Category Archives: Reviews

3/10/13 – For my review of the Carol Reed classic “Odd Man Out”, go to http://www.2ndfirstlook.com/2013/03/odd-man-out.html

2/10/13 – For my review of the Bruce Springsteen album “Tunnel of Love,” go to http://www.2ndfirstlook.com/2013/02/tunnel-of-love.html

1/13/13 – For my latest 2nd First Look article, in the film “Chinatown”, go to http://www.2ndfirstlook.com/2013/01/chinatown.html

12/16/12 – For my latest 2nd First Look article, on Woody Allen and “Deconstructing Harry”, go to http://www.2ndfirstlook.com/2012/12/deconstructing-harry.html

NOTE (10/12) –
I am honored to be a regular contributor to the fine website, 2nd First Look – for my latest reviews, plus a whole lot of other really cool reviews, go to:
http://www.2ndfirstlook.com/
(first link under the blogroll section)

Blue Collar Noir


Kitchen Sink Gothic is a short story anthology published in the United Kingdom that includes a story written by my friend, Walter Gascoigne. The title refers to a genre of gothic stories featuring working class characters, stories that range from, … Continue reading

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The Scavengers by Michael Perry


  “Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel that time was wasted.” –  Kurt Vonnegut, advice to writers I’ve been a fan of Michael Perry’s writing for a few … Continue reading

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Life and Death and Decay and Our Town


I’m aging.  I’m damaged goods.  I’ve hit the mid fifties, and while we may not admit it very often, we’re all damaged goods by this point.  With me, the chief vandals have been time and Parkinson’s disease. I try not … Continue reading

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List-O-Mania: Films of the 1980s


The 1980s were anything but boring.  It seemed like everything was, for better or worse, constantly changing. The 1980s was the fall of the Berlin Wall and the acceleration of the collapse of the Soviet Union, it was Ronald Reagan and Mikhail … Continue reading

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Forgotten Carnival


I post on this site, from time to time, some of my experiments with short fiction.  I recognize that they aren’t very good, certainly not good enough for publication (I have written a couple of pieces I haven’t posted to … Continue reading

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List-O-Mania: Films of the 1970s


The 1970s was a traumatic decade in the U.S. A.   The first half of the decade was dominated by historic failure – 1974 saw our president resign in disgrace, and 1975 saw the fall of Saigon, the official end of … Continue reading

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List-O-Mania: Films of the 1960s


It’s almost cliché to say it now, but it’s true, the 1960s were a decade of tremendous change, turmoil and upheaval.   The civil rights movement and the anti-war protests brought about significant but painful changes, with many of our country’s … Continue reading

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