This was originally published in October of 2013 in wait(er) Magazine but as the subject is heating up again, I thought it was worth revisiting. The current federal hourly rate for tipped employees stands at $2.13. Yep, you read that correctly. In fact, it’s been stuck at $2.13 since 1991. You can pick your jaw … Continue reading The Other NRA – redux
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’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 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
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
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
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
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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
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
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 … 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. … 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 … Continue reading Everything is Illuminated…or is it?
HE He didn’t much care for Thanksgiving. It wasn’t the concept that bothered him so much as the pedestrian attachments and (mis)understanding people ascribed to it. Besides, the season always involved him traveling back to where he grew up. Traveling back to the place he couldn’t wait to escape was bad enough, but to have … Continue reading Thanksgiving for Augustus Reynolds
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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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. … Continue reading Thinking About Creativity
Under Rehearsed Plays about Parents Hosted by The Rising Sun Performance Company June 10, 2014 The West Williamsburg, Brooklyn Casts To Be Announced The West Brooklyn 379 Union Avenue, Williamsburg L Train to Union/Metropolitan Avenue www.thewestbrooklyn.com Find out which picture I used for my bio by clicking.
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 … Continue reading In the Country
The last fight I had was 25 years ago. It was one of those bar room, table clearing kind of fights. For the record, those are a lot less cool than they’re presented in movies. A friend had gone to request a song from the DJ and either he didn’t like the request or my … Continue reading The Reluctant (almost) Pugilist
Oklahoma Ponders Re-birth of “Get the Led Out” ONE OF THE MORE popular gimmicks on modern radio is the “two for tuesday” wherein the station spends all of Tuesday playing, you guessed it, two songs from every artist in rotation. In the type of irony that is simply too sick to make up, the state … Continue reading “Two For Tuesday” Goes Wonky
I subscribe to The Sun, an ad free (imagine that) magazine with a heavy emphasis on writing. Some journalism, some fiction, some interviews and stunning photography put together with the participation of a very active subscriber/writer base. Seriously, if you enjoy writing, in any capacity, you should subscribe. It’s not always great, but it’s always … Continue reading Sunbeams – The Sun Magazine May 2014
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 … Continue reading Live in the Now