Although I had some fun at the expense of beautifulagony.com, in this post, I was actually quite moved by the site and wrote a serious essay about it for the Cleveland Free Times. The piece is completely safe for work. Read the essay "Going it Alone" here or pick up a copy of the Free Times on any corner in Cleveland.
In the same issue, I also have a blurb in the City Chatter section.
"F-Bombs Away" is a bit about filmmaker Morgan Spurlock's visit to Cleveland earlier this month. He was the keynote speaker at a symposium on obesity in America at Case Western Reserve University.
I had a brief correspondence with Spurlock in 2004 after viewing Supersize Me, in which Spulock's doctor advises him that his 30-day McDonald's diet has made his liver as bad off as that of the guy in that "Death in Las Vegas movie," which elicited a chortle from my brother's dry papery grave. I was moved to write Spurlock a long letter about John's musings on "cultural assimilation" and how much I enjoyed Supersize Me. Spurlock not only graciously wrote back, but remembered me when I approached him at CWRU last week.
Spurlock was funny and passionate and entertaining. He is also tall--or I am short. Hey, there's the picture, you decide.