates and now has our … Continue reading

June 20, 2016 · Leave a comment

What makes bad writing bad? | Books | The Guardian

This. https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/may/20/what-makes-bad-writing-bad-toby-litt

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Is this dinosaur-sized alligator fake or real?

This is the video that has the internet, and the mainstream media, losing their minds. It’s like The Dress, except whether a bit of fashionable fabric is blue or gold … Continue reading

June 2, 2016 · Leave a comment
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