Tag Archives: The Big Smoke USA

Mandy vs The House That Jack Built: When Cinema Becomes Ideological Killdozer

Mandy vs The House That Jack Built: When Cinema Becomes Ideological Killdozer

Jason Arment reviews the two movies Mandy and The House That Jack Built and distinguishes them as parody versus satire.

Dear Grandson: Service Member of the Year and Taking Your Dad to Pro Sporting Events

In his latest “Dear Grandson,” Stan Gerding is nominated for Service Member of the Year and takes his son to pro ballgames while living in Philadelphia in the ’70s.

The Transcendental Professor: Interview with Tom Lutz

Tom Lutz has quietly been structuring one of the four corners of the Southern California literary scene. Patrick A. Howell spoke with Dr. Lutz about receiving the American Book Award in 2008 and his take on current events.

Life Is a Sweet, Tender Bruise XVI

John Michael continues his series, reflecting on life and people encountered, with two new stories about the passing of a beloved community member and evolving towards joy.

Risen Apes: Last Licks

S.M. Park’s continuing column Risen Apes about being a 70-year-old boomer. In “Last Licks,” Park shares his path to quitting alcohol, it wasn’t an easy one.

Dear Grandson: And Then Your Dad Arrived

In his latest “Dear Grandson,” Stan Gerding talks about returning to work life after his tour in Vietnam, having a son, and deciding to reenlist in the Navy.

Risen Apes: A Christmas Story

S.M. Park’s continuing column Risen Apes about being a 70-year-old boomer. In “A Christmas Story,” Park tells of his first road trip with Ned Gumbo and spending Christmas with the Gumbos.

2018 Year in Review: Top 10 Articles from The Big Smoke America

Another year in the books. The Big Smoke America is now three years old and has published over 1,300 articles and essays. Here are the Top 10 from 2018.

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