Sam McPheeters

Sam McPheeters was born in Lorain, Ohio in 1969. He is the former lead singer of Born Against, Men's Recovery Project, and Wrangler Brutes, and the founder of Vermiform Records. His columns, essays, profiles, and short stories have appeared in The American Prospect, Chicago Reader, OC Weekly, Punk Planet, The Stranger, Vice, and The Village Voice. He lives in Pomona, CA, with his wife.

Articles by Sam McPheeters

  • How the Danish Legal System Gave Away Thomas Altheimer’s Identity

    Although the The Sovereign presents Danish artist Thomas Altheimer as a fictional character, he is referred to by his full legal name. The text includes his actual home address, the names of his children, and passages from his blog and private letters.

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    Notes on the New Harry Dean Stanton Documentary

    On Friday, I drove into Los Angeles to catch a showing of Partly Fiction, a new documentary about Harry Dean Stanton, and was reminded just how much audiences in LA love losing their shit over celebrities and celebrity culture.

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    Filming the Unfilmable

    The Turner Diaries is a white-supremacist screed written by neo-Nazi activist William Pierce back in the 1970s. It partially inspired a half-dozen real-life crime sprees, including the Oklahoma City bombing. Could it ever be adapted into Hollywood gold? Just because it’s a…

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    Coppola Gets Dickslapped

    In the early 80s, following the prolonged public drama of Apocalypse Now, Francis Ford Coppola decided to make a nice little romantic comedy. He sunk over $25 million into the project, declared bankruptcy after its release, and spent the next decade paying off the debts.

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    Where Are All the Films About Economic Apocalypse?

    So far, the films of the Great Recession have brought us the majestic biceps of Thor, the weaponized pecs of James Bond 6.0, and the beef Prometheus of Captain America. But let me direct your attention to Neal Israel's Americathon, an apocalyptic vision of 19…

  • The Worst People

    “I kind of wish everyone on Earth hadn't died,” Casey Anthony said, running her fingers through Rick Santorum's hair. “Just so we could all rub it in their stupid faces that we did survive.” Howls of laughter filled the beach. Courtney Love said, “God! We're, like, the worst peop…

  • The Recent Unpleasantness


    "Welcome to the 86th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. I'm Bob, this is my co-anchor Ralph, and for the next hour, we'll be talking you through the giant balloons as they make their way down Sixth Avenue, towards the flagship Macy's Herald Square."

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    Reality Quiz

    Greetings! In light of this week's election, your local GOP committee is sending out this quiz to gauge our party's commitment to reality. As a registered Republican, your input is crucial to determining future party direction. Remember, there are no right or wrong answers!

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    Yelping Halloween

    I took my kids trick or treating yesterday and the second stop on our route was the Hadley household. Right off the bat, they lose a star for giving out Life Savers. Is this a 6th grade secret santa grab bag? Run out of carob chips? The candy you serve speaks volumes about you as…

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    Public Statement by Jerry Sandusky on His Release from Prison, February 2454

    "First off, I'd like to offer my heartfelt appreciation for the miracle of cell-extension nanotechnology. Who knew it'd be so easy to add an extra thousand years to everyone's life? And I should acknowledge the US Supreme Court, for making sure everyone in prison had access to th…