Monthly Archives: June 2016

Reading the Landscape: 40

The unknown Christian soldier.

Reading the Landscape: 39

When you park your bike to take a piss and come quite by accident upon very old dead people.

Reading the Landscape: 38

When nature comes to an end.

Diary of a Dishwasher: 3

In response to my previous diary, where I talked about working twelve hour days without a lunch break or a coffee break, one of my followers on Twitter wondered whether or not my employers were breaking the law. It gave me pause. If they were, by not quitting, I would be complicit, not only in […]

Diary of a Dishwasher: 2

The reason you can find employment as a dishwasher without a resume, recommendations, or an interview becomes obvious after you finish your first full day on the job. The pay is low. The hours are excessive. The work is relentless and brutally physical. The turnover rate is high. This week ran from Wednesday through Saturday. […]

The Witch (2015)

What makes The Witch a very good, even a great film is the way director and screenwriter Robert Eggers not only dramatizes the destruction of a Puritan family in early New England, but that he takes their world view seriously. The people who founded the Salem, Plymouth, and the Massachusetts Bay Colonies in the early […]

Reading the Landscape: 37

This was once beautiful country.

Reading the Landscape: 36

There’s something about abandoned railroads that fascinates me. I can always imagine what it was like 50 years ago. I can see the ghosts of the commuters in their suits and ties with their briefcases going home to sip martinis in their John Cheever suburbs. Now they drive SUVs.

Reading the Landscape: 35

Don’t fear the reaper.

A Few Thoughts on Muhammad Ali

The first time I heard the name Muhammad Ali was on April 1, 1973 at exactly 7:30 AM. I was 8 years old. The night before, he had suffered his second loss as a professional to the now all but forgotten Ken Norton. Norton, who won a split decision at the San Diego Sports Arena […]