I stared the morning with a bird hovering at my living room window. Sparrow? Starling? It was hard to tell because of the contrast of low light inside and overcast outside. Plus I don’t know bird breeds, so there’s that. But it just sort of hovered there. This was a little after 5:30 a.m. and […]

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“Sinner man” by Nina Simone came on in the car this morning while I was backing out of the garage. Arresting. Had to sit and listen until it was done. Want to say they don’t make them like that anymore, only they do. There are plenty of soulful artists out there still making great stuff. […]

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24

Mar

The Hedge Game

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By the time I reached the end of Toxony and turned down Bickley Road, the driver and the incident were already fading from my mind, even if the tense rigidity in my manner—from the way I held the steering wheel to the way my shoulders were set—remained. I reached down and shifted into first and […]

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22

Dec

The Waiting Room

Narrative Essays // No Comments

You’re dying and you know it. You don’t need tests to confirm it, but you’ve made this appointment, and now you’re sitting in the waiting room, flipping through a book you can’t keep your focus on. I should have brought something simpler, you think. But then, you’ve never had much interest in magazines. The table […]

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17

Dec

Somewhere in London

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This is one of those stories where you think you know the plot. One of those stories where the characters are dead and don’t know it. Only there’s no grand revelation here, no tacked-on cinematic twist to add melodrama. For they’re also living. They’re both alive and dead. But they aren’t ghosts and this isn’t […]

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14

Dec

Impatience

Writing Process Reflections // No Comments

I have the day off from work today. My kids are in daycare. My wife is at work. And one of the things I was looking forward to doing on my day off was focusing on my writing. About a week ago, I finished writing a memoir. The memoir is 300 pages  double spaced, nearly […]

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1. Night of the Living Dead (1968; dir. George Romero) – Predictable choice maybe, but this isn’t just the granddaddy of ’em all; it’s the best, and I love it every time I watch it. Peter Bogdanovich tells a story of Orson Welles talking about The Third Man and daring him to name one great […]

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2. Zombi 2 (1979;  dir. Lucio Fulci) – At this point on the list, entries two and three are pretty much inter-changeable and their placement was more to break up the Romero entries than anything. Both Zombi 2 and Dawn of the Dead, thought wildly different, hold such a cherished place in my esteem it’s […]

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3. Dawn Of The Dead (1978; dir. George Romero) – I know a lot of people might put Romero’s original Dawn of the Dead as number 1 on their list with good reasons, most of which I’d likely agree with. Romero took the magic formula he’d discovered with Night and upped the ante, broadened the […]

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4. Zombieland (2009; dir. Ruben Fleischer) – With Diary of the Dead, Romero tried to provide a metafictive commentary on the zombie movie in addition to his usual commentary on the state of society, but it off more like metafictive complaining. George didn’t like the fast-moving zombies in the Dawn of the Dead remake and […]

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