Orson & Andy

What happens when one oddball genius collides with another? In 1982 the legendary writer, director and actor Orson Welles was guest-hosting the Merv Griffin show when Andy Kaufman stopped by. Although the pair were from different generations, there was a lot of overlap between these titans — they were both fantastic actors, and they each [...]

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MKUnabomber

I recently finished the Manhunt: Unabomber miniseries, and I mostly liked it a lot. I’m fascinated by the story and there have been other excellent explorations of the infamous investigation so I was ambivalent about how this one would come off. Getting really picky there are moments of writing and acting — mostly with supporting [...]

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Drumpf Prophecy

Back in the day, if you were a conspiracy theory believer or if you were fascinated by the various countercultures that believe in UFOs or Bigfoot or a vast global cabal of any kind, you were in a fringe community. I’m all ears any time the subject of the JFK assassination comes up, but nowadays [...]

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Sun Songs

If you live in Nashville I know you’re excited about the total solar eclipse we’ll experience here on Monday afternoon. I’m watching the programs on a science channel and their countdown just dropped past 13 hours while I was editing the image I’m including with this post. The lion swallowing the sun seemed a good [...]

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Best West

After recent posts about Sam Shepard and Philip Seymour Hoffman it occurred to me that the pair had “True West” in common — Shepard’s Pulitzer Prize nominated play was first produced in 1980, and in the year 2000 Hoffman and John C. Reilly starred as estranged brothers Lee and Austin in another celebrated production of [...]

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Nomadus Americanus

After this week’s news about the death of Sam Shepard and my memorial post yesterday, I’ve been reading a lot about the man. I came across a quote from Shepard saying that he only felt at home in his pickup truck — I remember him saying something similar in the Shepard & Dark documentary, and [...]

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Lion for Reel

I got back to Nashville late on Monday night after a week at the Sedona Summer Colony in Arizona. I spent last week writing songs, jamming with musicians and talking about movies, art and writing with artists and thinkers from around the country. It was an illuminating, immersive experience in a singularly beautiful setting and [...]

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Sedona Songs 5

I woke up super early on Thursday, and after getting up at about 4AM I went back to sleep before starting my day at about 8:45. The time change has me a bit off, and the Arizona heat/humidity/light factors are sometimes just the opposite of what they are in Nashville. That said, we had another [...]

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Sedona Songs 4

Had a productive Wednesday at the Sedona Summer Colony — that’s what happens when you wake up at 6:30 AM. That’s actually and hour before my alarm was set to go off, but I was sure I’d sleep through it if I tried to go back to bed so I just got up and grabbed [...]

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Sedona Songs 3

On Tuesday at Sedona Summer Colony I woke up at about 5 AM and got out of bed and looked at my journal and grabbed some more bubble water out of our fridge in the common room and found another John Titor YouTube video to listen to — see yesterday’s post — before turning-in again [...]

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