Tuesday, April 7, 2015


No Apologies!

While I wish I had a better publishing schedule for LERNER INTERNATIONAL, I don’t.
Graduate school keeps a body very busy, and sacrifices must be made.
Busy doesn’t come close to describing the situation. Punch-drunk and dizzy is more like it.
But I’m learning so much and getting so much experience.
I’m aiming at becoming a teacher of writing and composition to adult learners, and have been doing more than just schoolwork: I’m tutoring students at the writing center, and occasionally being a TA for a class of freshman.

That said, I haven’t been doing any reading for fun, and movie watching is few and far between.
I think I saw more films in one week in January (during the break) than I have in the last two months (and these were some of the worst times of the winter; stuck indoors—perfect movie viewing weather—if you don’t have a gazillion pages of linguistic theory to read and annotate…).
List and brief descriptions below the break…

Saturday, February 7, 2015

INTRO TO THE POLITICS OF RESEARCH (and the movies of January 2015!)

Let’s get Meta—we’ve all read “University Inc.”? Of course we have.
Did we like it? In the simplest terms, was it fun to read? There’s no wrong answer…

Sunday, January 25, 2015

2014: Gone, and Good Riddance! (or: Ding-Dong, the Year Is Dead!)

I’ve been officially accepted into graduate school—working towards my MA in Language & Literacy—and if you have any idea of what that means, you know I ain’t gonna have the time…

Honestly, 2014 was probably one of the toughest years of my life, burning me out to the core of my soul, messing with my health, emptying my bank account and essentially ruining me financially.
But WOW, I learned a lot about myself and the “System.”
Like I will never teach in a public school. Not because the kids are monsters (and many of them are), but because the pedagogical bureaucrats and creeps run the show—and their one desire is a classroom full of obedient zombies. Teaching students how to be quiet and sit up straight was more important that engaging them intellectually. Sad, really, and I want no part of it.

Wow, this month, I really caught up (sort of) with my movie viewing and “for fun” reading (not that any reading these days doesn’t have an ulterior motive).

Saturday, December 13, 2014

L.I.E. #119: Short Reviews, Fat Reviewer (the movies of November 2014)

Putting weight on—after spending such effort to lose it! Damn that sweet tooth!
Been really slacking off lately—and I know why: bad habits. Thought I had ’em licked.
Well, gotta get my nose to the grindstone, yessir!
No more sugar! No more wheat! No dairy! Starve!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

The Bonkers Eclecticism of October—in late-November….

Y’know, originally, I was going to be posting this on November 1 or 2—not almost at the end of the month!

Here are some photos from my cell phone as illustrations (electronic desk-clearing as it were…)
I call the above piece, “Flame Monster Scorched Floor Policy; or, Terminate With Extreme Hydrocarbonizing.”

Saturday, October 11, 2014

The Rest of September’s Movies

[For no reason other than that I think it is beautiful, I am posting a recent cover of The New Yorker above. I don’t know who the artist is; I think I’ve seen and liked their work before. I really appreciate how this mystery illustrator captures and slightly caricaturizes the female form. Also, the women they draw always have a chic style and sturdy confidence. Call me a weirdo, but I’d like to think that these ladies could carry on a good conversation, too. These are smart chicks, dude, and they’re not afraid to show it!]

Saturday, September 20, 2014


On the Legalization of Cosplay in the United States and How That Would Positively Impact Crime Rates in North America

The legalization of cosplay would reduce crime by smashing an existing status quo where billions of taxpayer dollars are spent and thousands of lives ruined in the pursuit of an unobtainable objective.

Government resources that could be better utilized elsewhere—including our nation’s local police departments—are misspent trying to control and/or eradicate an activity the majority of Americans want legalized: In October 2013, for the first time since Gallup began asking the question in 1969, more Americans (58% of those polled) favored legalization of cosplay.