Message from the Underworld

Jim Ruland
Books, music, and miscellaneous mayhem.
Created 13 Nov 2019
  • New Dark Ages
    15 Dec 2021 • 10 min read • 3 3
    Last weekend I did something I haven’t done in a very long time: I went to see Bad Religion. When the band announced its fall tour I didn’t think too much about it. Bad Religion had to cancel some sho...
  • Chestnut Season
    08 Dec 2021 • 5 min read
    The end of the year is always a weird time. In October and November I imagine December will be full of chill vibes with hot cocoa and sparkly lights. I’ve never once had chestnuts roasting on an open ...
  • Another Box of Books
    01 Dec 2021 • 9 min read • 1 2
    The rumors are true: the Advance Readers Copies for Corporate Rock Sucks have arrived and they are beautiful. Another box books An Advance Readers Copy (ARC) is a nearly finished copy of the book. It’...
  • Check, check, gratitude check...
    25 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read • 3 4
    Just a quick note to wish those who celebrate a Happy Thanksgiving and to say I’m grateful for your readership during this difficult year. I hope my words have been at least a fraction as comforting t...
  • In an Unstable Fashion
    17 Nov 2021 • 4 min read • 3 0
    I have already told you of the sickness and confusion that comes with time travelling. And this time I was not seated properly in the saddle, but sideways and in an unstable fashion. —H.G. Wells, The ...
  • Selling the Sellouts
    10 Nov 2021 • 8 min read • 1 5
    How have you been? I’ve been feeling pretty shitty lately. I’m at the end of a mild bout of vertigo (knocks wood) and last week I got the Pfizer booster shot, which knocked me on my ass for a few days...
  • Seasons of Grief
    03 Nov 2021 • 11 min read • 8 5
    During my junior year of college, I realized I had a problem with death. I’d signed up for an honors course called Death and Dying. My school, which had a reputation as a party school, had a freewheel...
  • Out of the Bunker
    27 Oct 2021 • 6 min read • 1 0
    It seems like I wrote last week’s newsletter yesterday but here we are in the middle of another week. How did that happen? I think the week went by so quickly because I actually did stuff. Last weeken...
  • I Don’t Like Gory Movies… Or Do I?
    20 Oct 2021 • 6 min read
    One of the things that’s given me the most pleasure this year is a brutal little horror movie called Psycho Goreman. Here’s the plot: two siblings dig up a strange crystal that summons a vengeful demo...
  • The Lonesome Wail of the Theremin
    13 Oct 2021 • 5 min read • 3 0
    In case you missed last week’s big news, my next book Corporate Rock Sucks: The Rise & Fall of SST Records, will be published in the spring of next year. The announcement was picked up by Punk News an...
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