Monday, July 29, 2013

Classic Fall Beer

Hey, all you Craft Brewers out there, this is the Beer I want to be drinking this Fall, so get cracking:

(It's a classic Russian Movie reference and a Harvest Festival Beer!)

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Me 'n' the Gecko

This is me, towering over the Boston Skyline, with my good friend the Gecko from you-know-who. No, I'm actually at the Lowell Folk Music Festival, trying to win free Gasoline at the Geico booth, because...well, because gas is expensive these days. Annie and I had a good time at the festival. We found a patch of shade in front of the Boarding House Park stage, and plunked ourselves down. As usual, I got many compliments on my retro Pirates cap. It's a good place to hang if you have an unusual hat, or whiskers that make you look like you just came home from the Civil War.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The Surprise Party

This is the story I told Monday Night at the Lizard Lounge. It explains a lot of what I've been through lately, plus it has a story within the story. Enjoy.

Uncle Chaim

Here's last week's story from The Story Space:

Scene: a finished Basement, somewhere on Long Island, circa 1966. Told live at The Story Space, July 16, 2013. (c) 2013, Michael D. Cohen

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Shark, Classical

There's been a lot of fuss lately about the ScyFy Channel's "Sharknado". What the writers did was to take two completely incompatible things, and ram them together (quite forcibly, and against all the Laws of Nature). Being from L.A, they then made a cheesy movie out of it.

But, since I am from Boston, I thought I would answer them, while both taking the high road, and going classical. Herewith, submitted for your approval:

I met a Hammerhead from an antique strand
Who said: a vast and bodiless fin of stone
Stands off in the dunes. Near it, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered snout there lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on this lifeless thing,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed:
And on the pedestal these words appear:
"My name is Sharkimandias, Ocean King:
Look on my jaws, ye Mighty, and despair!"
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level beach stretches far away.
 © 2013, Michael D. Cohen


Monday, July 15, 2013

Summer Movies

Here are some summer movie mashups that I'd really like to see:

1) Just add James Bond and Jaws to Wes Anderson's fable-like evocation of the Elizabeth Islands in the early '60s, and you've got Megaplex Action Magic with "Moonraker Kingdom", and

2) Substitute John Wayne for Barbara Streisand, and Peter Bogdanovich's near-perfect Screwball Comedy may be the funniest movie of all time as "What's Up, Duke?"