Lamentation 2: Lament Harder or This Time It’s Personal

Last week I signed a contract to write the sequel to Lamentation. Oceanview Publishing, who put out the original, has always let me know they'd be interested in a series--most mystery publishers are. The only question was whether the first book would be successful enough to warrant one. I knew Read More

Tether & Smoke

Recently Dr. Goldberg switched my antidepressant. Been on the same one for years. This other one might work better, he said. At least in terms of the side effects. The current meds are great make me happy functional. Of course the devil you know is always better than the devil you don't know. Within Read More

2015: The Best Is Yet to Come

The new year engenders reflection, best of lists (generally pop culture-centered) and resolutions (that will almost certainly fail). It's the clear delineation, the succinct measurement in time, which allows us to take stock and vow to do better. A beginning and the end are what matters (like Read More

Best of 2014: Music Edition

The end of the year invites "Best Of" lists. A year is a definitive, convenient measurement of time. A great place to stop. A good place to start. Which is why, for the next two weeks, every gym in America is going to be packed with people resolving to make changes in their lives via radical diets Read More

A Very Junkie Christmas

During the monsoon last Thursday, I drove over to Sword & Skull in the city to finish the tattoo. Sort of. Before we got started I told Lango, fuck it, let's do the full sleeve*. Problem was, I over-booked for the day, so halfway through having my arm meat chewed raw, I had to take a break and Read More

Thin Skin, Snubs, and Bad Reviews

Last week, author Ayelet Waldman had a social media meltdown when she found out her novel Love and Treasure wasn't included among the NY Times' 100 Notable Books of 2014. I am forced to admit I have never read the novel. Nor anything by Waldman. When I was at the Miami Book Fair, an old classmate Read More

Star Wars: The Force Is Back

Last Friday, I felt a great exuberance across the Internet, as if millions of voices suddenly squeed in delight, and the shitty prequels never existed. I feel something wonderful has happened. The new Star Wars VII trailer is here! The funniest part of watching a cultural phenomena catch Read More