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Nov 29, 2016

The first time Swedish country music singer and guitarist Hicks was my guest on Mr. Media, I remember being surprised how “country” he really sounded. I thought, going into the interview, that I would have to make allowances for a Scandinavian trying to sound like a genuine Tennessee backwoodsman – you know,...


Nov 28, 2016

(2007) Peanuts Treasury was the first hardcover book I remember getting as a kid, somewhere around 1968, 1969.

I spent hours reading and re-reading it, losing myself in the comic misadventures of Charlie Brown and Snoopy, wishing I could be like Charles Schulz, the strip’s writer and artist. My first dog, acquired...


Nov 24, 2016

 

(JULY 2007) You just can’t pigeonhole Billy Bob Thornton.

Think about the movie roles he’s most famous for and see what, if any, connection there is: Carl in Sling Blade; Hank Grotowski in Monster’s Ball; Morris Buttermaker in Bad News Bears; Coach Gaines in Friday Night Lights, and my favorite, Willy in Bad...


Nov 20, 2016

Zoe Whittaker is not who anyone thinks she is. She may not even be who she thinks she is.

KATE MORETTI podcast excerpt: "I don't think the average person has faced the amount of tragedy and bad decision-making that Zoe has faced. If anybody tried to write about the bad decision-making of the average person, you'd wind...


Nov 17, 2016

(MAY 2010) Joey Ramone wasn’t really Joey Ramone. Most people know that the “Ramones” name was for the stage, although few sought out and became their stage persona more completely than the former Jeffry Hyman, a spindly, troubled boy from Queens. If you’re a Ramones fan—or just fascinated with stories of...