Punk rock was never my bag but when you peel it back, especially in its earliest forms when barely anyone knew what it was, you get glimpses of these kids exploding with raw ideas and you wind up with something like the Minutemen–one of the greatest American bands. Or, you stumble across two-minute snippets of a guy like Ian MacKaye, and his clarity of thought in what he says.
Gov’t Mule vs. Foo Fighters. And the winner is, Warren Haynes…
I traveled. I fished. I caught fish.
Hear the extended version at ORVIS NEW YORK this Thursday at 12:30 pm at 44th and 5th.
Meanwhile, here’s a 50-second GoPro synapsis from two years ago.
The working thesis is that both I-75 and I-95 feed into the state, so every person in the midwest and the northeast who’s ranging from slightly off to full-on just heads south until they run out of options. Seth Myers’ new bit taps into the evidence supporting that theory, the insane Florida news cycle.
The good thing about the skit, and the continuous stream of news reports that inspired it, is that now people will believe us–we being the people with Florida roots who share personal anecdotes of encounters in this vein, only to have others think we’re making this shit up. (We are not.)
You don’t even need dig deep to experience it, just drive down any stretch of Federal Highway until you come across a Denny’s. Spend 20 minutes inside after midnight and you’re good to go.
A reading of the people’s poet.
I work for a magazine that was once solely traditional print but now the paper mag is one part of it: The centerpiece of content delivery across many mediums.
I’ve collaborated on a hardcover photo essay book, contributed to the first two Pulp Fly ebooks and done some work for websites and paper pubs as well. Some of the paper ones are dead now but some of the websites are too¹.
Writers as a group tend to swing on a pendulum between inspired and despair, and also to complain a lot about the way things aren’t.²
But it’s not such a bad thing that there are a million ways to get words out there if you want to, whether things get sorted out the way you want them to go in this transition or not. As Stephen King says at 2:52 of this clip, “The future’s gonna be what the future’s gonna be.”
As for today, I’m going to look for inspiration from the past.
¹Most of that work is lost to the wind except for the ones I boxed up for posterity that my kids will throw out one day.
²My all-time favorite excerpt on writers and writing is this one from Charles Bukowski.