James R. Halloran

The Experiencer


“Respond to every call that excites your spirit.”

- Rumi

Why Good Writing Matters – Toni Morrison vs. E.L. James

Why Good Writing Matters – Toni Morrison vs. E.L. James

I bet some of you are thinking, “We already know Toni Morrison is a better writer. Just cut E. L. James some slack already. She’s got a movie based on her book coming out soon. It can’t be that bad.” Oh, boy…. Ultimately I agree with what this guy had to say about there being no such thing as “good” or “bad” books, but there is definitely such a thing as “good” and “bad” literature. And I got the proof.   Ding, ding!  First, let’s examine two similar sex scenes by both writers. (Hang in there! You’ll have something to teach your friends later.) This passage is from E.L. James:  My legs go rigid, and he slips his finger inside me, and I hear his growling groan. “Oh, baby. I love that you’re so wet for me.” He moves his finger in a wide circle, stretching me, pulling at me, his tongue mirroring his actions, around and around. I groan. It is too much… My body begs for relief,...

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A Classic Pissing Contest – Generation X vs. Millennials

A Classic Pissing Contest – Generation X vs. Millennials

  Social media is full of such hostility nowadays. Every day, articles cycle around the net that pit one demographic against the other (or seem to) – startups vs. corporations, men vs. women and even generations of the same working class, such as seen with Generation X vs. Millennials. It’s become quite an endemic. The reason I’m writing this post is just to point out what a pointless pissing contest this has all become. Last Friday, a fellow colleague of mine wrote an op-ed on Philly.com that simply depicted his life currently as a struggling millennial. What was meant to be nothing more than a cathartic explanation and understanding of his current status in life quickly turned into an assumptive war between Generation X and Generation Y in the comments. Almost immediately people came out of the woodwork to assume he was blaming Generation X for his current status in life. But here’s what I’ve learned:   1)     Smug Ignorance is Bliss The one thing I’ve learned about articles...

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7 Signs You’re Being Catfished

7 Signs You’re Being Catfished

I am both fascinated and creeped out by this phenomenon called “catfishing.” As a former model, I accrued quite a bit of unwanted popularity from catfishers – people who create false online personas in an attempt to solicit something personal from their targets. (See UrbanDictionary Entry for more info.) In my case, catfishers are hoping to solicit nude photos of me. Fortunately, I’m not naïve enough to give them what they want. But I worry many other models fall victim to these skeezebags every day. So, as a service to the uninformed public, I devised a list of signs to watch out for. (Catfishers don’t just target models, ya know?)   The Signs 1. The Cute Stranger It all begins with a random social media encounter. At first, you’re flattered that someone perceivably attractive wants to be your “friend” or “follow you,” but no matter what information is available, you’re utterly certain you’ve never met. You add them for that “just-in-case” probability that they’re someone you’ve already met but...

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The Deaf Club

The Deaf Club

Many people have asked me what it’s like to be deaf and hard-of-hearing all my life. To be honest, the answer is not as simple as you think. There’s so much more to understanding the struggle than stuffing your ears with wax and cotton for a day. There’s a whole psychology that comes along with it. The Psychology You see, I live between two worlds – the worlds of the hearing and the deaf. In all political-correctness, I have right to claim both. I’m deaf in my right ear and have a hearing loss in my left. (So, I have a right to claim both badges of honor, thank you very much.) The thing is I don’t fully belong in either, though. I speak and hear well enough to get by in the hearing world but not quite enough to feel included, and I don’t sign or read lips well enough to fit in with the deaf. I truly am an island, isolated by my own disposition. When it...

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