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Rock of Ages

Examining Rock ‘n Roll’s Immortal Youthful Exuberance and Its Aging Fans, Critics and  Band Members. “And he was too old to rock ‘n’ roll But he was too young to die” Rock of Ages – Dissertation

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“If you’d like to make a call…”

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You ever have those terribly frustrating calls with the utility company that left you angry and perplexed? I had such a call in 1999 and to the best of my ability have as faithfully as possible documented each call and … Continue reading

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No Country For Old Men

Remember when “Blood Simple” rocked the film world? Where everyone stood up and took notice? Well, I guess not. No one noticed, hardly no one. “Jaws” was noticed by everyone. “Star Wars” rocked the galaxy. Hell, from now one the … Continue reading

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Sonny Rollins

Umm.. well… I am never completely sure of what I like and why, but at the moment I believe I can state that I like music. Especially live music. I’ve just returned from a night in Newark with Sonny Rollins. … Continue reading

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One – by Ambrose Wolfinger

One – By Ambrose Wolfinger “Man ceased to be an ape and overcame the ape the day the first book was published. The ape had never forgotten this humiliation: just try to give him a book, and he will immediately … Continue reading

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How Much Woodchuck Could My Dog Chuck…?

So there I was, sipping a beer, sitting in the warm Saturday afternoon Autumnal sun, strumming my guitar and watching my dog Akira joyously roam around the yard on her daily perimeter check. Convinced all was secure, she took the … Continue reading

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Costs of Childhood

When we were young and we encountered a dog for the first time I am sure we were all guilty of uttering any number of the following lines: “Does he bite?”, “Is your dog friendly?”, “Is it a he or … Continue reading

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

For those of you who were considering checking out the new Charlie and the Chocolate Factory film, don’t. Yeah, I should have known better. I should have listened to my own advise and never had gone to see a remake … Continue reading

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My Life as a Ten-Year-Old-Boy – By Nancy Cartwright

Nancy Cartwright is the voice of Bart Simpson. She wrote a book. I bought it in a frenzied Simpson’s fit. Nancy Cartwright is the voice of Bart. That’s all I and apparently the book, have to say.

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Bringing Out The Dead

I may be the only one in the world to say this, but I just don’t get Martin Scorsese. What am I missing here? And I am not solely against him for his “interpretation” of the subtitles in his distribution … Continue reading

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The Price of Greatness: Resolving the Creativity and Madness Controversy – By. Arnold M. Ludwig

Arnie’s book should have been entitled: Stating the Obvious: Using Statistics to Draw Natural Conclusions. My god, I cannot believe the world praised this book as a breakthrough. God I am so fucking angry right now. And I don’t even … Continue reading

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Escaping the Delta – By Elijah Wald

Very eye-opening look at Robert Johnson and why he has become, wrongly so as Elijah surmises, known as the “King of the Delta Blues.” The book is based on a tremendous amount of research into the music scene at the … Continue reading

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Grand Illusion

Jean Renoir’s, The Grand Illusion has blown a large portion of my mind away. Living in the perspectives of a Frenchman must have been fun. Even during the first World War. They were so cordial, so civil, to appreciative of … Continue reading

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Travelling Music – Neil Peart

When I was thirteen a Saturday morning ritual for a few weeks was hopping on my bike and riding into town to Abbie’s Pizza. Not because Abbie flung the best pizza in town, but because Abbie had a jukebox. And … Continue reading

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The Crash

There have been many times while biking, where I thought it would be fun to have a video camera along for the ride. I’ve covered a lot of ground in the back woods up and down the east coast, from … Continue reading

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The Gormenghast Novels – By Mervyn Peake

All two and a half inches of this epic trilogy of 1000+ pages had been teasing me for ages on the shelf of my bookcase. It was there so long I forgot what review or wormholing reference inspired me to … Continue reading

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World’s End – T. Coraghessan Boyle

Many books are written for the sole purpose of imparting knowledge. Other books are written to simply be read. And still others are written to induce a guilty pleasure, like a second helping of apple pie a la mode that … Continue reading

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Because It Was There – Mount Washington, New Hampshire

Now, when considering hiking to the top of Mount Washington in New Hampshire, the highest mountains on the east Coast, I envisioned before me a long, arduous challenge. Which is precisely why I choose to do this thing I suppose, … Continue reading

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Wisdom Teeth Removal… All Five of Them

I have just returned from having my five wisdom teeth removed. As I sit here and type, the lower half of my head is completely numb. I cannot feel my lower lip at all, nor chin, nor can I swallow … Continue reading

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Acts of the Apostles – By John F. X. Sundman

A friend gave me this work of fiction on my birthday last year. He met the author while travelling and started a conversation with him. The book centers on technology and in their conversation, the name of my computer mentor, … Continue reading

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Abandoned in the Wasteland: Children, Television & the First Amendment – Newton N. Minow and Craig L. Lamay

Typical of my wormholing (i.e. following one reference to a particular topic, then another this references, then yet another, deeper and deeper and deeper.) this book perfectly echoes my utter disgust of television. However, where my opinion and argument ends, … Continue reading

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World Trade Center – Part II

As I walked down the concreted canyons of the New York financial disctrict, stepping through soot-laided streets, past armed militia and police barracades, breathing dusty air and catching glimpses of the broken skeletons of what was once the World Trade … Continue reading

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World Trade Center – Part 1

Well, its been awhile since a rambling, stream of consciousness monologue has flowed out of my head, but I seem to have caught myself in a moment between moments, like I slipped on the One True Ring, and wish to … Continue reading

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A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving

Not only was this one of those rare books that has you from the opening pages promising greatness at ever turn of the phrase, it delivered on its promise. I started it unintentionally in an inopportune time, for I was … Continue reading

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Father Joe – The Man Who Saved my Soul – By Tony Hendra

Remember the film This is Spinal Tap? (How can you not!) Remember the band’s manager in the film, the blonde British bloke? That is Tony Hendra. He is probably better known as the editor of National Lampoons, but neither here … Continue reading

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The Crusades – By Zoe Oldenbourg

If ever there was a book written which one could call “glorious”, this is most certainly it. Zoe Oldenbourg has composed a book, based on historical documents, poems and the various memoirs of many historians of the time about the … Continue reading

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The Bear Comes Home – By Rafi Zabor

The Bear Come Home stars Bear, the main character. He is a bear. A real life, walking talking brown bear. He lives in NYC with his master Jones, who won Bear in a card game when he was just a … Continue reading

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Bourbon Street – New Orleans, Louisiana

Remember college days? Remember the dorms and the off campus apartments and the courtyards and the free-flowing kegs of beer and the booze and the drugs and the utter, exhilarating fun of being amidst a sea of like-minded individuals ‘in … Continue reading

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Psychiatry and the Cinema – By. Krin Gabbard and Glen O. Gabbard

What I knew before even opening this book, was that even though it was written in the late eighties, the authors chose to focus on the films of the fifties and sixties. In discussing the introduction, the exploration, then the … Continue reading

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Last Supper – Bar Harbor, Maine

My last evening on my trip, I find myself in Bar Harbor. Due to an extremely, extreme hike up and down Mt Katahdin, I find that my legs are quite and utterly useless. I cannot walk, not well anyway. Thus … Continue reading

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