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.
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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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
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
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 … Continue reading Full Disclosure
Last Thursday in LA Weekly, there was an open letter from Christina McDowell to the makers of The Wolf of Wall Street. She has the unfortunate circumstance of being the daughter of one of The Wolf’s partners. All of her points are salient and, for someone like me, her story is more interesting. Most certainly … Continue reading …a few last things
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 … Continue reading Good Bye To A Friend Whose Name I Never Knew
Every office has one I suppose. You know that guy…that guy? The guy you don’t know and maybe don’t want to or are afraid to talk to (which would be entirely silly in my case). Maybe you think I’m the office douchebag (I hope not). Maybe you think I’m the office misanthrope (definitely not). Maybe … Continue reading I’m That Guy
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 … Continue reading Funny Thing About Failure
“Then one fine morning, she put on a New York station and she couldn’t believe what she heard at all She started dancing to that fine-fine music ahh, her life was saved by rock ‘n’ roll“ Rock and Roll – Lou Reed That was my story. Except in this case she was a he “…and … Continue reading Remembering Lou Reed
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 … 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 … 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 … Continue reading The Pillowman
I just read an article in Variety that Steve Carrell has sold an unscripted show, called “Slide Show” to Fox. Carrell partnered with Shine Entertainment. Shine may ring a bell because it’s founder is Elizabeth Murdoch, daughter of Fox Chairman Rupert Murdoch. Shine is also the former home of wide eyed vinyl salesman cum Ivy … Continue reading Pure Shite and Circle Jerk Update
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 … 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 … 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
“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