monthly diary of current postings and quick train of thought entries
I kicked off the
newsletter in July of 2016. I’ve released dozens of issues,
included hundreds of essays, and published two books using content
(with more on the way). Plans are being set up to begin expanding
the effort a bit, which will start with the May edition in a
This doesn’t mean
massive changes, and each release will continue to focus on
essays while incorporating some exclusive content. What will
be attempted is bringing more of Backpackville into each issue.
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Salma Hayek. SALMA
HAYEK with Samuel L. Jackson and some newcomer that might --
might -- have a small-role, marginally entertaining
future. The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard with
Ryan Reynolds. I’m in. (I’m so in.)
The more I see Dave
Bautista, the more I like him. So, Bautista in a casino heist
film that features zombies? Yup, I’m listening. I’m watching
even before you add zombie tigers. Army
of the Dead
is coming to Netflix.
If you own some
cows in Florida, haven’t seen them in a while and are wondering
about them, there are a few people that would like you to come
and bring them back home.
a smaller world after all”
A few things going
on right now.
Over the next week
or so, expect some of the essays to take on a slightly more
serious tone. This will not involve every piece getting posted,
but I do want to try and get the general idea out there as we
kick it off with on that most definitely is.
These pieces are
designed to be conversation starters of sorts, and not necessarily
polished and finished presentations of unwavering opinion. They
have been off to the side for some time, and I think we’ve arrived
at a place where presenting them makes sense.
This will be the
only time where I post anything even approaching a warning about
them, since in reality the tone may be a bit more serious but
the work falls in line with much of what I have done over the
years around Backpackville. Testing and experimenting often
placed well ahead of perfection.
video game violence”
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Normally I wonder
when I see articles promising to rank something. And so, of
course, I was skeptical when I checked out this
ranking of Muppets. But honestly, they did
a good job. I don’t agree with it in places. (Rowlf seems too
high. Miss Piggy, too low.) But they bring in some quality names
you might not be expecting (Sweetums), and when you see the
list in full you begin to realize what an impossible task this
list is for hitting it perfectly.
trailer for Black Widow is out.
where you are to where you need to be”
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Offers and the monthly newsletter, plus a lot more. The
Attic sets up the categories for hundreds
of archived essays. There’s a Photo
Gallery. Backpackville is much more than
Indigo Girls. Love
them. No, actually, LOVE them. Here’s
a nice piece from Liza Lentini about the
April is setting
up as a very interesting month for Netflix. Thunder Force.
Shadow and Bone. The Mitchells vs. The Machines.
And now, add
Things Heard & Seen to your playlist.
Not a lot of details,
but some news about the
next season of What We Do in the Shadows
is beginning to come out.
Essays and newsletter
coming up, starting this weekend.