Dark Sentiments Season 9 — Day 30: 80 Years Ago Tonight

| October 30, 2018

On the night of 30 October 1938, channel surfing took a turn for the dark side. If you were listening to Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy but decided to skip the commercial break by tuning to their rival station, you stood a good chance of landing on the infamous Orson Wells broadcast of War of […]

Dark Sentiments Season 9 — Day 26: A Certain Kind of Death

| October 26, 2018

“Like picking fly shit out of pepper with boxing gloves on.” ~ My Father, Lawrence Whynacht, in describing something that was very painstakingly difficult to do. Day 10 of Season 6 of this series was titled What Died?, which you can experience by clicking the title. You will learn how the study of human body […]

Dark Sentiments Season 9 — Day 22: Mytho Logique

| October 22, 2018

Tonight’s Dark Sentiment is all about truth, lies, and the perils of clinging exclusively to either. Mytho Logique begins with a lovers’ tiff, and goes downhill from there. Spoiler: Society, then, now and forever, may resemble this remark.

Dark Sentiments Season 9 — Day 15: Danny Boy and the Fall of Icarus

| October 15, 2018

Tonight’s Dark Sentiment was directed by Marek Skrobecki, and was inspired by the song Danny Boy. Described by the director — “A seemingly ordinary city is inhabited by people suffering from a serious condition strangely enough, their headlessness does not seem to bother them much. Headless individuals walk in haste and chaos around the town, […]

Dark Sentiments Season 9 — Day 10: Alleycats

| October 10, 2018

Much has been written about revenge, most of it absent understanding of its unfortunate offspring — what our ancestors knew as a blood feud. A thing to be avoided, at nearly — nearly — all costs. To avoid such a calamity is to find a way to at least somewhat peacefully absorb an offense of […]

Dark Sentiments Season 9 — Day 8: Baba Jaga

| October 8, 2018

Most of you will be familiar with the name “Baba Yaga” from the movie John Wick where it’s incorrectly offered as the Russian equivalent of “boogeyman”. As much as we enjoy Keanu Reeves in the title role, if John Wick is your only point of reference in navigating the realm of Slavic mythology, you’re missing […]

Dark Sentiments Season 9 — Day 2: You Can’t Push on a String

| October 2, 2018

My first year Physics Professor, the Esteemed Dr, Ernest Guptill who died tragically in a boating accident on 20 March 1976, used to say that you only had to know two things to earn a PhD in Physics: That Force equals Mass times Acceleration; and You can’t push on a string. I’m constantly astonished at […]

Musings on a Birthday, Life, and the Squeezing of Balloons

| September 3, 2018

Goode Reader, I flatter myself in the expectation that my absence here of late may have been noted with some modicum of longing for my return, and should you find yourself in the throes of such paroxysms I cry, fear not! This time of year calls upon my personal, creative, and professional energies on a […]

Masculinity is a Guided Hunt

| July 28, 2018

When last we spoke, it was on the subject of Masculinity and Rites of Passage through the personal experience of soloing an airplane. In case the point eluded some of you, the instrument of transformation — the airplane — didn’t actually need to be what it was. It didn’t hurt in teaching a young Man […]

Masculinity and Rites of Passage

| July 21, 2018

One fulsome morning in the late autumn of my 16th year, I was a student pilot at the controls of a Piper PA-28 “Cherokee” in the afterglow of the rollout from what had to be the best landing I’d ever accomplished. That took an epiphanous turn when I heard my Flight Instructor telling me to […]