Shine (Or, Out Of Your Head Volume CXXII)

Addictive substances cause the synapses of the mesolimbic dopamine system to flood with excessive amounts of dopamine, creating a brief rush of euphoria more commonly called a “high.” Depressants, such as alcohol, increase concentrations of...

Learning How To Die

I’m half-way through three books right now, and have cracked the spine on two more. I would tack it up to coincidence, or some sort of Borders/Barnes & Nobles/Amazon harmonic convergence. But you know me: I look for meaning in signs, symbols, and patterns....

When I Look At The Stars

We look a little drunk, don’t we? We’re not. We’re on ecstacy. Nils G. Holm’s “Ecstasy Research In The 20th Century” describes the experience thusly: Ecstasy is derived from a Greek word, with the original meaning of removing...

Let Me Sleep

I’m sitting in the front lounge of Meat Loaf’s tour bus. We are idling in a parking lot on the edge of the Cedar River in Cedar Falls, Iowa. It’s well after noon on a weekday. Still, my brain is not even close to functional. Meat Loaf’s former...

One Thing Right

“Americas Next Top Model” was the talk of the MTV News morning meeting. Sadly, there was no mention of the sonic pyrotechnics coming from The Rodeo Bar last night. It was pretty overwhelming bringing The Smith Family and The Nadas together. If these two...