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Our American Song

You walk through the front door and you get a hug and you wonder if you detect some sort of hesitation, or if it’s all in your head. Because you are the thing. The dreadful thing, the hated thing, the thing shouted about at television sets late at night and…

Fear and Loathing in GTA V: Where the Wave Broke

“In a closed society where everybody’s guilty, the only crime is getting caught,” Hunter Thompson wrote in his 1971 novel Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. “In a world of thieves, the only final sin is stupidity.” For his series of haunting photographs taken in Grand Theft Auto V, Morten…

The Face of Terror

Our cultural homogeny is one of those happy myths historians gravitate to. The spinal column that any history of a place is based upon, regardless of its inadequacies to describe what it meant to be alive in a moment that was teeming in incalculably different directions. It’s sobering, then, to…

Isn’t It Ironic?

For the record… According to Merriam-Webster, the definition of irony is: “the use of words that mean the opposite of what you really think especially in order to be funny.” So… A certain someone was wrong. Just for the record. I mention this now, and it comes to mind now,…

This is a recap. This is a rehash. This is an update.

A lot has happened over the past few minutes, months, and moons. The world has become increasingly violent (Mercury Retrograde), Facebook now allows us five different emotions instead of one, Obama dropped the mic, America dropped the ball, endangered munk seals are making a very cute comeback & I have…

World’s Finest

Superman is Jewish. I think that’s something the modern myth makers over at the DC Extended Universe don’t really care to reflect. They assume because his upholstery is so thoroughly baseball and American that he must be the epitome of Christianity as well, as though there are no other American…

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I’m not the most coordinated guy in the world, but since this past Christmas I’ve tried to make a conscience effort to eat healthy and stay active. My Fitbit has been my fitness tracker of choice since December 2014, and I keep track of my progress through their iOS app….

It’s Not Easy Having a Good Time

So there’s this paperback anthology coming out called Sirens, curated by the wonderful Rhonda Parrish, and I have a short story in it! My story’s called “Is This Seat Taken?” and it’s about murder, obsession, and lust on the DC Metro. Basically all the things you need to have a…

Red Rover, Red Rover…

From the death of Muhammad Ali, to Hillary “clinching” the Democratic presidential nomination, to the shooting at the UCLA campus, this past week has had its fair share of big news stories. It’s understandable that some events will fall by the wayside when so much else is going on. With…