Republic of Shame
- October 16
- Hailing from Tennessee, Brett Taylor has worked as a farmhand, volunteer labor organizer, tiger keeper, heavy machine operator, welder's assistant, photographer, and a forklift driver, and never stopped writing the whole time. Well, maybe while driving the forklift.
A published writer since 1991, reviewing books and movies for Video Watchdog and Shock Cinema since 2003.
Published Magazine Articles:
"The Man Who Made Bigfoot" (as
"The Amazing Philip Morris: TV Horror Host, Spook Show Magician, Ventriloquist, and The Man Who Made Bigfoot"). Filmfax Plus, Fall 2010.
"The Next Time the Walls Break," The South Carolina Review, Fall 2011.
True Facts about the author:
Was once mistaken by an adoring fan for the lead singer from Motorhead.
Fair shot with a rifle. Has competed in hot pepper contests. Stomach slowly recovering.
Writing for the short-lived zine Gravy, suggested a rally for moderates to counteract the polarized craziness in politics. In an example of great minds thinking alike, Jon Stewart shortly thereafter announced his own Rally for Sanity.
MY RECENT POSTS
- Lies and Drunken Stupors
November 17, 2013 08:08PM
- The GOP Shuts Down
November 04, 2013 01:53AM
- Justice Comes For Dr. LaPaglia
September 07, 2013 02:44PM
- Labor Day
September 02, 2013 02:22PM
- Spider-Man Versus the
August 25, 2013 06:41PM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “You are obviously not a
Buddhist. When you meet
claims to have the
June 04, 2013 01:11AM
- “If it makes you feel any
better, this kind of mentality
been with us
June 02, 2013 10:48PM
- “Unfortunately pointing
them out won't get them jail
May 04, 2013 02:18PM
- “I am glad my poker
analogy went over well. As a
card player, I see
October 14, 2012 01:02PM
- “The really sad part is,
Carl Bernstein works here in
October 14, 2012 12:59PM
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If the current political landscape tells us anything, it tells us that human beings are frail, mortal, and prone to embarrassing mistakes. Anyone can make mistakes, after all. How many of us have smoked crack? Hard to say, as most of… Read full post »
What are the leaders of the Republican Party doing to themselves?
When Mitt Romney picked a loser for a running mate, I noted that it seemed as if the Republican Party were repeatedly attempting to commit suicide. What self-destructive behavior would they engage in next? Certainly I never… Read full post »
It is strange indeed how quickly the tide can turn against us. Maybe there is a god of justice at work, though he does take his time. Just last column I was writing about Dr. Michael LaPaglia, the Oak Ridge emergency physician who paralyzed Felix Booker and… Read full post »
Many things to celebrate on Labor Day this year. We still have a War Machine, don’t we? And it must be going strong. How else could we be going to war in Syria?
On my way work I drive through the humble coal town of Oliver Springs. It is a speed trap, and even I tend to slow down when I go through there, which gives me time to observe signage. Early this summer, all the churc… Read full post »
First, the good news. A new mammal has been discovered, the first in thirty-five years. Let us welcome the olinguitos, a distant cousin to the raccoon. Or at least, they’re comparing them to the raccoon because zoologists have got to have some wa… Read full post »
The news is depressing this week, as the news tends to be. Drones blowing people up, war in Syria. Fuck the news. Instead of news, we celebrate sports heroes. &n… Read full post »
For illumination on current events, we turn once again to the annals of ancient arts. Literature, in this case. Melville devotes quite a few of the opening scenes in Moby Dick to the close relationship between the narrator Ishmael and his Indian friend, a “soothi… Read full post »
Obama WORSE THAN NIXON! A tabloid newspaper screamed this headline at me from the checkout counter of the Dollar General. A fine publication like Globe Magazine can really make history come alive. The parallels between Nixon and Obama, the contrasts thereof. How do we begin to measure Obama’s p/… Read full post »
It continues to be a proud time for the state of Tennessee, thanks to our glorious public figures like Scott DesJarlais. The state’s top medical panel dragged DesJarlais’ sleazy scandals back into the local news wh… Read full post »
The big news now is about the IRS. They’ve been charged with unfairly targeting the Tea Party for scrutiny. The scandal has been compared to Watergate, as these scandals always are. When Bill Clinton got caught getting blowjobs from an intern, they called it Monicagate. That’s right, oral… Read full post »
I’m just now writing about last weekend’s sports events. Why should I be in a hurry? No one seemed to care about it at the time, no one will care if I wait a week. All the news was about a mousy librarian type who hacke/… Read full post »
Can we stop using the words “controversy” and “controversial” in headlines? Whenever I see this on some news site, I feel compelled to click on the article and see what it is. But I’m at my breaking point. I’m not going to click on it any more, so all you damn… Read full post »
Just two weeks ago we in Tennessee thought Stacey Campfield was the most embarrassing thing around. His bill to expose homosexuality among high school students, his attempts to keep sex education out of college… Read full post »
If there were ever an athlete whose court antics were outdone by eccentric behavior, that man would be Dennis Rodman. Up till now, Dennis Rodman’s most famous act of nuttiness was wearing a wedding dress… Read full post »
Everyone in Tennessee knows that our political view is based entirely on the Three “G”s: God, Guns, and Gays. Not necessarily in that order. I would say the second one comes first in the minds and hearts of the people of our sta… Read full post »
I wonder if anything could ever cause Americans to give up on football. Sports in general, but especially football. The answer is an obvious Hell No. More Americans watch football than ever. This in spite of bad publicity from strikes and huge salaries and bad behavior. The year has just begun,… Read full post »
It’s official. The year’s barely underway and sports madness has already begun. Sports fan madness, that is. You know how fans can get when they take their fervor a bit too far. You’ve just got to love those kooky fans and their wacky behavior.
Obama is likely to win at this point, and he did it all without dumping Joe Biden. For a long time it seemed Obama would win the Electoral College but lose the Popular Vote, but now the… Read full post »
Something about this time of year brings up the memory of old Ray
Bradbury books. I speak of such autumnal works as The October Country
(in title at least), Something Wicked This Way Comes, and The Halloween
Tree. No book sums up the spirit of Samhain quite like… Read full post »
Mitt Romney has just slit his own throat. With the Paul Ryan pick, his candidacy is over. At least it appears that way. He’s made a choice to appease the rightward wing of their party with Ryan, which will do nothing to sway moderates in his direction, and certainly nothing to… Read full post »
Perhaps you’ve heard that the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act. Or maybe not. So far I’ve heard no one bring it up in conversation. I don’t think the Common Man is all that interested. But to listen to talk radio, you’d think the world was burning down around us.… Read full post »
“Will 2012 be our last year on earth?” This is the question that blares out from the TV screen. The news lady who’s speaking uses the same bland tone she uses on all her important questions, questions that cut to the heart of our world’s most dramatic dilemmas. Such as, &ldquo… Read full post »