The Daly Grind

John A. Daly
Observations from a lone-wolf writer of thrillers and humorous truths.
Created 29 Sep 2020
  • Meat Loaf Pulled Off Something Few Singers Have
    24 Jan 2022 • 3 min read • 2 1
    Last week, iconic singer Meat Loaf tragically passed away at the age of 74. Describing the man as a “unique” talent would be a gross understatement. He had a wild name, an enormous presence, a wide ra...
  • The Fascinating World of Test Screening
    17 Jan 2022 • 5 min read • 0 3
    The other day, I came across a snippet of a podcast that really drew me in. Film reviewer Sonny Bunch was talking to a man named Kevin Goetz, who has — in my view — an extremely interesting job. Goetz...
  • To Pants, or Not to Pants...
    10 Jan 2022 • 8 min read • 2 4
    Last week, I stumbled across a rather strange news story that went down in Johnson City, TN. It involved a state representative named Jeremy Faison who was attending a high school basketball game betw...
  • Jaws: The Horror Film That's Really an Epic Drama
    03 Jan 2022 • 6 min read • 4 2
    Happy New Year, everyone! Last week, I saw a good film — one that I’ll be recommending later in this newsletter. In my brief review (which I wrote before this main section you’re currently reading), I...
  • The Christmas Hangover
    27 Dec 2021 • 5 min read • 1 0
    Christmas 2021 is in the books. I hope you all had a wonderful holiday, and continue to enjoy the season as we head into the new year. This week’s newsletter will be fairly short, as the Daly family i...
  • The Sappiest 80s Songs You Still Kinda Like
    20 Dec 2021 • 7 min read
    As I think has been thoroughly established in this weekly newsletter, my music preferences lean mostly toward 70s and 90s rock, but there was a phase, known as my preadolescence and high school years,...
  • Homage to My Principal Strickland
    13 Dec 2021 • 8 min read
    Last week I learned of some sad news. An old boss of my mine had unexpectedly passed away at the age of 68. Though I hadn’t seen him in many years, the news still came with a sting. He wasn’t just any...
  • Doing Research for Novels
    06 Dec 2021 • 6 min read • 1 0
    As an author, one of the things I’m most often asked about, in regard to my books, is how much research I put into my writing. In fact, I was asked that very question by someone at a book club meeting...
  • Free Front Row Tickets to the Planet's Hottest Act
    29 Nov 2021 • 9 min read • 4 1
    Last Tuesday, my son and I were enjoying the final hours of our Hollywood vacation. We’d flown into Burbank a few days earlier, having taken advantage of some cheap promo prices offered by a little kn...
  • Space Junk
    22 Nov 2021 • 4 min read • 3 2
    Every now and then, I’ll come across an article about some offbeat problem I’d only given a passing thought to before, that not only makes me realize how genuinely serious of an issue it is, but keeps...
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