Google It

These days I hear, “Google it,” all the time. The expression sounds considerably more elegant than “I don’t have a f:^)ing clue.” Google is kind of like walkabout for the brain. It spells the end of bar bets. It feeds curiosity, whether intelligent or downright goofy Case in point. Courtesy of ESPN, Mary and I watched Joey Chestnuts compete in the annual, fourth-of-July, hotdog-eating contest on Coney Island. Sixty-one dogs in ten minutes. Of course, we wanted to know whether professional eaters purge afterwards. Googled it. Over Continue reading →

6 Surprising Paths to Creative Genius

I find it difficult to think up titles. It feels like I’m on the spot to be original and catchy, or else no one will notice. It’s stressful, so sometimes I put it off and do something else. I forget that cracking an impasse works best by changing what I’m doing. So, the other day when I came up blank on a title for an article, I decided to just let it rest for a while. I went into my living room and did the Continue reading →

Algonquin Round Table: Movie Memories

Tom Sawyer’s post last week about the trouble with modern-day movies struck a chord here at Algonquin Redux. We all agreed that, by and large, they just don’t make ‘em like they used to. (And this summer’s disappointing box office figures can attest to that.) So for this week’s discussion topic, let’s revisit better days and memories of summer movies past. What is your favorite summer movie memory? Why does it stay with you after all these years? Give us your answers in the comments Continue reading →

Plausibility is a b*tch…

This week my agent will be sending out my first work of fiction. I actually started it four years ago. This is what I originally wrote when I started the book. Over the past few years drugs and alcohol took control of my life. It’s a well-worn tale, I know. You stop short on the sidewalk in New York City and ten addicts with the same story will pile into you. This is not one of those stories. The darkness of my addiction became more Continue reading →