Archive for August, 2010

A Brief Political Pause, with Exorcism

Posted in Miscellaneous, Politics and Current Events on August 29, 2010 by Scott Emerson

I don’t really blog much about politcs, mostly because I hate writing about it as much as I hate following it, but events this weekend have compelled me to mark a couple of hundred words on the topic. Trust me, I’d rather be discussing the ending of THE LAST EXORCISM.

Look, I can’t stand Glenn Beck as much as the next rational, free-thinking individual, but in the course of his “Restoring Honor” speech yesterday I was disturbed to see several comments appearing on-line–written by supposedly liberal folk who consider themselves above the smoke being blown up the nation’s collective ass–wishing that Beck would go the way of Dr. Martin Luther King a little bit further, if you get my meaning, and it made me than a little uncomfortable.

Not only does this kind of ill will give the right more ammunition against the supposed “War on Traditional Values” and justify their attempt to evangelicize the country, it’s simply bad karma. There are much more effective ways to counter Beck and his ilk. Besides, an assassination (or merely an attempt) would only cement the martyrdom Beck so desperately craves.

All right, now that that’s off my chest, WTF was up with that ending? Not only did I not find the final revelation surprising, but the entire climax was just so out of step with the film’s previous build-up that it felt . . . not so much like a cheat, maybe, but at least a sequence out of a different movie.

There. Now I feel better.

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No, Asshole

Posted in Miscellaneous on August 25, 2010 by Scott Emerson

It is not in a dog’s nature to fight for sport. He will fight in order to eat, fuck, or protect what’s his, but a dog has neither the instinct nor the inclination to fight for your entertainment or otherwise fill the void where your soul should be.

You Know What I Wish I’d Learned in School?

Posted in Miscellaneous on August 23, 2010 by Scott Emerson

Manners and etiquette when dealing with assholes. It’s one thing to be polite when everyone is all, “How do you do, lovely weather we’re having,” but it’s another thing to retain social grace amidst rampant douchebaggery, and it’s a skill I wish I’d acquired.

Reading at Morgantown Poets’ Open Mic, 8/19/2010

Posted in Morgantown Poets, Writing on August 23, 2010 by Scott Emerson

Footage of me closing the Morgantown Poets August event with a couple of snippets from my Twitter feed and my poem “Arachnod,” which was recently published on Everyday Weirdness.

“Metaphors and Marketing” on Channel 5

Posted in Morgantown Poets, Writing on August 7, 2010 by Scott Emerson

Morgantown Poets co-founders Ted Webb and Tamara Woods hosted a poetry workshop this afternoon on, respectively, strengthening your use of metaphor and utilizing social networking to aid your writing. Though not officially a Morgantown Poets function, I made sure to attend, since I’m loathe to miss a literary event in Morgantown, or pass up a chance to go to the MAC (where the workshop was held).

The workshop was fun and informative, but probably not interesting enough to read about, so I’ll skimp on the details. Channel 5 was there to do a brief segment on it, which was nice. (You can catch a quick glimpse of me in the corner, helping Ted get folks registered.)

Kudos Ted and Tamara on the workshop. I hope you make these a regular occurance.