During my lifetime, I’ve witnessed America develop into a nation with a political and cultural fissure so large it seems nothing short of a revolution can correct it. To wit: There are Coke people. There are Pepsi people. We have Yankee fans. We have Red Sox fans. Almond Joy has nuts. Mounds don’t. We have Marriott people. We have Hilton people. There are Costco people. There … Continue reading …Divided We Fall
I just woke up for my midnight feeding and started thinking about Prince. Again. Of course, I then realized what kind of blogger, music nerd or writer would I be if I didn’t contribute to the outpouring of love and remembrance that is coming from everywhere to celebrate this man, Prince Rogers Nelson (it was his name)? Not a very good one. So I decided … Continue reading Prince 1958 – 2016
If you think about fog thematically, there are two kinds to consider. There is the thematic fog akin to taking a hit of some really potent weed which makes you feel somewhat “murky” but still pleasant and clear-headed enough to remain very functional and social. Then there is the other kind where you wake up in bed, next to someone you don’t recognize with your … Continue reading The Fog of the Culture War
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
Well, it’s kinda true. Continue reading Socialism vs. Capitalism
No no, I don’t mean the United States of America. I mean the United States of Advertising (Bill Hicks). As a card-carrying member of the Democratic Party I wanted to watch the first debate last night on CNN. Now, I should point out, I don’t have television. I HAVE a television fer chrissakes, I am just one of those “cord cutters” you read about. So … Continue reading USA! USA! USA!
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
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?
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
“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?
It’s true…and not in some sort of existential “we’re all dying a little more each day” kind of way. As I type this out my mother is in hospice. You see, a couple of weeks ago my mother suffered a heart attack and a “series of strokes” (no less than six according to the neurologist) and in the 20 minute process of resuscitating her, they … Continue reading My Mother Is Dying
Outside of certain environments neoliberalism is a word you don’t hear very often, but I suspect that is going to change in the very near future. With that in mind, I thought I would take a moment to shed a little light on what the word means. Oh, I know right out of the gate you are probably thinking “Christ, here comes Keith and more of his … Continue reading On Neoliberalism
I just flew in from Detroit…and boy is my heart tired. Detroit is in rough, rough shape and yet to me it still is the quintessential American city. The whole package, the good, the bad and the ugly. The good: it was built on the backs of the melting pot of Americans. At one time, you COULD actually realize the American dream, a good middle … Continue reading Another Damn Story About Detroit
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
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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.
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
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?
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
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
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
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
“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
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
As we get older life changes and sometimes we have a tendency to look backwards and romanticize the past. But the thing with memory is that we can pick and choose what to remember and what to forget. More often than not, we choose to remember more good than bad. Time and distance can provide perspective. It can also distort it. How often is it … Continue reading Live in the Now
Full Disclosure is that point in a relationship when you realize that maybe this is the person I am going to stick with…for awhile. Maybe not forever, but long enough that it warrants opening that closet door to the past. Now the key is to reveal as much as you feel comfortable revealing (there is some truth to keeping some secrets). Doing this with the … Continue reading Full Disclosure
On the night of Tuesday, December 3, The New School lost a beloved member of the community — Will Gary, a dedicated and kind hearted security guard often seen at the 66 West 12th Street building entrance. I finished up my bachelors and received my MA from The New School and Will Gary was a part of that. For me, two things stand out as … Continue reading Good Bye To A Friend Whose Name I Never Knew
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
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
We want to think they don’t…but they do. The great television doctor, Dr. Gregory House of the Fox show House, famously preached this edict. In fact, virtually every episode is centered around it. But wasn’t House the biggest liar of them all? Perhaps. Nonetheless, like it or not, we all lie. Some people lie a little and others lie a lot. Some people tell white … Continue reading Everybody lies.
The Pillowman Presented by T. Schreiber Studio * Now through November 24 The great thing about theater is the freedom that it allows. Any company can pick and choose to produce works by new playwrights or established playwrights. Some companies do both, like the acclaimed T. Schreiber Studio, located at 151 West 26th St. In February of 2014, they are giving a nod to up … Continue reading The Pillowman
Gerry Rafferty died yesterday. Not too many noticed, “Who the fuck is that and why should I care?” You don’t have to care, but you sure as hell know who he is. Ever heard a song that has one of THE best sax solos in the world? You’d know it if you heard it. Ever seen the movie Resevoir Dogs? Remember the scene where Michael … Continue reading Gerry Rafferty RIP
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