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 … Continue reading Pox, Pasta but No PTO
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 … Continue reading …and if so, who answers? We do.
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 … Continue reading 2013 Greenpoint Film Festival Wrap Up
I’ll cop to the fact that I didn’t want to like this show. Like a lot of people I suspect, the thought of watching a motorcycle club misbehave on television seemed like watching the Rolling Stones concert movie Gimme Shelter, specifically to see the stabbing. The chief difference being, Sons Of Anarchy is fiction…and not … Continue reading Sons of Anarchy – Season Six, Episode 1
I was walking one of the dogs this morning and I got to thinking about how often I have said something out of anger and later came to regret it. I may not have meant it deep down, but I meant it when I said it. And the bitch of it is that you can … Continue reading You Can’t Unknow What You Know
For the umpteenth time, I was watching Heart perform Led Zeppelin’s classic “Stairway to Heaven” from this years Kennedy Center Awards ceremony the other day. And again I was blown away, simply astounding. Apparently, John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant thought it was pretty good too with all three at some point exchanging … Continue reading Our Shadows Taller Than Our Souls
“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 … Continue reading Jumping the Shark – Part 2
by Keith R. Higgons Flux Fest 2013, equal parts short film festival, creative gathering and party, took place last night (Sunday July 28) at Sandbox Studios in Bushwick. The festival theme was time travel and Flux Fest is the third in the ongoing “fest” series. Flux Fest follows Spooky Fest and Love Fest. The goal … Continue reading Flux Fest 2013
My last post was about the exquisitely awful SyFy Original movie Sharknado (be sure to catch the re-broadcast on SyFy this Thursday at 7pm eastern). And then I got to thinking that maybe, just maybe, Sharknado is more than just a movie, more than just an event. Perhaps it is a metaphor for what’s been … Continue reading Somedays You’re the Bird. Somedays You’re the Statue.
About six years ago I was introduced to the wonderful and whacky world of SyFy Original Movies. They say you never forget your first…and its true, Mansquito was my first SyFy Original. Curiously though, this movie is now called Mosquito Man. Since then it’s been a cacophony of ridiculousness Ice Spiders, Sharktopus, Two Headed Shark, … Continue reading One Word…SHARKNADO!
One of the many curses of getting older is recognizing that life, whether we want it to or not, moves forward and we have more experiences and, undeniably, get older. And for some of us as we get older, we wonder who we are. England’s Daniel Kitson’s latest piece, After the beginning. Before the end. … Continue reading Daniel Kitson: Barrow Theater July 7, 2013
“The unexamined life is not worth living.” – Socrates What’s that saying “Today is the first day of the rest of your life”? or is it “What the fluck”? Either way, today I am launching my first digital magazine entitled wait(er). As the name suggests, it is a magazine devoted to stories about the front … Continue reading Left of the Dial*
My first job when I moved back to New York City, ten years ago, was working in a subsection of the financial services industry. Getting a root canal, sans anesthetic, would be less uncomfortable then trying to describe the banality of that job and industry. Suffice it to say, I was miserable. Against almost everyone’s … Continue reading Losing the Gamble
“I have learned that having faith is trusting in advance what will only makes sense in reverse.” – Phillip Yancey In life, you learn rather quickly whether you are a square peg in a square hole OR a round peg trying to fit in a square hole. If you are the latter, you may just … Continue reading Faith (not the George Michael album).
“No one knows who will be remembered. You just take your chances and do the work. You can’t worry about your legacy, you can just try to get it right. And when you do, we know, because we’re watching.” James Gandolfini got it right. “The power of excellence is that it lives on.” I seldom … Continue reading Goodbye
“It’s discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit.” – Noel Coward “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 … Continue reading Jumping the Shark
“They can because they think they can.” – Virgil I can’t completely say I quit smoking because the truth is, I don’t know that I quit. To borrow a saying from the 12 Step posse, I can only say I am not smoking today. The most frequent thing said to me when I mention that … Continue reading I Stopped Smoking
“As you age naturally, your family shows more and more on your face. If you deny that, you deny your heritage.” – Frances Conroy Today is my birthday. I don’t say that looking for birthday wishes, I say that as entry into what follows. You see, I am smack dab in the middle of my … Continue reading Honest
The hours that were yours, echo like empty rooms The thoughts we used to share, I now keep alone I woke last night and spoke to you, not thinking you were gone It felt so strange to lie awake, alone “No Regrets” Tom Rush So, here I find myself banging on the keyboard with the … Continue reading The Wild One, Forever
Dragon Girls According to Inigo Westmeier’s bio, the director of Dragon Girls, he has some serious cinematic chops. He studied at the Film Academy in Moscow, did his graduate studies at Baden-Wuttemberg Film Academy and even had a scholarship to study at the UCLA Extension Entertainment Studies Department. That’s not too shabby of a background … Continue reading Brooklyn Film Festival Review #4
Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes Movies are about suspension of reality, well the best ones are. I can’t say that Francesca Gregorini’s film Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes is one of the best ones but it is pretty damn good. Here’s the synopsis: Emanuel, a troubled girl, becomes preoccupied with her mysterious new … Continue reading Brooklyn Film Festival Review #3
A Series of Shorts: A different lens through which to see the world. Now more than ever, we must look to artists to see the world through their eyes because it is often the artists who hold the mirror up to society and provide us with a different lens through which to see the world. … Continue reading Brooklyn Film Festival Review #2
Three-pack screening of Bye, Freckle, and Hank and Asha at Windmill Studios The Brooklyn Film Festival is in full swing at indieScreen Cinema and Windmill Studios, both on Kent Avenue. With over 106 films from 24 countries spanning every genre, you are certain to find something you will enjoy. Saturday, I went to the three-pack … Continue reading Brooklyn Film Festival Review #1
May 29, 2013 Dear Netflix haters, I’d like you all to step away from your keyboards and close your blog window. Take a break and get some coffee or have a smoke. Breathe, relax. Let me say right up front, I am not a Netflix apologist, employee or shareholder. So, I have no vested interest … Continue reading Open Letter to Netflix Haters
Who knew he could be so snarky?
“You don’t lead by pointing and telling people some place to go. You lead by going to that place and making a case.” — Ken Kesey The annual broadcast network, advertising and media buying circle jerk known as the upfront is underway. Yesterday saw both NBC and Fox release their fall 2013 schedules. Today, ABC … Continue reading Circle Jerkin’
This week, Iron Maiden is back in the news proving again why they’re still a band that matters. Using honesty, loyalty (and little help from big data) to get fans, not sue them. Well played Maiden, well played! _________________________________________ “We are all travelers in the wilderness of this world, and the best we can find … Continue reading Loyalty and Honesty…and Metal
JOHN LENNON “Our society is run by insane people for insane objectives. I think we’re being run by maniacs for maniacal ends and I think I’m liable to be put away as insane for expressing that. That’s what’s insane about it.” “Time you enjoy wasting, was not wasted.” “As usual, there is a great woman … Continue reading Simple Things
“The secret of the man who is universally interesting is that he is universally interested.” – William Dean Howells I love John Mellencamp. In the mid 1980’s, after he had shaken the God awful Johnny Cougar moniker, he proved himself to be a brilliant, socially conscious American singer/songwriter on par with Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan … Continue reading Hot Dogs and Hamburgers
“The challenge is to manage the Web in an open way-not too much bureaucracy, not subject to political or commercial pressures.“ – Tim Berners Lee The Internet was developed to communicate. It was not created to be a media tool. When we speak of “new media” that is not the Internet or the Web. That … Continue reading Digital Pet Rocks
Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole. – Roger Caras My dog is a jerk. Now look, I’ll be the first to admit Rufus had a tough start in life, what with Parvo and double pneumonia. He was also kept in isolation during his treatment so he never got to … Continue reading My Dog Is A Jerk
The Lowdown on an Upright Citizen: Comedian Anthony Apruzzese by Keith R. Higgons Comedy is as much a part of the DNA of Brooklyn as country music is of Nashville. The list of comedians who have called Brooklyn home reads like a history lesson of the hysterical: Mel Brooks, Larry David, Woody Allen, Jackie Gleason, … Continue reading The Lowdown on an Upright Citizen: Comedian Anthony Apruzzese
“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.” – Grouch Marx Here we sit on the cusp of the annual network television circle jerk, or as it is known in the industry, the up fronts. For the uninitiated, that is where … Continue reading White Noise
” Even the interpretation and use of words involves a process of free creation.” – Noam Chomsky I have lived in New York City for years now and I am still not sure whether reading The New Yorker makes me a snob, an egg head douche, an old fart, someone keenly interested in good, albeit … Continue reading New Yorker Cartoons Debunked April 8, 2013
“Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.” – Aristotle Recently, I had my 2012 performance review with my supervisor and it went strikingly well. I mean I’m not shocked, they usually go pretty well. However, despite the accolades and praise, the fact that my “merit increase” is less than any sort of applicable … Continue reading 2013 Goals