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Deadwood is Back. Pour the Whiskey.

television 2 min read Deadwood is Back. Pour the Whiskey.

I drink whiskey because of Deadwood.

In the mid-2000s, I was depressed, divorced, and devoid of basically everything. I had two young children who depended on me, a few half-finished novels, fading dreams of becoming a filmmaker, and little enough cash that my days were spent chasing consulting work in an attempt to derail my increasingly successful pursuit of indebtedness.

One night, late at night, late in the summer or early in the Autumn, lights out, kids asleep, with perhaps a candle burning, I decided to watch the first episode of Deadwood. I don't remember why. I had never been

Carlos Ruiz Zafón does Chipotle

books 1 min read Carlos Ruiz Zafón does Chipotle

I fell in love with Carlos Ruiz Zafón’s writing when I first listened to the audio version of his novel, The Shadow of the Wind. His Cemetery of Forgotten Books might be the greatest fictional locale in the history of literature.

I’ve since bought a signed advanced reader’s copy of that novel, plus collector editions for it and its two successors. They’re dark, mysterious, romantic, all about books, authors, and love.  Just try to keep me away.

Thus my delight to discover his words now adorning various Chipotle beverage cups.

I stopped in for burrito with

My Farewell to the Office

television 3 min read My Farewell to the Office

It was late 2006. For the previous twelve months, I’d been dealing with divorce. Not just divorce, but divorce with children. I had been a stay-at-home dad for almost five years when everything went downhill, and I was having trouble finding work, because most of my career contacts were on the west coast while I was in Chicago. I was hemorrhaging money to bills and mortgage payments and late credit card fees and daycare, plunging further into debt every hour. Depression colored my entire view of the world, and it regularly mingled with fear, sadness, heartache and loneliness. I