Fear and Loathing on the Way to the Altar: Intro!!!

             This past Christmas Eve I proposed to my fiancé. The proposal was quiet, just the two of us. We went to a family holiday party that night and my family didn’t know what I had planned until Cindy posted a ring pic on Facebook the next day. I hadContinue reading “Fear and Loathing on the Way to the Altar: Intro!!!”

Five Days of Christmas: Book Ideas for the Holiday Season

Some Christmas traditions are straight up weird. Krampus, the German Christmas demon that beats naughty children with a stick, is an uncharacteristically dark and characteristically German part of what is usually a very lighthearted holiday. The Dutch “Black Pete,” according to research is a black man that follows Santa around giving out cookies to kidsContinue reading “Five Days of Christmas: Book Ideas for the Holiday Season”

The Hidden Gems of Horror: 12 Lesser Known Books Just As Creepy As Your Favorite Halloween Classics (Part 1)

‘Tis the season y’all! Cindy’s filling our home with pumpkins of varying sizes while just about every Netflix selection we make is some kind of horror flick. My main life goal from now ‘til Thanksgiving involves stockpiling enough cinnamon and nutmeg to reenact that scene from Scarface on my kitchen table with pumpkin spice flavoring.Continue reading “The Hidden Gems of Horror: 12 Lesser Known Books Just As Creepy As Your Favorite Halloween Classics (Part 1)”

The Five Most F*cked Up Books You’ll Ever Read (For Now…)

Probably the earliest film legend that exists involves the story of the Lumiere Brothers’ 50 second film “Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat.” Supposedly, when this film (a literal 50 second clip of a train arriving at a train station) aired in 1895, the idea of film was so new that audience members fledContinue reading “The Five Most F*cked Up Books You’ll Ever Read (For Now…)”

The Hidden Gems of Horror: 12 Lesser Known Books Just As Creepy As Your Favorite Halloween Classics (Part 2)

The human imagination is a unique thing in Nature. It allows us to take the experiences of our lives (the good with the bad) and express them in ways beyond the literal. C.S. Lewis used his intense religious faith to create a seven book long Christian allegory in The Chronicles of Narnia series. Hunter S.Continue reading “The Hidden Gems of Horror: 12 Lesser Known Books Just As Creepy As Your Favorite Halloween Classics (Part 2)”

We Wear the Red and Black Spandex: An Introduction to Anarchism Through Comics

Freedom is a strange word. It’s held up as the patriotic ideal of what modern democratic societies should foster, but pretty much any modern nation has a litany of horrible things done in its name. As far as words go, it has more power than most. It’s a word some people take for granted. MillionsContinue reading “We Wear the Red and Black Spandex: An Introduction to Anarchism Through Comics”

Eating with no Reservations: Cooking with Anthony Bourdain’s Appetites

 The best shows about food have an authenticity that a staged cooking area can’t really provide. I don’t have a problem with your Barefoot Contessa style shows. I pretty religiously watch the Binging With Babish YouTube channel. Any show of this type, wherein a meal is shown from ingredient prep to plating through the eyeContinue reading “Eating with no Reservations: Cooking with Anthony Bourdain’s Appetites”

Eating with no Reservations Recipe 01: Meat Loaf

Remember that animated film Ratatouille with the rat that sounded like Patton Oswalt? Remember that scene where the nursing home Nosferatu looking food critic eats a piece of ratatouille and is transported back to when he ate it as a child? The French apparently have an expression for that exact event, so claimed an oldContinue reading “Eating with no Reservations Recipe 01: Meat Loaf”

Eating with No Reservation Recipe 02: Mac & Cheese

Compared to other books, a cookbook has a pretty complicated job. Novels focus on providing entertaining stories and academic works (for better or worse) focus on being informative above all else. Cookbooks have to do a mix of both. Without the correct tone and pictures, a cookbook is likely to be passed over no matterContinue reading “Eating with No Reservation Recipe 02: Mac & Cheese”

Eating with No Reservation Recipe 03: Bodega Sandwich

For as long as humans have been getting high and telling stories, artists of all stripes have been infamous for their love of both. Behind a surprising amount of authors of note, there have been monkeys on their backs helping (hampering?) the creative process. Charles Dickens and Mary Shelley were zonked out of their mindsContinue reading “Eating with No Reservation Recipe 03: Bodega Sandwich”