The Red Pen of Doom

Conventional wisdom about writing is conventionally wrong.

Why creativity gets squashed like a bug

Oh, everybody says they want something new and creative. But as this article from Slate shows, even places that are supposed by be hotbeds of artistic and creative genius, like … Continue reading

December 8, 2013 · 6 Comments

Giant killer hornets prepare to devour the planet

As a fan of monsters, and animals, and monstrous animals, I like learning about obscure or scary beasts. However, the giant asian hornet is not a curiousity to be admired and talked … Continue reading

October 3, 2013 · 2 Comments

SIMPLE SONG by The Shins

Now, the usual music video features (a) some kind of singer or rock band (b) singing and rocking, and possibly trying to (c) dance, though if they can’t dance, the … Continue reading

September 24, 2012 · 3 Comments

Book publicity: The case of the hitchhiking writer who gets shot

So this West Virginia photographer is hitchhiking around the country, writing a book about kindness in America, when he’s randomly shot by some man in a truck. That’s news. Ironic and … Continue reading

June 16, 2012 · 8 Comments

ENTER THE NINJA by Die Antwoord

Well, this is different. It’s not achingly good or insanely low-budget and terrible. The music is oddly OK, and the production values are high. But it’s just so flipping weird. … Continue reading

May 14, 2012 · 50 Comments

Post-apocalyptic driving and kabooming

If there is a zombie apocalypse / alien invasion / nuclear war, you’ll be running around all Mad Max-style, right? That means the Bad Guys will also be cruising the … Continue reading

April 29, 2012 · 6 Comments

PART ONE: Dodging disaster and death in India and Dubai

Roaring toward certain death, I don’t flinch. Hitting the semi head-on will turn the car into a burning pile of metal, plastic and roasted flesh. But I’m not afraid. Not … Continue reading

February 21, 2012 · 3 Comments