Tag Archives: Mark’s big ideas

Season five of The Walking Dead needs to be acted out on stage, in Ypsilanti

This is not a joke. I really want one of our local theater companies to act out season five of The Walking Dead for me. I don’t currently have the funds to commission such a production, but I would happily contribute a case of beer to anyone who could pull of a credible interpretation. [warning: […]

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Boon and Easel return, die horribly, but on their own terms

I’ve always known that one day I’d write a children’s book. I didn’t know until today, however, when I read the news story about the raccoon spotted riding on an alligator’s back through a Florida swamp, what it would be about. The image accompanying the article immediately brought to mind the weasel who flew a […]

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Danny Fields… the man who signed the Stooges, discovered the Ramones, and changed the world

Almost a year ago now, I received an email from a reader of this site by the name of Bob Nolan, who, knowing of my love for the Ramones and Stooges, suggested that I talk with a friend of his named Brendan Toller. Brendan, he told me, had been working on a film about Danny […]

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“It would be like the nuclear arms race, but with cock-like structures.”

I uttered this sentence last night, and I thought that it should be recorded for posterity… Every year or two since 2003, when Cabinet magazine named Ypsilanti’s historic water tower the winner of it’s World’s Most Phallic Building contest, a website somewhere decides to post a story about the our beloved “brick dick.” Most recently, […]

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The Ayn Rand Academy …free markets, wet pants, and the launch of the most pull-yourself-up-by-your-bootstrappiest charter school in America

I occasionally get awesome ideas that, because I have a soul, I can’t act on. And I had one of those ideas just now, as I was sitting here, reading about a third grade teacher in Vancouver, Washington who just recently instituted a pay-to-potty scheme with disastrous consequences. The information at this point is scant, […]

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