Prose

FICTION (click on title for full text)

MALCOM STRICKLAND'S DREAMS - in this short story, published in the New Limestone Review in April, 2018, we examine the mysteries surrounding the work and disappearance of an underground '60s filmmaker.

SHORT-FORM CRITICISM (click on title for full text)

FLOWER (2018) - film review for Vague Visages

A QUIET PLACE (2018) - film review for Vague Visages

RECOMMENDATION: "THIS IS THE END" - music criticism for Memoir Mixtapes

RECOMMENDATION: "CURIOUS HANDS" - music criticism for Memoir Mixtapes

RECOMMENDATION: "TO THE DOGS OR WHOEVER" - music criticism for Memoir Mixtapes

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ESSAYS (click on any title for full text)

I LOST MY SHIT AT THE MOVIES - in an essay for Medium, I considered why a frightening world makes us crave tearjerkers.

REMEMBERING 'YELLOW SUBMARINE' & 'HEAD' - for Little White Lies, I compared and contrasted two psychedelic fantasias on their shared 50th anniversary.

BURN THE ASHES - for the 'Heat' issue of Bright Wall/Dark Room, I wrote about François Truffaut's Fahrenheit 451, and how this type of mid-century dystopia now strikes me as too optimistic.

THERE'S MORE TO THIS WORLD THAN YOU HAVE SEEN - for the 'Second Time Around' issue of Bright Wall/Dark Room, I wrote about my complex relationship with Paul Thomas Anderson's Punch-Drunk Love. This piece was subsequently republished at RogerEbert.com.

THE FIXERS - for the 'Steven Soderbergh' issue of Bright/Wall Dark Room, I wrote about The Informant! and Soderbergh's choice to cast comedic performers in dramatic roles.

LIVING BROKEN DREAMS - for the 'Mental Health' issue of Bright Wall/Dark Room,  I wrote about the documentary The Devil & Daniel Johnston.

HOW TO MAKE A MOVIE SHOW? - for the 'Best of 2017' issue of Bright Wall/Dark Room, I talked about Brigsby Bear, and the way it helped me come to terms with a traumatic experience of my own.

GUY MADDIN'S HOME MOVIES - for the 'Home' issue of Bright Wall/Dark Room, I dove deep  into the three autobiographical films Guy Maddin made, and the one he never did.

THE GOSPEL OF THE PSYCHEDELIC SIX-GUN - for the 'Head Trips' issue of Bright Wall/Dark Room, I looked at a quartet of acid westerns, and their connection with the traditions of world religion.

THE UNCANNY TERROR OF CARNIVAL OF SOULS - for Audiences Everywhere, I celebrated the 55th anniversary of one of the strangest horror classics.

ON THE ABSURDITY OF DAVID LYNCH - for the 'David Lynch' issue of Bright Wall/Dark Room, I looked at the relationship between Lynch's work and the absurdist tradition.

THE THREE SHININGS - for Audiences Everywhere, I looked at the two adaptations of my favorite book—Kubrick's film, and the ABC miniseries—and the perils of adapting Stephen King.

IS THIS SOMETHING, OR IS THIS JUST RIGHT NOW? - for the 'Sex' issue of Bright Wall/Dark Room, I looked at Charlie Kaufman's Anomalisa, and the differences between sex in the movies, and sex in real life.

CHIHIRO IN WONDERLAND - in my first piece for Bright Wall/Dark Room, I considered Miyazaki's Spirited Away through the lens of having become a father at the dawn of the Trump presidency.