The World of Zapatero

Everybody Should Be Reading Philip K. Dick All The Time

When Kellyanne Conway introduced the world to the concept of alternative facts back in January, sales of George Orwell's 1984 skyrocketed. Right about now, though, I imagine everyone who bought a copy of 1984 might be finishing up and looking... Continue Reading →

Donald Trump and Kurt Vonnegut’s Man in the Hole Narrative

If you're at all like me, you spent a good hour or so yesterday trying to follow Donald Trump's rambling press conference. While we can certainly debate the merits or lack thereof of his arguments against the media and his... Continue Reading →

David Byrne Agrees with Me!

Yesterday I wrote a long-ish post about Philip K. Dick's The Man in The High Castle and how it examines the ways in which context determines our sense of reality. Coincidentally, I heard a piece on the radio this morning... Continue Reading →

Striving for an Ideal World: Art and Reality in Philip K. Dick’s The Man in the High Castle

Over the past few days, I've been reading The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick. It's a novel that imagines a world in which the United States lost World War II. Within this world, Americans living on... Continue Reading →

A Dog’s Life

I was on my way home from work today when I saw a dog hanging around at a busy intersection with no collar or owner. So I pulled over just as the dog was starting to cross the street. I... Continue Reading →

Rudy Van Gelder: One of My Musical Heroes

Rudy Van Gelder is one of my musical heroes -- and not just because he wore a bow tie and glasses. He was an optometrist by trade, but he also built a recording studio in his parents' living room. The... Continue Reading →

The Jump (A Nifty Thing to Put in a Song)

Ever since the first time I heard it, I've loved "The Middle" by Jimmy Eat World. It's a great pop-punk tune with a chugging beat and a positive message, but one thing that really makes it stand out for me... Continue Reading →

Some Shows I’ve Been Watching Lately

The Young Pope Half the time I don't know what's going on or even whether there's a plot, but I can't stop watching. Jude Law is great as the title character, and Silvio Orlando as his Secretary of State is... Continue Reading →


Here's a song by my friend Tim Simmons. I'm playing bass and keyboards on the track. I also produced it. Tim put the video together with clips from the Prelinger Archive...

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