Alliance Commander: “Seems odd you’d name your ship after a battle you were on the wrong side of.” Malcolm Reynolds: “May have been the losing side. Still not convinced it was the wrong one.” Firefly, ‘Bushwacked’ — When we lost Gatsbys American Dream after their self-titled album in 2006, they were – in their own […]Read more "Something to Believe"
It all happened in a moment. I saw a man crouching on the highway, his back pressed against the half-wall of the median, his arms outstretched in front of him, palms outward in token of peace as the cars rushed by him in terrifying wave after terrifying wave. His face was rigid and still, his […]Read more "The Highway"
During the summer of 1999 I spent an inordinate amount of time inside, hiding from the heat by playing a computer game called Total Annihilation and listening to Silverchair’s Neon Ballroom on repeat. I learned about Silverchair when I saw the video for ‘Ana’s Song (Open Fire)’, a grinding confessional about singer Daniel Johns’ battle with […]Read more "What’s It Worth?"
Let’s just get this out in the open: Part of the reason that I write is that I want to live forever. I am not alone in that feeling. Surveying the members of any creative field will turn up an awful lot of similar sentiment. A brief (and highly unscientific) survey of some of the creative types […]Read more "The Circular Ruins"
In a critical scene of the film Memento, recall-challenged anti-hero Leonard Shelby laments the failings of memory. “Memory’s unreliable,” he says. “Memory’s not perfect, it’s not even that good…[it] can change the shape of a room, it can change the color of a car. And memories can be distorted. They’re just an interpretation, they’re not […]Read more "Memento"
Like a lot of my nerdy brethren, I am very excited about the announcement that Square Enix is going to remake Final Fantasy VII. The announcement, though, raises a lot of questions about execution for which there are not yet any readily available answers. In fairness, I should note that I’ve spent more time playing […]Read more "Necessary Mystery: The FFVII Remake"
I’m mad at myself about something that I missed. This post is my attempt to make up for it. Like a lot of people, I get a lot of emails. Like a lot of people, I forget about a lot of emails. So when I got an email from HeForShe – an organization fighting for […]Read more "77 Cents"
Several years ago a lunatic named Felix Baumgartner rode a balloon into outer space and then jumped out of it and fell back to earth. By choice. Because why the hell not, I guess. Oh, and since we live in the future, the whole thing was broadcast live on the internet so that people from around […]Read more "How Small"
As promised, I’m back. BQDC has a new look, a new publishing schedule (or lack thereof) and the same general sense of randomness that you’ve come to love. Let’s see where this goes.Read more "Redux"
After a furiously productive six months with this site, I’m going to be stepping away from it for a while to focus on some other projects. If you’re still interested in joining me for a conversation on books, music and miscellany, follow me on Twitter and/or Instagram where I’ll be posting updates on what I’m […]Read more "Hiatus"