What Makes a Man?

Desire. Humility. Knowledge. Perspective. Integrity. Truth. The story of this moment. Watching Breaking Bad and judging Walter White. Watching Game of Thrones and judging Jon Snow, Rob Stark, Tyrion Lannister, and all the others. Talking with my wife and judging myself. The question repeating in my head: “What makes a man?” The connective tissue is[…]

The Jazz of Now

The Quintet: Live At Massey Hall Late last night, while writing, I was listening to a live performance by the Charlie Parker Quintet, recorded in 1953. The quintet is made up of Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell, Max Roach, and Charles Mingus. If you don’t know much about jazz, you can think of this[…]

The Real New Year

New Year’s is overrated. It may have astronomical import, but the planet’s most distant location in space (relative to the Sun) provides more of an intellectual oddity than a physical one. Things don’t “feel” different around New Year’s. Things “feel” different when it’s time to go back to school. Things “feel” different in Autumn. Here[…]