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Shane Koyczan and Hannah Epperson

Dare you carve six minutes of your life to be amazed?

Dare you witness rant and rave, poetry and rhyme? What do you get when you join logic and memory with music and lyrical thoughts? When time is framed into perspective and ambition placed into our dreams -- six minutes.

Six minutes of context, hope and light-- darkness, fear and burning hell. Pain meshes with joy in a spiritual, lithe-meets-blithe experience.

Curious? Six minutes.

Humor sears discomfort, life-lessons enjoin thoughts, ambition is revealed through testament -- an experience of poetry in motion. Arrogance, hubris with a dash of humility. Six minutes.

Step not into the TWILIGHT ZONE, but into a much greater, personal place-- your "me" zone, brought to you by "them"Shane Koyczan and Hannah Epperson.

Can you spare six minutes? Six short minutes that will stimulate and amaze? You'll visit places long forgotten and aspire to go to places long dreamed. The trip is light and colors, with a dash of darkness to keep you on your toes.

Dare you carve six minutes of your life to be amazed? Don your technicolor dream coat.



Video- Iconic Writer, Weaver of My Nightmares, Author Richard Matheson, 'I Am Legend' Dies At 87


I usually don't get verklempt over writers, but this man is such a part of my life. When I was a way geeky kid, I memorized the stories, authors, actors etc of every single Twilight Zone episode. Matheson of course, was everywhere. The first really scary film I ever saw in a theater was "Legend of Hell House" in a place on Calle Ocho with Spanish subtitles. ("Necrophilia...." Remember Olga?) Kolchak? OMG, Freaking Kolchak! I Am Legend, even that cheesy "Somewhere In Time". Books, movies, television! Other than King and Bradbury, no other writer has ever left an imprint on me like he did. Rest his soul, time to reread some of the greats. Killer NPR write up here.

It is ironic that one of the books author Richard Matheson, who has died at the age of 87 according to publisher Tor/Forge, is best known for is 1956′s The Shrinking Man. While that novel related the tale of a person diminishing away to virtually nothing, Matheson’s influence on the science fiction genre continues to grow more than a half century after the book’s publication. Just last week saw the release of World War Z, a film which owes a huge debt to George A. Romero’s classic 1968 film Night of the Living Dead and hence to Matheson’s similarly revered 1954 tome I Am Legend, to which Romero paid extremely generous homage in his film. Maybe too generous, according to Matheson himself. In 2007, the Allendale, N.J.-born writer told me with a chuckle about the time he met Romero for lunch. ”The first thing he said to me, putting his arms up as if I was abut to strike him, [was], ‘Didn’t make any money from Night of the Living Dead,’” Matheson recalled. “‘Homage’ means I get to steal you work. He’s a nice guy, though. I don’t harbor any animosity toward him.” (Romero later confirmed this story: “I confessed to him that I basically ripped the idea off from I Am Legend. He forgave me because we didn’t make any money. He said, ‘Well, as long as you didn’t get rich, it’s okay.’”)


Video Overnight Thread- Reg Presley of the Troggs (Wild Thing) dies aged 71


Man oh man. There was a cover band that did a killer rendition of this at the old Eastown Saloon in Grand Rapids when I was in college, and we used to go cahrazy when they played it. I'm getting old. Obit here.


Video Overnight Thread- Gilda Radner Sings "Memories"


She really was a treasure. Gotta's post on Mr Hamlisch's passing here. Via Boing Boing.

The Way We Were, which starred Barbra "Katie" Streisand and Robert "Hubble" Redford and was about "an outspoken Jewish girl with a big nose who goes to Hollywood with her beautiful blond husband and gets disgusted." At least that's how Gilda Radner told it when she performed "The Way We Were" in her show, Gilda Live. And I think it's a sweet way to remember a man who wrote songs that could bring a deeply romantic geek to tears

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