Update --- January 16, 2010
I feel that an explanation is needed here: since the late 90s, I've hosted both this site and my pop-culture zine, acidlogic.com. The overwhelming majority of the writing I've done has appeared at acid logic, so you should pop over there if you really want to delve into my work. However, I've also posted quite a bit of material here --- mostly reviews --- which can be found at the links below.
I also have a blog which I update pretty much daily.
I've also written a book compiling much of my material from acid logic, which can be purchased @ Amazon.com.
updated September 17, 2012
Here's a new piece on the art of writing cinema horror music entitled "How to Write Horror Music."
updated April 28, 2011
I have a new article on my trials and tribulations with repetitive strain in my forms called "My Battle with RSI."
updated October 30, 2010
I have a new article on hands free computing discussing voice dictation and various alternative mouse designs.
updated April 17, 2005
More New reviews: Bad Boys II
More New reviews: May
and The Dead Zone.
New Drunken Rambling: The Burden of My Staggering
Genius. It's a rumination on my failed love affair with
guitar and art in general. (Yes, I'm ripping off the Dave Eggars
New review of Pitch Black,
and a joint review of Fear
Dot Com and Darkness Falls
Recent reviews of Stuart
Gordon's Castle Freak, Kids,
and Final Destination II.
Review of Dogtown and
Z-Boys. Great flick - check it out.
I've been scanning in some of my older pieces for you
to dig on. Check out:
New reviews of "Beautiful
Creatures" and the Slash's Snakepit album "Ain't
Bad Girls Rule! New reviews of the Doris Wishman film
"Bad Girls Go To Hell"
and the Donnas album "The Donnas
April 7, 2001
More from my "Drunken Rambling" series. The
Best Martini in Town describes my thoughts while sitting
in a Seattle martini bar. It's filled with reflections on the past
with a soundtrack of classic rock!
March 11, 2001
A review of the Woody
Allen film, Celebrity. Review
of the film Dick.
Feb 22, 2001
My review of Let
It Blurt, a biography of Lester Bangs.
November 28 2000
Review of Extreme's Waiting
For The Punchline. Also check out The
Politics of Superheroes, Stan
Lee, Savior of Youth, and Why
I Hate Vampires, hosted at swingmachine.org
October 29 2000
My humorous review of
July 15 2000
Lot's of new stuff in the Reviews
section including reviews of The
X-Men, Shaft, and Black
June 12 2000
The Phase is an intimate
discussion of the creative process. Part of my "Drunken Rambling"
FlufflesGate: The Hidden
Clinton Sex Scandal details still more shenanegins (sic)
from the White House.
March 27 2000
I Love Alcohol
is a stirring analysis of my love affair with fire water.
WTO Madness details
my adventures during the WTO riots in Seattle
Basically I just keep pluggin' away at that Reviews
section and adding to Acid
Logic. my online humor/opinion zine. It's a shame the term
"zine" has been co-opted to mean so many things it really shouldn't,
like the way people talk about their "internet marketing zine."
But I'm sure those people will be punished by God eventually.
April 28th 1999
For some reason, thinking of writing, I'm reminded of Brent Easton
Ellis' American Psycho. Ever read it? Pretty fucked up. It's
undoubtedly the most grotesque book I've ever read, a true testament
to the power of writing over film. I mean, Iíve watched plenty of
people get tortured to death in film or on HBO, but to read Ellis
describe it... well, it's a whole 'nother thing. That is, without
a doubt, a book that must be taken in small portions.
I recall a brief moment from the period in which I was reading
that book. I generally have a fifteen minute coffee/bus-wait from
whence I leave the house and actually go to work, and I pulled out
the book thinking, "Maybe I can just read a bit and nothing gross
will happen." As it turned out, I stumbled on to the most hideous
section of the book (the rat scene, for those of you familiar) and
by the time the bus came, was visibly disturbed. That's one of the
more unnerving aspects of the book, you really never know when somethingís
going to happen. (Ellis purposely lulls you to sleep with the first
three chapters of the book, before hitting you with the first killing.
Of course plenty of people argue whether there's any point to
the violence, whether it's only there to shock and offend. I certainly
don't have an answer for you, but I have to admit: there's a certain
beauty, a certain thrill in being shocked and offended.
Priest vs. AC/DC
Interestingly enough, this piece started out as an assignment during
my brief tenure at junior college (as a student, not a professor)
Tongue planted firmly in check, it actually makes some legitimate
An early piece on the subject of modern art and music.
This is a site unto itself. Acid Logic was a column that ran in
a now defunct web-zine called Twisted Underground. When that died
I decided to collect all the columns (the good ones anyway) and
add new ones every two weeks
The second largest section of the "Writings" category, this
is an ever growing collection of reviews I've written, discussing
film, music, literature and whatever else strikes my fancy.
A long winded essay I wrote several years ago about the debate around
musicians signing to major labels. Timeless in its illuminations
it is just as relevent now as it was several minutes ago.
I Remember Jeffrey
Sort of a Woody Allen, pseudo-historical modern jazz tribute...
I Love Violence
Music Contemplations (1994)
Though somewhat dated, I've always felt this piece had some interesting,
often ignored points about music criticism.
A Dignified Analysis of Devo's Freedom
One of many Devo pieces I've written. I like the part where I go
off on a tangent and slag Pearl Jam.