Bus Stop… Or Therapist’s Office?

October 19, 2006 MGP 0

Most days, I try not to spend more time than is necessary at the main bus stop on Cherry Street, and in fact I regularly attempt to actually time my leaving for the stop to coincide with the -5 to -10 minute mark or thereabouts. Mostly, it’s a time management thing, which might lay to rest any musings some of you might have concerning how it is that I can […]

This Week On The Bus

August 24, 2006 MGP 0

While sitting at the Cherry Street bus stop yesterday, I noticed what appeared to be a new crazy person in town. Not that I keep up with these things, but when you live in such a small city, you tend to notice the newcomers — especially when they’re of a particularly looney sort. And, true to form with many that have come and gone from the Burlington downtown area, this […]

Review: Metal – A Headbanger’s Journey

July 2, 2006 MGP 0

There have been a number of attempts to document the history of heavy metal. Many of which have been vastly incomplete, lacking perspective, and all-out butcher jobs — whether it be by self-claimed documentarians or just the fast-food equivalent of VH1 specials. Furthest away from all of that is “Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey.” Directed by Sam Dunn, this smart and insightful look into probably one of the most misunderstood and […]

Los Angeles, 6/6/6, and Raising Hell

June 14, 2006 MGP 0

To say that the previous week spent in The City of (Lost) Angels was a good time would be a vast understatement. From attending both the Radio Free Satan and Church of Satan events, to meeting up with a slew of old friends, to all of the tourist stuff, to just enjoying the time, made for a vacation I’ll never forget. Typically, I’m not a fan of Southern California, finding […]

Hate, Responsibility… And Mr. Happy, Too!

March 31, 2006 MGP 0

This week’s issue of Seven Days (the local free paper here in Burlington, VT) did a cover story on “Mr. Happy” entitled, “The Hate Debate.” Also known by his given name (John Long), he is the producer of “How Do You Like Me Now?” on VCAM Channel 15 public access. In essence, his show serves as a vehicle for his views on, largely, race and politics — and he’s certainly […]

MGP on “Little House On The Prairie”

February 14, 2006 MGP 0

Let’s face it. I have odd tastes in television. Without trying to claim some lame rebel cred via some flaunted exploration of kitsch and vintage, I really do tend to prefer TV made before the 1980s. Could be a childhood thing, or that I think some of the better (or, on occasion, more creative) writing wasn’t quite exhausted at this time (All In The Family comes to mind). Or maybe […]

Rosemary’s Gone Wild!

December 27, 2005 MGP 0

For all of us obsessive Rosemary’s Baby fans, especially those who remember the most obscure and incidental details of the film, it seems that both Luther and Nobody Loves An Albatross were ACTUAL Broadway productions — though, disappointingly, no Guy Woodhouse shows up in the production rosters (and, yes, I’m being facetious). But, true to the movie dialogue, Albert Finney did indeed have a starring role in Luther. Though, according […]

Do Tards Pay Full Bus Fare,
and Other Musings

December 2, 2005 MGP 0

Sitting along the center side-facing seats of my outbound bus today were a few Asian teenage boys. I couldn’t make out much of what they were saying, but I swore that I heard in the same sentence of a largely-English conversation (spoken poorly and with thick accent), “Hong Kong Phooey” and “morphine” — each word more than once, and always together! At this moment in my journey, I thought back […]

Review: Bang Your Head
The Rise and Fall of Heavy Metal

July 15, 2005 MGP 0

Upon receiving this book as a gift from a rather thoughtful fan, I was skeptical about a written account of the time period of metal as it was once known, largely because I’ve read countless articles, essays, and interviews by hack music journalists, businesspeople, angry parents, religious nuts, anti-metal hipsters, came-too-lates and every other outsider claiming expert knowledge in one hand while gripping a backstabbing knife in the other. In […]

Review: Lucifer Rising
Sin, Devil Worship & Rock ‘n Roll

July 8, 2005 MGP 0

I’ve been on a bit of a summer reading bender. Call it my avoidance of summer heat/crowds/noise, or simply because I’ve been slacking lately in something I really enjoy doing. So, by extension, I’ve created this new blog topic and will be posting reviews of books here for your perusal — which will provide additional motivation for me to get to the current pile of tomes commanding my attention. Though, […]

Review: The History of the Devil
and the Idea of Evil

July 8, 2005 MGP 0

The History of the Devil and the Idea of Evil by Dr. Paul Carus Orig. 1900 / Gramercy Before one reads this book, it would be good to remember that this was written in 1900. This means a few things: 1) the Church of Satan did not exist (which is to say that some of us might disagree with the author’s assertion that the 13th Century was “the Devil’s prime”), […]

The “Ranch House” Dilemma

February 4, 2005 MGP 0

Ever since I was little, I’ve been a Brady Bunch fan. Not in the casual sense, but a dyed-in-the-wool fanatic with an insane knowledge of each and every episode, what season they were in, one-shot character name knowledge, extensive trivia, and the list goes on (and, yes, I even read Growing Up Brady and own their CD). When I was in bands in the 1980s, a roadie of mine and […]