Daily Writing Prompt: Cupid’s Arrow

Feb. 14 It’s Valentine’s Day, so write an ode to someone or some- thing you love. Bonus points for poetry!   Good god. What to do with this one? The obvious subject is my wonderful girlfriend, partner, confidante and all-around muse. How I ended up with somebody of such uncommonly high character, such inner and



Daily Writing Prompt: Shoulda, woulda, coulda…

February 13 Shoulda, woulda, coulda Tell us about something you know you should do . . . but don’t. Starting the ten minute clock…now! The most daunting — and humbling — aspect of today’s prompt is the sheer scale of options at my disposal. What leapt up immediately was my sugar-intensive eating habits that continue



Chester Bennington On Heavy Metal and Opening for Metallica

Another one gone. News that Chester Bennington committed suicide this morning has only confirmed that we live in uncommonly dark times for rock music. By now it all feels so trite to dredge up all of those toothless observations about how important he was to so many, how much he had to live for and



Sunspots Have Faded: RIP Chris Cornell

At a time when the flannel-draped paragons of the emerging new rock scene were noisily shunning the Epicurean excesses of the 70s, Soundgarden only doubled down. While Pearl Jam’s music dovetailed seamlessly into the arena-sized ambitions of bands like Bad Company and the Who, they eschewed the clichéd, Rolling Stone-friendly tropes like posing with groupies



Ice-T: No Bullshit, No Compromise, No Mercy

When you write for a magazine, your editors tell you how long an interview feature needs to be and invariably, the most agonizing part of putting it all together is having to remove great quotes and really interesting discussions because they either don’t fit the word count or they run too far afield of the