Martin Barrett

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For Those Who Think And Feel: Neil Peart (1952-2019)

Ghost Rider by Neil Peart

Neil Peart was in touch with some reality beyond the gilded cage.

Unclaimed but Not Invisible


Los Angeles has conducted a Burial of the Unclaimed Dead since 1896.

How I Lived To Be Fifty


“If Marty Barrett is fifty, what does that mean for me?”

Annals of True Crime: Love Locks And the AntiChrist

lovelocks on IFPF

If one has spent a considerable amount of time in Coalinga, can you really be surprised when it doesn’t work out?

This Time Tomorrow: July 3, 1776

declaration of independence signatures

Today we hoist a Button Gwinnett for bittersweet but necessary departures.

Remembering Bart Sugarman

“It was one of the most gallant, generous, manly and disinterested Actions of my whole Life,” wrote Bart Sugarman, “and one of the best Pieces of Service I ever rendered my Country.”

Of Possums And Dogs

Gordon Thunderfoot: Murderdog

Even murderers have families.

It’s A Flawed Life, When You Really Think About It

We don’t know what Mr. Martini would have got up to in Pottersville because it is simply too horrifying to consider.

You’re Not My Father, Queensryche


“Silent Lucidity” would be such a great song if “Comfortably Numb” didn’t already exist and I didn’t understand English.

#Problematic! Drilling Down “The Street Where You Live”


Perhaps Eliza reasoned that a man who speaks redundancies would lack precision elsewhere.