I remember a lot about the person I was from April 1990–August 1992, age 13 through 15. I listened to artists like Rush, Joe Satriani, Cocteau Twins, Dire Straits, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam. It was my last year of junior high and my first year of high school. I got into theatre. I didn’t drive. I lived in the suburbs of Seattle on the east side of Lake Washington. I drank a lot of coffee. My family moved a lot because we had a lot of financial trouble. My parents fought all the time. I was a Christian but didn’t go…


My wife and I have many things in common. We have two happy, healthy, beautiful children who alternately fill both of us with adoration and vexation. I’ve commented briefly on a shared love of fine spirits, and a folie à deux when it comes to confections. We have a common madness when it comes to arcane intellectual pursuits, hence both of us reaching ABD status (“all but dissertation”) in doctorates of obscure humanities disciplines that required study of multiple dead languages (his: Byzantine history, hers: Germanic philology). …


Going by the feeds of most of my Facebook friends, it would appear that the adult relaxant of choice is, without question, wine. I’m sure we’ve all seen the memes — “You know what rhymes with Friday? Wine.” “I’m having fruit salad for dinner. Well, it’s mostly grapes, actually. Ok, all grapes. Fermented grapes. I’m having wine for dinner.”

And if you’re a parent, oh my goodness the wine memes. “The most expensive part of having kids is all the wine you have to drink.” “The terrible twos should come with a complimentary bottle of wine.” And so on. Apparently…


I’m a 40 year old man who was 13 years old when Twin Peaks first aired in April 1990 and 15 when the feature film, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me came out in August 1992. I am counting down the days, the hours, the minutes to 9pm Sunday — THAT’S TOMORROW OMG — May 21 2017. I have been looking forward to this since David Lynch and Mark Frost’s simultaneous Tweets in 2014 that “That gum you like is going to come back in style!” Since May 9, 12 days before the first new episode airs, I have been…


Chris Cornell was found dead yesterday. May his memory be eternal.

I first heard of Chris Cornell in December 1989, when I was thirteen years old and in the eighth grade. This was a time when my main music listening consisted of Prince’s Batman soundtrack, Oingo Boingo, Aerosmith, Joe Satriani, and mostly whatever my parents wanted to listen to, since they controlled the dial whenever we were all together. …

Richard Barrett

Richard is a freelance writer & musician living with his family in Boston, MA. He has published on topics ranging from music to puns to Byzantine history.

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