Master Class

So there I was, just like Rodney Dangerfield. Remember that movie?  “Listen, Sherlock! While you were tucked away up here working on your ethics, I was out there busting my hump in the REAL world.” Only my students were born a decade after Back to School came out. Maybe I should explain. At Muhlenberg College last week I played the role of old grad coming home, novelist in the classroom. I was a student there a whole lifetime ago. It’s the place where I actually Continue reading →

The Headless Horseman

Pop quiz: Who is the most frequently adapted character in American literature? A. Huck Finn B. Scarlet O’Hara C. Holden Caulfield D. Jay Gatsby E. None of the above If you’ve seen the title of this blog post, you should already suspect that the correct answer is E, none of the above. You should also by now probably realize that the most adapted character to come out of American literature is the Headless Horseman. It’s been 194 years since Washington Irving introduced him in his Continue reading →

Narragansett, RI Super Heroes

During July I blogged about the low-life maggots, who desecrated the beach at the end of my street in Narragansett, RI. They tagged the rock formations with graffiti. And yeah, I guess you could say I was ticked. You can find my original post by clicking here, Google It, but don’t go just yet. This story ends well. Several of my Narragansett friends faux painted over the graffiti. I was so taken by their work that I’m reposting the “Before and After” photos, which you may have Continue reading →

BOO! Bowing to the ‘Beasties’

When Halloween comes a callin’ my mind always heads back to the awesome classic monsters that I wish were still around today. Yes, in 2014 we have a ton of fresh beasties on screen; AKA: ‘The Walking Dead’, which is a show that should have the entire cast bowing their zombie bodies and paying homage to the make-up artists who definitely know how to scare the life out of viewers. We also have ‘American Horror Story: Freak Show’ with yet another clown (a bow to Continue reading →