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Last week my girlfriend shared a link with me via Facebook chat that seemed custom-made for one of my blog posts. It concerns a faraway country, political power, folklore, religion and lycanthropy….





Harlan Ellison is one of the greatest authors of science fiction and fantasy. He’s written more than 1,700 short stories, novellas, screenplays, comic book scripts, teleplays and essays as well as criticism…


While I’ve been posting all year about the William S. Burroughs centenary, I have yet to mark this illuminated text with the dark shadow of Batman who is celebrating his 75th anniversary…


Sorry for the delay this week, kids. I (the all seeing Ken), have been stricken with evil germs. What are you going to do, huh?

This week: I actually don’t know…it’s all in American…But I think they talk about Black Eyed kids again…or was it the Black Eyed Peas?, Something about Pigeons being terrorists?, How Twin Peaks is an all American cherry pie of a show?, Going to war again?…I dunno you listen.

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For this spooky October post I found a little gem on YouTube. It claims to be the first ever television interview with Stephen King and since I couldn’t find an earlier one…


Casting about for another spooky October post, this one didn’t take long. The Simpsons annual “Treehouse of Horror” episodes have become an American Halloween television tradition given the show’s ridiculously long run…




Continuing our string of spooky October posts, this month we celebrate the birthday of filmmaker Ed Wood who was born on October 10, 1924. Wood passed away prematurely at the age of 54…


Continuing my spooky posts for the month of October, here’s a story about a cryptid monster who’s said to inhabit a location near Pope Lick, Kentucky — it’s almost too good to…




Ronnie James Video Games

Last Thursday night Antonia and I were watching the video for Lana Del Rey’s “Video Games.” Antonia pointed out that it was one of the first earnest video game songs she could recall — as most songs about arcade attractions are parody’s or novelty songs; campy cantos to clanging coins.

So, we Googled “video game songs.” While not every song or video on this Kotaku list is as compelling as the next, I recommend sampling every one of these finds — they range from early rap to Kraftwerk-ian synth scores to disco funk to…er…Joe Walsh.

To get you started, here are a few of my favorites…

Check out this mysterious 1980’s duo with their take on “Video Games.”


Nashville, TN is experiencing a Alejandro Jodorowsky renaissance this month with the Belcourt Theatre’s screenings of some of the auteur’s most important works, leading up to the local premiere of his new…





The Clash is one of my favorite bands. Sometimes they are my favorite band — it goes back and forth. If you love the band or — at this late date —…