Author: Vincent

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

Hallelujah Elvis

My favorite cover of an Elvis Costello song so far: “The Comedians” by Roy Orbison. Malcolm Gladwell spends the first 10 minutes of his “Hallelujah” podcast lambasting Elvis Costello’s Goodbye Cruel World. He calls it “awful,” “disastrous,” and “unlistenable.” He emphasizes…

#NPM17: Sylvia Plath

When I wasa BOY POET in high school I was in love with Sylvia Plath. I didn’t know at the time that she was a SAD GIRL poet that only sad girls could like. We the sad girls and me were…

Hemon’s Book of Lives

Aleksandar Hemon’s book of essays, The Book of My Lives reminded me that when I moved back home after failing to make it on my own after college, Yugoslavians were leaving their homes to escape what The Atlantic called “horrific acts of ethnic…