Music Monday: Periphery – Juggernaut: Alpha and Omega

Album: Juggernaut: Alpha and Juggernaut: Omega by Periphery

Released:  January 27th, 2015

 

Band Info:
Periphery is an American metal band formed in 2005 and based in Washington D.C. Known for their “djent” influence in the progressive metal scene, Periphery released their self-titled debut in 2010, which was followed by their sophomore album, Periphery II: This Time It’s Personal, in 2012 before the 2015 release of the double concept album, Juggernaut. Comprised of vocalist Spencer Sotelo, drummer Matt Halpern, and guitarists Misha Mansoor, Mark Holcomb, Jake Bowen, Periphery released its third self-titled album, Periphery III: Select Difficulty, in 2016. The band is known for their self-produced material, dropped guitar tuning, and use of electronic elements in their songs.

Band Photo
Periphery circa 2015

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Steppenwolf – Review

Der Steppenwolf (Steppenwolf) by Hermann Hesse

Published in 1927; first published in English in 1929

Basil Creighton Translation

Pages: 218

Genre: Fiction

“This book contains the records left us by a man whom, according to the expression he often used himself, we called the Steppenwolf.”

Metaphysical and internal speculation abound in a tale of struggle between man and metaphorical wolf. Written by German author Hermann Hesse, Steppenwolf is a tour-de-force of poetic prose, hallucinatory description, and internal conflict that speaks to any who feels at odds with the world and society in which they live. Following a mysterious man who refers to himself as the Steppenwolf, the story twists and turns into the fantastic, forcing the reader to wonder what is real and what is in the man’s mind. Continue reading “Steppenwolf – Review”

America’s Emerging Writers: An Anthology of Nonfiction

Some of you may remember back in August when I had my writing featured in Minnesota’s Emerging Writers: An Anthology of Nonfiction. I am happy to announce that my writing has also been selected as one of 40 essays from around the country to be published in America’s Emerging Writers: An Anthology of Nonfiction!

America’s Emerging Writers: An Anthology of Nonfiction is now available and can be purchased through this link.

Taken from the website’s description of the book:

“There is a troubling catch-22 that exists in the world of publishing: in order to be published – at least by any of the major houses – you must already have been published. Inevitably, this cycle leaves the aspiring writer with the pressing question of where to begin. This is why, in the winter of 2017, we started our Emerging Writers series – to showcase the work of talented writers and poets who may otherwise not have had the opportunity. Nearly two years later, those efforts have culminated in perhaps our most ambitious project to date. In America’s Emerging Writers: An Anthology of Nonfiction, 40 of our favorite up-and-coming writers from across the nation join together to share their words. Covering a wide array of genres and topics, these young talents will amaze you. Containing one essay per writer, this anthology is a compelling introduction to the great wordsmiths of tomorrow.”

My particular piece, “Why Does Everyone Look So Happy?”, concerns the misrepresentation of people’s lives through social media, and how we can attempt to circumvent it to find our own happiness. Thank you for reading, and please feel free to purchase the book to read my essay and others by my fellow writers.

When You Are Engulfed in Flames – Review

When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris

Published in 2008

Pages: 323

Genre: Creative nonfiction

“My friend Patsy was telling me a story.”

Stories are what elevate much of the human experience, and it is the mark of a masterful storyteller to help their listeners or readers forget their problems and escape into a different world; this is true not only in fiction, but creative nonfiction as well. When You Are Engulfed in Flames, by David Sedaris, is a collection of creative nonfiction essays that cover everything from coming out as a gay man in order to avoid an awkward hitchhiking situation to arguing the validity of different unknown artists with his parents as a child. The collected stories make for an entertaining read that gives the reader a look into a perspective different than their own. Continue reading “When You Are Engulfed in Flames – Review”

An Impromptu Blog Post: Mental Health Post Featured at MyLifelines!

Hello! I was granted the opportunity to write about my mental health journey over at MyLifelines! Mental health is something I care passionately about, and I would love if you would take some time to read about my experience.

Thank you to MyLifelines for featuring me! Follow these lovely ladies at their blog here, their Twitter account here, and their Facebook here!

For those wondering, the featured image is me around the time of the events discussed in the blog post.

Music Monday: Clone – Clone

Album: Clone by Clone

Album Cover
Clone

Released: October 28th, 2014

Band Info:
Clone is the combination of two Jacksonville musicians, Ben Cooper (Radical Face, Electric President) and Rick Colado (Rickolus), coming together to create a concept album that spans genres. Both musicians worked on the album for over two years before finally releasing it on their own in 2014.

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