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Ladies and Gentlemen . . . Eduardo Ritter

There are a few unshakable memories of the 2014 GonzoFest weekend: fine jazz music; exceptional conversation; wisdom; great friends; the poetry of Olympians; and the spectacular feeling of welcome, unity, and joy pouring off everyone in and around GonzoFest. We were there, … Continue reading

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Beware the Gonzo (movie review)

Went looking to Netflix for the Gonzo doco the other day and found this. Here’s the plot summary from Wikipedia: Eddie “Gonzo” Gilman is the head geek at his high school—and determined to do something about it. When Gavin, the … Continue reading

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Is this Bat Country?

It was a nightmare, getting out of L.A. . . . The desert would be bad enough all by itself.       Something big and batlike swooped through the tunnel of lights and was gone. He ignored its passage. Five … Continue reading

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Hide Me Among The Graves (Book Review)

I’m a Tim Powers fan. Most of his books are my go-to reading when I’m in a funk or otherwise needing a jolt of industrial magic realism. I’ve given away more copies of Last Call and On Stranger Tides than … Continue reading

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Full Service

This just in from D, on her travels through the Bible Belt. Good to know someone has made zombie abatement part of his current business model. Other services available from  Shawn Hinkley and his hardworking crew include: Painting Electrical Repairs … Continue reading

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Audio Review: Fear and Loathing at Rolling Stone

Flog me for an idiot — and for thinking this review was on the site when it’s been in the DRAFTS folder the whole time. So, special thanks to the fine folks over at Brilliance Audio for sending the CDs … Continue reading

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The Great Chicago Blizzard of 2012

The Chicago area is getting its first appreciable snowfall  today and the weather prophets are broadcasting ‘DOOM!” on every channel. I’ve already butchered the neighbors’ cats, dried the meat and made gloves out of their hides. (The were small cats … Continue reading

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This just in . . .

Arrived this afternoon courtesy of the fine folks at Continuum Press. A read-n-review is already in the works.  

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Rum Diary Soundtrack Outclasses Film

Ninety percent of Christopher Young’s swinging soundtrack has been on high rotation in both my car and the writing cave — very impressive considering the track list is twenty-four songs long. First, a little explanation for anyone who doesn’t regularly … Continue reading

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Penn State Witch Hunt and More Sloppy Journalism

The Penn State madness has turned into another witch hunt, as these things will. There’s nothing for it and, when it’s all said and done, our kids won’t be any safer from these monsters than they were before. Sickos like … Continue reading

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