Author Archives: melkshakes

“Graceless” published at Loud Zoo

Very excited to announce that my short story “Graceless” has recently been published at Loud Zoo, part of Bedlam Publishing! “Graceless” follows college professor Cleanth Bachmann, long since past the point where he should have grown up, as he tries to … Continue reading

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The Battle of Algiers: Still Looking Good at 50

Here in Chicago, the Music Box Theater’s presentation of the 4K restoration of The Battle of Algiers offers an opportunity to revisit the faux-documentary, aged a solid 50 years. Disturbingly, and remarkably, the film feels more relevant than ever. That … Continue reading

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Review: “Jason Bourne”

There are more than a few issues to highlight in the latest installment of the Bourne franchise. The fact that they choose to set the final action set piece in Las Vegas. The all around pretty atrocious acting, from anyone … Continue reading

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Best Film Scores Century To Date

The folks over at The Playlist posted their collected best film scores century to date and as always it’s pretty spot on. We did think of a few that seemed to be missing, though, so we wanted to highlight some … Continue reading

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Trump: A historical perspective

For a brief minute, let’s set our anxieties aside. Let’s imagine Trump does not become our next president. Regardless of whether current polls deem this a realistic or not fantasy, let’s simply allow ourselves to imagine this for a moment. … Continue reading

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a crumb: Limbus: The Reckoning

As is most likely evident by now, the Philanthropist is taking a month off. It will return fresh and sparkly July 1st. Until then, here’s a new little segment called ‘crumbs,’ which is for things a little more than flash fiction … Continue reading

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the Philanthropist: issue four: time is an illusion.

THE PHILANTHROPIST is an ongoing graphic(less) novel, with new issues on the first of each month. You can get started here. Hope you enjoy. illusion— Idle words at mumbled volumes. Chairs squeaking, settling, shifting. Paper pamphlets, shuffling and crumpling. A … Continue reading

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the Philanthropist: issue three: Pennywyld Crybilly.

THE PHILANTHROPIST is an ongoing graphic(less) novel, with new issues on the first of each month. You can catch up with issues one and two if you’re a little behind. Hope you enjoy.   [A face: the mouth stretched out, … Continue reading

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the Philanthropist: issue two: the Bells Bells Bells Bells Bells Bells Bells.

THE PHILANTHROPIST is an ongoing graphic(less) novel, with new issues on the first of each month. It follows Simon, aka the Philanthropist, and his trusty sidekick the figure, aka the Raven, as they fight amateur graffiti artists and debate the … Continue reading

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a Definotion: saudade.

Definotions is where we take a word—usually obscure, most likely pretentious—and build a small story around it. Don’t expect a lot of plot. Do expect a fair number of other obscure/pretentious words. Today’s entry is saudade. It also happens to be … Continue reading

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