Finding Meaning in Interstellar

I recently saw Interstellar for the second time, this time in 70mm IMAX at the Smithsonian Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center’s Airbus IMAX Theatre, and, just, there’s, agh – there’s no real words for this movie. It’s a fantastic movie that really kicks the brain into deep thought, and it’s utterly loaded with deep existential-philosophical subtext. Now that I’ve seen […]

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I Do Have a Family Jewels Story

A couple of months ago, I had three of my grad school friends over. We shot the shit, as is to be expected from friends catching up. Jobs, new business endeavors, new romances, old romances, et cet. Side to early 20s people: late 20s/early 30s people will drink you under the proverbial table. Between three of us who were […]

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A Reading List

Continuing on the reading boat, I wanted to put out there a list of books I highly recommend – some taken from the list I use with my tutees, but mostly not – in case anyone out there is looking for some cool books to check out or get someone as a last minute holiday […]

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Why Reading is Important

It’s an oft-repeated saying we hear from an early age: “Reading is important.” But few stop to ask why. Why is reading important? People seem to think that the only significant reason reading is important is because it helps you learn and gives you new knowledge. It’s a forgivable conclusion: the more you read, the more […]

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A Manifesto for Good

The word “manifesto” gets such a bad rap, probably because the only people the media show writing manifestos are crazy killers and the granddaddy manifesto of them all is Mr. Marx’s Communist Manifesto. So I thought I’d try my hand at writing a positive manifesto, a manifesto for Good. A list of beliefs that I will […]

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My Belief in the Power of Stories – A Speech

At the end of a novel I’m currently working on, the main character returns to his film school alma mater to speak to the graduating class that year. I poured my heart into writing his speech, and the words he speaks are reflective of my own belief in the power of film, the power of stories, and […]

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Common App Essay – Viva La Vida Will Be Your Forrest Gump

This must be the umpteenth time I’m posting this online, but the last posting I made of my Common App essay got lost when I switched web hosts, so posting it once more (especially since I need it for a more recent post). Written back in the fall of ’09. High-school-Danny wasn’t too shabby at writing, looks […]

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