Twelve years ago (!!!), I wrote my first story for CNN. The subject was Australian Gitmo detainee David Hicks, who had just gotten access to a lawyer at the time.
The BBC is reporting his lawyer expects the U.S. will clear his conviction on terrorism charges.
Posted: January 12, 2015 in Books, Music
Tags: Alice in Chains, Books, Grunge, Jerry Cantrell, Layne Staley, Mike Inez, Mike Starr, Music, Sean Kinney, William DuVall
It’s been a while since I posted anything about my Alice in Chains biography. Here’s something to start off 2015:
The Book Is DONE: I’m reviewing a hard copy of the manuscript (pictured above) for final edits and changes. Once that’s finished, that will be the final version that goes to the presses for mass production and publication.
Mark Your Calendars: The other bit of news is the book is now available for pre-order on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, with a scheduled release date of August 4, 2015.
More updates to come in the weeks and months ahead… I look forward to getting the book out there and for people to have the opportunity to read it. Best wishes to all of you for 2015…
Posted: July 6, 2014 in Sports
Tags: FIFA, Flopping, Soccer, Sports, World Cup
In light of the amazing World Cup tournament that is winding down in the next week, and all the controversy about Arjen Robben’s flopping that led to the game-winning penalty against Mexico, here are a few other clips of flopping and other shenanigans which should win awards for bad acting or flat-out chutzpah:
Ding! Dong! The
witch king is dead!
I’m a few days late on this, but for those of you who haven’t heard, the most reprehensible inbred brat in television history got whacked at his own wedding. For the back story from the show perspective, I would recommend reading Entertainment Weekly’s interviews with Jack Gleeson, George R. R. Martin, and David Benioff/Dan Weiss. Naturally, the Internet had to chime in, here are a few responses via Twitter [full disclosure/shameless self-promotion: some of the tweets are mine]:
And last, but certainly not least – here’s a clip of Tyrion slapping Joffrey around for 10 minutes, set to Led Zeppelin’s “Achilles Last Stand.”
Posted: April 5, 2014 in In Memoriam, Music, Pop Culture
Tags: Alice in Chains, Grunge, In Memoriam, Kurt Cobain, Layne Staley, Music, Nirvana, Pop Culture, Seattle
Today marks the 20th and 12th anniversaries of the deaths of Kurt Cobain and Layne Staley. Take some time to reflect on them, their music, and their individual legacies.
Beyond these links and videos, if you want to know more about both of them and the broader Seattle scene in general, I would highly recommend reading Greg Prato’s Grunge Is Dead and Mark Yarm’s Everybody Loves Our Town.
Posted: April 3, 2014 in Music
Tags: Alice in Chains, Grunge, Jerry Cantrell, Layne Staley, Man in the Box, Mike Inez, Mike Starr, Music, Sean Kinney, Seattle, William DuVall
Paul Rachman, the director of Alice in Chains‘ breakout “Man in the Box” video, has posted this photo on Twitter of him with the titular character from the video. According to another tweet by Rachman, the character was played by a friend named Rezin.
You can view Rezin in all his creepy glory at the end of the video:
Watch this video of teenagers reacting to Nirvana… One thing worth pointing out is the fact that even though they were all born after Cobain’s death, the reactions to “Smells Like Teen Spirit” were pretty similar to when my friends and I were that age when the song came out in 1991.
h/t Mark Yarm