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Nashville Photo Dump (2012)

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Assorted photos taken around Nashville throughout 2012.

The Great Diet Soda Debate

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Here’s my dilemma: I don’t really care to drink water exclusively, and I don’t want to consume the calories that come with normal soda, so for the most part when I want to pour myself a refreshing ice-cold beverage, I stick with diet soda. Diet Mountain Dew is a personal favorite, and diet A&W Root […]

Infinite Jest in 1400 Miles

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For the past 10 weeks (or so) I’ve been working toward completing a personal weight loss goal for myself, and this past weekend I surpassed a solid milestone — one that I feel is worth commemorating here. To help keep me going back to the gym every day, my initial plan included reading David Foster […]

The Infinite Jest Challenge: Week 10

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I’ve done it! I’ve read Infinite Jest. For newcomers to the blog, this is the eleventh post in a series documenting the process of completing a challenge of reading David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest while losing the approximate weight of 14,243 American one dollar bills. My intentions were to read the entire book while on […]

The Infinite Jest Challenge: Week 9

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Nine weeks are history. For newcomers to the blog, this is the tenth post in a series documenting the process of completing a challenge of reading David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest while losing the approximate weight of 84 regulation-sized billiard balls. My intentions are to read the entire book while on a stationary bike, and […]

The Infinite Jest Challenge: Week 8

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Eight weeks down. For newcomers to the blog, this is the ninth post in a series documenting the process of completing a challenge of reading David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest while losing the approximate weight of 3 3/4 gallons of 2% milk. My intentions are to read the entire book while on a stationary bike, […]

Party Trash “Remixes (Part One)”

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There isn’t much of an expressed back-story behind Remixes from Nashville’s Party Trash… the album contains ten remixes, produced for fun, released for free. Straight-forward as the concept might be, the quality of the tracks is in no way diminished by the simplicity of the concept behind the release. In fact, the electronic dexterity on […]

The Infinite Jest Challenge: Week 7

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Seven weeks are behind me. For newcomers to the blog, this is the eighth post in a series documenting the process of completing a challenge of reading David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest while losing the approximate weight of an industrial-sized mayonnaise jar full of pennies. My intentions are to read the entire book while on […]

Old White Men For Obama

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I’m walking to the gym and I catch a glimpse of someone up ahead of me, standing behind an S.U.V. As I get closer I realize that it’s a woman and she’s taking a picture of something with her phone. As I get closer still, I realize that it’s a slightly-past-college-age girl taking a picture […]

The Infinite Jest Challenge: Week 6

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Six weeks of reading have come and gone. For newcomers to the blog, this is the seventh post in a series documenting the process of completing a challenge of reading David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jestwhile losing the approximate weight of a 32 inch flat screen television. My intentions are to read the entire book while […]

Love and Death

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Yesterday morning at 4:40 A.M. my mom’s mom passed away. She was 90 years old. I have no idea who she really was though. About two weeks ago one of my parents’ neighbors died in his sleep. He wasn’t very old. He was a nice guy, and was very kind to my folks. About seven […]

Wells Fargo and Perceived Convenience

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When my family moved to the States in 2001 we landed in Minnesota and opened bank accounts with Wells Fargo. Banks didn’t matter to me — I was 18 — so I just went with what everybody else was doing. For roughly a year I held a personal line of credit with Wells Fargo, paying […]

The Infinite Jest Challenge: Week 5

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Five. Weeks. Down. For newcomers to the blog, this is the sixth post in a series documenting the process of completing a challenge of reading David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest while losing the approximate weight of a chubby two-year-old. My intentions are to read the entire book while on a stationary bike, and then continue […]

The Infinite Jest Challenge: Week 4

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Four weeks are now behind me. For newcomers to the blog, this post is the fourth in a series documenting the process of completing a challenge of reading David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest while losing the approximate weight of a cinder block. My intentions are to read the entire book while on a stationary bike, […]

The Infinite Jest Challenge: Week 3

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Three weeks down! For newcomers to the blog, this post is the fourth in a series documenting the process of completing a challenge of reading David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest while losing the approximate weight of a cinder block. My intentions are to read the entire book while on a stationary bike, and then continue […]

Evan Blocker “Reign Dance (Eyes Open)”

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When I was first introduced to Evan Blocker‘s debut, Life’s in a Blur, I subconsciously slipped up and confused the young Nashville MC’s name with that of a pro-wrestler (Evan Bourne). Make no mistake though: his debut was memorable, and Blur stands as one of the better hip hop releases to come from the city […]

Amerigo Gazaway “Gummy Soul Forces”

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Following a meeting of the minds at Atlanta’s recent A3C Festival, Gummy Soul‘s Amerigo Gazaway has linked up with Detroit’s Clear Soul Forces crew, blending styles and summoning hip hop godfathers with a new collaborative track titled “Gummy Soul Forces.” Exuding a sound very much in line with Gazaway’s much-celebrated Bizarre Tribe mashup album, “Gummy […]

Olivier de Sagazan

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For over two decades the Congo-born French-based artist Olivier de Sagazan has “developed a hybrid practice that integrates painting, photography, sculpture, and performance,” explains his website. “In his existential performative series Transfiguration, which he began in 2001, de Sagazan builds layers of clay and paint onto his own face and body to transform, disfigure and […]

Alcoholic Musings, Part 3

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One of the upsides of writing online is that it helps me work ideas through in a forum where friends can pop in as they please and check up on me. One of the downsides is that you never know who else might find you, what they might think, and furthermore how they might react. […]

The Infinite Jest Challenge: Week 2

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Two weeks down and there’s no turning back now! For first time readers, this post is the third in a series documenting the process of completing a challenge of reading David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest while losing the approximate weight of a cinder block. My intentions are to read the entire book while on a […]

Damien Echols

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In 1994 Damien Echols was sentenced to death, while Jessie Misskelley Jr. and Jason Baldwin were given life in prison, after all were convicted for the savage murders of three boys in West Memphis, Arkansas. The thing was… they didn’t do it. “Police investigators believed the teens had formed a satanic cult and used the […]

Three O’Clock

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I woke up this morning at three o’clock a.m. to the sound of rain on the tin roof that lines the outer shell of the apartment building I live in. I’m on the top floor and that puts little room between me and the sound. Normally I enjoy the echo of the rain pounding down […]

Mr. Rogers Goes to Washington

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I don’t know where to find PBS on my digital cable subscription, or if I even get the network (I have to, somewhere, right?). And aside from NOVA, I can’t really think of a show that might land on the channel that I’d enjoy watching from time to time. I don’t have kids, nor do […]

The Infinite Jest Challenge: Week 1

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The first week has come and gone, and it feels good to get a little momentum behind me. For those just tuning in, this post is the second in a series documenting the process of completing a challenge of reading David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest while losing a whole buncha weight. My intentions are to […]

Aesop Rock at Exit/In (Nashville, TN)

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I went to a fight and an Aesop Rock show broke out… It wasn’t without incident, but for the most part Aesop Rock’s show at Nashville’s Exit/In felt like something of a light-hearted family affair. Ace, Rob Sonic & DJ Big Wiz opened strong with a series from the MC’s recent album Skelethon, immediately setting […]

Alcoholic Musings, Part 2

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The fact of the matter is… “The Program works.” Unless you look at Alcoholics Anonymous’ 1989 Triennial Membership survey, which explained that only 5% of newcomers continue past the first year, and 50% drop out within 30 days. The fact of the matter is, though, that there are times when facts don’t matter that much. […]

Penicillin Baby “Daddy Drove a Hearse”

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A little over two months back, in my interview with Penicillin Baby and Favorite Face Records’ Jon Conant, the vocalist mentioned that the group was in the process of putting together a few projects including a split-release with Megajoos. The two bands have now wrapped things up and packaged everything together as MEGA/BABY, a four-track […]

S.T.A.N. feat. Sofa Brown “The Almighty Dollar “

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The tone for “The Almighty Dollar” is set early in the first single from S.T.A.N.‘s forthcoming Nightmare Next Door release, as the brooding track flips between verses from the MC and the P.U.S.H. Productions mainstay Sofa Brown. Produced by Fred the Tech, the dueling verses cascade over the sounds of a haunting piano and thunderous […]

On “It Gets Better”

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I’m a little torn here. I almost feel like suicide is something that should either be talked about without reservation, or not talked about at all… Which is why I don’t really know that I should be writing anything. In this video, Ze Frank says it’s like a virus, and that it can spread from […]

The Infinite Jest Workout Challenge

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I can almost guarantee that David Foster Wallace didn’t write his mammoth masterwork Infinite Jest with a looming notion that, “I hope someone uses this book to lose weight.” But, by god, that’s what I’m going to try to do here. One of my friends from college (hi Joe, hope you’re reading this) and I […]

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