Charlie: Come on, Barton, you think you know pain? You think I made your life hell? Take a look around this dump. You’re just a tourist with a typewriter, Barton, I live here. – from the Coen brothers 1991 film Barton Fink, a movie about writers, Hollywood and severed heads.

At Mama Zu’s in Richmond.

J. Tobias Beard is the Writer-At-Large for C-VILLE Weekly, where he’s been a steady contributor since 2006. He lives in Charlottesville, VA.