The tragedy in Virginia yesterday is shinning a light on two hot topic subjects. The media and gun control. Both complicated issues and tangentially linked. While I don’t much care for guns and agree, in principle, with second amendment advocates, I do feel it may be time to have a very frank discussion about gun control … Continue reading We do we suck as a species?
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 … Continue reading Oh! Say, can you see?
“I think we should banish expectations and re-instate wonder.“* Consider it re-instated. Season three of the Sundance Channel’s show “Rectify” wrapped up last night with a few tears from the actors (and this viewer) and an uncharacteristic hint of optimism. For the past month I’ve tried to muscle up words to describe how good the … Continue reading Rectify – The best show you aren’t watching.
Wake the kids, phone the neighbors, its returning. No really, it’s coming back.
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 … Continue reading We Suffer Alone
(or how I came to eat dinner on the lanai of a Florida home in the summer, alone.) HEY YOU! We must talk, POST-HASTE! You asked me to explain to you why I dislike you so much. Of course, you asked seconds before you slammed the sliding glass door robbing me of the chance to … Continue reading Open Letter To A Narcissist
“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 … 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) … 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 … Continue reading On Neoliberalism
The animus that exists between traditional media and new media (linear media and digital media) befuddles me. I understand it as much as I do the longstanding battle between the Hatfield and McCoy’s…let’s hope this media battle isn’t as long. But why the hate? Is it ego? Hubris? Lunacy? All three? I find it hard … Continue reading Modern Day Hatfields and McCoys? Media.
Courtesy of Bob Lefsetz 1. Karma exists. It may not be instant like in that John Lennon song, but it happens. May take a long time, might not be easily seen, may not be visible to anybody but you, the one who was scathed, but it’s real. 2. Niceness triumphs. Although no one can be … Continue reading Life Rules by Bob Lefsetz
The good news is that I’ve made Gold Status in the Hilton Rewards Program. I’m not entirely sure what that means, but according to Hilton it’s something to be celebrated. The bad news is that my mother has suffered a “serious heart attack” (as opposed to the mild ones?!). She’s got a respirator down her … Continue reading Good News/Bad News
Typically, I hate this shit. I don’t think a sitting president should do talk shows, but I LOVE the fact that Marc Maron is interviewing a sitting president. It’s that type of stuff that makes me LOVE this country. For real. POTUS on WTF. Check it out. It’s worth it, especially after last weeks crap.
Even though I’ve called the east coast my home for well over half my life, I am a Midwestern boy through and through. One of the many traits we Midwesterners carry with us is a solid work ethic. It’s certainly something I’ve carried with me through the years and it’s definitely something I look for … Continue reading Soul Asylum – What Gives?
Comcast still doesn’t give a f*ck. They’re still the largest Telecommunications lobbying force in D.C. to the tune of almost $17 million dollars in 2014 lobbying for Telecommunications…by way of comparison, they spent $100,000 lobbying for television. Guess which category the Internet falls under? Control the media, control the message. This is happening now and you … Continue reading (sigh) They’re at it again.
I shouldn’t be, but I am. I’m ashamed to be an American. I shouldn’t be, but I am. The BBC just broke the story about a church shooting in South Carolina. The story is still unfolding but it appears to be, surprise surprise, racially motivated. What the fuck is happening? I’m not a church going … Continue reading I’m ashamed to be white.
In gymnastics, it’s called stick the landing – v. phr. – to finish an athletic, gymnastic, or other sports performance with an ideal pose or stance, especially after a jump or leap. In media, let’s call it stick the narrative – v. phr. – to adhere to a particular message or thought despite contrary evidence; … Continue reading Stick the Narrative
Williamsburg problem. American problem.
Live hard. Die young. Leave a good-looking corpse. I guess that wasn’t in the cards for me. Or for David Letterman. Thank God. In the event you have been in a coma or entirely avoiding any media for the past few weeks, tonight David Letterman says good-bye. And things being such as they are, I … Continue reading I Guess I’m Old Now
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, … Continue reading Another Damn Story About Detroit
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OK Rufus, today I am going to talk to you about the debut album by LA rock band Broken Homes. Yes, I am aware you are a dog. You’re my dog, which means you should be well versed in awesome music and this album qualifies as awesome. Now, the odds of you ever having heard … Continue reading Listen Up Rufus: Broken Homes – Broken Homes
Greetings! This Friday and Saturday (4.10 & 4.11) I am participating in another 24 hour play festival with the fabulous folks at Rising Sun Performance Company. I participated in their festival back in October and had a helluva good time. ALL the plays and performances were really great (I’m not just saying that either…I really … Continue reading Saturday April 11
OK Rufus, today I am going to talk to you about the first Little Steven & the Disciples of Soul album, Men Without Women. Yes, I am aware you are a dog. You’re my dog, which means you should be well versed in awesome music and this album qualifies as awesome. Huh? Why was it … Continue reading Listen Up Rufus – Little Steven & the Disciples of Soul – Men Without Women
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 … Continue reading Please Just Answer My Question
OK Rufus, today I am going to talk to you about the first Lone Justice record. Yes, I am aware you are a dog. You’re my dog, which means you should be well versed in awesome music and this album qualifies as awesome. A long time ago, I had three recreational activities, driving, listening to … Continue reading Listen Up Rufus: Lone Justice – Lone Justice
Last week I was on site for work and woke up to find a note scribbled “the heart collapses” beside my bed. I don’t know what I could have been dreaming about that made me make this note. I am not a lucid dreamer. I recall looking at that and scratching my head, quite curious … Continue reading The Heart Collapses
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Sammy Hagar’s first album for Geffen Records, Standing Hampton, initially put the self-proclaimed “Red Rocker” on my musical radar. While not a huge fan, he was always on my radar. Frankly, if I am being honest, that’s really the only Sammy Hagar solo album I like. Sure, I like the Van Halen stuff a lot, … Continue reading Sammy Hagar Could Use Some More…
To know me is to know my affinity for the sunshine state, Florida. For a brief period I produced a short-lived web series called The Florida News Network News because, let’s be honest, weird shit goes on there. Normal stuff too, but…wow, some odd stuff. I might argue a disproportionate amount of strange stuff…but that’s … Continue reading Florida Man by Sean Dunne
CBS news correspondent Bob Simon died tragically on Wednesday night. New York Times columnist David Carr died tragically last night. Two tragic days for American journalism. David Carr wasn’t from the east coast, he was from Minnesota. David Carr didn’t go to an Ivy League school and wasn’t born with a silver spoon in his … Continue reading David Carr
Surrounding ourselves in a shroud of secrecy, we have once again launched LTG Productions (formerly Los Tres Gatos – LTG, get it?). What began as a goof a number of years ago for a friend and I to produce a play that I had written has actually turned into a thing…an evolving thing, but a … Continue reading Like a Phoenix Rising
Only a couple of weeks left! You know, I’ve certainly told my share of lies through the years but one thing I have never lied about? How much I fuck-ing hate Valentines day. This isn’t the type of disdain I reserve for “Two and a Half Men”, Adam Sandler movies or Katy Perry songs. No, … Continue reading Untitled #14
Still no sign of the four horsemen, or snow, here in Vineland, NJ. 7:30am January 27, 2015