Here are some things that I’ve been reading, watching and listening to over here at the Higgons estate. BOOK I’m currently reading Submission by Michael Houellebecq. This is a novel that takes place in France in 2022 after an election cycle (a bad one). Considering that I know bupkiss about French politics and literature, I’m … Continue reading Seven on Sunday
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. … Continue reading Review: Who Is America? on Showtime
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 … Continue reading Net Neutrality … Again
Comedian in Cars Getting Coffee (July 6) — As Larry David said, “this really is a show about nothing.” The show is not ironically named. Host Jerry Seinfeld returns interviewing more comedians. More hit than miss, this tenth season will have Dave Chapelle, Kate McKinnon, John Mulaney and nine other comedians and actors. Orange is the … Continue reading 10 Things to Watch on Netflix in July
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. … Continue reading Podcast Review: In the Dark
Last weekend I was scrolling through Netflix looking for something to watch and I stopped on Hannah Gadsby’s Netflix special Nanette. I read the little intro and determined I just wasn’t in the mood to pay the attention needed to watch and listen to an Australian stand-up comedian. So I settled on Portlandia. A few … Continue reading Review: Hannah Gadsby: Nanette on Netflix
I’m glad psychedelics are becoming more of a topic of discussion. They’ve been unjustly vilified for too long. Vilified by the very people who could most benefit from ingesting them. Many were actually created and used medically until made illegal and there is solid medical history of their benefit and, as it turns out, there … Continue reading Shaking the Sno Globe
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 … Continue reading Review: Season Two of Goliath on Amazon Prime Video
The suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain got me thinking about my decades long struggle with clinical depression. I’m a very private person and have only disclosed my depression on an as need to know basis. It doesn’t define me or dominate my life, but if you are going to be part of my … Continue reading My Own Struggle
Are we really surprised? Seriously, are we so surprised that Roseanne Barr said something idiotic and despicable? She’s been this way her entire career. Her comedy was mildly amusing, at best, but there seemed to be something cooking under the surface (turns out it was hatred). Barr’s comedy comes from and is delivered with vitriol. … Continue reading This Business With Roseanne Barr
Dear neighbors who walk their dog unleashed, Hi! I’m the guy with the tan pit bull mix named Rufus. I want to take a moment and ask you to walk your dog with a leash. No, I get it. Your dog is amazing and well-trained. You’ve been through extensive training and your dog knows a … Continue reading An Open Letter to People Who Walk Their Dog Without a Leash
“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, … Continue reading Review: Season Two of 13 Reasons Why on Netflix
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 … Continue reading Podcast Review: This Sounds Serious
In December of 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to repeal Net Neutrality on June 11 of this year. It’s important to note that the FCC Commissioners are politically appointed. Also important to note, is that the current FCC Chairman, Ajit Pai, is a former lawyer for Verizon Communications. More importantly, this issue is … Continue reading Net neutrality. Yes, it’s still a thing.
im·be·cile ˈimbəsəl/ noun informal noun: imbecile; plural noun: imbeciles 1. a stupid person. adjective adjective: imbecile 1. stupid; idiotic. “try not to make imbecile remarks” Arbitrary use in sentence: Rudy Giuliani has moved into pole position as chief imbecile of those that surround Donald Trump; which is a herculean accomplishment considering Trump has a virtual … Continue reading Imbecile
The word that should be used, regardless of personal politics, when describing Senator John McCain: he·ro ˈhirō/ noun noun: hero; plural noun: heroes a person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities. Arbitrary uses in sentences: 1) Fighting in an unpopular war, surviving being a prisoner of war, serving your … Continue reading Hero
This word should be used with more frequency: sub·ter·fuge ˈsəbtərˌfyo͞oj/ noun noun: subterfuge; plural noun: subterfuges deceit used in order to achieve one’s goal. Arbitrary use in a sentence: FOX News uses an endless supply of subterfuge to help perpetuate the agenda of the current administration.
We need to bring this word back into the daily vernacular: skul·dug·ger·y skəlˈdəɡ(ə)rē/ noun noun: skullduggery underhanded or unscrupulous behavior; trickery. Arbitrary use in a sentence: The level of skullduggery this administration is willing to commit knows no limit.
I’m writing opinion pieces for digital news aggregator The Latest and since the noise of the Internet can be so overwhelming that finding your way to The Latest can prove challenging, here are some quick links. They’re 500 words, which is the way we roll at The Latest. Enjoy! Journalistic Shame at The Atlantic Review … Continue reading Some quick links to recent articles
So, by now you have realized my writing here has become a little sporadic. I think the reason is simply sensory overload. There is just too much going on in the world (none of it particularly good) that trying to zero in on one thing to write about seems futile. Every time I do write … Continue reading Opinion Writing for The Latest
I think they will, yes. I’ve been prattling about Apple purchasing Netflix for years; mostly to befuddled (at best) and deaf (at worst) ears. Now I’m not alone. Citi analysts say there is a 40% chance that it is possible (not exactly sure how they landed at 40%, but whatever). So, why exactly do I … Continue reading Will Apple buy Netflix?
So, about three years ago I fired off a rather lengthy missive bloviating about how I am somewhat of an Anglophile (with television anyway). Specifically, I blathered on about Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror. It seems people have caught on to the show. I thought I would re-post that entry. Not to highlight how ahead of … Continue reading New Episodes of Black Mirror Today (29.12) on Netflix
So Donald Trump has been president for just shy of one year (335 days, 3 hours, 25 minutes and 12 seconds as of right now) and, as such, there will inevitably be a lot of year-end hullabaloo about what exactly he accomplished during this time. Well, believe it or not, he accomplished a lot. In particular, two things … Continue reading 335 days, 3 hours, 25 minutes and 12 seconds
The Question is Not Where, but When Imagine if the Duffer Brothers (Stranger Things), David Lynch (Twin Peaks)and Alfred Hitchcock (seriously?) got together to create a show…it’d be something like Dark, now streaming on Netflix. Now I am only three episodes into this series so this may be a little premature…but I doubt it. Let’s … Continue reading Dark, a Netflix Series
Well, the Senate passed the tax overhaul bill. So what, right? This is good for ‘merica, right? No. It’s absolutely not. In short, we’ve been flimflammed. Now if we define Class Conflict as “the tension or antagonism which exists in society due to competing socioeconomic interests and desires between people of different classes” and define … Continue reading It’s Not Class Warfare, It’s Class Genocide
JOB OPENING: MORNING SHOW HOST/NBC/NYC: Co-host needed for very popular early morning program. Duties will include pandering to celebrities, politicians and successful business executives. Work with seasoned professionals and be willing to indulge their idiocy. Ideal candidate has universal and non-threatening appeal. Candidate should be someone with no pending litigation and not currently under investigation. Experience … Continue reading You Can Read it In the Want Ad’s
Welp, the Internet is officially over. As you have probably heard by now, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has announced his plan to repeal net neutrality with what is being called “The Restoring Internet Freedom Order”. HA! I understand that the concept of net neutrality is a little arcane, but here’s what you need to know; … Continue reading The Repeal of Net Neutrality
Last night I watched the Hulu documentary Too Funny To Fail, a documentary about The Dana Carvey Show that aired on ABC in 1996. It’s hard to believe that the show was on 21 years ago. Even harder to believe is the caliber of writers and performers that were on the show. Dana Carvey (SNL) … Continue reading The Dana Carvey Show
So, basically all men are awful. (sigh) It seems like every day there is some new revelation about some jackass who has defiled, or attempted to defile, another person. Just NOW, an alert from the UK Daily Mail came through that four more women are accusing Bill Clinton of sexual assault. I am honestly ashamed … Continue reading Men Are _____.
If Marshall McLuhan’s “the media is the message” is to believed then, at least when it comes to technology driven interpersonal communication, we have reached a state of non-messaging. Lately, I’ve been sending emails into the ether. Literally. It’s become so easy to ignore an email. You’d think it would be so simple to bang … Continue reading Ignoreland
At the dawn of this new year we don’t know what the future holds for us this year but I’m fairly certain we can all agree on one thing…we’re all hoping it’s not as shitty as 2016. Now one can question (and many have) what made 2016 so awful. Was it all the deaths, the … Continue reading A New Day, A New Year
As we have slowly settled into the uncomfortable realization that a larger than life megalomaniac and almost certifiable lunatic will soon be the POTUS, one thing we can put to bed is that he is not a Nazi. Nazi’s committed crimes based on the ideal that there was only one right race. It was an … Continue reading It’s Time to Stop Calling Donald Trump a Nazi
That is what we have boiled our society down to. One person wins and another one must lose. While not fundamentally incorrect, it isn’t exactly right either. While we are tossing kids trophies just for showing up we are purporting a culture where you are either winning or losing. I’m not saying everyone deserves a … Continue reading Winners and Losers
First of all, it should be noted that the recent revelations about Donald Trump are reprehensible…and I’m still not convinced that is a strong enough word. He behavior is, and has been throughout this 200 month election cycle, indefensible. His various tirades during the course of his candidacy are a stain on the little that … Continue reading Is Donald Trump Our Most Honest Candidate Ever?
Once in a while a show comes along that is poised to change television for the better. Fleabag is that type of show. And I was so thrilled with it, I just wanted to throw this out into the ether so people can get hip to it. All six episodes of the first series are … Continue reading Fleabag