DIE HARD (its Origins), Violence, Redemption, and Xmas (Plus a Bonus Writing Tip!)

Good pal Mojo got me thinking about DIE HARD again the other day, and it brought to mind the novel that movie is based on, NOTHING LASTS FOREVER by Roderick Thorpe–which I read over Xmas last year. Below I’ve pasted a slight polishing-up of my Goodreads review of NOTHING LASTS FOREVER (which I gave 4 … Continue reading “DIE HARD (its Origins), Violence, Redemption, and Xmas (Plus a Bonus Writing Tip!)”

On Micro-agression and Macro-depression and Xmas/Xanukah (with bonus tracks!!!)

Hey All, I continue to write a monthly column for the Ann Arbor Chronicle. This time around it’s on math and Jews and *The Holidays* and microagression and Thoth and Ganeesh and Hobby Lobby and so on. Somewhere in the later half I say something like this: The Ann Arbor Chronicle | In It For … Continue reading “On Micro-agression and Macro-depression and Xmas/Xanukah (with bonus tracks!!!)”

You know when a dude dumps a chick…

… because he “thinks he can do better”, but then it turns out that He can’t “do better” and She just kept getting hotter and more awesome? I feel like that’s gentiles’ relationship with Paganism.  You cats backed the wrong fucking horse, is all I’m saying: Pagan costumes worn at winter celebrations in Europe ( Photos: Charles … Continue reading “You know when a dude dumps a chick…”

Xappy XmanuLUBBA-DUB-DUUUUB-ukah!!! ♪♫♪♬🎅🏿🎄✡️🐲🔥🇺🇸⛄️🕎

I’m a Jew—born and raised—but I come from a “mixed” family (they say “interfaith” now).  My dad is a Jew, but my mom was raised Christian.  Both my maternal grandparents—with whom I spent a lot of time growing up—were practicing Christians. Far from shockingly, my own marriage is mixed (my wife was raised Catholic, our kids are Jews … Continue reading “Xappy XmanuLUBBA-DUB-DUUUUB-ukah!!! ♪♫♪♬🎅🏿🎄✡️🐲🔥🇺🇸⛄️🕎”

Xappy Xanukah! ♪♫♪♬

I’m a Jew—born and raised—but I come from a “mixed” family (they say “interfaith” now).  My dad is a Jew, but my mom was raised Christian.  Both my maternal grandparents—with whom I spent a lot of time growing up—were practicing Christians. Far from shockingly, my own marriage is mixed (my wife was raised Catholic, our kids are Jews … Continue reading “Xappy Xanukah! ♪♫♪♬”

Five Writing Exercises for @ben_brainerd (and Anyone Else Looking for a Prompt) #writing

If anyone’s got any ideas for additional challenges, let me know. — Ben Brainerd (@ben_brainerd) May 24, 2018 Hey Ben (and the rest of the world), Sorry this took so long to put together.  Life happened.  Here goes: “There is a corpse in the barn!!!”  X finds a corpse in the barn. S/he needs to … Continue reading “Five Writing Exercises for @ben_brainerd (and Anyone Else Looking for a Prompt) #writing”

We Have Entered the Zone of Maximum Mayhem

Listen: There is going to be a major attack on U.S. soil between now and, I dunno, probably the end of January 2018.  (I personally think it’ll be earlier—possibly by mid-October—but depending on who is attacking, I think they might wait as late as Xmas/New Year’s in order to maximize mayhem). I’ve been saying this … Continue reading “We Have Entered the Zone of Maximum Mayhem”

Happy Non-Denominational Gift Giving Holiday Season, Mofos!

(NOTE: If you’re feeling deja vu, don’t sweat it; I post this every year, because I love you) I’m a mixed Jew who’s lived in the American Midwest for his entire life. I think these songs, more than anything else I’ve ever written, are honest about that experience. Another Dark Xmastime (FUN FACT: I wrote … Continue reading “Happy Non-Denominational Gift Giving Holiday Season, Mofos!”