Art, Ignorance, and Educational Anathema

Art, Ignorance, and Educational Anathema

Man, this video pisses me off. Under the aegis of Prager U – a right-wing think-tank disguised as “the best ideas of the best minds” – a smug jackass named Robert Florczak throws a self-important, historically vacant hissie fit about “How… the beautiful [art] come to be reviled and bad taste come to be celebrated.” Assuming the mantle of an “art expert,” Mr. Florczak “explains the history and the mystery behind this change and how it can be stopped and even reversed.” His presentation is an infuriating heap of smug, steaming bullshit. Mr. Florczak‘s video fails Art History 101 on several very Read more »

The Path With a Future

The Path With a Future

I have myself felt suicidal – felt trapped and hopeless and without a shred of a future. At that time, I was stuck in a decaying marriage, working two shitty dead-end jobs, trapped by poverty with my then-wife in a building we called Domestic Abuse Central because getting drunk and beating the shit out of their wives, husbands, kids, partners and each other is all our neighbors ever seemed to do. I had been forced to abandon my dream of being an actor, had been kicked out of a band I’d help form, and was constantly overdrawing my bank account. Read more »

New Patreon Update: Powerchords Previews

New Patreon Update: Powerchords Previews

My Patreon page has a new update of sponsor-exclusive content – in this case, a few preview pages from my work-in-progress POWERCHORDS: MUSIC, MAGICK & URBAN FANTASY. Despite an all-too-lengthy gestation process, Powerchords is in the layout-proofing stage now, and should be going to press very soon, once Sherry Baker and I bash out all of the inevitable bugs. For folks who have not seen it yet, my Patreon page has featured exclusive previews, short stories, novel excerpts, never-before-seen episodes of my late, lamented webcomic Arpeggio, and even an MP3 from the soundtrack album of the forthcoming rock opera Rite Read more »

Silence or Violence: Logan, Suicide, and the Culture of Masculine Silence

Silence or Violence: Logan, Suicide, and the Culture of Masculine Silence

Our friend Logan killed himself today. I wish we had known how badly he was hurting. We just spent most of this past weekend with him, and had no idea things were nearly this bad. If we had known, maybe we could have helped. But maybe not. These things don’t come from nowhere. It’s kind of a no-shit thing to say in hindsight that Logan had struggled with depression. Thing is, many people do, and never take their pain as far as this. It’s also kind of a no-shit statement to say that I wish I had known he was Read more »

Coyote Needs a Dog (GoFundMe Campaign)

Coyote Needs a Dog (GoFundMe Campaign)

Coyote Ashley Ward is one of us.   By “us,” I mean, she’s a badass everyday hero – a mom, a lover, a survivor of the sorts of everyday battles you don’t see in the movies. Despite an array of physical and neurological challenges that she’s had since before she was born, Coyote brings love and insight and power and joy to her small corner of our world. Over ten years ago, back when we first met, she helped me get through one of the worst weekends of my life. Since then, she’s become one of my favorite people on Read more »

Cat's Story: Straight, Inc. and Why I Despise Nancy Reagan

Cat's Story: Straight, Inc. and Why I Despise Nancy Reagan

The day before yesterday, I posted the essay “Good Riddance, You Brutalizing Hag,” about my experiences with Nancy Reagan’s pet project, Straight Inc., and the damage that it did. In that article, I said that the things that happened to my girlfriend in the program were not my story to tell. She decided, for reasons of healing, to tell that story. Here it is, posted verbatim with her approval. The rest of this post is in Cathi’s own words. It is long, but important. _______________________________________ One November day during my Senior year of High School at Osbourn Park in Manassas, Read more »

Good Riddance, You Brutalizing Hag

Good Riddance, You Brutalizing Hag

Thirty years later, my then-girlfriend and her fellow inmates still live with the psychological and often physical scars of their abuse. Some of them didn’t survive. Her brother is one of them. After the insurance refused to pay for more “treatment,” he was released from Straight, supposedly drug-free. He died a few years afterward.

THAT was Nancy Reagan’s America.

THAT is what she left behind…

Just Imagine…

Just Imagine…

Imagine what would have happened if over 100 heavily armed Black Lives Matter activists had occupied a federal building and declared that they would “kill or die” to defy the government and assert their freedoms. Or if Bernie Sanders supporters had beaten opposition protesters, on orders from Bernie up there on the podium while the beatings took place. Or if President Obama had been caught taking bribes from a foreign government in order to sabotage congress. Or if Ice T had toured the country waving guns around and claiming he was ready to shoot and kill President Bush. Or if Read more »

Service and Respect

Service and Respect

Here’s a true story that may explain a lot of things about me, my work, and my often volatile socio-political sentiments: During my days at White Wolf, I had a good friend and protege who was rather young and had been raised rich… and I mean, RICH. That was, as I recall, her first job out of college, and she was smart, cool, and a good person in general… …Which is why I felt surprised and angry when we went out on a lunch-and-shopping trip and she treated the service staff with dismissive irritation. Finally, I asked her why she Read more »