Past Year’s Accountability 2014

I write this as one of the most important years of my life comes to a close. I’ll probably remember 2014 as the year that my life changed more dramatically than it has since 2002 when my father died and I had to move out on my own at 17. It’s been a big year. […]

Eisley Spring Tour

Back in the spring, I followed Eisley on tour for a few dates. Eisley is my favourite band and whenever they go on tour I take a few days off work and follow them for a few days. It’s been a ritual of mine for a few years now. Their spring tour this year was […]

Past Year’s Accountability 2013

Should old resolutions be forgot? And never brought to mind? In what has become one of my more respectable traditions, I will once again, for the fifth year running, post a list of the New Year’s resolutions that I made for myself in December of 2012, and check back to see which of those resolutions […]

Violence Against Violence

For the past several years, I have been a pacifist, abjuring all violence now and forever. Violence in some form was always a part of my life. I had a kind of rough and tumble, Mark Twain-esque childhood that included running around the neighborhood largely unsupervised and more boyhood fistfights than I could count. This […]

Caliban

Complexity and especially ambiguity are what make Shakespeare, Shakespeare. The Bard has many strengths: the grace of his verse and the ease with which he coined the perfect phrase or word, the ability to make esoteric and highly specific situations universally understandable, the prolific speed with which he wrote powerful and enduring plays, and the […]

Morrissey is God

For the better part of a decade, I’ve been baffled by Morrissey. Not necessarily by his music, which is pretty straightforward, but by his cult following. To say that the English singer/songwriter has a cult following is not necessarily an understatement as it is an exceptionally literal statement. If you’re unfamiliar with Morrissey, I’m incredibly […]

Past Year’s Accountability 2012

This marks the fourth year that I’ve done a roundup of my New Year’s Resolutions at the end of the year to see how my determination and dedication paid off. The longer I do this, the better I think it is to make many resolutions instead of one, and to check back on yourself at […]

What Do You Read, My Lord?

Last year, I sat drinking coffee with a friend. I was talking about something I was reading, and she looked down at my BOOKWORM knuckle tattoos and asked me how it was that I became such an avid reader and such an intense believer in literature. She asked if I had always loved books or […]

God is a Misogynist (Fuck Tim Tebow)

Although I’ve been pro-choice as long as I have been familiar with the abortion debate, I have been more personally active in the cause in the past month than I ever have been in my entire life. This has brought a few ideas to the forefront of my mind. The Democrats recently lost their slim […]

Rose/Concrete

We are a miserable race of insecure, bitter, and lonely people. We all feel ourselves terrible, inadequate, we live in fear of the scrutiny that would reveal our deficiency. I am especially aware of my faults, I hold myself to impossibly high standards and condemn myself for every flaw. There are precious days when my […]