Author Archives: Justin

About Justin

Justin Kern pays the annual bill to own this domain that contains his name. What you see here is a sampling of how he chooses to use that online space. He lives in Milwaukee and still plays Sega Genesis.

2015 in Personal Entertainment Consumption

I do not consume entertainment immediately. For whatever reason, I wait on certain books, albums, TV shows, movies, articles, experiences. This seems out of sorts nowadays, though I have a hard time understanding how the hell people find the time … Continue reading

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Jonestown at 37: A Day to Reflect on Mania & Reality

Jonestown Day doesn’t read cute on a calendar. Sweetest Day or Grandfather’s Day or Jefferson Davis’ Birthday, all of these offensive benchmarks I’ve seen printed on mass produced calendars. For the last 14 years, Patriots’ Day has marked Sept. 11, … Continue reading

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“We’d Never Need to Pay for Comedy”: Outtakes from a Talk with Poet Matt Cook

In a faded blue T-shirt and house-paint splattered jeans, Milwaukee’s recently anointed poet laureate, Matt Cook, shared a pitcher of beer with me during a ranging and refreshing discussion on poetry’s place in the world and, well, the world at … Continue reading

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Tanning Through the Ice Age with Keanu Reeves

Earlier this year, I was lucky enough to spend nearly two weeks with Gas Chamber, a band made up of four exemplary humans (and my friends), then write about the whole thing for Utne Reader. The outcome of the article … Continue reading

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Jaromir Jagr, My Aunt & Every Beer on the Last Flights Out of Buffalo

Western New York is secretly part of Canada. Canadians would never agree to this deal, unless they needed you to sneak them a news report on a notorious trial. State and national allegiances aside, “Upstate” cities like Buffalo and my … Continue reading

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Tough Times for Everyone

Car bra?

[Temporarily removed as of Nov. 17, 2015; to be published in the forthcoming short story anthology, “The Art of Losing” from online writing workshop, Thinkerbeat. Visit them. If you enjoy their open and sharing nature, feel free to join and/or … Continue reading

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The Old Revolution

Rock ‘n roll is dead. Punk rock was stillborn. Skrillex thrives. Long live whatever’s next. A new report mined and ground the Billboard Top 100 from 1960-2010 and pegged the three, true revelatory years for music as 1964 (rock ‘n … Continue reading

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