Dark Roast of the Soul

I started drinking coffee my sophomore year of college. I was reading a lot of Brautigan and spending many evenings in Denny's and thought coffee seemed like a cool idea. For a while I hated it; liquid charcoal, I thought. But in time I acquired the taste, developed the dependency, and now I feel like … Continue reading Dark Roast of the Soul


American Spirit; the Healthy Way to Get Lung Cancer

I always said tobacco was one thing I wouldn't touch. But one night I was drunk and a pretty girl offered me a Spirit and what else could I do? About a year later that same girl thought she wanted nothing to do with me; my solution was to split a pack with her. It … Continue reading American Spirit; the Healthy Way to Get Lung Cancer

Baltimore, the Not-So-Charming City

I moved to Maryland to attend graduate school at the University of Baltimore, a school I knew (and still know) almost nothing about. I made the trip in one day, drove straight from Illinois with all my belongings crammed in my car with me. Through the final hour of the drive I watched the sky … Continue reading Baltimore, the Not-So-Charming City

Bing and Ruth

  Sometimes when you meet the mind behind a piece of art you enjoy, it's a disappointing experience, one that taints whatever it was that drew you to the artist in the first place. Fortunately, that was not the case with David Moore of Bing and Ruth. But let me start at the beginning. I … Continue reading Bing and Ruth