I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book. - Groucho Marx


by Ryk McIntyre
June 21, 2017

In the early 1600s, Spanish author Miguel de Cervantes gave the world the character of Don Quixote, and forevermore, the rest of us had a ready thumbnail sketch of to describe people who become obsessed with a dream that makes the rest of us want to say “...um, but that’s a windmill, dude...” And this will also easily serve as an introduction to Ken Carter, the man who would jump the St. Lawrence River.

Born Kenneth Gordon Polsjek – sometime in 1938 – in the working class slums of Montreal, Ken quit school after only the 4th grade in order to work. He became interested in stunt driving and when he turned 16, he joined a team of touring daredevils. Eventually Ken struck out on his own and established himself as a performer so daring, he was dubbed “The Mad Canadian”...

Ryk McIntyre is a Multi-Hyphen sort of person. Poet, critic, performer, workshop facilitator and co-host at both GotPoetry! Live (Providence) and Cantab Lounge (Cambridge,MA). He's been living in RI for the past 6 years, with his wife and daughter. Ryk has performed his work at Boston's ICA, NYC's New School, Portsmouth, NH's Music Hall and Lollapalooza, to name just a few. He has toured the US, performing in countless Poetry open mics and festivals.  He turned down Allen Ginsburg once.

by Matt Kelley
June 19, 2017

If you’re not familiar with the work of Roy Andersson, you probably aren’t Swedish. His first feature film, En kärlekshistoria(distributed as A Swedish Love Story in the US), premiered in 1970. Influenced by the Czech New Wave, En kärlekshistoriarecounts the love between two working-class young people set against the backdrop of the perfect summer. Andersson was just barely out of film school at the time of it’s release but that had virtually no effect on the film’s major critical and commercial success. 40 years later, the film is still quite often found on the “most popular films” shelf in many Swedish video stores. Aside from his debut film’s unprecedented achievements, success wasn’t all lollipops and puppy dogs for Andersson. When producers pressured him to make sequels or at least repeat the formula of En kärlekshistoria, Andersson fell into a deep depression and took a long break from filmmaking. Five years later, Andersson released his second feature film, Giliap, but the film went wildly over budget and was considered a financial disaster. Critics and audiences alike didn’t understand Giliap and box office sales were very low. The film was an overall failure that nearly cost Andersson his directing career. Unable to find work, Andersson nearly turned his back on making films altogether. Just as he was about to give up, Andersson got a job offer and soon he began shooting commercials for a Swedish based insurance company called Tyrgg Hansa. With a family to support, Andersson was willing to take whatever work he could find. During the next leg of his career, Andersson shot hundreds of television commercials that would soon define his unique directing style. He would not direct another feature film for 25 years...

Matt Kelley is a writer who lives in Chicago, Illinois.  Matt has been writing and producing short films since he was 14 fourteen years old and he will continue to do so until he is dead.  Matt has won several awards for the short films NakedAction City Bathroom and FutureCop 2010.   He currently writes for the new web series, Hank Frisco: Galaxy Defender.  Check out more of his work at www.hankfrisco.com or follow his angry rants on Twitter@_MattKelley_   

by Alex Schab
June 19, 2017
Years ago, while I was still stuck in that “why can't I just fall down a flight of stairs” phase of high school which most of us seem to go through, I put on Joy Division while driving with my brother. After a few minutes of music, he said something along the lines of “What the fuck is this? This guy sounds like he wants to kill himself.” To which I replied “Well, funny story...”
Alex Schab is a freelance writer living somewhere between the woods and the suburbs of Massachusetts. This means he spends way too many lonely nights consuming media and beer. Follow him on Twitter (@Schab) as he tries to wrestle some meaning into his life.

by Thomas Michalski
June 18, 2017
It might have something to do with its origins in French film theory, but people tend to only toss around the word “auteur” when it comes to highbrow directors, your Kubricks and Kurosawas, but the term is by no means an indicator of commonly accepted notions of quality cinema, having more to do with the structure and consistency of vision evident in a filmmaker’s body of work than the perceived cultural or artistic importance of that output. When considered without the bogus cinephile pretension, the term could arguably be applied to everyone’s favorite directorial whipping boy, Ed Wood, and is certainly apt, as David K. Frasier points out in his book-length examination of the accomplished sleaze purveyor, for Russ Meyer. Meyer’s films weren’t of the sort to garner nods from the Academy, in fact they were more likely to get him thrown in jail, but there’s no denying that over the course of his infamous career, lasting over a quarter of a century, the filmmaker established and expanded upon his own unique aesthetic, using it to explore subject matter both personal and political. The fact that that aesthetic revolves almost exclusively around scantily clad women with enormous tits is totally irrelevant...
Thomas Michalski is a writer and radio host from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. You can keep up with his comings and goings over at http://www.voodooinspector.com/

by Thomas Michalski
June 15, 2017
Early on in the Seinfeld episode “The Tape”, Kramer tells Jerry about a friend of his who is becoming a minimalist and is giving away all of his possessions. “Is that the guy who likes fat women?” interjects George, to which Jerry quips, “Doesn’t the fat fetish conflict with the minimalism?” It’s a throwaway joke, a short detour before getting down to the business of the plot, but it encapsulates how pop culture understands minimalism: as space rather than substance, as emptiness only occasionally interrupted by the simplest of forms. But while that perception certainly applies to certain manifestations of minimalism, it’s far from the whole picture. 
Thomas Michalski is a writer and radio host from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. You can keep up with his comings and goings over at http://www.voodooinspector.com/