Tolkien Speaks

Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=91603 I just got back from a preview from the new Tolkien film which tells the story of the life of J.R.R. Tolkien, the creator of Middle Earth and author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. I’ll be reviewing the movie in next week’s Nashville Scene so no spoilers. Instead [...]

Posted in Books, Cinema | Leave a comment

Ferlinghetti: 100

By Elsadorfman – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link I unexpectedly found myself in New York City last week. One of the best things about a creative life is that I can grab my gear and run at an opportunity like this. I had pending writing deadlines and some design work to do, but I [...]

Posted in Books | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Demanding Poetry

I like to post about spooky stuff in October, and while this won’t count as a horror story I was more than a little anxious about my Poetry On Demand shift at the Southern Festival of Books on Saturday afternoon. The SFB is the premiere literary event of the year so it was THE place [...]

Posted in Books, Counter Culture | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Ginsberg, 1968

Photo: Elsa Dorfman I haven’t got around to posting a lot about 1968, but we’re celebrating the anniversary of one of the craziest years ever, and it’s been helpful for me to look back on that yesteryear chaos to remind myself that these times are comparatively calm. Seriously. While everybody is uneasy about the Supreme [...]

Posted in Books | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book of Bruce

2018 marks 45 years since the death of The Dragon, Bruce Lee. The filmmaker, dancer, philosopher and martial arts pioneer died mysteriously on July 20, 1973. Lee’s death has long been the subject of conspiracy theories ranging from a poisoning by a jealous lover to a mob hit by the Chinese Tong, and the rest [...]

Posted in Books | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Declassified Bloodlines

The CIA just put a spotlight on a conspiracy theory classic that was found on the bookshelf of Osama bin Laden. Let me explain: After the death of Osama bin Laden was announced the news was followed by revelations including dispatches about the volumes the world’s most wanted man kept on his bookshelf. Here’s the [...]

Posted in Books | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Watching Harlan Ellison’s Watching

I recently posted about the passing of science fiction pioneer cum pain in the ass, Harlan Ellison. The loss of Ellison has found me going back through lots of written reviews and obits as well as checking out a bunch of videos and recordings on YouTube. One of the things I like best about Harlan [...]

Posted in Books, Cinema | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Adieu Ellison

Harlan Ellison was a firebrand author of New Wave speculative fiction who wrote everything from sci-fi to fantasy, short stories, novels, television shows, film criticism and much more. Ellison’s “The City on the Edge of Forever” is widely-recognized as the best episode in the original Star Trek series and his Outer Limits episode, “Soldier,” was [...]

Posted in Books | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

An April Season In Hell

Celebrating National Poetry Month, here’s a rad radio production of Arthur Rimbaud’s A Season in Hell which was published 145 years ago this year. Even though it might not be immediately evident Arthur Rimbaud had a lot in common with William Blake: both saw the benefits of altered states on literary vision and both were [...]

Posted in Books | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Video Killed The Bard

Came across this lollipop culture candy the other day and wanted to share here. I hope the new year is as absurd and unexpected as this. Here’s the set-up from Open Culture… When it comes to music however, 80s retro tends to confine themselves to early hip and hop and electro, the synthpop of Gary [...]

Posted in Art, Books, Counter Culture, Music | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments
© 2019 Joe Nolan's Insomnia. All Rights Reserved.
Built by Paper Lion. #teamwork