I’ll have been heroin-free for two years on March 13, but no matter how much time passes, I’ll always be a junkie. As labels go, I find it more dynamic and flexible, better suited to my feral nature than recovering addict. I hear recovering and in my mind flashes a sepia-toned AA meeting, smoke filled,

  MADISON, WI –– Forty years ago today I came into this world and, like all babies, I was adorable as hell. I can’t remember who had come to welcome me, but I’m pretty sure none of them imagined 40 years later I’d be unemployed, living with my dad, and writing about my heroin addiction. […]

Las Vegas ranks as the most visited tourist destination across the world for gambling, shopping, entertainment, and nightlife. All fun loving people have a dream to visit this place once in their lifetime. But for many this dream remains unfulfilled due to the hefty price and expenses involved. Although

Normally, we travel abroad for relaxing holidays, active adventures or maybe for business. We don’t travel to become a victim of crime. Unfortunately, when you’re abroad it can be easy to forget how you could be a target for opportunistic criminals. To help you avoid the stress and potential trauma of

They say that travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer. As you go along exploring new places, you learn new knowledge and acquire a set of new perspectives which would not have manifested if you’ve stayed in one location all your life. Similarly, one of the best ways to learn is […]

Madison, WI––A great man, a wise man, a profound man, in 2001, encapsulated the essence of life in song. His name is Jack and he sang: The road is fuckin’ hard, The road is fuckin’ tough-ah, There’s no question that-eh It is rough, rough stuff. It’s the fuckin’ road my friend But it’s the only […]

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A Disorder of Circumstance

Notes from the Road


Strokes of Genius

MADISON, WI––Chris Johns anxiously circles his thumb around the rim of an empty Corona as he explains how his business partner in the remote-sex startup he hopes to showcase in January — at the AVN Adult Entertainment Expo in Las Vegas — stopped returning calls just days before Christmas. Now, on the 10th day of […]


Urban Oasis

MADISON, WI––The uneven gravel driveway points toward the interior of a residential block squeezed between East Gorham and East Johnson streets, where distressed concrete and indifferent weeds accent the real estate holdings of absentee landlords with all the charms of a cinder block. “This way,” directs Nancy Risser, a retired high school Spanish teacher. As […]


Guns for Everyone

Waukesha, WI––In early February, I found a man willing to sell me an Italian submachine gun with a fifty-round magazine, no questions asked. The 9mm Spectre M4 was one among thousands of weapons up for grabs at a February 6 gun show in West Bend, Wisconsin. A particularly fearsome firearm with pistol and forward-vertical grips, […]

Comp Time

Comp Time

Comp Time with Marissa Jones

Philadelphia, PA––The blockbuster success of the true-crime podcast Serial has spurred the glut of new crimecasts flooding into the stream over the last 18 months. Most have died a quick, unnoticed death. Others have hanged on until succumbing to their creators’ lack of vision. It’s easy to be a talking head. It’s even easier to […]

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