Helianthus

What I love about sunflowers is their lack of guile. Of course there is a measure of egotism and narcissism in that, because I also see myself as a creature that lacks guile. A cautious and distrustful mystery of a person may fall in love with a rose, and a diva may love a gardenia. […]

Mountainish Inhumanity

A few weeks ago, at the end of January, I took a week off from my day job to attend the Shakespeare Theatre Association conference in Baltimore. STA — pronounced acronymically as “stah” by everyone — is a large, international meeting of directors and theatre company managers who get together annually to discuss the future […]

Past Year’s Accountability 2016

This is the eighth year that I have posted a recap of my goals for the year. There are a lot of people in my life who know very little else about me other than my New Year’s Resolution blog post. It’s the way in which some distant friends and acquaintances keep track of the […]

Many a Man Has Good Horns

After my last serious, monogamous relationship ended in 2008, I became really disillusioned with the entire concept of romance, love, marriage, monogamy, &c. I spent years avoiding any romantic commitments like the plague and hurting a few feelings along the way. In 2012 I met my wife, and in 2014 we got married. It’s been […]

Christmas Day Christmas Night

I truly think that Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year. I hate the winter, and I hate being cold, but I love Christmas. It might be unexpected that such a strident atheist would be so in love with Christmas, but in spite of my disbelief in the metaphysical claims of religion, I […]

Make America [Blank] Again

Like everyone else in the western world, I’ve been thinking a lot about the US presidential election and about Donald Trump specifically. I didn’t want to sit down and write the same kind of political analysis that has been everywhere else. I’m not a pundit. I’m more interested in trying to conceptualize the election in […]

Use and the Stamp of Nature

I find myself less inclined to write blog entries the older I get. It’s funny to think that this blog has existed in various forms for over ten years — although with some of the more embarrassing entries deleted — and has documented an arc in my intellectual life as I’ve become what passes for […]

Brief Candle 3 Released

The third issue of Brief Candle is printed and available for sale, starting at Richmond Zine Fest today. The making of Brief Candle has been an evolving process over the almost three years I’ve been working on it. Design-wise I’ve decided to move into a half-page size and to streamline the look, using fewer images […]

Measure for Measure

Next month I will be making my very first film, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s ‘Measure for Measure,’ shot entirely on an iPhone. The initial inspiration for the project came last summer when I stumbled on an article about a number of feature-length films that had been shot entirely on iPhones. It’s no surprise to anyone […]

Richmond Ballet’s “Romeo and Juliet”

I had the pleasure of seeing Richmond Ballet’s Romeo and Juliet twice this weekend. Once last night and once tonight. I’ve never seen a ballet of Romeo and Juliet, so I went into it without any expectations, aside from having heard the Prokofiev score once or twice. The version performed by the Richmond Ballet was […]