Book Discussion: MMA Special – John McCarthy and Uriah Faber

This week as a fan of the UFC and mixed martial arts, I read two books from MMA insiders. Yes, these are ghost-written moneymakers destined mostly for bargain bins but damn, I just wrote about Solzhenitsyn – do I really need to prove my cred? Yep, this is a pretty trashy genre but it is […]

Book Discussion: Accidental Revolution, The Story Of Grunge

I just wrote a piece on a book about a fictional band, time to write one about some real bands. I picked up this book in New Westminster and the cover reminded me of that other pop music history book that I really liked (and mentioned in this article). Grunge was never a genre that […]

Oscars Homework – From 12 Years to An Ex-Coloured Man

So, 12 Years a Slave wins best film at the Oscars. Was it the best film of the year? In fact, yes it probably was (click here for my take at the time). Not only is it an obvious and popular choice, not only does it make history in entirely and appropriate way but it’s a […]

Million Dollar Baby / Rope Burns – Book Discussion

Let’s get this straight from the get go. This isn’t a review of the film Million Dollar Baby, which I haven’t at all seen and can’t comment on. This is a review of the book Rope Burns by Jerry Boyd, writing under the pen name F.X. Toole. Rope Burns is a collection of short fictional stories written about boxing, […]