Archive for February, 2007

Captain Adam Barnard’s Planet Harvey

I’ve got a couple of cheap pulp novels that have to do with my name. The first is Donald Barr Chidsey’s Captain Adam: The history of an audacious young seaman from the American colonies who duelled and prayed and sinned his way to magnificent adventure on the lawless seas of the early 18th century! The […]

Or Whatever

I’ve noticed that a typical Cleveland resident often ends statements with the particulate phrase “or whatever.” Semantically it seems to be the equivalent in function as “I guess”, a sort of simultaneous space-filler and dismissive qualifier; an intentional addition so that the speaker feels that he or she isn’t being overconfident in their statement or […]

Sawedoff Scattergun

I think the Dave’s in Ohio City must’ve had its High Life license revoked because the cooler was scoured bare of that shit. I almost never visit BFD anymore because the conversation reminds me of Feagler and Friends. It has been that way for months now. The most difficult part of working in web and […]


I think I’m finally fully recovered. It only cost me ten pounds, a few nights’ sleep and three rolls of toilet paper. Now I’m trying to get back into a routine. I wonder how this has messed up my workout schedule. I’ll figure that out tomorrow. I’m having a winter barbecue next Saturday so I’ve […]

The Killers

A part of this viewing list: Criterion Collection Spine #176: Robert Siodmak’s The Killers; Andrei Tarkovsky’s The Killers; Don Siegal’s The Killers. Here’s another example where The Criterion folks are in a position to provide a unique cinematic experience. In addition to Robert Siodmak’s classic noir, they’ve also provided Andrei Tarkovsky’s first student film and […]

James Agee

James Agee has long been one of my favorite writers. Recently I received a book of his film criticism from the library. It is published by one of my favorite publishers: The Library of America. Typically I’m not a fan of any particular type of journalism or journalist, but Agee doesn’t really fit a type; […]

Bande à part

A part of this viewing list: Criterion Collection Spine #174: Jean-Luc Godard’s Bande à part. Bande à part is only loosely a gangster film, only loosely a noir, and a very unconventional film in just about all other respects. It is also one of the most influential of the French New Wave and is still […]


I’ll be damned if I didn’t think I was going to make it through this winter without becoming filled with discontented rage as my peculiar form of SAD takes effect. The day started out with me getting completely ignored by the bus as it zoomed past its stop, and steadily disintegrated when I got to […]

Rust Brother, never can savvy you

a wryneck for Wascovich If we were rust brothers before the rain and salt   Before there were no scarcities of tanks to tread Before the slow toe    warehouse of sound was a real knife in my head   Before the shine of steel nativity Before we trussed the tracks for holocaust   Before sanctity forest murder black-coat cacophony If we […]

The Last Temptation of Christ

A part of this viewing list: Criterion Collection Spine #70: Martin Scorsese’s The Last Temptation of Christ. Ever since I first saw this movie, I’ve loved it. There was a controversial screening of it at Notre Dame when I was an undergrad. But instead of talking about how everything that differs from dogma is controversial […]

The Rock

A part of this viewing list: Criterion Collection Spine #108: Michael Bay’s The Rock. Oh God. I can’t really believe that The Rock [and Armageddon] are on the Criterion Collection list. But then, Michael Bay has a contract with them. Anyway, their eccentricity as films on this list is a good opportunity to apply critical […]