Liberal/Progressive – Who are You?

With the first round of Democratic debates over, it’s become clear that the party has begun to slide to the left. Whether that’s been by design or by force is up for debate. There is even talk that, for the first time, the Democrats may find themselves with a true “progressive” leading the party, as opposed to a classical liberal Democrat. But first things first, … Continue reading Liberal/Progressive – Who are You?

All Dollars, No Sense: The Opioid Crisis

Drug overdose is the leading cause of death for those under the age of 50 and sixty percent of those deaths are attributable to opioids. It almost goes without saying that in America, the abuse of opioids has reached epidemic proportions. Independent of the emotional toll addiction takes on family, friends and colleagues it’s costly to the federal and state governments that have to deal … Continue reading All Dollars, No Sense: The Opioid Crisis

New Writing and I’m Lazy

Greetings and salutations! I’ve got new writing up at a few places and I’m getting ready to travel again for work so won’t have the time to post them here. In the event you didn’t know, I’m HUGE in Italy. I’m writing for a Italian news magazine and site, il Giornale. They’re the fifth largest newspaper in Italy (yea, how’s that for impressive). They’ve launched … Continue reading New Writing and I’m Lazy

Why The Replacements (still) Matter

A few years ago I saw a glimmer of hope for future generations. I was perusing the stationary/book store, in the bowels of Rockefeller Plaza, on the prowl for unneeded reading material. I found nothing . . . came close, but decided against the Peter Criss autobiography. I settled on purchasing a few unneeded Moleskin booklets, a package of three for 8.95. As I went … Continue reading Why The Replacements (still) Matter

Microdosing LSD – UPDATE

Yes, I realize I just sent a rather long post but I found an article worth sharing in the event you’re left scratching your head thinking “What’s he off about? LSD? Is he an idiot?” Well, no. I’m not. Here is a brief article from none other than the Scientific American that speaks to growing studies around microdosing and its effects. Its conclusion? “Through straightforward … Continue reading Microdosing LSD – UPDATE

A Good Therapist

If you google “how to find a good therapist” you’ll get 170 million + results. That’s a lot. Results ranging from well, from everyone, everywhere and virtually every publication. I’m not exactly sure what that says about us. But as someone who has done some serious study in this field of “therapy” (that’d be on the couch side, not the educatin’ side) I wanted to … Continue reading A Good Therapist

Three Reviews, One Post

Arrested Development, Season Five, Part Deux – Netflix The second eight episodes of season five’s Arrested Development dropped on Netflix on March 15. After an uneven season four (and uneven is being kind), both parts of season five remind us why Arrested Development remains one of the gold standards of the single camera comedy. While most of these performers have gone on to do other things, it’s nice to see them … Continue reading Three Reviews, One Post

Trip of Compassion

Trip of Compassion is an Israeli documentary about a clinical case study at the Beer Yaakov Mental Health Center that used MDMA (Ecstasy) as a treatment for PTSD. About 18 months ago a friend of mine sent me the Ayelet Waldmen book, A Really Good Day, about her experience micro-dosing with LSD. And thus began my journey researching the world of modern psychedelics. I even … Continue reading Trip of Compassion

Leaving Neverland

Will Leaving Neverland finally dethrone the self-proclaimed King of Pop? Leaving Neverland, the two-part Michael Jackson documentary, directed by Dan Reed, is available on HBO. If you haven’t heard about it by now, you probably haven’t been paying attention. I wrote about this for the other day but figured I’d expand on it a little more here. It focuses on the stories of two … Continue reading Leaving Neverland

Retro Review: Steve Winwood – Back in the High Life (1986)

Paul Rodgers (Bad Company), Freddie Mercury (Queen) and Steve Winwood are easily three of the most recognizable voices in classic rock. As a teen Winwood had hits with The Spencer Davis Group. After that, with Traffic, Blind Faith (with Eric Clapton) before returning to Traffic. Eventually, becoming a wildly successful solo artist. Suffice it to say, Steve Winwood casts a long shadow on classic rock. … Continue reading Retro Review: Steve Winwood – Back in the High Life (1986)

Podcast Review: The Session with Christian James Hand

If you’re a music nerd, of which I gleefully admit I am, a song isn’t just a song, it’s your sustenance. You want, need, to know everything about the song or the band. Names like George Martin, Robert John “Mutt” Lange, and Tom Dowd mean something to you. Before he was known as a headphone entrepreneur and billionaire, Jimmy Iovine was a producer. I would … Continue reading Podcast Review: The Session with Christian James Hand

Review: The Two Fyre Festival Documentaries on Hulu and Netflix

If you’re above a certain age and/or oblivious of pop culture, you probably have no idea about the fiasco that was the Fyre Festival. It was conceived as a high-end/exclusive concert on a remote Caribbean island. For a price, a very steep price, the hoi polloi could hang out & party with the rich & famous (or at least social media famous). Well, that was … Continue reading Review: The Two Fyre Festival Documentaries on Hulu and Netflix

Review: True Detective Season Three

The first season of True Detective is the television equivalent of Guns-n-Roses first album “Appetite for Destruction“. As Guns-n-Roses knows all too well, no matter how good anything is that follows, it will never be that good. Nic Pizzolatto’s intelligent and dark detective series finally returned for a third season on HBO this past Sunday. Season three is top lined by Academy and Golden Globe … Continue reading Review: True Detective Season Three

Review: Black Mirror: Bandersnatch

It would seem as though the holiday season is not only a time for Santa Claus and Krampus but also for Charlie Brooker to release a new installment of Black Mirror. This year Netflix and Charlie Brooker dropped an interactive movie titled Black Mirror: Bandersnatch. In a nutshell, an interactive movie (or TV show) allows you to navigate, with the aid of your remote control, … Continue reading Review: Black Mirror: Bandersnatch

Top 10 TV Shows of 2018

As we’re firmly ensconced in the Peak TV era, choosing the Top 10 television shows is almost a fool’s errand, but why not give it a go? In no particular order: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon) – If you liked the first season (and you should) you’ll enjoy the second. If you’re unfamiliar with the significance of summer vacations in the Catskills (the Borscht Belt) … Continue reading Top 10 TV Shows of 2018

We Need to Talk About Twitter

I don’t like social media. While I have a presence on all of them, I am only moderately active on LinkedIn … and like almost anyone, I only use Instagram to waste time. Facebook? I don’t engage. Google+? Is that still a thing? Tumblr? I’m not a transsexual adult performer so I don’t really use it. Twitter? Ah yes. Twitter. Of the (current) social media big … Continue reading We Need to Talk About Twitter

Podcast Review: The Great God of Depression

The Radiotopia Showcase series presents The Great God of Depression, a five episode podcast. In his 2017 Netflix special 3 Mics, comedian Neal Brennan details his lifelong struggle with depression. I recently outed myself as having battled clinical depression for decades. Last week, in The Hollywood Reporter, media executive Paul Greenberg shared his success story with ECT in treating his depression. It’s fair to say that opening up about clinical … Continue reading Podcast Review: The Great God of Depression

This Business with Les Moonves

Of all the people who have been accused of sexual improprieties, CBS head honcho Les Moonves comes as kind of a shock. At least outside looking in. He always seemed the perfect example of media mogul. Unless you’ve been in a cave, Moonves was, allegedly, far from perfect. Even if a fraction of what is alleged is true (as of this writing the count is up … Continue reading This Business with Les Moonves

Review: Who Is America? on Showtime

This past Sunday, the new Sacha Baron Cohen show, Who Is America?, debuted on Showtime. If you don’t like satire, you won’t like this show (just wait, they’ll re-boot Two and a Half Men). If you like satire, you’ll love it. This show won’t bridge any cultural or political divide that currently exists. But, is that the job of a comedian? No. Is Who Is America? brutal? Yes.  Is it unfair? Perhaps.  Is it … Continue reading Review: Who Is America? on Showtime

Net Neutrality … Again

The past 1 year, 168 days, 22 hours, 10 minutes and 38 seconds (as of this writing) has seen a cavalcade morons march (or goose step, take your pick) into Washington. You might even say Washington is home to a League of Morons. It’s also no secret that the current administration, regardless of educational pedigree or class status, has the intellectual wisdom of an article … Continue reading Net Neutrality … Again

Podcast Review: In the Dark

Journalism is a tough racket. It always has been and it’s been made even more so with the explosion of the digital world, the never-ending media conglomeration and the polarization of political ideology. Today’s news appears to exist only in two worlds, one serves as propaganda and the other as a weak platform for resistance. Neither is ideal. Neither is representative. Because traditional news media … Continue reading Podcast Review: In the Dark

Review: Season Two of Goliath on Amazon Prime Video

The first season of Amazon’s Goliath was good. It was like a typical David E. Kelley show … but with swear words. In the second season, Kelley passes the showrunning duties to Clyde Phillips (Dexter) and Phillips raises the bar considerably. Not so much with the swear words but with the story and the performances (although there are still plenty of swear words). The 2017 … Continue reading Review: Season Two of Goliath on Amazon Prime Video

Review: Season Two of 13 Reasons Why on Netflix

“Anger is an energy.” Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why returned on Friday and while it’s hard not to mention the unfortunate timing of the release, this isn’t an opinion piece about gun control (although it very easily could be). While we grieve the latest school massacre and wait for the next one (because until things change, there will always be a next one) here are 13 … Continue reading Review: Season Two of 13 Reasons Why on Netflix

Podcast Review: This Sounds Serious

Every once in a while, something comes along that you just really want to hip everyone to ASAP because it’s so great. The last time I recall being this excited about something was when I discovered Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Fleabag on Amazon Prime. This time it’s the podcast This Sounds Serious (click here or go wherever you get podcasts). Podcasts are a relatively new medium, so sifting through … Continue reading Podcast Review: This Sounds Serious

I was a bartender NOT a mixologist.

I recently re-launched wait(er) Magazine as a free iOS app (download here) and re-read this on my way in to work this morning and was rather pleased with myself…so I am re-posting it. _________________________________________ I was a bartender. I was never a mixologist. You may be asking yourself “what’s the difference”. They both make drinks in a food and/or beverage serving establishment. As the foodie … Continue reading I was a bartender NOT a mixologist.

Chew and Screw

From wait(er) Magazine, Issue 005. Reprinted by permission.   Chew and Screw by Keith R. Higgons You might think that an article titled “Chew and Screw” might be somewhat dirty. I suppose metaphorically, it is. Realistically though, it’s just one of many abominations that food and beverage workers are subjected to. To attempt to list every abomination would be a herculean task but some of … Continue reading Chew and Screw

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

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