Interesting Things to Read

Why I Still Write Poetry by Charles Simic, New York Review of Books. The New Communism: Resurrecting the Utopian Delusion by Alan Johnson, World Affairs. Archive of Hemingway’s Newspaper Reporting Reveals Novelist in the Making by Kate Rix, Open Culture (with several fascinating links to intriguing primary texts). Short Cuts (or, as @sarahemilyduff put it: what Aristotle and a goat in a suit have to do with the assassination of JFK) by Christian Lorentzen, London Review of Books. … [Read more...]

May 16, 2012 9:29pm

Link:Here is a reprise story/comment (with some, but not enough, editing) on the FUS student healthcare story at the National Catholic Register. … [Read more...]

Gig to-night

Reminder: Sam Bennett will be playing tonight (with yours truly on drums) at 4055 North College Ave, Indianapolis. The show is free/donation. I’d love to see some of you there. Warning: there may be hipsters present. … [Read more...]

May 16, 2012 7:53am

Link:This article is about my alma mater (Franciscan University of Steubenville) and their dissenting decision to stop the student requirement to carry health insurance, which will not carry a student healthcare option. I added a comment to it too. … [Read more...]

The three most important books I’ve read

Augustine’s Confessions, Ray Monk’s biography of Ludwig Wittgenstein (The Duty of Genius), and Miles Davis’ autobiography. Religion, philosophy, jazz, and so, so much more! … [Read more...]

A dream

I had a dream that I found an amazing three-piece suit while shopping at Goodwill (as I like to do). It was dark grey, made of wool, with an understated pinstripe and a slightly retro fit, in a classic sort of way. Then, all of a sudden, I was wearing the pants had the jacket but realized that one of the employees took the vest (which was VERY stylish and made the whole suit). Damn. … [Read more...]

May 15, 2012 3:39am

Poster for the Wednesday gig with Sam Bennett. Come on out if you’re nearby! … [Read more...]

Exciting, original music on the horizon

Music update: I’m playing drums at a gig this Wednesday in Indy with the talented Sam Bennett (on guitar and vox) in The Sam & Sam Band. Next, I’ll be recording some free download (and maybe even YouTube) sessions this summer with my good friend Mike Blaha. They’ll all be posted here. We’re calling them The Upi Dupi La La Sessions. I’ll be mostly playing and improvising with some ideas that I’ve been toying around with recently. Finally, I’ll soon be … [Read more...]

May 14, 2012 4:03pm

A classic: music for one apartment and six drummers. … [Read more...]

May 10, 2012 5:50am

Link:Fascinating article from The Atlantic about Jonathan Blow: the biggest, most fierce critic of videos games today, who develops video games for living, a true artist. … [Read more...]