Culture

Gen X and the DIY aesthetic

I published The Brown Bottle out of a small second-floor apartment in Concord where I lived after moving back to the East Coast from Las Vegas[3]. The zine was a labor of love. I took submissions from writers all over the world and published what I subjectively considered the best work I received in a bi-annual saddle-stitched journal that I laid out on a desktop publishing program and had it printed by a small shop down the road from my apartment. READ MORE

News

A close-reading of ‘Every Rose Has Its Thorn’

As an example, let’s examine Poison’s 1988 power ballad “Every Rose Has Its Thorn,” penned by Sir Bret Michaels. Apparently, Sir Michaels was doing laundry, waiting for his array of bandannas to dry, and he called his girlfriend on a payphone outside the Laundromat. When she answered, he heard another man’s voice in the background. Heartbroken, Michaels went back inside the Laundromat and let the muse work its magic. READ MORE

Not That Profound

Sununu gives COVID-19 another chance

I’m not a particularly profitable gambler—a quick perusal of my Venmo account will attest to this—but there’s one thing I will bet my house on: New Hampshire’s Gov. Chris Sununu will run for a U.S. Senate seat in 2022. How do I know this? I’m a public school teacher in New Hampshire. READ MORE