Written and read by Josh Porter Memorial of Dennis Martinez, November 11, 2017 One of the first dinner’s I shared with Denny, I remember the way his family gathered around him, inviting him to regale me with the story of his journey to Jesus. The dinner table his campfire, Denny sat back and spun his … Continue reading How the Old Story Ends
The following was read on November 13, 2016 at Van City Church in Vancouver, Washington. On the morning after the 2016 election, the words “Go back to Africa” were scrawled on the inside of a Minneapolis bathroom above the campaign slogan of the president-elect, “Make America Great Again.” Similarly racist, xenophobic and misogynistic propaganda found … Continue reading After the Election: A Litany Against Fear
teetotaler |ˈtēˌtōtl-ər| noun a person who never drinks alcohol. I have never had alcohol. Not a sip of beer, not a drop of wine, no liquors or spirits of any kind. I don’t even drink kombucha, man. Why? The reason has been the same as long as I’ve had the cognizance to make it: I don’t … Continue reading Why do I continue to reject alcohol?
Imagine you’re 14 in 1997 and you’ve found a sort of home in punk rock. It takes about a year for the horrible truth to set in: The same spirit that drew you into this subculture is the spirit that renders it undone. Indeed, if punk rock is an affront to the status quo, a … Continue reading The return of Refused and the fear that cripples artists.
“For me, Jurassic Park was really kind of my Star Wars.” -Chris Pratt On June 12th, 1993—my 10th birthday—my friends and I piled into my mom’s Crown Victoria for a Saturday matinee of a movie I had been anticipating more than any film-going experience of my life. It was the previous spring, during my family’s … Continue reading Jurassic Park was my Star Wars
Like so many other people in the world, I love Mark Z. Danielewski’s House of Leaves. Undeterred by it’s massive cult popularity, or the predictable whine of, “too-ambitious-for-it’s-own-good.” I freakin’ love it. Not only for it’s massive scope and invigorating originality, but for the equal-parts horrifying/compelling (and surprisingly straightforward) story at the heart of it all. Consequently, I love … Continue reading The Familiar: Pre-release evaluation.
10. Jurassic Park, Michael Chricton Aside from the novelization of Gremlins 2, Jurassic Park was my first experience with an actual novel at the ripe-old age of nine. Of course, the macro themes of chaos theory and the inherent danger in genetic god-play were a bit lost on this impressionable fourth-grader, but I knew enough to gather there was … Continue reading My top 10 all-time favorite novels… For now.