English: A park bench.
English: A park bench. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The instant I found it, I knew. I could tell exactly what it was, why it was there waiting to be discovered by me half-buried in the dirt underneath a park bench.

It was a terribly angry blood-red, and it was pulsing. It was misshapen, and full of hairline cracks. I knew that if I split it open, it would release the pain that was in store for me for the rest of my life, all at once. But then—then it would all be over with, and I could be safe. That was what I hoped, anyway. Continue reading

Ten Obscure-ish Films Everyone Should See

Earlier this year, the largest video store in the United States, Scarecrow Video had a Kickstarter to help fund its survival and conversion to a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of video.  Of course, being a film-loving Seattlite, I was just about contractually bound to contribute to the Kickstarter — and one of the perks was being allowed to curate a top 10 list that’d be available for folks to browse in the store.  That list is here — though it’s not really a top 10 list, but more of 10 movies that may be a little obscure that are worth checking out.  (And I believe a fair number of these I first saw from Scarecrow!)  In no particular order, those films are…

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Drabbles: Crossroads/Dog Days/Dust/Hike

English: In the ghost town of , USA
English: In the ghost town of , USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


The crossroads. This spot in the park had always felt somehow holy to her. She had never been exactly sure why, but it was the kind of spot she could imagine fairies gathering, leading their enchanted changeling away from the mourning Titania. She left coins or little bits of food here sometimes, nestled amongst the plants gathered in the shade of the thin elm trees, knowing they would be useful to some chipmunk or squirrel. She had no doubt that their spirits were just as playful and powerful as fairies or anything else. Maybe it would bring her good luck. Continue reading

Review: The Hundred-Foot Journey

The Hundred-Foot Journey
The Hundred-Foot Journey

The world has so many unique cuisines, so it was inevitable that one day, two would go head to head: if you love Indian food, if you love French food, if you love food in general, this movie is to watch ASAP.

The Hundred-Foot Journey” tells the story of Hassan Kadam (Manish Dayal), a man with dreams of being a chef. When Hassan and his family are forced to leave their native India, they travel to Europe, and, led by Papa (Om Puri), they decide to settle down in the picturesque village of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val in the south of France, and do what they do best: cook Indian food. However, the home they have purchased, and renovated into the ‘Maison Mumbai’, happens to be a hundred feet across the street from a Michelin starred restaurant, le Saule Pleureur, run by Mme. Mallory (Helen Mirren). Along the way, Hassan falls for the talented sous-chef, Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon), who cultivates his passion for food. Continue reading

Do You Notice Something Different?

In the Catskills
In the Catskills (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From the moment Zeke stepped outside, he could tell it was a most peculiar day.

If you had asked him what indicated this to him, he would not have been able to tell you—it was not anything that could be defined. But the clouds seemed to be bearing down on him, a succubus heavy on his chest, trying to suck the breath out of his lungs even as he desperately gulped in mouthfuls of the crisp mountain air.

He felt claustrophobic in spite of being outside. He couldn’t get somewhere much less confining, actually—there wasn’t another house for a good five miles. Still, he felt as if he needed to escape, even if he couldn’t put his finger on what was making him feel so unsettled. He decided to go for a walk. Continue reading

The Painful Threshold Episode 3: What Is The Meaning Of Life?

Deutsch: Lytton Strachey (1880–1932)
Deutsch: Lytton Strachey (1880–1932) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It’s time for episode three of The Painful Threshold!  The Painful Threshold is a brand new panel show where all the questions come from the Internet at large!  You! Send in questions questions to the official show Tumblr, our Twitter account or our Facebook page!  This week, our panel is blogger, podcaster and Kittysneezes contributor Richard J. Anderson, musician William D. Drake, formerly of Cardiacs and behind a whole bunch of brilliant solo albums, and Tumblr Superstar Madeleine “No Relation” Drake!  Below the cut are the show notes, complete with direct links to all the questions that have been asked in this episode!

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How To Be Lost

English: Abbey Wood There is a large stream at...
English: Abbey Wood There is a large stream at the bottom of the wood and due to the slope, much flooding at the bottom of this coppice. It is easy to get lost around here if you wander off the footpath. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is how it is going to happen.

You will wander further and further off the path of what your life was supposed to be until you are in an entirely alien landscape.

Old friends will form search parties, flashlights and bloodhounds and your name called over and over, but eventually they will give up and, before too long, your name will be in a foreign and forgotten tongue. Continue reading

The Painful Threshold After Dark: William D. Drake tells us about the Television Organ

William D. Drake (source:
William D. Drake (source:

This is NOT the new episode of the Painful Threshold, but rather a special teaser for Episode 3, which is coming soon!  This is not going to be in the episode proper, but it was way too good to lose — especially for Cardiacs fans.   Our panelists are Madeleine Drake, William D. Drake and Rich Anderson — and Maddie asked Bill about his days in Cardiacs, in particular the Television Organ!  His answer is presented here unedited — and I hope you enjoy it — and the upcoming episode! Continue reading

Drabbles: Sweets

Soft ice cream
Soft ice cream (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ice Cream

She stood beside the ice cream truck, studiously examining the various frozen confections that were displayed on its side. There were so many choices and picking the proper one felt terribly important. She finally settled on a popsicle which consisted of alternating layers of chocolate and banana, and also requested one of the little men attached to a parachute, which she’d greatly enjoy launching from the second floor of her house later. She sat on the front porch and sucked her popsicle, the sweetness of it combined with the insistence of the July sun feeling like summer in a nutshell.

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Drabbles: Music

English: An audio cassette tape.
English: An audio cassette tape. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


It was only the last thirty-five seconds, but after four barren years that was enough. She sat there in her banged-up car, and as his familiar voice wrapped itself around her she felt like he was her Jimmy Stewart, wrapping her, wet and shivering, in a blanket after finding her in the San Francisco Bay. She hadn’t realized how tense and nervous she had been until the blank, blissful calm she felt upon listening to him again had enveloped her. Her mind was a shaken Etch-A-Sketch, ready for him to mark out the boundaries of again. Continue reading