Being There

I see people on their phones on buses, trains, and even bicycles. On the streets as they walk to and fro, and in every other conceivable venue and context. They’re preoccupied with the tiny screen in their hands, texting, browsing, gaming. I’m guilty of this myself, of course, though I’d like to think not to […]

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Massive spoilers ahead. This is what happens in the last 40 minutes or so of The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Harry Osborn breaks Max Dillon out of prison. Osborn goes off to reclaim Oscorp, gaining access to the company’s secret laboratory. Seeking a cure for his terminal illness, he injects himself with the spider-serum. It goes […]

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The Last Boy

I was 13 when Mickey Mantle passed away. I still remember the moment vividly. I heard the news in bed, under the covers, clutching a radio that was tuned into the local sports station. This had become a routine for me, a product of my teenage insomnia combined with a budding love for all things […]

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Top 10 Movies of 2013, Also

When I shared my Top 10 Movies of 2013, I noted I had skipped an inordinate amount of movies from the calendar year – the result of a move to Japan in late August. Over the course of these past three or four months, I was finally able to catch up with just about all […]

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Stand-Up Guy

I’m hilarious. …Wait, that came out wrong. I make myself laugh. I’d like to think that I’m a fairly funny guy, with an above-average sense of humor. I’ve always had an interest in comedy as an artform. Now, I’m no scholar on the field*, and I didn’t exactly grow up surrounded by Pryor and Carlin albums. […]

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Writing It Off

I’ve never been a great writer. This is not false modesty, as a quick read-through of this blog will demonstrate. My prose is fairly unimaginative. My vocabulary is limited, especially given my level of educational attainment. I have a tendency to ramble, to fall into familiar traps, to rely on certain crutches (the list of […]

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