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Lettuce Alone

Over The Edge

Where Does Maha Go from Here?

Doctor Mysterian

The city of the air

Heartland Healing

Everything You Need to Know is in ‘60s Music

Doctor Mysterian

Our multilingual future

I Want a New Drug

This week, I write about…drugs.

Yes, drugs. Because to an extent, I'm a virgin to the topic. I've never taken drugs. I've never even smoked weed before, as odd as that sounds considering I've spent a good part of the past 20-odd years writing about rock bands and rock music and rock shows where no doubt handfuls of pills and bails of cheeba have been consumed somewhere below my sullen gaze. 

There was a time in...

Trouble Sleeping? Meditation vs. The Drunken Monkey

A friend visits from Los Angeles two or three times a year. Often when he’s here, the topic of sleeplessness creeps into conversation. Last time, I invited him to tell me about it.

“I have no problem falling asleep,” he said. That’s understandable. He’s one of the hardest working people I know. At day’s end, he’s exhausted. “But after a couple hours, I wake up and can’t go back to sleep. My thoughts are racing with...

Manhattan in NoDo: The Film Streams Community

It was my intention to write a sort of review or report on Feature VI, the annual fund-raiser program by Film Streams that happened Monday night at the Holland Performing Arts Center. I'd even brought a small notebook about the size of a moleskin and a pen to jot down particularly clever, pithy or ingenious comments from the night's special guests, directors Alexander Payne and David O. Russell. 

But after the...

A Fierce Wind Was Blowing

And the screens we're a rattling

Winners and Losers

Ahh, democracy. Every few months, we as a nation demonstrate our collective intelligence, proving there’s a reason why great thinkers from Plato to Voltaire and through the ages said that democracy, as a form of government, is not the best choice. Critics maintain it’s a form of organized mob rule. Some say it’s just a clever cover for corporatocracy. Certainly it’s hard to deny that our country is run as an...

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