“Down and Out in Antarctica”

Hunter R. Slaton, great piece at The Fix: Eight years ago this month, I was mind-bendingly hungover and miserable, pushing a push broom across a dirty blue-linoleum floor in Antarctica.I was working as a “dining attendant”—aka a dishwasher—at McMurdo Station, a US scientific research facility on Antarctica’s Ross Island, site of the launch of many heroic expeditions, including Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s ill-fated trek to the South Pole, and home to the world’s southernmost active volcano, … [Read more...]

“Friendship in the Ordinary”

Wesley Hill on a (death-haunted!) story of women's friendship. … [Read more...]

Life is just a bowl of cherries: 2012 best-of

I hope you find something to enjoy here! Last year's best-of is here. Best books read (nonfiction): Joseph Volpicelli and Maia Szalavitz, Recovery Options: The Complete Guide. A thoughtful, empathetic guide to finding a path which works for you. I read this shortly after I quit drinking and got a lot out of it. (This post was influenced by their approach.) I definitely recommend this if you have a drug or alcohol problem, wonder if you might, or love someone who might.Ross … [Read more...]

From “Upper Cut: Highlights of My Hollywood Life,” Carrie White

The time with [her lover] K had turned into three years. In drug years that was a blink. In child years, it was an eternity. … [Read more...]

“The Death-Haunted Art of Friendship, Part IV”

Me on friendship and addiction, at Catholic Lane. … [Read more...]

“Same again?”

Last night I watched Grabbers, an Irish sf/horror/comedy screened at AFI as part of their annual European Union Film Festival. It's a fun little confection with a lot of truly sublime shots of the Irish coast. The basic story: A young, uptight lady Garda comes to a remote isle, where she begins a "you're hideous, I love you" thing with the local ultra-dissipated cop. Meanwhile alien critters are breeding and killing. Their weakness is that they're allergic to alcohol, so the alcoholic cop must … [Read more...]

The human heart is the scariest cabin in the woods

The second terrific horror flick I saw over the weekend is Resolution. Again, the underlying idea is sharp and simple: Michael gets an email containing a video of his estranged best friend Chris, who's now living in the middle of nowhere doing meth and shooting at birds. He decides to make one last attempt to get Chris into rehab. When Chris refuses, Michael shrugs, tasers him, and chains him to the wall of his hideous meth-addict hell-cabin. They're going to stay there for a week, until the … [Read more...]