10 Holiday Songs You’ll Never Hear at the Mall

In this season of music sweet enough to rot your teeth, here’s a medley of truly bizarre holiday songs wholly inappropriate for your family gatherings and office parties. Ramones – “Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want to Fight Tonight)” Spotlight lyrics: Snowball fighting, it’s so exciting baby. Though undoubtedly pioneers of punk, the Ramones couldn’t escape the trappings of…

Constructing New Realities: The Unique Vision of Artists with Schizophrenia

As English artist Louis Wain’s schizophrenia worsened, his adorable anthropomorphic cat drawings turned into psychedelic pet portraits full of bright colors and repeating patterns. All of a sudden, his calendar-ready artwork twisted into something uncomfortable and otherworldly. The change in Wain’s work is profound and brings into question how much his illness influenced his art.  …

New Story: “The Creature from Flathead Lake”

My story “The Creature from Flathead Lake” is in the new issue of Kaaterskill Basin Literary Journal.  This piece was inspired by the movie “The Creature from the Black Lagoon.” This movie has been bouncing around in my brain for years. As proof of my obsession, here is a picture of my son helping me put…

#100DucksDC Featuring Ducks #61-65

I’m going to put one hundred luminescent duck sculptures in a visible location somewhere in Washington, D.C. While working on this street art project, I’ll document my progress online. You can see all the ducks created so far by going here. Duck 61 is “Beach Vacation #2” and, like duck 58, it’s made from sea…