The Rest is Silence

The Rest is Silence

Dear reader, did you know that in director Stanley Kurbick’s seminal film, 2001: A Space Odyssey, almost 88 minutes out of the full 161 minute film are in fact dialogue-free? This wasn’t a case of Kubrick being stingy with dialogue, nor was there a dearth...
By the Book

By the Book

Ladies, gentlebeings and assorted visiting alien lifeforms, if you are a regular peruser of these humble communiques, then you have no doubt noticed that I often refer to you as “dear reader,” or occasionally, “my dear and long suffering...
There is No Wise Old Man

There is No Wise Old Man

“There is no ‘expert’ on the subject; I mean, there is no wise old man. There’s… shit, there’s just us.” In the 2000 film Thirteen Days, Special Advisor to the President Kenny O’Donnell tried to explain to then-President...
Let it Flow: Sitting with Sadness

Let it Flow: Sitting with Sadness

Ladies and gentlebeings, I’d like to talk a little about grief. Not the sexiest subject in the world I grant you, but it’s one that nearly everyone will experience at some point in their lives. Now lest you think that I’m going to take you on a downer trip of...
The Paragon of Animals

The Paragon of Animals

Ladies and gentlehumans of the jury, I must make a confession. I have never been to a zoo. Despite having lived for three years in a city featuring a sizeable collection of animals of all kinds for the enjoyment and, one would hope, edification of the public, I never...
Say No More

Say No More

“No.” Ladies, gentlemen and assorted lifeforms, I say unto you that, within the entire English language, there is no more compact and efficient monosyllabic tool for disambiguation in a negative vein than the word, “no.” Alternatively, among...
Still Life

Still Life

My dearest reader allow me to share a short tale with you. I was recently sitting on a bus stop doing what all transit riders do at such moments – namely wondering exactly which moon of Jupiter this particular bus had been diverted to before getting to my stop....

A Pavlovian Conundrum

My dear and long suffering reader, I think that most carbon-based lifeforms of the human variety would agree that communication is an immensely powerful tool. Without it, I wouldn’t be doing what I do for a living (whatever that is), nor would you be able to...

The Big Black Dog

Dear reader, in light of the recent (and highly publicized) deaths of Chef Anthony Bourdain and Designer Kate Spade, I felt the need to add some semi-intelligent thoughts to the current discourse on the subject of mental health and suicide. I failed. Instead,...
A Not-So Common Tongue

A Not-So Common Tongue

Language translation is an astounding thing is it not? You already knew of course that the word translate comes to us from the Latin translatus – no, not a really boring Transformer, but a words that means, “carried over.” The ability to convert...

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