John S. Hall
Poet, author, singer, lawyer
John S. Hall
John S. Hall is an American poet, author, singer and lawyer perhaps best known for his work with King Missile, an avant-garde band that he co-founded in 1986 and has since led in various disparate incarnations.
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Funding Grassroots Social Change in East Africa
Huffington Post - over 1 year
In the past year, The Pollination Project launched a grant-making hub in Uganda and Kenya. Our team of 15 advisors and ambassadors identified promising social change efforts worthy of start-up investments. Here are the seeds of change that they planted in East Africa in the past few weeks! To learn more about The Pollination Project's work in East Africa, check out our website. Fuel Alternatives in Nairobi, Kenya. Stanley Didi's project Tupike Na Briquette is addressing the need for affordable cooking fuel through the promotion of locally-produced, fair-trade biomass briquettes. Over the next 12 months, Stanley will use diverted agricultural and household waste products to produce more than 1.5 tons of briquettes. Working together with local leaders, he plans to sell the briquettes at reduced prices in Nairobi's most impoverished communities. Overall, Tupike Na Briquette will help to reduce local reliance on wood fuel and widespread regional deforestation while providing an affordabl ...
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Your Unique Amalgam: On the Fluidity of Geekhood
Huffington Post - over 2 years
I had assigned myself the task of writing a post about what it is to be a "geek." It's obviously not the same as it was when I was in school, as geekhood no longer implies utter alienation from the mainstream, but being part of a kind of cultural elite, a kind of priesthood that knows the Most Holy Secrets of computers (once nerdy, now cool), comic books (same), science fiction. So am I a geek? The easy answer is yes. I'm into a whole slew of traditionally-geeky things like Star Trek and Macs and Monty Python and the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. But while I check many of the geek boxes, I can't help but feel like the label still doesn't suit me. And not because I'm too "preppy" or conformist, but because I don't feel like I conform sufficiently to the geek's clique. I like Star Trek and some superhero movies, but I never got into comic books. I like science fiction generally, but I've never gotten deeply into that genre of books. I love my Mac and my iThings almost more th ...
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15 IPAs To Drink Before You Die
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
There are a lot of IPAs -- that's India Pale Ale, for beer newbies -- out there. Booze lovers are drawn to the bold, deep flavors of the hoppy brews and brewers love making 'em. First We Feast recently compiled a list of the 30 great IPAs to drink before you die, with a little help from some serious beer experts. Check out the first half of the list below, and click over to First We Feast to read the rest. Cheers! The expert panel: Mike Lovullo, specialty brands manager for Union Beer Distributors Jimmy Carbone, owner of Jimmy's No. 43; host of Beer Sessions Radio; founder of the Good Beer Seal Julian Kurland, Beer Director, The Cannibal Beer & Butcher Samuel Merritt, founder of Civilization of Beer Greg Doroski, brewer at Greenport Harbor Brewing Co. Mary Izett, beer journalist and host of Fuhmentaboudit! Anthony Finley, beer server at Proletariat John Holl, beer journalist and author of The American Craft Beer Cookbook Chris Schonberger, editor ...
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Annette John-Hall: In praise of being ready | Philadelphia Inquirer | 2011-08-30 - Philadelphia Inquirer
Google News - over 5 years
Mayor Nutter held a news conference Monday he described as sort of a post-Hurricane Irene wrap-up. He talked about river crests and road openings and the 182000 Peco subscribers - 2500 in Philly - still without power (90 percent of
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Windjammer festival won't include Navy frigate - Kennebec Journal
Google News - over 5 years
CAMDEN — The USS John Hall will not be joining the fleet during this year's Camden Windjammer Festival, according the Dan Bookham, executive director of the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce. The Navy fast frigate built in Bath was scheduled
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Bowling report: Aug. 28 - Knoxville News Sentinel
Google News - over 5 years
Family Bowl: Men – Sheldon Furr 300, Danny Wyrick 300, John Hall 287, Rorey Faiola 285, Jon Duncan 278, Josh Brown 276, Lowell Campbell 266, Kevin Sanford 256, Bill McReynolds 246, Mike Houck 246, John DeVal 246. Women – Wanda Saylor 257, Erin Rood 224
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Shelter scarce for Nutter and youths - Philadelphia Inquirer
Google News - over 5 years
Must be hard for Mayor Nutter to stay focused on city business this week when he's had mammoth messes to clean up - and new ones kicking up. First Hurricane Arlene blows through, leaving a path of destruction and sweeping up
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A teachable moment from Ackerman's tenure in Philadelphia - Philadelphia Inquirer
Google News - over 5 years
"I'm not here to make the adults who have benefited from the system not working happy. I'm here to make them uncomfortable . . . I'm here to hold the hands of the parents to reassure them I'm going to fight for a great education
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Why no focus on kids who apologized for flash-mob violence? - Philadelphia Inquirer
Google News - over 5 years
I'm not at all surprised that curious members of the media from as far away as Europe and Canada called last week, asking about Philadelphia's recent flash-mob incidents. Random acts of violence have broken out like a bad case of
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Realty One Group acquires John Hall & Associates - Inman.com
Google News - over 5 years
One of Arizona's largest real estate brokerages, Phoenix-based John Hall & Associates, has been acquired by Las Vegas-based Realty One Group Inc., a company started at the height of the boom that now claims to be the fastest-growing brokerage in the
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Annette John-Hall: Cornel West, Tavis Smiley to undertake poverty tour ... - Philadelphia Inquirer
Google News - over 5 years
I'll let you in on a little secret: When it comes to black folks having political disagreements, we don't like to air our dirty laundry. This approach, I'm sure, was born out of cultural necessity. Historically, we've been
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Celebrate the Windjammers of Penobscot Bay at the Camden Windjammer Festival ... - VillageSoup Belfast
Google News - over 5 years
Also new this year, the USS John Hall, a Navy Fast Frigate built in Bath, ME, will join the fleet in the harbor. Over the course of the past two decades Camden's annual windjammer celebration in it's various forms has become a wildly popular event for
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Stepmom in US neo-Nazi case pleads not guilty - Hindustan Times
Google News - over 5 years
Krista McCary also pleaded not guilty to four counts of criminal storage of a gun, said John Hall, a spokesman for the Riverside County district attorney's office. McCary was charged after her neo-Nazi husband Jeff Hall was shot to death in their home
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John Hall Will Not Run for Old Seat in 2012 - Patch.com
Google News - over 5 years
John Hall (D-Dover Plains) has decided not to make a comeback bid for his former House seat. In a press statement sent out Tuesday, Hall cited his family as a factor in making the decision. "Having spent ten years of my life in elective office,
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of John S. Hall
    THIRTIES
  • 2006
    Hall later left the firm to go into solo practice until 2006, when he took a position as a corporate analyst at a law firm.
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  • 2005
    Asked by Aptowicz in the aforementioned 2005 interview if he became a lawyer out of disillusionment with the contemporary poetry scene, Hall laughed and replied, "I became a lawyer to make money."
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    Hall has long been a vocal opponent of slam poetry, taking issue with such factors as its inherently competitive nature and what he considers its lack of stylistic diversity. In a 2005 interview by Aptowicz, he recalled seeing his first slam, at the Nuyorican Poets Café: I hated it.
    More Details Hide Details And it made me really uncomfortable and... it was very much like a sporting event, and I was interested in poetry in large part because it was like the antithesis of sports. It seemed to me like a very macho, masculine form of poetry and not at all what I was interested in. Despite his reservations about slam poetry, Hall has performed alongside slam poets on such television programs as PBS's The United States of Poetry, MTV's Spoken Word Unplugged, and HBO's Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry. Hall performed in at least two musical groups before co-founding King Missile. One was Purple Sunshine, a "hippie band" Hall started because he "was really into hippies and LSD, and tuning in and dropping out, and all that stuff." The other was You Suck, which Hall says was inspired by a band led by punk musician Mykel Board:Board's band blew my mind. The idea of having someone in the band that didn't sing or play an instrument was a revelation to me. Within a year, I had, with some friends, developed a band called You Suck, where most of the people on stage didn't play an instrument. Like there was a guy who did a Rubik's Cube, or a couple of people playing chess, or a guy with a dead fish on the end of a fishing line which he waved around the audience, or whatever.
  • 2004
    He campaigned for Democratic candidate John Kerry in the United States presidential election of 2004.
    More Details Hide Details Hall considers himself both Buddhist and agnostic. On his MySpace page, he summarizes his faith as follows: "I don't believe in God, but I do believe in something. I'm just not sure what." Hall is also a vegan. Hall has one daughter. American rapper MC Lars acknowledges Hall in his song "My Rhymes Rhyme": "Shout-outs to Wesley Willis, Adam G. and John Hall / Word to MC Paul Barman; hey, return my call!" Lars also praises King Missile in his song "The Dialogue": "Nine Inch Nails, Primus, "Weird Al" and King Missile / Influenced me like a postmodern epistle."
  • 2003
    In a 2003 missive to his electronic mailing list, Hall explained how he chose his stage name:My stage name is John S. Hall, my original born name is John Charles Hall, but my friends, enemies, and stalkers call me John Hall.
    More Details Hide Details What's the deal with the S? Well, when I was 15, I didn't like the way John C. Hall looked, so I wanted to change it. I was named after my grandfather, Charles Syjefroi Boileau, so I was given the choice of John B. Hall (which looked odd to me when I was 15, but now looks kind of fresh) or John S. Hall, which looked a lot better, so that's what I chose. It was several years before I realized that some people would think it was a deliberate pun on the word 'asshole.' It wasn't. After the collapse of the second incarnation of King Missile, Hall decided to attend law school. He graduated cum laude from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in Manhattan, and after graduation co-founded Heraty Hall, a firm specializing in entertainment law.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1998
    Hall's performance style is also eclectic, his delivery ranging from a deadpan monotone to melodic tenor singing to overwrought screaming. In a 1998 interview, Hall expressed a preference for his spoken material over his sung: "Most of my work that I prefer is this type, and in most cases, the singing stuff albums is filler, with the exception of songs here and there...
    More Details Hide Details For the most part, I'm better at the spoken shit."
    In 1998, the new lineup released its "debut" album, Failure, on Shimmy Disc.
    More Details Hide Details Curtis and Scarpantoni left the band after the release of Failure, and King Missile III continued as a trio, releasing two more albums, 2003's The Psychopathology of Everyday Life and 2004's Royal Lunch.
  • 1997
    Hall has released two books, both on Soft Skull Press. The first, 1997's Jesus Was Way Cool, is a collection of 40 poems recorded on King Missile and Hall solo albums, plus a never-recorded poem, "Hope."
    More Details Hide Details The second, 2007's Daily Negations, is a dark-humored satire of self-help books. In it, Hall presents a negative thought for each day of the calendar year (including Leap Day). Asked in a 2003 interview to speak about the common themes of his work, Hall replied:I think these are some of the common themes: a) life is hard, brutal, capricious and unfair, b) sometimes there is a benefit to seeing it clearly, and acknowledging it truthfully, and c) other times it is best to find something to laugh about, lest despair crush one completely. Other recurring subjects of Hall's work include religion and spirituality (e.g., "The Fish That Played the Ponies," "Jesus Was Way Cool," "The God"), nihilism (e.g., "No Point," "Ed," "Jim"), and masochism (e.g., "Pickaxe," "Take Me Home," "My Lover").
  • 1996
    In 1996, Hall released a "solo album," The Body Has a Head, on the German label Manifatture Criminali.
    More Details Hide Details The album featured considerable input from multi-instrumentalists Sasha Forte, Bradford Reed, and Jane Scarpantoni. With these musicians, as well as They cellist Charles Curtis, Hall formed a new band, King Missile III ("the third").
  • TEENAGE
  • 1985
    In 1985, Hall began presenting his work at open mic poetry readings.
    More Details Hide Details After three shows, he became a "featured" poet at the Backfence, a performance space in Manhattan's East Village. Dogbowl agreed, and with the addition of bassist Alex DeLaszlo, drummer R.B. Korbet, and xylophonist George O'Malley, King Missile (Dog Fly Religion) was born. The band released two albums on the Shimmy Disc label, 1987's Fluting on the Hump and 1988's They, and then dissolved because Dogbowl wanted to pursue a solo career. After Dogbowl's departure, Hall asked Bongwater guitarist Dave Rick to help him put together a new band. Rick recruited multi-instrumentalist Chris Xefos, and Hall retained They drummer Steve Dansiger. Hall dubbed the new lineup King Missile, dropping the parenthetical "Dog Fly Religion" subtitle "since that was Dogbowl's idea." In late 1989 and early 1990, the band recorded the album Mystical Shit, and in 1990 released it on Shimmy Disc. On the strength of the single "Jesus Was Way Cool", the album hit #1 on the CMJ charts, and the band was signed by a major label, Atlantic Records. This series of events led Hall to make a habit of joking, "'Jesus' got me signed to Atlantic Records." Shortly after getting signed, Hall released an album on Shimmy Disc with permission from Atlantic: Real Men, a side project recorded with producer and Shimmy Disc founder Kramer. King Missile was featured in the 1990 documentary CutTime which chronicled the East Village music scene at the time.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1978
    In 1978 he graduated from Stuyvesant High School.
    More Details Hide Details In the early 1980s, Hall began participating in the Lower East Side poetry scene. He read his poems at such venues as Speakeasy and ABC No Rio. According to performance poet Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz, Hall "became an easily recognizable figure in the scene: pale, bald, dressed mostly in black and white, with wire-rimmed glasses and a porkpie hat."
  • OTHER
  • 1960
    Born on September 2, 1960.
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