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Brian's Brain

Brian's Brain

by Brian George Hose

Friday, November 10, 2017

Risky Business

Project T407 and Tori Amos

I spend a lot of time and energy avoiding risky situations. I always look both ways before crossing the street; I don’t drive fast; I wear sensible shoes. Maybe this makes me boring, but it also keeps me safe and, for the most part, happy. I think a lot of us fall into this pattern as we get older, which is why when we do anything out of the ordinary it’s a cause for celebration. On these occasions we remember that in trying to keep things consistent by avoiding lows, we also sometimes miss out on the highs.

Friday, October 27, 2017

‘Me Too’ and the Tipping Point

When the allegations of sexual abuse against Harvey Weinstein made headlines, part of me wanted to be shocked and surprised. When the “Me Too” campaign took off shortly after, with countless survivors of sexual harassment, abuse, and violence posting “me too” on social media, I again wished that I was shocked, either by the number of posts or the fact that I personally know so many survivors. But the truth is, I wasn’t.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Seeking the Snallygaster

Maryland's Infamous Monster

For as long as I can remember I've been a collector of stories.  I like learning new things about people, places, and things (ok, just nouns in general), and it's rare that I hear a story that I deem completely insignificant or unworthy of remembering.  That said, my love of stories is much like an addiction: each story ups my tolerance, leaving me wanting more.  I've harvested and collected hundreds, thousands, of stories over the years, always in search of a new favorite.  That's why I was surprised to learn that a centuries-old story has been quietly lurking right in front of me (or maybe above me) my whole life.  That story is a Western Maryland legend known as the Snallygaster.  With Halloween fast approaching, now seems to be the perfect time to share the Snallygaster with you.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Why Mother Matters

Some people love it, most people hate it. I’m talking about Mother the new movie from filmmaker Darren Aronofsky, creator of brilliant-but-hard-to-watch movies like Requiem for a Dream and the award-winning Black Swan. His new effort has been called “divisive” and for good reason: It’s an art film with a wide release, marketed as a mainstream movie starring Jennifer Lawrence. Critics generally like it, but Mother is the first movie since 2012 to be rated “F” by audiences via CinemaScore. The film is allegory, steeped in metaphor and wrapped in symbolism, wherein everything has more than one meaning. Critics can’t even agree on its genre. Is it horror? Drama? Maybe even a subversive comedy? No wonder people are leaving the theater confused (if they didn’t walk out before the end credits started rolling).

In case you missed it, the new season of “American Horror Story” has begun. This, coupled with the arrival of sweater weather, makes this one of my favorite times of the year. I’ve been a fan of “AHS” for years because there’s a lot to like. The award-winning show has given us some incredible performances and memorable storylines, all while illustrating and commenting on the horrors of American life in smart, sometimes subtle ways.

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