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After months of letting it grow out into a slightly shaggy mane, I got my hair cut yesterday morning. I usually go for a “high and tight” jobber, but this time I wanted something that retained a portion of my bangs. After some confusing back and forth with the barber, I ended up with splitting […]

The afternoon light is fading fast and the ghoulish revels shall soon begin, which means it’s time to draw down the curtain on this year’s Halloween Countdown. I thought it went pretty well, all things considered. The month wasn’t as distraction-free as I anticipated it would be, but it didn’t keep me from dishing up […]

After maintaining a site like this for over a decade, one eventually runs out of new insights or cute anecdotes when a significant date rolls around. On this day in 2004, I married my partner of thirteen years in a small (and very strange) ceremony at the Tufts University chapel. The next day we moved […]

(from “World’s Weirdest Hobby” by George Kashdan and Gerry Talaoc in The Witching Hour #79, April 1978) But which one? Hugh Cornwell or Jean-Jacques Burnel? Recommended listening: The Stranglers – (Get A) Grip (On Yourself) (from Rattus Norvegicus, 1977)

As mentioned yesterday, Maura is a fan of all things spooky — which probably has something to do with her birthday falling three days before Halloween. For this year’s grab bag of gifts, I gave her a Petco gift card to buy some fluorescent tropical fish to restock her aquarium, a copy of Lol Tolhurst’s […]

It turns out that the real monster was reinforcement of rigid gender roles through youth-targeted marketing all along. Recommended listening: Lost Cherees – Living in a Coffin (from A Man’s Duty, A Woman’s Place EP, 1984) Maybe I lucked into an typical situation, but it seems like the women in my social circle are far […]

The immediate post-WW2 period saw traditional supernatural threats eclipsed by a set of menaces sporting a scientific bent. Ghosts and vampires were out, replaced by mutated monstrosities and bug-eyed aliens. While these Atom Age nightmares better reflected the prevailing anxieties of the era, they also injected a bit of novelty into genre templates which had […]

It wouldn’t be the Halloween season without a black cat (or several, in our case), and this fancy little man has been ghosting our feeding station for the past few months. Though he started off wary of humans, he eventually consented to some skritches and pats from Maura a couple of weeks ago. He decided […]

Every dysfunctional family is dysfunctional in its own way. There are some who hide the nightmare behind a facade of normality and others who romanticize their bizarre behaviors. My family fell into the latter category, glossing over the pain and self-destructive behaviors with a proudly bohemian narrative. It was rationalization as a form of pride, […]

(from the 11/12/1977 issue of Billboard) While the glitterati cavorted in a costumed coke-haze and New York’s finest tried to prevent a real-life disco inferno, an equally absurd scene was going down in the suburbs northwest of Boston. A downside of having an artist for parent is that you tend to find yourself serving as […]

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