Category: Thoughts

“Rock of Ages” rocks the Pantages

“Rock of Ages” rocks the Pantages

The Sunset Strip in Hollywood was the epicenter of metal music in the ‘80’s.  Heavy Metal, Glam Metal, Hair Metal – whatever your flavor, the music had it’s roots in the clubs of Southern California.  In 2006, a show about the love, the dreams, and the excesses of the Sunset Strip club scene debuted in LA – “Rock of Ages”.  It opened off Broadway in 2008, then on Broadway in 2009 – scoring five Tony nominations, including Best Musical.  “Rock of Ages” is now on tour and last week, made it’s triumphant return to the city that gave it birth.

“Rock of Ages” is a delicious blend of hedonism and heart.  It does not shy away from the excesses or clichés of ‘80s metal, but it also understands the genesis and appeal of that music.  At its core, the music has always been about having fun; about being in, or falling out of, love.  The music was rarely intentional social commentary; rather it was commentary by virtue of its very existence.  It was uncomplicated.  Is that a naive view? Perhaps – but I lived those years and, in hindsight, my experience was one of fun first.  It’s the same experience you get from “Rock of Ages”.

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Concerned about Global Warming?

Concerned about Global Warming?

It’s been a cold week.  In case you haven’t heard the news, there is snow on the ground in 49 of the 50 states.  Florida is the only holdout.  It’s times like these when I like to reflect upon the ravages Global Warming has wrought upon the globe.  I also like to take time to thank the heavens that Congress has saved me from the horrors of the free market and personal choice by banning the incandescent light bulb.  Just think of all the children in England who would grow up not knowing what snow was, just so I could read my copy of “Atlas Shrugged” under the same light Ayn Rand wrote it by,  instead of the jaundiced yellow CFL “light” of progress.

I guess cold weather just makes me cranky.   So – I decided to make a little video.  Google was very happy to help me out – hope you enjoy it.





P.S. – if you want to read a little more about Global Warming, check out my review of Roy W. Spencer’s book, “The Great Global Warming Blunder”.




Turn it up to 11 – My favorite books of 2010

Turn it up to 11 – My favorite books of 2010

‘Tis the season for year end top 10 lists.  I don’t want to be left out, but also don’t want to just follow the herd.  So, with thanks to Nigel Tufnel, I have decided to put together a list of my favorite 11 books from this year.  You might call it the 1st Annual Word Zombie Top 11 “Books That Bit Me” List.  (Wow – that just rolls off the tongue like honey, doesn’t it?).  For the inaugural list we have a little bit of everything – global warming, impending financial collapse, ancient love affairs, unspeakable evil entities, literary sharks, short story super heroes, secret societies, beautiful covert operatives, disappearing industrialists, a telepathic super squirrel, and of course – zombies.

So, without further ado, I give you the 1st Annual Word Zombie Top 11 “Books That Bit Me” List.  (It doesn’t roll off the tongue any better the second time.  Oh well, I have a whole year to come up with a better name for next year’s list…)

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Two of my favorite things – Christmas and Zombies!

Two of my favorite things – Christmas and Zombies!

Just in time for the Holidays, one of my favorite new authors – Mira Grant – combines Zombies and Christmas to great effect.  Reworking “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” for the post-uprising world, Mira gives her own unique twist to this classic holiday tale.  Please visit Orbit Books where you can download either a jpeg or pdf version of the full story, and let them know what you think of it.  Happy Holiday, and Happy Hunting!


“Twas the Night Before the Uprising” by Mira Grant


‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house,

Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.

The boards had been nailed ‘cross the windows with care

In hopes that the dead would pass by, unaware.

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