Music Review: The Hold Steady – Thrashing Thru the Passion

          After a couple rough albums without their trademark keyboardist, The Hold Steady are back in the swing of things with Thrashing Thru the Passion, a reminder of everything we loved about the band plus some places where they’ve room to grow. Long-time fans praise The Hold Steady’s hard rock guitar and nasally yet vaguely … Continue reading Music Review: The Hold Steady – Thrashing Thru the Passion

Read “Scavengers”, My Second Novel!

But Matt, I thought you just finished preliminary work on your first novel, "American Saviors." How could you possibly have finished a second book already? Well, that's just the thing. I haven't. I'm going to put pieces of my second novel online as I finish them, inspired by Sally Slater, as well as the old serial … Continue reading Read “Scavengers”, My Second Novel!

Movie Review: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is a visual masterpiece, Edgar Wright's finest cinematic showing in terms of special effects mastery, the integration of stylized comic-book tropes and the amazing impossibility of wrangling a monstrously talented cast that performs above and beyond the call of duty. Michael Cera's Scott Pilgrim is a throwback to Arrested Development's … Continue reading Movie Review: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World