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Watched in 2015: 108 Reviews in 108 Characters (or fewer)

2015 was kind of a shit year, to be honest. Not “my dog has cancer and now I also have cancer” shit, but let’s say that if 2015 got a passing grade, it was only because they didn’t care enough to hold it back a year. [2015 (2015) – (6/10)] A few speckles of gold here […]

The Force Awakens – Plagiarism Edition (SPOILERS!)

And so, of course I joined the zeitgeist. I went to see The Force Awakens. It was a movie that I went to, not because of any prickling expectation of dazzlement (though dazzlement would have been welcome), but out of a love of the original trilogy and a good faith desire to see this new trilogy […]

Dilly-Dally

There are several species of writer’s block, and the average writer has tasted each variety at one time or another. There’s procrastination (that virginal dread of the sullied manuscript to come that will replace the beautiful yet vague image in the mind of what the piece might have otherwise been), there’s laziness (consummate sloths, they storytellers be), […]

I Live

Was reminded by a friend of mine that I have a blog, and so I will begin adding content to it again, if only to keep it somewhere fresher in Google’s heuristics. I’ve been reticent about blogging: 25% because the internet has moved on and the blog format itself is semi-dead in favor of Tumblrized matrices of […]

Watched in 2014: 100 Reviews of 100 Movies in 100 Characters (or less)

I caught up on books (25) this year at the expense of video games (only about 12; a more than fair trade, if you ask me). Once again, I somehow managed to get in exactly 100 movies between January 1st and December 31st, and now, here I am at the end of another new year, […]

Horror – The Unresolution

In response to: http://www.teemingbrain.com/2012/11/12/to-suffer-this-world-or-illuminate-another-on-the-meanings-of-horror/#comment-179778   I agree with most of this article, save for a few points. Firstly, I think that Ligotti’s answer is a cop out, or at least a retreat from the true heart of the question. His answer to “why horror” seems to be “because people want to know that other people feel […]

Commercialization, Art, and Innovation (from my Twitter feed)

. . .INCEPTION. . . Inspired by: @dirtytea: reddit crashed this great Ubisoft Game review, here’s a grab. Spot on: http://t.co/Rm5VlDXceb @dirtytea: cont… http://t.co/Ph5Yn7yQ4p & http://t.co/jorsHYEnln “Ubisoft game” article underscores a fine question about criticism. When a publisher keeps making the same game while leaving old problems unaddressed, at what point do we stop tolerating […]

Idea: Deprivatization of Vital Industries

After reading this–http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/4/16/oligarchy-politicsus.html–I had a thought. What if companies that made over a certain percentage of gross income of the industry at large were automatically absorbed into and regulated by the national government as an infrastructurally-vital industry? Structurally, it would be similar to a legal monopoly, like that of the utilities companies: the government buys out […]

Experimenting With Writing

Whoo! Been a while since I’ve been on here. I’ve still got two monster-big blog posts in the hopper that I’m not sure what to do with, along with a handful of other side projects. It’s getting close to planting season here in Missouri, so that’ll be occupying some of my time once I get […]

Undead Stories

Stories are like zombies. I start off by murdering them onto the page, a stab of the pen at a time, until it’s all good and bled out. Then I toss the body on a midden heap and forget about it. It takes a long time to forget what I’ve perpetrated. Once I do finally […]