The Skinny – Reviews and Cultural Commentary

Independent, in-the-know, on the edge – journalism with panache and velocity.  The Skinny is a monthly culture mag serving Scotland and Northern England, covering the music and arts scenes in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester, Aberdeen, and Dundee.  I started contributing in June – you can find all my articles and reviews for The Skinny here. Interviews and Features Living AbroadContinue reading “The Skinny – Reviews and Cultural Commentary”

Scottish Ballet’s A Streetcar Named Desire

A Triumph in Calculated Loss By the time the bold prologue had finished – the story of Blanche DuBois’ marriage, her husband’s suicide, and the gradual death and dissolution of everything associated with Belle Reve, her Laurel, Mississippi estate, something Tennessee Williams fans are usually asked to imagine or guess for themselves – I was strainingContinue reading “Scottish Ballet’s A Streetcar Named Desire”

Inside The Room: Or, my coffee date with Tommy Wiseau

The News in Brief: Tommy Wiseau, to dispel claims from former collaborators that his 2003 cult hit The Room  was filmed without a script or with scripts written during takes, plans to release the entire original script in March 2015 on and  (Note: As promised, Wiseau released the script on 25 Feb. 2015.  Fans can purchaseContinue reading “Inside The Room: Or, my coffee date with Tommy Wiseau”

25 Years of Art and Not-Art in Scotland: A Trip to Modern One and Modern Two

Art, at its best, is a kind of uncontrolled yet disciplined Yelp, made by one of us who, because of the brain he was born with and the experiences he has had and the training he has received, is able to emit a Yelp that contains all of the joys, miseries, and contradictions of lifeContinue reading “25 Years of Art and Not-Art in Scotland: A Trip to Modern One and Modern Two”

Buffalo, Books & Beer

There was, not terribly long ago, something called the “Buffalo Trail.”  In a way it had everything to do with pioneers, but not of the Laura Ingalls Wilder variety.  The Buffalo Trail was a lecture circuit that grew out of the New England “lyceum” debate scene of the first half of the 1800s, and its regularsContinue reading “Buffalo, Books & Beer”