Cookouts & Fireworks, Provided by Stars & Stripes

Surely this weekend you will find yourself cooking out and enjoying fireworks. Hopefully amongst your friends and family will also be a proudly flown American flag. In the middle of all the mayhem, take a moment to gaze at the Stars and Stripes, considering what they mean. The Continental Congress approved the first flag on […]

#GraduationAdviceIn3Words

The hashtag #GraduationAdviceIn3Words was trending on Twitter this morning and was full of sarcastic jokes. I love a good joke (and am known to be sarcastic at times) but I felt compelled to offer some actual useful advice and it just kept rolling out. Someone suggested to put them all in one place, so here […]

What’s So Special About Today?

My wedding date is easy to remember…2/22/92. So, today marks 24 superb years with the completely amazing Dana Brown. If you were at my wedding, you might recall two cakes, because we got married on my Mom’s 50th birthday. Yes, we had both a wedding cake and a birthday cake. That makes for a fun factoid, […]

7 Things Done Well in Star Wars VII 

  The Force Awakens is pitch perfect. It successfully balances the treasures of the franchise’s history with very cool new characters, gadgets and locations. Here are seven nice touches I really appreciate:  Restores Your Faith Right From The Opening. Although I miss the 20th Century Fox fanfare, I appreciate the studio executives’ restraint of not putting […]

Christmas Commercial

Sometimes, even with the best of intentions, we can tend to over commercialize Christmas. It happens to all of us.  Maybe it’s those cute whatevers we thoughtfully buy for our kids or friends… Or that too-good-to-pass-up “doorbuster” deal that positions how much we save instead of how much we spend… Or the money we spend […]

Should You Buy an Apple Watch?

I bought my first Mac in 1987 and have purchased dozens since. I bought two of the first edition iPhones the day they released on June 29, 2007 (for me and my wife), and I purchased at least one iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 5 and iPhone 6 shortly after they released. (I […]

Throngs of Diffidence: All About the U2 + Apple Deal

This story is about the business of the U2/Apple/Universal Music deal for the free digital release of Songs of Innocence. My Songs of Innocence album review is here. This story is 2300 words long, not my usual “about 300.” Why’d I title this “Throngs of Diffidence?” Because “diffidence” means “lack of self-confidence” and Bono threw out a few […]

U2 – Songs of Innocence Album Review

This is my review of U2’s Songs of Innocence. Here is my review of their deal with Apple. U2’s most recent album release was in February of 2009. Since then, we have already had two Olympics competitions, two world cups, five Super Bowls, five MLB World Series and five NBA/NHL/etc Championships. Six (6!) iPhone generations […]

Looking for New Authors to Frame Up Cultural Trends

Today I’d like to “leak” to you a very cool project I’m doing with a dear friend of mine, David Kinnaman (@davidkinnaman) president of Barna Research (@barnaresearch). The exciting project is called Barna Frames, which is a revolutionary annual book series that will explore big trends in culture. We’re committing to 10 books to be […]

Literary Agent List

I often get asked by new or aspiring authors at conventions or over social networks if they can submit a manuscript or proposal. Like most companies in the creative arts, we do accept submissions but only through agents and attorneys (or colleagues) with whom we already do business. This is really in the best interest […]