Sunday, March 29, 2009

Friday, March 27, 2009

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

a moment of clarity

I was sitting here listening to the new Mastodon album and suddenly had an epiphany regarding the two comic stories I'm kind of simultaneously working out in my brain (and on the page)...I came up with a way to connect them together to make one larger, and considerably stranger, story. And when I came up with the connective tissue for all this it happened to tie into a short story I was fiddling around with several years ago. So I somehow, in one instant, tied three incomplete stories together.

Needless to say, I really like the new Mastodon album.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Thursday, March 19, 2009


Supposedly it was Hitchcock who started using above-angle shots of actors to emphasize guilt or suspicion, or to make them seem sinister. It works particularly well when the shot is added into a series of normal shots...for example, he did this in Topaz, during an interrogation scene...everything is shot normally, but when a key question--"Who is Topaz?"--is asked, the next shot of the interrogated character is from up above, as he replies "I don't know". So the audience now assumes he's lying.

This is my long way of saying that the angle of this view of my son is what makes him seem sinister and malevolent (in reality he's only occasionally malevolent).

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

My soundtrack for the last two weeks

The odd man out being the first one, Steven Wilson's Insurgentes album, which has significantly less double bass and electronic voice than the Death and Cynic albums, respectively. But all are the real goods.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

"People scare better when they're dying."

Henry Fonda in Once Upon a Time in the West.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Friday, March 6, 2009

Larry Day

Happy Birthday to pal Larry, who happens to be the exact same age as Shaquille O'Neal (although Larry isn't 7'1"/325 lbs, with an average of 18.2 points per game this season).

A glimpse behind the curtain of Larry might reveal this (among other sordid things):

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

I am egotistical in any media

A drawing of the spring 1994-era me on the beach at Tybee Island, GA.

Sunday, March 1, 2009