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  • Life is Strange Screenshot
    Opinion: Video games will tell the next best stories
    If you still don’t believe video games are the future of great storytelling, you’ve got to get with the times.One of the earliest movies was called L'arrivée du train en gare de La Ciotat, or The Arrival of a Train, which was a...
  • Do yourself a favor and thin your music collection occasionally
    Do yourself a favor and thin your music collection occasionally
    Earlier today, I was listening to Perfect Past Tense by Earwig simply because one of the songs on the album ("Anatomical Gift") just popped into my head. It should be noted that I got to know most of the songs on the album when I was a...
  • Over Southern California
    Three Days in Review
    I recently had three consecutive days of theatrical reviews. That much concentration is extraordinary. Fun perhaps, challenging for sure and a wee bit unique.Friday night it was “I am Already Well” a one person show created and...
  • Harrisburg
    PA politics in a state of turmoil
    Pennsylvania politics are a mess. There’s a fiasco with the state attorney general, a crooked state treasurer who resigned in disgrace, dishonorable judges, district attorneys who won’t enforce state law and now a new governor who...
  • Gun shows
    Should lawmakers prohibit minors under age 12 from gun shows?
    In New York, a lawmaker wants to prohibit minors under the age of 12 from being able to visit a gun show anywhere in the state even if under the supervision of a parent. The reason being is that would reduce gun violence.The bill, A967, was...
  • National School Choice Week rally
    With school choice, as people have the will, might legislators find the way?
    With the Texas Legislature once again in session, school choice is already surfacing as a contentious issue. A Taxpayer Savings Grant Program bill allowing education dollars to follow students will pit parents, students and others believing...
  • Monday Musings, Vol. 8
    Monday Musings, Vol. 8
    Dear Readers,Welcome to another edition of Monday Musings—or, as I sometimes like to think of it, missives from a manic bookworm.First, I am proud to tell you that this month marks my sixth year as the Hartford Books Examiner for Examiner...
  • Je Suis Frederic Boisseau
    R.I.P. Frederic Boisseau: Charlie Hebdo's Most Innocent Victim
    I never heard ofFrédéric Boisseau before Jan. 7, 2015. That's because he was a janitor at the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris, and not even remotely famous.That day, Frederic Boisseau was manning the reception desk over the lunch break as two...
  • Agatha Christie
    An Ode to Agatha
    Agatha Christie is all the rage.Though deceased since 1976, she remains the most widely published author of all-time, and is outsold only by the Bible and William Shakespeare. Impressive company, no? She is to publishing what The Beatles are to...
  • Monday Musings, Vol. 7: The New Year Edition
    Monday Musings, Vol. 7: The New Year Edition
    Dear Readers,First and foremost, allow me to wish you a happy New Year! There are few things more exciting than knowing that you have 365 days—well, 360 now—to read to your heart’s content.I was pleasantly surprised to have...
  • Tampa needs to go to war with St. Pete over the Rays
    Tampa needs to go to war with St. Pete over the Rays
    There is a never-ending story going on with the MLB Tampa Bay Rays and their home-field situation, but the latest in this drama by the bay suggest that Tampa and St. Petersburg may be ready to get into a sibling war in where the Rays should play...
  • In order for black lives to matter to others, it must first matter to us
    In order for black lives to matter to others, it must first matter to us
    Tychius Gaines is in a hospital fighting for his life because of an egg that hit the wrong car.Reginald Haywood was so incest with the egg on his vehicle that he left his friend’s house, 20-year-old Tommy McDuffy, and another friend and...
  • The Babadook
    "The Babadook" - One of the Best Horror Movies of 2014
    It's hard to do good horror these days. Far too many movies fall into the torture porn format that, honest, I cannot stand. I don't want to see people strapped down and have things inserted in places that should never have things inserted....
  • Despite progress, Orange County still has a lot of work to be done
    Despite progress, Orange County still has a lot of work to be done
    Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs and three other county commissioners were sworn in recently at the Orange County Convention Center, and although the county has progressed under her leadership, there is still a lot of work to be doneOrange has...
  • Monday Musings, Vol. 6: The Holiday Edition
    Monday Musings, Vol. 6: The Holiday Edition
    Dear Friends,Welcome to Monday Musings: the holiday edition! (It also happens to be December 1st, so take a moment to say “Rabbit, rabbit” if you haven’t already.)First, I thought I’d tell you what my book club—the...