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Our guest this week is Steve Denton, AKA Dr. Monkey. Steve is an internet scourge, sometime writer, full time smart aleck, and an unrepentant gadfly in the ointment of life. He runs the blogs Monkey Muck and Dr. Monkey's Retro Scans, which we've mentioned previously on Gweek.
- After rejecting all the organized religions out there, I started my own religion, it's called Steveism. The seven tenets of Steveism are 1) Try to be kind to all living things 2) Don't be a jerk all the time 3) Talk less 4) Listen more 5) Science is our true savior 6) Don't take yourself too seriously 7) All other religions are nonsense.
- I wrote a novel that now out of print, it's a southern fried crime novel about what happens when someone you meet and tell lies to in a chat room decides to come meet you in person. It's called 'Trouble De Ville.'
- I wrote a graphic novel called 'Hip Deep, Mountain High.' It's a surreal crime story. It was on the net but I took it down. I may release it to iTunes and other e book platforms.
- I was an extra in the little seen and less loved independent film 'Box of Moonlight.'
- I did improv comedy for many years with Einstein Simplified in Knoxville TN. I stopped doing it the night I had a massive heart attack right before going on stage one night ten years ago.
I'd like to recommend local libraries, visiting this area of the mountain south, white ales, and livin' large.
- As far as other entertainments go, I'm loving British comedy genius Julia Davis's shows on HuluPLUS, Nighty Night and Hunderby. I'm also into the New Zealand show This is NOT My Life on HuluPLUS, it's a Pinteresque dystopian utopia sci fi show.
- I just finished a fascinating book by Samira Kawash called Candy: A Century of Panic and Pleasure. It's a general history of candy in the USA. I'm currently reading Simon Winchester's history of the Atlantic ocean.
- I also went to my first comic book show, a local one here in my area, I met Charles Vess who lives near Abingdon, Virginia, a town that's about 30 minutes from me. I had a blast at the show taking pictures of all the great cosplay, meeting writers and artists, and buying back issues of obscure comics.
- I had a bout with cancer last year. I had a rare form of cancer in my bowel that they caught very early because it was blocking my bowel and preventing me from pooping.