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Defeating the Darkness

Posted on November 13, 2018

Whenever I get too down on myself, it’s mostly because I’ve become too caught up in my everyday life. Work, bills, laundry, taxes, dishes, etc. No matter what I do to try to remedy the “everyday blues” – it can be hard to pull myself from the oppressive black hole of the mundane. At that point, I try to take stock of my surroundings. I remember that ultimately it’s the things I choose to do, the things I’ve been courageous enough to try, the things I partake in to set off the constant edge I feel. Those things are all more important to me in the long run than the momentary stresses and anxiety of the day-to-day. I’m no musician, but I’ve spent a…

A TAPESTRY OF DYSFUNCTION

Posted on August 24, 2018

Jesus’ Son By Denis Johnson 133 pp. Picador, $9.28 In this collection of short stories, which reads far more like a novel than a story collection, Denis Johnson takes us on a journey of addiction, sex, and violence through the eyes of an unnamed central protagonist. This character moves through a Cubist-like narrative structure, dealing with things like grisly car-wrecks and drug deals, but in the disjointed and almost-passive way that only an addict truly could. The way that the story is constructed keeps the pacing relatively interesting, and despite Jesus’ Son being called a collection of short stories, the eleven gritty tales instead feel like eleven chapters of a book, half of which reference one another or are informed by one another throughout…

My Top Ten Favorite Comedy Movies

Posted on August 9, 2018

Well, we’re right in the middle of summer and at the theaters right now, people are lining up to see their favorite summer blockbuster action films. I love action films – and you can see my Top Ten Favorite Action Films right HERE – but I think one of my favorite genres is Comedy. Whenever my wife and I sit down to watch a movie during dinner, or whenever I want to wind down for the night if I’m by myself, I pop in one of my favorite comedy films. Just like the rest of the other Top Ten lists on my blog (you can see the entire list under the Categories tab on my main page, under Top Ten), this list is numbered…

A NERDY HISTORY

Posted on April 16, 2018

Of Dice And Men: The Story of Dungeons & Dragons and the People Who Play It By David M. Ewalt 288 pp. Scribner, $26.00 When one normally thinks of the often-derided role playing game Dungeons & Dragons, images of slack-jawed, hunchbacked nerds and obsessed geeks come to the forefront of the imagination. This is due largely in part to society and how it originally envisioned those who played (or play) the game in years past. However, with celebrities like Vin Diesel and others coming forward and saying they enjoyed the game, and with D&D being featured in popular television shows like Stranger Things – the image of the unpopular “nerd” is no longer reality. In a series of carefully-constructed vignettes wrapped around a larger…

A WRITER’S STRUGGLE WITH VIOLENCE

Posted on April 1, 2018

TOWNIE By Andre Dubus III 400 pp. W.W. Norton & Company, $15.95. Acclaimed author Andre Dubus III (House Of Sand And Fog) takes us back with him on a journey through his childhood in the slums of Lynn, Massachusetts all the way up through his development as a young man and then through his battle with his own demons as an adult in this memoir. Dubus provides at times an unflinching take on life in New England, sparing us the smarmy rough-and-tumble portrayal we’ve so often seen in film, and showing us a side of New England we don’t often see – poverty, abuse, and drug culture. The setting of Lynn, Massachusetts could be a stand-in for New York City in the 1970’s with…

My Top Ten Favorite Action Films

Posted on March 30, 2018

It’s spring, so it’s almost time for those summer blockbusters to hit the big screen. Being that I haven’t done one of these Top Ten lists in a while, I figured I’d take aim and fire off my top ten favorite action films. These are films I’ve carefully thought about, and while they are in a numbered order for the purposes of this list – I think these movies fluctuate up and down, though they mostly all stay in the top ten. Let’s get to it.   10. THE LONG KISS GOODNIGHT (1996) PLOT:┬áSuburban mom, Samantha Caine (Geena Davis), lives in Honesdale, Pennsylvania with her daughter Caitlin (Yvonne Zima) doing the mom thing and dealing with amnesia. When Samantha receives a bump on the…

Some More Updates.

Posted on March 18, 2018

Hey, all! I have really been thinking about how I want to utilize this space as a writer. 2018 for me is hopefully the year of positive growth and development in my writing career, and so I want to really nail down what I think makes me a better writer. And so I have decided to read a lot more books (obviously in addition to writing more). As many of you know, I already have a review blog that I have sort of put on the back burner indefinitely. On it, I reviewed everything from books to video games to movies, and even restaurants. It was a lot of work, and I was pretty proud of it. But for Away With Words, I wanted…