(No, it's not that kind of "spanking." Perverts.) Last week, my son, Holden, got three timeouts at preschool for hitting. For those of you who don't know what a timeout is, I guess you won't be in my kitchen any time soon. After I picked him up from preschool, Holden knew he was in trouble, and, Read More

Ray Rice & the Discriminatory Nature of Hero Worship

In October of 2004, the New York Yankees blew a historic three games to zero lead in the American League Championship Series to their hated rival, the Boston Red Sox. A rapid Yankee fan, I was living in CT at the time, earning my undergraduate degree at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain. Read More

The Fappening

I woke last week to a text from an East Coast buddy, a link and a message that I could thank him later. Early Monday morning, the coffee hadn't kicked in yet, cobwebs slow to clear. I clicked on the link, and was instantly greeted by pictures of a very naked Kate Upton. That caught my attention, Read More

Mad Rush

Summer's over. Busy season is here. Our annual trip to Disneyland, which always coincides with my son's birthday, served as a bridge between the two. Holden is not yet four, and this was his 6th trip to The Happiest Place on Earth. As parents we strive to replicate the good times, eschew the bad, Read More

What Is Found, What Is Lost, by Anne Leigh Parrish: Book Review

Like poetry, literary fiction makes for an easy target. Whereas mystery, my milieu, relies on plot to propel the narrative (i.e., it’s all about the story), lit fiction only has the language. Sure, there are characters, too. But they often don’t “do” much, opting for internal strife over external Read More

Afterschool Special: You Are Going to Prison

Back at the end of my drug run, prison had gone from possibility to probability, to mutherfucking certainty. That's what happens when you violate terms of a plea agreement. Following arrest, arraignment, and sentencing for my part in a counterfeit checking scheme, I was told to report to the Sheriff's Read More

Robin Williams, Suicide, and Other Happy Thoughts

Let's get the housekeeping out of the way first. Please READ THIS REVIEW that came out Friday. It's for Lamentation, and is the best I've ever gotten. I feel bad because the dude who wrote it clearly loves the book, but his enthusiasm got buried in my news feed with the ... big announcement. (More on Read More