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Revisiting “Mulholland Drive” (2001)

The true mark of a great film is how long it stays with you after it ends. You wonder about it and replay it in your mind's eye--the opening shot, the ending, the scene that was lit and framed so beautifully, the score. A great film will also hold up to repeat viewings, though for… Continue reading Revisiting “Mulholland Drive” (2001)

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Processed Product’s 2015 Mid-Year Best Of List

Today's cultural acceleration leaves me completely unmoored. Step away from the current for less than a second and the frenetic wash of conversation has already gone down to the sea and is evaporating, only to reform again upstream so that it can rush back to the the sea once more, quickening, and ever faster. Time… Continue reading Processed Product’s 2015 Mid-Year Best Of List

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Chrysalis, Listening

Ever since I picked up To Pimp a Butterfly three days ago, I can't stop thinking about anything else. I've listened to it at least ten times and it holds up to all of the praise and talk it's generated so far. It's been hailed as  for-real black music, the blackness of which is beautifully, achingly… Continue reading Chrysalis, Listening

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Verse and the Unsaid

For as much fiction as I read, I still return to poetry. Like the elliptical orbit around a star, poetry can remain in the distance for long stretches of time, but soon enough I pick up a collection and start reading. Slowly. Great poems remind me of the depths ordinary words can reach when they are perfectly… Continue reading Verse and the Unsaid

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Attempting Myth

The following passage opens a short story I'm working on called "It Has Always Burned." The working title suggests the central theme, which is the idea that every technology, even our very earliest one, results in unintended and often disastrous consequences, the illusion of control, and wrong-headed hubris. That we don't fully know the story about how… Continue reading Attempting Myth

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from “From the Mouth”

So far I've been writing mostly process posts, observations drawn from my reading and writing experiences. Below I've included some "product" as well. The below excerpt comes from a first draft of a story that still needs a lot of work. The opening features Jim Busler, a dental hygienist who seems to like his job. He's… Continue reading from “From the Mouth”

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A Single Image

When I used to write stories, I thought up elaborate concepts in an attempt to be literary. I'll create something at once humorous that also comments on the act of humor and why it is notoriously unfunny to examine, I would think. Or, I'll write in the vein of Borges or Carver or Beckett or… Continue reading A Single Image