I'm a man of many words--and that's kind of the point.
I explore the power of shared mythologies, and the dangers we face when we (as creators) ignore those shared mythologies.
I wrote an email to a middle-school teacher a few years ago, and realized that many of the ideas might apply to a broader group of students and teachers. I took the bones of that email reply and turned it into a full blog post--which may eventually become a scholarly essay when I've got the energy to find corroborating essays to commune with.
I explore the quiet divorce between the NBA's Dallas Mavericks, and the often injured Chandler Parsons.
I was the Editor-in-Chief and President of the North Texas Review in 2011 for this edition, which we published in early 2012.
I break down a December, 2017 NBA game featuring the Dallas Mavericks and the Brooklyn Nets.
In June of 2016, both Muhammad Ali and Kimbo Slice had the coincidental misfortune to die within days of one another. A particularly unnecessary headline made the rounds that made a big deal about the number of clicks each fighter's obituary stories got on prominent sports websites. I take a look at this information, draw a few conclusions, and push back at a few others.
A rare personal essay about the craft and process of writing.
This is an older piece, and one I might tackle with a bit more restraint in 2019, but it's still a piece I'm proud of. I ask the reader to make a distinction between up-close acts of violence and violence-from-a-distance. I also pose the question: "If we have a moral objection to a character's actions, but we continue to play, do we revoke our ability to point fingers?"
I was fiction editor for the 2010-2011 edition of the North Texas Review.
This is an earlier piece I wrote about the now iconic Heavy Rain. I've had some heated debates about my take on this type of experience over the years, but my mind hasn't changed much.