Donald Trump is the Political Equivalent of a Monkey Flinging Poo

Or put another way, Donald Trump is to politics what Kanye West is to music (shitty). They’re both only good because they keep telling us they’re good. I assure you, NEITHER are good, let alone great. To think that anything Trump says is either substantial or has political merit is to be completely ignorant to politics as either a profession or something of profound importance … Continue reading Donald Trump is the Political Equivalent of a Monkey Flinging Poo

Williamsburg, Brooklyn Has Jumped the Shark

For the past seven years, I’ve lived in Brooklyn. New York. Before moving to Williamsburg, the worldwide epicenter of hip, I lived in Billyburg’s kissing cousin, Greenpoint. Both have been subjected to an aggressive gentrification agenda. One of the most aggressive in recent years. With gentrification comes hipsters. A lot of hipsters. Revelation 9:3-10 “Then from the smoke came locusts on the earth, and they … Continue reading Williamsburg, Brooklyn Has Jumped the Shark

Oh! Say, can you see?

Donald Trump is leading the Republican polls (ahead of a GOP dynasty). Hillary is being pilloried about e-mails (seriously, how does anyone NOT know the only way to erase a hard drive is to burn it?) and Bernie Sanders, a Socialist from Vermont is gaining ground (I got nothing); you’d think this presidential election cycle couldn’t get more bizarre. You’d be wrong. Enter Deez Nuts. The … Continue reading Oh! Say, can you see?

We Suffer Alone

I’m writing from a place of sadness. A kind of empty sadness unlike any other I have ever known. I lost my mother recently. Well, it’s not like I misplaced her, she passed away. And wrestling with my emotions surrounding it is, on the best day, odd. On the worst? Painful. These days are the latter of the two. Now, this doesn’t mean I am … Continue reading We Suffer Alone

A Mothers Disappointment?

“We all pay for life with death, so everything in between should be free.” – Bill Hicks I am the youngest of my mothers four children; born breach during what is often considered the most tumultuous year in modern history (the year of unraveling). I grew from a collicky baby into a petulant child then an exceptionally rebellious teenager and in due course, a rudderless … Continue reading A Mothers Disappointment?

Please Just Answer My Question

I am noticing a trend among people today. And not a good one.  Of course I am alarmed by so many things taking place across the globe and, in the ultimate scheme of things, this concern barely registers…but it is annoying as f*ck. People can’t seem to answer a God damn question. For example, these two exchanges have taken place just this week.  I like … Continue reading Please Just Answer My Question

Black Mirror is now on Netflix. No more excuses.

So about one year ago (January 13, 2014) I wrote about Charlie Brooker’s television show, Black Mirror. I said you should really be watching it. Last week, Brooker was interviewed for WNYC’s On The Media and talked about it, A Paranoid Reflection of our Digital Age. Because all too often people have come up to me and prattled on about something I wrote specifically or … Continue reading Black Mirror is now on Netflix. No more excuses.

What the Day Brings

I do these writing prompt deals from time to time. They help stimulate a little creativity and get the tappers on the keyboard. This one came from Medium. The prompt was “What Prepares You for the Day“. For the uninitiated, Medium is a writing platform created by Ev Williams, one of the creators of Twitter. Ironically, where Twitter only allows 140 characters to communicate, Medium … Continue reading What the Day Brings

Everything is Illuminated…or is it?

This past weekend I watched the 2005 film Everything is Illuminated, written and directed by Liev Screiber and based on the Jonathan Safron novel of the same name. A good movie about a young Jewish American man who goes to the Ukraine to find the woman who saved his grandfather during World War II. The film, and I presume book, is a quest/journey of sorts, … Continue reading Everything is Illuminated…or is it?

Chris Rock Is Firing On All Cylinders

Ok, so I am a little late on this one. And maybe I take my comedy too seriously (ironic, huh). You see, I avoid Saturday Night Live. I don’t find it funny and personally think it has become an exercise in unfunny. I think people only watch it in the hope that it will be funny and then when something is modestly funny, they think it is … Continue reading Chris Rock Is Firing On All Cylinders

Where the Dead Things Are – October 25, 2014

This past Saturday, October 25 I participated in Rising Sun Theaters 24-hour Mash Up. It works like this: A theme is chosen, in this case “Children are Terrifying“. Then at 6pm on Friday, October 24, all the Playwrights, Directors and Actors gather to meet and choose a prompt, director and cast. The Playwright picks the prompt and the Director out of a hat and the … Continue reading Where the Dead Things Are – October 25, 2014

Fear and Love

It’s no secret life is complicated, but fundamentally, it can be boiled down to two things. Fear and love. You can choose to live a life of fear or you can choose to live a life of love. I know what you are thinking, “Aren’t you really oversimplifying it?” Maybe. Maybe not. I’ve spent the better part of my life choosing to live in fear. … Continue reading Fear and Love

Duke Rests in Peace

Before I had Rufus the Pitbull (mix), I had Duke the Rottwieler (pure). They’re both dogs from notoriously aggressive breeds. Rufus and Duke, not so aggro. Rufus is hyper and anxious. Duke was chill and peaceful. Extremely intelligent dogs prone to grave acts of stupidity. Rufus is mostly on edge, but sweet. Duke was never on edge, but always sweet. They both have earned the … Continue reading Duke Rests in Peace

Thinking About Creativity

“Creativity is more than just being different. Anybody can plan weird; that’s easy. What’s hard is to be as simple as Bach. Making the simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity.” -Charles Mingus Far be it from me to crush anyone’s dreams, but not everyone needs to write a book, paint a picture or make a movie. Now before you get yourself all knotted up, let me … Continue reading Thinking About Creativity

In the Country

Andes, NY. 2014 The wife and I rented a little refurbished schoolhouse in Andes, New York recently. It was the perfect respite from city life AND we got to take the dogs with us. The first time each of them had experienced country life. Some highlights: Alone and quiet time with the wife. Rufus puking in the car on the way up and pulling off … Continue reading In the Country

Funny Thing About Failure

Just as everyone lies, everyone fails. At something. Sometime. Could be a relationship, marriage, job interview, performance, free throw…almost anything. If you have ever tried anything, ever, odds are you failed. The  Internet is populated with meme’s about failure. But is it really failure? I would argue that failure, as such, doesn’t really exist. If you try and you don’t succeed, does that mean you … Continue reading Funny Thing About Failure

Leadership and Zombies 101

Business academics and film theorists have often cited The Godfather as the definitive film exemplifying the best business practices. And in some cases they are right. There is a strong caste system within the Corleone crime family, much like there is in corporate America, there is a defined hierarchical structure with direct reports and there is little tolerance for any new idea or perspective. In … Continue reading Leadership and Zombies 101

Pox, Pasta but No PTO

wait(er) Magazine Reprinted with permission October 2013 One summer during college, I had three jobs. I worked at a bookstore, overnight at a gas station and weekends expediting at an Italian restaurant (for those unfamiliar, this is typically the person who preps and organizes the food before the server delivers it). It was pretty hellish and I never knew if I was coming or going … Continue reading Pox, Pasta but No PTO

…and if so, who answers? We do.

In a little over two weeks Pearl Jam will release their tenth studio album, Lightning Bolt and the publicity juggernaut has begun. I suppose by sheer nature of timing, this would be part of that. The first release from Lightning Bolt was “Mind Your Manners” which I thought was a little forced and empty. After a couple more listens, I feared the band was going … Continue reading …and if so, who answers? We do.

2013 Greenpoint Film Festival Wrap Up

The WG News+Arts Reprinted with permission September  2013 After a successful opening night on Thursday, September 19, the third annual Greenpoint Film Festival wrapped on Sunday. Just as she has done in the previous two years, Festival Director Rosa Valado was able to tap into the creativity of our neighborhood as well as bring together a diverse group of films and filmmakers from around the … Continue reading 2013 Greenpoint Film Festival Wrap Up

Jumping the Shark – Part 2

“Jumping the shark is an idiom created by Jon Hein that is used to describe the moment in the evolution of a television show when it begins a decline in quality that is beyond recovery, which is usually a particular scene, episode, or aspect of a show in which the writers use some type of ‘gimmick’ in a desperate attempt to keep viewers’ interest.”(1) The … Continue reading Jumping the Shark – Part 2