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Friday, October 1, 2010

Swamp Thing and the Green Movement

Is Swamp Thing the most morally complicated DC Comic book character? Possibly. Here's why.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Picks of the Week

Well, I had a pretty good week last week. I went out on a few limbs and for the most part those limbs snapped underneath me and tossed me to the floor, but I went 5 for 7, bringing my total through four weeks to 27 out of 34, or 79%.

Week Five opens up league play for most of the Big Six conferences, which brings all sorts of crazy games. Several conference races should be considerably clearer after Saturday, which should lend momentum to several Top Ten teams heading into the meat of conference play. So, here are the top games of Week Five.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Chapbooks

Chapbook - A generic term covering a particular genre of pocket-sized booklet, popular from the sixteenth through to the later part of the 19th century.

In the 21st century, "chapbook" means this and this and this.

Chapbooks have become the literary equivalent of 45 rpm singles back in the day. They are relatively easy to produce and thus can be sold very cheaply. And because they are both short short-run and personalized creations they have a uniqueness to them that makes them interesting creative artifacts.

I've been thinking about putting out a few chapbooks myself, not just with my own writing but also with other authors whose work I truly respect and admire. So, what do you think? What author would you like to see a chapbook from?

Monday, September 27, 2010

Straitjacket

I wrote "Straightjacket" in the same night I wrote the beginnings of "The Way It Is," sitting alone on my bed in Nashville, in a singular fit of creativity that has never really been matched. While the two songs have little in common sonically, they are both imbued with the melancholy of that one evening. "The Way It Is" is the tale of a young man so infected with ennui that he can't be bothered to change anything in his life. The repeated refrain: "People never change their ways/that's the way it/that's the way it."

"Straightjacket" plumbs those depths further, positing a world in which the narrator is not only trapped in a cell of their own making, but one in which they've gone and handed the keys to someone else so they can never get out. The narrator of this tune has friends, but those friends only cinch the straightjacket tighter and stand around watching him drown.