The Carrying On of a Wayward Son: The Podcast — Episode 1 with Andrew Hollinger

•March 7, 2011 • 1 Comment


For a while now, I’ve been flirting with the idea of doing a weekly podcast. My first thought was to make it movie-centric — since that’s been the focus of so many other areas of my life lately. As I’ve continued to mull over the idea, though, it’s become more and more clear that this needs to be a project that’s almost completely void of movie-related discussion. I need an outlet in my life where I can flex my other creative muscles.

And so was born The Carrying On of a Wayward Son: The Podcast. In every episode, I will have an hour-long chat with a friend about anything and everything. These could be fond bouts of nostalgia about a shared past or dual brainstorming about a hoped-for future. Some of these podcasts will be with my current set of friends. Others will be with old friends I haven’t talked to in years. Even others might potentially be with people I’ve never even met before.

The first episode’s guest is a good friend of mine named Andrew Hollinger. Andrew and I met in 1995 or so when the two of us were in fifth grade. Starting of as fellow Cub Scouts in the same den, we later became classmates and then even later attended the same university. Andrew also was a partner in my first attempt at a podcast — Inkstain, a more literary venture that saw the two of us record pre-written essays. Andrew is currently a high school teacher in the Rio Grande Valley and a frequent writer. You can read some of his past work on his website at

So, without further adieu, here’s the debut episode of The Carrying On of a Wayward Son:

The Carrying on of a Wayward Son: Episode 1 — Andrew Hollinger



Death and Taxes

•February 11, 2011 • Leave a Comment

How do you want to die?

That’s a question I’ve been asking myself for a long time. Being an overweight, out-of-shape Hispanic with a family history of Alzheimer’s, diabetes, mental illness and what I’m sure is a host of other surprises just waiting to be discovered as I continue to age, I have a pretty good idea already what the answer to my question is: slow and painfully.

If I had a choice, though, how would I want to bite the big one? And really, I suppose I do have a choice. I could always jump the gun and pick a fight with Big Bad Leroy Brown. Apparently that’d be a pretty reliable way of taking my destiny into my own hands and picking the time, place and method of my demise. As it goes, though, I don’t particularly have a desire to be pummeled to death by the fictional creation of the late Jim Croce. In fact, there are many more ways I would rather not go out than ways I’d be OK with dying. Naturally, right?

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Twenty Things Not To Do When You Have Crippling Depression

•February 10, 2011 • 2 Comments

Suffering from depression? Great!

  1. Read through high school yearbooks — especially the places where friends wrote you personalized messages about just how far you were destined to go in life. Follow that with a good cry as you clip your name tag onto your brightly colored cotton polyester work uniform.
  2. Lie in bed, listen to songs by The Hollies and reminisce over relationships that didn’t work out by reading the stash of love letters you still hide under your mattress. Quickly hide the letters when your shrew of a wife comes home and demands you stop dicking around and get dressed so the two of you can go to her ex-boyfriend’s funeral where she will publicly wallow in mourning.
  3. Go through your cell phone and delete the numbers from friends you’ve lost touch with. Stare blankly at the two remaining numbers left in your phone’s address book before remembering your parents passed away last fall and their numbers should probably be deleted too. Continue reading ‘Twenty Things Not To Do When You Have Crippling Depression’

Why End of Days Is My Favorite New Year’s Eve-Themed Horror Movie

•January 24, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Cause sometimes stupid is fun

1999 was a scary time. There was uncertainty in the streets as people prepared for the Y2K bug that threatened to wipe out the world’s technology and send humanity spiraling back to the stone age where we would have to look to The Flintstones for tips on turning our pets into household appliances.

If it wasn’t the nerds freaking out, it was the religious fanatics who, unaware of how decades or centuries work, thought the year 2000 represented the end of an era and a surefire starting pistol for the end times.

Even worse, in 1999 one of our nation’s favorite adopted sons was suffering a near complete career meltdown. Arnold Schwarzenegger had not had a blockbuster action hit in years — leaving the world unguarded against Eastern European terrorists and robots from the future.

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Revisitation of All My Friends Are Funeral Singers Comes Up Dry

•December 2, 2010 • 1 Comment

Imagine if Wilco did Beetlejuice.

When I first saw All My Friends are Funeral Singers at South by Southwest, I was blown away by the experience. Walking away from the theater, I was a little curious if my extreme enjoyment of the film came from the fact that it was a genuinely great movie or the fact that I had seen the film with a live soundtrack courtesy of Califone, the masterminds behind the film.

After watching the film from the comfort of my home — sans live performance by Califone — I’m a little disappointed to find that All My Friends Are Funeral Singers doesn’t quite live up to memories of my initial encounter with the film.

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Wolf Moon Country-Fried Werewolf Schlock

•December 2, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Doggie want a biscuit?

I really wanted to like Wolf Moon, the new werewolf film from writer/director Dana Mennie. I saw what Mennie and co-writer Ian Cook were trying to do with their film and I could appreciate some of it — but in the end, Wolf Moon is a movie in need of some serious editing.

Chris Divecchio stars as Dan, a mysterious drifter who wonders into a small town where he meets and falls in love with Amy, a young girl played by Ginny Weirick. Soon, Dan and Amy are experiencing their very own little love montage — but things turn hairy when Amy discovers Dan’s dark secret: he’s a werewolf.

It seems Dan is the recipient of a curse passed on by his dear old dad, an even more mysterious drifter played by Max Ryan. When the moon turns full, Dan and his pa Bender turn into bloodthirsty killing machines.

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There’s No Giant Monkeys In This Rampage

•December 1, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Let’s go Bolling!

Rampage, the new film from director Uwe Boll, is morally reprehensible, utterly without merit and completely watchable.

Boll, no stranger to criticism, wrote and directed Rampage, a sociopathic bloodbath that plays like a mixture of Falling Down, Elephant and Grand Theft Auto — as seen through the eyes of an angsty teenager who consists solely on a diet of energy drinks, heavy metal music and a complete lack of hugs.

Brendan Fletcher stars as Bill, an emotionally distant young adult drifting through life seemingly without a direction. His days are spent either sulking in his parent’s basement, where he alternates between reading and wailing on his punching bag, or working at a local garage. Bill’s only friend is Evan, a would-be political activist who is all bite and no bark, and his parents want him to move out of their house. To top it all off, Bill can’t get a decent cup of coffee to save his life. Sure he has his problems but it’s not exactly like Bill’s living a tumultuous life or anything.

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