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Annus Horribilis

Annus Horribilis

Vox pop says 2016 was really bad. “Vox pop” is a British phrase based on a Latin phrase that means “things people on the street (who aren’t me) are saying.” Lots of people didn’t get their way in 2016, and they used the handheld...
The Stories of Gladys and Ralph

The Stories of Gladys and Ralph

  These two stories refer to two real people I actually met. I’ve changed their names to protect the not-so-innocent. Of course, They also refer to two other people I haven’t met — ones you might recognize. Gladys: Gladys  had —...
Cinema in the 2000s: The End of the Indie Uprising

Cinema in the 2000s: The End of the Indie Uprising

The aughts. The naughties. The O’s. Whatever you want to call them, it was a decade deceptively unsure of itself — looking back over its shoulder while charging forward full-tilt.Cinema in the 2000’s grew out of trends starting in the 80’s and...
Dick Valentine: Rock Star

Dick Valentine: Rock Star

Looking a bit like a beleaguered bathroom fixture salesman after his latest fall off the wagon at a roadside tavern somewhere in Iowa, Dick Valentine took the stage at the Valley Bar in Phoenix Tuesday evening. A devoted audience of 200 or so cheered their rumpled...