Author Archives: Craig Burgess

Reaching for the Summit

by Craig B. I’ve never climbed a mountain. Not a real mountain, at any rate. Nothing that couldn’t be conquered with more than a whittled stick and a ham sandwich. I don’t know crampons from carabiners. I’m not soft or anything. I have bungee jumped, ziplined, and chucked myself out of airplanes; I just don’t […]

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The Coen Brothers

by Craig B. Filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen got their first shot in movies by helping their friend Sam Raimi edit his first film The Evil Dead in 1981. Three years later, Raimi, now a cult darling, convinced the Coen Brothers to shoot a pitch trailer for a script they’d written but hadn’t filmed yet. […]

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Prose Bowl 2019: The Final Round

by Craig B. Welcome to the final round of Prose Bowl 2019! Here we are in the final round of voting! Competition has been fierce. These contenders have fought their way to the top of the bracket. Three challengers remain from a fighting field of sixty. Only one finalist can win. It’s like Thunderdome for […]

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Hidden Gems of 2018

by Craig B. The Oscars have come and gone and left me in a reflective mood. Every year, I see movies that I think should get more attention than they receive from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Sometimes, I’m downright baffled by their choices. Unfortunately, I’ve never been invited to join their […]

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The Thin Gray Line

by Craig B. “Creation is messy. You want genius, you get madness; two sides of the same coin.” – Steve Jobs “At the edge of madness you howl diamonds and pearls.” – Aberjhani The Ninth Symphony. The Sistine Chapel. Classical Cynicism. The human mind is a marvelous thing. We’ve gone from stone tools to quantum […]

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