Category Archives: Elsewhere On The Internet

I HAVE THIS TO SAY ABOUT NJ

Ronde Del Dia! published something I wrote about my hometown and my favorite diner, Royal Cliffs, which recently went out of business. The piece is called “RIP Royal Cliffs Diner,” and it’s also about the time I poured bleach on my leg to get rid of poison ivy, and the summer when I had to drive my friend to a bunch of psych wards. You can read it here. It’s what I have to say about NJ.

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OVER ON BISCUETTE: ONE SERIOUS THING ABOUT THE ARMENIANS

I got a series over on Biscuette devoted to boxing and rock & roll, including a series of boxing matches between songs with the same name (most recent bout: “Friends” by Led Zeppelin vs. “Friends” by Shalamar). But every once in a while I use the platform to say something else, and earlier this year I wrote about the Armenian Genocide, which is something I have strong feelings about. The piece is called “My Armenian Mind,” and I’m putting a link to it here.

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DREAMS vs. DREAMS

I started a series on Biscuette in which 2 songs with the same name fight each other. In the first entry, “DREAMS” by Fleetwood Mac takes on “DREAMS” by Van Halen. FIND OUT WHO WINS HERE.

I’ve set up a poll below, because I’m curious to see where everyone comes down on this. Depending on the results, I might arrange a rematch:

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NIGHTTIME MAGIC: ANOTHER VIDEO GAME GUITAR SOLO

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I recorded another guitar solo over the music from Sonic the Hedgehog. I call this one “Nighttime Magic”:

Here’s the cool part: this time the solo, as well as an essay I wrote about why I record these things in the first place, has been published on Bon Mots and Blood—a blog that runs literary criticism for books and video games side by side. You can read my essay, which is titled “Sonic the Hedgehog, Masato Nakamura, and the Secrets of Cool Guitar Playing,” here.

And if you want, you can listen to my very first video game guitar solo, “Pact With Satan,” here.

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GET IN THE RING: THE MIND OF AXL ROSE

Big news: I’ve begun writing a guest column about boxing & rock and roll at Biscuette. My first piece is called “GET IN THE RING: THE MIND OF AXL ROSE,” and you can read it here. It’s about the things that Axl Rose and boxing have in common–and why they are attractive (and occasionally repulsive) for the same reasons. As you might have guessed, I have a lot to say on the subject.

Stay tuned for twice as much H.M.H. in the coming weeks: in addition to the new column at Biscuette, I’m going to continue posting new stuff here, including a new video game guitar solo and some more inside stories from SWEET FIX.

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