Check out my interview with singer-songwriter Mat Kearney over at Mammoth Press. He offers glimpses into his new record City Of Black & White, finding hope amidst life's trials and his background as an English major.
Wow. What a book. I haven't read something this good in a long, long time. I know I'm a couple years late but Cormac McCarthy has without question written a masterpiece. It's a deceptively simple premise of a father and son trying to survive, but at the same time it's about so much more. Much better than No Country For Old Men, of which I'm also a big fan. It's post-apocalyptic setting (my second favorite sub-genre) provides no easy answers. Devastatingly bleak. A haunting examination of the human condition that pulls no punches. And yet amidst all the darkness and overwhelming odds, it offers the faintest flicker of hope. Its ending will move anyone who has half a heart. Based on that scene alone, I'm betting Viggo Mortensen wins Best Actor this year. But read the book before the film comes out in October. Even if you have, read it again. Take a journey and experience a Road that will stay with you long after the last page is turned.
"Do you remember that little boy, Papa?
Yes. I remember him.
Do you think that he's all right that little boy?
Oh yes. I think he's all right.
Do you think he was lost?
No. I don't think he was lost.
I'm scared that he was lost.
I think he's all right.
But who will find him if he's lost? Who will find the little boy?
Goodness will find the little boy. It always has. It will again."
Check out my interview with mewithoutYou at Mammoth Press. Guitarist Michael Weiss provides insight into the band's latest offering It’s All Crazy! It’s All False! It’s All A Dream! It’s Alright, creativity in music and what their early days were like.
So the finale for season eight of Scrubs was Wednesday night, effectively ending the series, or at least the show as we know it. The episode was incredibly sad (yes, I even shed a tear or two), funny and fulfilling all at the same time, and was probably the best ending to a TV show I’ve seen. Scrubs will forever live on as one of my top five favorite shows of all time, and J.D.’s last final monologue was a perfect and poignant way to go out:
“Endings are never easy. I always build them up so much in my head they can’t possibly live up to my expectations and I just end up disappointed. I’m not even sure why it matters to me so much how things end here. I guess it’s because we all want to believe that what we do is very important. That people hang onto our every word. That they care what we think. The truth is you should consider yourself lucky if you even occasionally get to make someone – anyone – feel a little better.
“After that, it’s all about the people that you let into your life. As my mind drifted to faces I had seen here before, I was taken to memories of family, of coworkers, of lost loves – even of those who have left us. As I rounded that corner, they all came at me in a wave of shared experience. Even though it felt warm and safe, I knew it had to end.
“It’s never good to live in the past too long. As for the future, thanks to Dan, it didn’t seem so scary anymore. It could be whatever I want it to be. And who’s to say this isn’t what happens? Who can tell me that my fantasies won’t come true? Just this once…”
Check out my interview with Mae on MammothPress.com. Frontman Dave Elkins addresses the band's rebirth, including its new purpose and musical direction, its efforts to raise money for charity, and the pros and cons of being self-supporting.