An "I am From" Poem

You can take a look at my crack at an "I am From" poem over in the Fictions section over here.

I am from poems have been around for a while and, as I learned, can actually be quite fun. The only required structure seems to be the repetition of the phrase "I am from." It's a fun little way to get the creative juices flowing and thing a little about yourself.

New Short Story "How To Murder Your Wife and Make Marinara Sauce"

"How to Murder Your Wife and Make Marinara Sauce," is a new short story I wrote and it's exactly what it sounds like... more or less. Check out the full version here.

The Short was recently featured in Issue 44 of Quiet Lightning, a monthly San Francisco based publication. If you've never heard of QL I strongly recommend checking it out and submitting something. They accept submissions of all kinda (poetry, short fiction, blog entries) and then select eight or so of their favorites to be published and then read aloud by the authors each month. I've attached the video of me reading an excerpt from the short in Jack Kerouac Alley behind City Lights books below.

 

New Short Story "This Morning I Found a Lamp"

Click the link to check out my latest short story, "This Morning I Found A Lamp." It's a story inspired things I used to wonder about when I was younger, and many of the things I still do.

An excerpt below for your reading pleasure:

 

This morning I found a lamp – an old dusty lamp – and it had a genie inside.

“Who dares disturb my eternal slumber?” boomed forth the voice of the genie, ten stories tall.

“I do,” I said.

The genie scowled down at me, crossing his arms and puffing out his muscular chest. “And what do you want?” he said.

I paused, biting my lip. “I wonder if you could answer my questions?”

“What would you like to know?” demanded the genie.

Looking him deep in his orb eyes, I collected my thoughts, and began:

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Thoughts on the "Death of Cinema"

Currently, there is a lot of talk going around about a few articles by some prominent film critics which kick around the idea of the "Death of Cinema." I haven't read all of these articles -- there are quite of a few of them -- but I have read film critic David Denby's article "Has Hollywood Murdered the Movies?" and it is this article that I would like to speak of. Contrary to the popular belief held by enraged bloggers everywhere, Denby does not actually think we are experiencing the "Death of Cinema." This would be clear to everyone who bothered to read it all the way through as he comes straight out and says so in the final paragraph: "So are American movies finished, a cultural irrelevance? Despite almost everything, I don’t think the game is up, not by any means."

What he is talking about, is the way that film making has changed and why he thinks this is ultimately a negative change. Denby discusses how movies have come to focus less on creating character driven stories that we care about and more about roller coaster ride of spectacle. He cites movies like The Dark Knight Rises and Transformers as films that are, admittedly, exhilarating to watch but based on essentially hollow emotions (a point with which I agree). We enjoy them in the theatres and leave abuzz, he notes, but within a few days they've slipped completely from our minds.

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