I am both pleased and saddened that I am offering the first episode of the Parallel Roads Podcast. The excitement is that the interview is with one of the most inspiring men of Americana, Mike “Eyeball” Kneeskern. He is an artist, musician, author, and has been hitchhiking across America for over eleven years. This interview   Read More …

I love Man-Thing. He is a true Shakespearian character in the Marvel Universe with a history of deep tragedy. Now I need to point out that this issue from 1982 is not a true “team-up” as the title gives notion to. This could have easily been called “Spider-Man vs The Man-Thing”. The “team-up” is actually   Read More …

Another year of the Des Moines Arts Festival is behind us. 2014 marked my fourth year involved in the festival and my first year as the producer of the Interrobang Film Festival (taking over for previous producer, Aaron Ward). In previous years I have only been a judge and assisting producer, where I would organize   Read More …

I love diners. I love the food, the decor, and the overall atmosphere that takes you back to a simpler time. The Ankeny diner sits inside an old Best Western Motel just off of Interstate 35. I would never had known it existed except for a lonely sign on the highway heading North from Des   Read More …

This past Saturday evening I was driving home to Des Moines from Fairfield. I had poorly stuffed my car with all the belongings that I normally travel with: one suitcase, a laptop, some records, and multiple grocery bags of important paper work that should be filed away. I am extremely unorganized with receipts down by   Read More …

Everything I have done so far in my life I have done with very little training. I have always taken the approach, “If you want to do something, then do it.” I don’t subscribe to many teachings or philosophical advice, however I have always been enchanted with Aleister Crowley’s rule “Do what though wilt.” If   Read More …

Those of you who follow me on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook have probably noticed a lot of photos popping up of what looks like a movie theater under construction. Well, I guess it is time to explain myself. Yes, the team at Modern American Cinema is opening our first movie house: The Orpheum Theater in Fairfield,   Read More …

So for my first camping trip this year I drove out to Stephen’s Forest which is located in Lucas County (about an hour and half south of Des Moines). It was a little early for camping season so there was no one else around for a weekend getaway. The area included a private pond (Mind   Read More …

Hailing from Iowa City, Raw Mojo has just released  their newest album, Brickbat Theory. Now, I always like to warn readers in advance of where I stand on music, because when you have someone who doesn’t care for a particular genre or sound, it is very hard for them review it fairly. I dislike so much   Read More …

Hello to everyone! As you can see, the new website has finally been created. It only took me two years to get around to it, but overall I have to say I am very happy with it. Stay tuned for some bigger news this week. KD

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