...local businesses, but it that is part of a broader conversation about how we structure our economy.
Still, it was good to mask up and get out there. People are generally behaving themselves, and maybe taking the time to more thoroughly savor the pleasures of the season.
So the family did some of our traditional autumn activities in the new socially distant reality, and this take may be a bit controversial but it the necessary precautions actually make the experience more pleasant than in recent years.
Our orchard was doing timed admissions for pick-your-own which reduced the crowds to pre-everyone discovering our place on Yelp size. People are (generally) more mindful of space and traffic flow.
Of course, there is the question of how this impacts these small
I've been working my way through Red Oaks on Amazon Prime. It's an odd 80's period piece set amidst the staff of a country club in suburban Jersey in 1985/86.
Weirdly stacked line up of directors for this show: Hal Hartley, Amy Heckerling, Gregg Araki, David Gordon Green.
It manages to transcend what could easily be a basic snobs vs slobs cliche. Definitely walks the line between trope and cliche on occasion but the performances and direction carry the day nicely.
The thing I just retooted is pretty astonishing:
Hungry men can sense magnetic fields when under a blue sky: https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0211826
There is a boatload of evolutionary steps hidden in that sentence.
I was thinking about Howard the Duck, as one does.
The table scene at the BBQ/Sushi joint is low key the funniest part of the movie. It's as if the writer(s) knew that they were cramming in a ridiculous exposition dump and decided to lighten the rest of the scene with a bunch of relatively quick fire jokes, The waitress was an unheralded MVP re: the timing and pacing of the sequence.
Politics, Tr-mp, Conspiracy drivel
So Tr-mp has been "diagnosed with" Covid.
The angel & devil on my shoulder debate only how much he should suffer before losing reelection mightily as his life of deception is truly revealed.
Another part of me fears this is a ruse. An excuse to get out of the remaining debates, while experiencing mild "symptoms" that allow him to downplay the risk of the disease and calling to defund mitigation efforts and "put America back to work."
Time will tell.
So my recently completed screenplay is a "one wild night" comedy in the vein of After Hours or Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist.
Moving on to a sci-fi tinged low budget horror thriller that might be compared to Pi or maybe Primer by way of early Cronenberg.
While strolling down memory lane of projects past, thought it would be fun to post the link to the first incarnation of my literary broadsheet, Loquacious Placemat.
I'm slowly getting things in place for a relaunch some time in 2021. The hope is to make it a paying market, and avoid what must be an unholy slushpile situation fueled by quarantine.
The original run only lasted three issues but features a murderers row of talent, many of whom went on to bigger things.
#Introductions I am a writer and dilettante, a jack of all trades hoping to master a few before all is said and done.
I'm planning to curate this account/feed towards the arts and media.
Looking to connect with other writers of unusual fiction. My influences include Mark Leyner, Leonora Carrington, Tom Robbins, Donald Barthleme, Hunter S. Thompson, Steven Millhauser, etc.
A writer of strange and unusual tales. Amateur painter. Family man. Traveler.
Consider this a friendly, local pub. Make yourself at home, bring your friends, have a good time! Meet new people, have a laugh, enjoy the ambience, and the Oxford commas.