Quote of the Day

“The one who speaks (in the narrative) is not the one who writes (in real life) and the one who writes is not the one who is.”

Roland Barthes (as quoted by Paul John Eakin in his book Fictions in Autobiography: Studies in the Art of Self-Invention.)

A bit of self-promotion…

Many thanks to Antoinette McCormick of Black Mirror Magazine, for publishing my short piece “Monopoly” in the September edition of the online journal. Happy 1 year anniversary!

You can read my piece here. Other authors in this month’s edition:

Danny P. Barbare
Brihintha Burggee
J. K. Durick
John Grey
Robert Halleck
Donal Mahoney
Christopher Mulrooney


It’s Tunesday on Steroids…

Into the Wild - The Movie (Amazon)

Into the Wild – The Movie (Amazon)

So last night I watched the movie Into the Wild. It’s based on a book of the same title by John Krakauer. Both the book and the film have been on my “To Read/Watch” list for a while now, but I’ve been putting it off. In fact, the film has been in my Netflix queue for the last 6 months or so, but since it’s 2 hours and 28 minutes long I never got around to watching it. But then I noticed that Netflix was pulling it as of May 1, so I decided to make the time (It is also available on Amazon Instant Video).

And I am so glad I did.

I knew the story going in, but, still… never has a movie both inspired me and left me so completely devastated. It’s like Sean Penn, who both wrote and directed the film, reached in and tore my heart out through my tear ducts.


Into the Wild - The Book (Amazon)

Into the Wild – The Book (Amazon)

I can’t recommend the film highly enough. It’s rare that I’ll watch a film before reading the book it’s based on. It’s rarer still that I’ll run out and buy the book after watching the film. In this case, I logged into Amazon on the iPad and bought the book while I was watching the film. The story is that compelling.

But how does this relate to Tunesday? Simple.

Into the Wild is the first solo album from Eddie Vedder who was hand-picked by Sean Penn to provide music for the film.

So, yeah. Eddie friggin’ Vedder.

The entire soundtrack is terrific, but “Society” I found both lovely and haunting. It also is a wonderful representation of the state of mind of Christopher McCandless, whom the story is based upon:

Drink a beer and smile. A memorial of a sort.

The inspiration:

The result:

“Smiling on the Pier”
The song (Joe)
has been stuck in my head (Brett)
for about 2 weeks now. It’s a nice (Brandon)
song, sure. But it’s also (Sheri)
bringing me (Gary)
back to people (Todd)
and places (Teddi)
I left behind (Dick)
long ago. Oddly enough (Grandpa)
I’m not finding myself sad. Instead (Kate)
I smile (Joe)
as I revisit times (Phillip)
I should not have (Poppy)

I’ve hit the big time, y’all…

Recently, I’ve begun submitting a few papers here and there to academic journals. I received a note back from one this morning. It’s amazingly verbose (not to mention horribly written) so allow me to paraphrase the high points…

We loved the papers on O’Brien and Bloom!
We want to publish them both!
Send us $300 per piece, plus an additional $100 for the O’Brien piece (since it’s over 10 pages – $50 per page) and we’ll include them in our fall issue.
You’ll also need to fill out the attached document to transfer the copyright to us.

How I actually responded:
Thank you for your consideration, but at this time I have other opportunities for the pieces you mention. I will, however, keep you in mind for future projects.

How I wanted to respond:
I can’t believe my good fortune. What an opportunity! The chance to pay to have someone assume all the rights to my work! Before we move forward, I do have one question…

Are you nuckin’ futs?