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A Curious Experiment

Notes from the Shire by Nate

Music has had plenty of controversies regarding lyrics over the decades. References to drugs, sex and violence are the usual offenders, sometimes resulting in bans of album sales and/or live performances. One of my favorite bands, Cannibal Corpse, is, as you would expect from the name, no stranger to such controversy.

Box Brown in Conversation

Notes from the Shire by Chris L


I’ve been a huge fan of Box Brown’s work for quite a few years now. His graphic novels, illustrated with his trademark cartoon style, always seem to appeal to my exact niche interests. Pro wrestling, videogames, stand up comedy, and more weave their way into and out of Brown’s work. I was lucky enough to recently talk with Box about his past, present, and future.

Spring Warm Up

Notes from the Shire by Nate

It’s mid-February. That means it’s almost March, which means it’s time to start thinking about Spring. Just because it’s below freezing and we could still get another snow storm doesn’t mean we can’t get ready for warmer weather. Here’s a few ideas to get the most out of the late winter and spring seasons.


Once Upon a Time

Once upon a time, I was speaking to a dear friend of mine about the last book he had read, Zadie Smith’s On Beauty. He’d enjoyed it, he told me,  and he casually mentioned that it was the first time he had ever read a book written by a black woman.

He was 30.

“Not on purpose!” he insisted. “It’s just I love Asimov, Danielewski, Kerouac, Lovecraft, etc., and the brain always wants more of the same, and that genre just tends to be written by white men.”


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