Author: Vincent

I write about media, education, and parenting on my blog, Cranialgunk.net.

My First Play NYC Convention

I had fun at last month’s Play NYC Convention. I enjoyed meeting the game makers and playing their games. I went with my sister and my son. We started at the top of the Hammerstein Ballroom and wound our way…

It doesn’t have to be Greek to us

I needed something to take the weight of Arrival off my mind. Daryl Gregory’s Spoonbenders was a very effective and enjoyable salve. It’s Daryl’s clever observations about life and the poesy he wraps it in that makes Spoonbenders such potent…

Billy Dean Sounds Out War

WARNING SPOILERS!!! As I read David Almond’s The True Tales of the Monster Billy Dean Telt By Hisself I kept thinking of Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book. Both stories center around preadolescent boys who have become part of an ad…

Mirror Reflections

WARNING SPOILERS FOR BOTH MIRROR IN THE SKY AND KAZUO ISHIGURO’S NEVER LET ME GO 1928 International Telephone and Telegraph Corporation mural at 75 Broad St, NY. According to NY Songlines it is meant to represent “Commerce uniting the hemispheres…