Beerland and Weinstephaner 1516

2016 marks quite an important milestone in beer. Perhaps the most important one. It is the 500th Anniversary of the German Purity Law, Reinheitsgebot. We’ll try to get to what that was all about in a bit. When Matt Sweetwood’s parents came to visit his new homeland of Germany, they thought it would be a […]

Shogun Assassin and Akari Shogun

In Tokugawa era Japan a great samurai, Itto (Tomisaburo Wakayama), served his Shogun well. There was no one better at relieving heads from fool’s necks. That was until the old Shogun got paranoid and had the Itto’s wife killed. Ordered to commit suicide by the Shogun, the Lone Wolf escapes with his son, Daigoro, and […]

Another Clip Show?

I can’t believe it’s June. The past two months have been insane. I moved out of my apartment of six years. Here’s some advice, don’t collect anything. Books, DVDs, comic books, records and eight boxes of VHS. I am still getting settled but I do hope to have a few more columns up. In the […]

Coffee and Cigarettes and Imperial Java Stout

Coffee and Cigarettes is a series of conversations all while drinking coffee and smoking. Participants include Tom Waits, Steven Wright, Iggy Pop, Cate Blanchett, Roberto Benigni, Steve Buscemi, Alfred Molina, The White Stripes, Steve Coogan, RZA, GZA and Bill Murray. Talk drifts from dreams, health, conspiracy theory, and family. Jim Jarmusch’s film started out as […]

Abraxas, Guardian of the Universe and Abraxas

Ideas take time. So few spring from foreheads fully formed like Athena. This blog started out as an idea. And was nurtured and encouraged until I finally started it two years ago. It’s a lot more work than I anticipated. It wasn’t the execution I find to be the most difficult, but following through that […]