Dark Sentiments Season 9 — Day 17: Verbosity and Ferocity

| October 17, 2018

Here’s a bit of advice inspired by one of my favourite scenes from The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. A lot of movies have tried my patience with overly gloatinous villains, but this one gets right down to the nitty gritty of why it pisses me off so much.

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 12: Blood Ties

| October 12, 2018

Tonight’s Dark Sentiment, Les Liens de Sang (Blood Ties) tells the tale of a family ruled by the deviant sexual demands of a domineering father, a young girl’s birthday, and the gaining of freedom through the efficacy of a wish made at the blowing out of candles. This animated short film released in 2014 won […]

Dark Sentiments Season 9 — Day 11: Willie and the Bear

| October 11, 2018

“Tare” is the weight of an empty vessel. That should be all you need to know to understand the intent of its use here. Weighing Out the Tare By LFM As day begins, the Warrior doth lay his weapons out, Then, unaccoutred, stands he there, whilst cleansing soul of doubt. His code, his tools, he […]

Dark Sentiments Season 9 — Day 9: Octavia

| October 9, 2018

Tonight’s Dark Sentiment is a story of rivalry, violence, voyeurism, and post coital carnage. It began on the night of the first day of September this year when I was entering my porch and a flurry of movement to my left caused me to pause and investigate. The movement was two male “Cross Orb Weaver” […]

Dark Sentiments Season 9 — Day 5: Golden Shot

| October 5, 2018

Turkish film maker and animator Gökalp Gönen created the short film you are about to see over approximately a one year period, releasing it in 2015. Golden Shot has won over 25 awards and tells a tale of ill considered faith — “Rusty machines living in their small houses, imagine that the sun will come […]

Dark Sentiments Season 9 — Day 4: Anxiety

| October 4, 2018

Anxiety, like feeling stressed, depression, anger, boyhood, and a plethora of other ordinary human conditions and responses to the tides of Life, has been deemed in this age of ours “not wanted on voyage” and thus consigned to the lists of treatable pathologies. In the old days, by which term I have come to refer […]

Dark Sentiments Season 9 — Day 1: What Ho and Well Met!

| October 1, 2018

“… let not us that are squires of the night’s body be called thieves of the day’s beauty. Let us be Diana’s foresters, gentlemen of the shade, minions of the moon, and let men say we be men of good government, being governed, as the sea is, by our noble and chaste mistress the moon, […]

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 […]