John Lennon: Working Class Mythmaker

UPDATE: My pals over at the HuffPo have syndicated this mournful look back at the bravest Beatle.

It’s exceedingly hard to communicate the importance of a historical figure like John Lennon. The founder and most cerebral member of The Beatles, who settled on their band and brand name 50 years ago this August, would have celebrated [...]

Kvetcher in the Rye

[Greg Palast, Morphizm]
In the sixth grade, the Boys’ Vice-Principal threatened to suspend me from school unless I stopped carrying around The Catcher in the Rye I think because it had the word “fuck” in it. Since the Boys’ Vice-Principal hadn’t read the book — and I don’t think he’d ever read any book — he [...]

R.I.P. Howard Zinn, Historian of the People

[Viggo Mortensen, Perceval Press]
Thank you, Howard. It is an honour to have read you, heard you, learned from you, known you at least a little. You will always be missed, always be celebrated. Your history is our history, irreplaceable, unforgettable, as contagious as your smile, a blessing, a warning, a measuring stick, an example to [...]

Rest in Peace, Les Paul (1915-2009)

A rock and tech legend passed away today. I charted his influence in short form on Wired, mostly because words can’t express one man or woman’s influence, especially one like Les Paul. He will be missed by many more than his family.

R.I.P. Patrick McGoohan, TV Visionary

The timing is eerie, the news is sad. Last week, I interviewed Ian McKellen, Jim Caviezel and more actors from the upcoming reboot of Patrick McGoohan’s revolutionary TV series The Prisoner.

Yesterday, I posted a massive analysis of McGoohan, his groundbreaking show and its influential predecessor Danger Man. Shortly after it went live, McGoohan died [...]

R.I.P. Ron Asheton, Rock Influential

Shining lights of the world are leaving us at what feels like an exponential rate. It seems like I’ve been covering a death or burial almost every day.

Today I reported for Wired on the death of influential guitarist Ron Asheton, whose ax noise helped make The Stooges one of the most acclaimed bands of [...]

First Lady of Star Trek, Memorialized

Still feeling strange tremors from my grandmother’s passing, especially today. I reported on the burial of Star Trek‘s Majel Barrett-Roddenberry, wife of creator Gene Roddenberry for Wired, which felt weird as it was my grandmother who introduced me to the show, along with several other awesome programs, from Doctor Who and The Twilight Zone to [...]

Underwired! Comedy Titans Pay Tribute to George Carlin

Welcome to Morphizm’s latest category, pals. I’ve been hired to spiel on the entertainment machine for Wired, who also retain me to spiel on music as well, which is where Morphizm’s Post Up! category comes from. I’ve been at it for a few weeks now on the regular, but was waiting to get into a [...]