Monthly Archives: July 2013

Tuesday, 5 p.m. (A One-Scene Play)

Disclaimer: All characters appearing in this work are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental. Cast: Justin: A no-longer-young writer and musician who has been working days as a receptionist to pay his exorbitant Brooklyn … Continue reading

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San Francisco Giants Second Trimester Review

As I noted in my first trimester review of the Giants, in Moneyball, Oakland A’s GM Billy Beane explained to writer Michael Lewis that he breaks a season into thirds when he’s constructing his team. The first third is for … Continue reading

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My Top 10 Led Zeppelin Songs

If there’s one thing my compadre Juan Alvarado likes to do, it’s challenge me to write lists. Fortunately, if there’s one thing I like to do, it’s write lists. Following our competing Top 10 Simpsons Episodes lists, he immediately challenged … Continue reading

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On the NBA Silly Season

The NBA closed out its 2012-2013 season with what was probably the best Finals in recent memory, and then launched right into an offseason with an unpredictable, trade-filled Draft night that featured the Boston Celtics tearing down the last remnants … Continue reading

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On the Value of Colin Kaepernick

Over at Grantland yesterday, Bill Barnwell concluded his annual NFL Trade Value column. I recommend reading it, as Barnwell’s a thoughtful analyst who clearly put a lot of time into his rankings. I’m not going to go through his whole … Continue reading

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On Tattoos

I’ve thought that tattoos were cool for a long time–probably since I was a teenager, when I first started noticing them on people. There are lots of reasons to get a tattoo: as a memorial for a lost loved one, … Continue reading

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My Top 10 Episodes of The Simpsons

The Simpsons is my generation’s defining cultural touchstone. It’s been on the air for 24 years now, making it the longest running network sitcom in television history. Its unparalleled mix of slapstick and sharp satirical wit have made the show … Continue reading

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Desert Island Album #10: Eat a Peach

The album cover: The album cover of Eat a Peach is one of the most famous in rock ‘n’ roll history, though it’s often misinterpreted. Legend has it that the Allman Brothers Band chose the name and artwork because guitarist … Continue reading

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On Fruitvale Station, Oscar Grant, and Trayvon Martin

Last Saturday night, a Florida jury acquitted George Zimmerman of murdering 17-year old Trayvon Martin. By an almost perverse coincidence, the verdict came through the night after the release of Fruitvale Station, a film that dramatizes the final day in … Continue reading

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An Indie Press Worth Your Time: Sunnyoutside

As I wrote recently, there’s a whole boatload of small, independent presses out there putting out great literature. These presses have become the backbone of the literary community and the home of most of the really interesting work being written … Continue reading

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