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To call myself a writer would be a stretch. I enjoy writing in prose and poetry, and playing with alliterations that flit the tongue. I have an ear for syntax, but I'm tripped-up by spelling and have put extra effort into improving those skills to compensate. That's why when I have the chance to write blogs or articles for publications, I try to enjoy what I create instead of worrying about the formality of writing. It's a happy hobby and I'm content with that. 

I am not a Throwaway: FLEFF Recap


April 08, 2014

The Throwaways by Ira McKinley brought to light an often-ignored issue in the United States: mass incarceration.


As a black man and ex-felon, McKinley has a deeply personal relationship to the issues that come with mass incarceration, all of which he raised in the documentary, such as food deserts, over policing and violence, the degradation of inner city schools, abandoned neighborhoods, and lack of access to health care.

Journalism and Hairballs


April 02, 2014

Two words I'd never expect to hear in the same sentence. However, Jonathan Miller knew how to do it perfectly. Earlier this evening at the Dissonant Environments talk he said:


"The job of a journalist is to sift through the hairball of reality. And hopefully make some mittens or sweaters out of it."

Review: Classic Documentary Comes to Life with Live Music

The Ithacan

January 29, 2014

In the enchanting Sage Chapel at Cornell University, a packed house silences its cellphones, ready to experience the captivating combination of the Cloud Chamber Orchestra and the silent film, “Grass: A Nation’s Battle for Life.” The event, sponsored by the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival and Cornell Cinema, was mesmerizing as viewers traveled through musical and visual worlds.


The 1925 silent film, considered one of the oldest ethnographic documentaries...

The Battle Continues on Youtube

Studio 360

July 31, 2013

About a month ago, we opened the doors of Studio 360’sBattle of the High School Bands. Whether you came of age during the British Invasion or are still in school, we wanted to hear your band’s best original song. Younger rock-stars-in-training uploaded ready-to-go .mp3s, while veterans dug through dusty reel-to-reels and cassette tapes.


What could be better than homemade audio? We scoured the web and found...

Indie Band Strays off Beat

The Ithacan

February 10, 2011

Cake's sixth studio release, "Showroom of Compassion," is surprisingly safe for what fans expect of this innovative band. 


Between new and fresh sounds staying true to its roots, this album contains bizarre lyrics that are both captivating and catchy. "Mustache Man" maintains Cake's classic rhythmic clapping, and "Easy to Crash" elicits the familiar edgy rock and synthesizers signature of Cake's 2004 album, "Pressure Chief."

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