Essays (et al)

Tellin' It Like It Should Be

Discerning what’s real and what’s not in our increasingly byte-sized reality is becoming a savagely challenging task. Add a home address in Hollywood, CA. and it can become downright surrealistic. […]

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Head In The Clouds

It is said that Anaximander, the legendary pre-Socratic thinker from Miletus in Ionia, student of Thales, and teacher of Pythagoras, was on the toilet dropping a deuce when he decided […]

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Dining With Frankenstein

It’s like a Kafka story, really, but directed for our present day reality by the Wachkowski brothers of The Matrix fame. The scale of the conspiracy is that big. Except […]

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Shopping In The Matrix

Surely by now you’ve heard about the 16 year old girl who started receiving pregnancy related coupons in the mail care of Target?  The ads enticed with discounts on formula, […]

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The Giants Inside Us

In 1964 a British evolutionary biologist named W.D. Hamilton postulated a theory that came to be known as Hamilton’s Rule and it goes something like this: when we find ourselves […]

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2012, We Hardly Knew Ya...

So as it turns out, Michael Stipe had it more right than the Mayan calendar. Though rumors have been spreading about the prophesy of apocalypse due for release on December, […]

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Choosing A Financial Occupation

It’s a strange thing tripping through lower Manhattan these days.  A few blocks beneath the rebuilding of One World Trade’s Freedom Tower, a project remarkably far along considering the glacial […]

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The Greeks Don’t Want No Freaks

The decades long rift between Greece and Turkey over the existence of the Patriarchate of Constantinople has become a tumultuous hot-button issue in lieu of Turkey’s potential admittance to the […]

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Profits Before Life: Good Thinking!

debt ceiling, Boehner, budget, EPA, natural resources, legislation, environmental, climate, new jersey, Maine, tea party, global warming, regulations, fallacy, EPA, stupid people, Gov Chris Christie, New Jersey, Paul LePage, Maine, Rick Scott, Florida

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The Hubris of the Penis

I am powerful.  This is my penis.  I am wealthy.  Here is my wang, surrounded by gold and diamonds. I am way too old to still be considered attractive. This […]

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We're The Libyan Hit Squad

It was back in the early 1980’s when Muammar Gaddafi was truly terrifying… His bravado commando persona stood in such stark contrast to our bumbling, smiling, airy voiced actor-in-cheif.  Or […]

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Eva Franco: Beyond The Hemline

“Fashion requires you to multi-task,” says designer Eva Franco amidst the vibrant hum of her downtown L.A. studio. “We’re in production on the Fall 2011 Collection while simultaneously designing Spring […]

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Charlie Sheen Meet Sean Penn

Charlie Sheen… Ungrateful waste of human DNA? Or someone truly ill? Why waste one more self-aggrandizing nano-second on the easiest target Hollywood has produced since Mel Gibson? After all, Middle Eastern […]

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Any Requests, Motherf*%!ers?

In 1979, a fella with a guitar proclaimed, hey hey, my my, rock’n’roll can never die, and for all he knew, it probably held water, or at least a few […]

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The Great Indoors

According to a recent Pew Research Poll, the average American spends only 72 minutes outdoors a day.  It is a stunning factoid when you consider two things: there are 1440 […]

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The Magic Bowl Part 1

Private Ritual, Public Display There’s no better immersion into the vast canon of classical music than an al fresco, starlit night at the Hollywood Bowl.  It’s a testament to Los […]

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The Woman Who Started It All

She started it all, really; character monologues woven together to form a thematically linked theatrical performance.  She called them ‘monodramas’ and though many of them were comedic, odd regional accents […]

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Note For Note

Honoring America’s Cultural Foundation It can be argued with some confidence that there are no American art forms more authentic and influential than Jazz and Blues.  Not even baseball, which […]

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I Me Mine

(Originally published in Elmore Magazine) It was somewhere between the birth of Napster and credit default swaps– when the rest of our understanding of how markets work went out the […]

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