Category Habitually Distracted

“Have You Got Soul?”: Love, Music, and Clashing Egos in Roddy Doyle’s The Commitments

Here’s a thought: If Alan Parker hadn’t directed his 1991 film version of The Commitments, chances are good I would never have read Roddy Doyle’s 1987 novel of the same name. That would have been a shame. When I started the book, though, I knew I was going to have a slight problem. The film version of The Commitments is not only a fine movie, it’s also one of my favorites.

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Jimmy’s Back: Another Season of Better Call Saul Has Begun, and I Feel Fine

Can Jimmy and Kim make things work? Where’s Nacho? Who’s following Mike? What’s Chuck planning to do with that recording he made? What’s going on with Gene the Cinnabon manager? And most of all, why is Kim so worried about that damned semi-colon? These are just a few of the questions that had me wondering this past week, after the Monday return of AMC’s Better Call Saul. I’m pretty sure I know

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That Sticker on the Bumper: Pithy Manifesto or Cry for Help?

Sometimes, when I’m tooling around town or driving to and from work, I enjoy wondering about the lives of my fellow drivers. Think about it: How many times have you pulled up behind someone at a traffic light and thought, ‘Gee, I wonder what that person is thinking?  I wonder what they’re all about?  What do they like or dislike?” Being the kind of person who speculates about nearly everything, I’ve

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Sunday Nights with The Walking Dead

Tonight, after I polish my lesson plans, grade a few papers, and make a weekly call to my dad, I’ll settle down to my favorite Sunday evening activity, watching The Walking Dead. It’s one of the few shows I watch in real-time, and my routine is simple: I watch the latest episode, usually eating ice cream, and tweet spoiler-free commentary during the commercials. Tonight’s installment is especially significant because it’s

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Home

“Home is where you wear your hat.” – Lord John Whorfin, The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension   During a recent drive home after work, I was listening to an NPR story on people’s feelings about our new president. As you might have noticed, some are happy about the whole situation, while others are a little concerned. Don’t worry, my purpose here isn’t to discuss presidents. I’ll leave

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Better Stories

Sometimes, life happens, whether we want it to or not. Filled with optimism, we make grand plans and promises, setting out to take on the world in our own inimitable way. Soon, however, reality sets upon us, barging in with a vengeance, and we end up missing the mark. The reasons vary. We oversleep, forget, get waylaid, change our minds, or just generally go off the rails. Bottom line, we

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