Moods from Marbletown

Moods from Marbletown

30

May

2012

Hello, friends and readers!I'm extremely pleased to announce the arrival of my newest book, Moods from Marbletown.  It's a collection of short humor pieces collected from my previous writings as well as some brand-new material to make it worth the jingle.  If you're a fan of smart, literate written comedy, you'll enjoy th ...
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Another First Kiss

Another First Kiss

29

May

2012

Hello friends, readers, and worldwide strangers!If you're reading these words, it's because you've stopped by on the day I launch a major overhaul of my home on the Internet.  It's the biggest, most ambitious, and most complex upgrade to the site I've ever made in ten years of blogging, and I hope you'll find it to your li ...
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The Dead Sit Up

The Dead Sit Up

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May

2012

 I cannot remember much, I cannot feel much. Maybe erasure is necessary. Maybe the human spirit defends itself as the body does, attacking infection, enveloping and destroying those malignancies that would otherwise consume us. (Tim O'Brien)On Veteran's Day, we are told only to honor those who have served this holy abstrac ...
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The Most Beautiful Fraud: Divorce, Italian Style

The Most Beautiful Fraud:  <i>Divorce, Italian Style</i>

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May

2012

Well, I guess I am a rather interesting man -- refined, intelligent.  But that stomach, that stomach!  (Baron Cefalù)You never know what caprice will keep you away from a movie, and what whim will draw you in.  Even during the last few years, when I've finally gotten around to educating myself on the remarkably rich hi ...
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I Feel Bad for You, Son

I Feel Bad for You, Son

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May

2012

Thanks to recent "data", I am sad to report that it is no longer permitted to talk about the following topics until all the other problems in the world have been completely solved, beginning with global poverty and ending with the fact that there is nowhere near my apartment to get Slurpees.  I understand that this will be ...
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Comforting the Comfortable

Comforting the Comfortable

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May

2012

There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.  (Elie Wiesel)I'm not especially familiar with the work of Scott Kurtz.  Cursory investigation reveals that his webcomic, PvP, is quite successful, though, which may explain why his recent post regarding ...
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We’re Stole and Sold

We’re Stole and Sold

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May

2012

If you credit the arguments of those on the comfortable center of the divide between rich and poor, we are currently locked in a life-or-death struggle between radical Republicans and a thin blue line of heroic Democrats who alone champion the liberal values of civilization against the rapacious hordes of Eastasia.  When y ...
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Between Impression and Expression: Rod Serling

Between Impression and Expression:  Rod Serling

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May

2012

How can you put out a meaningful drama when every fifteen minutes, proceedings are interrupted by twelve dancing rabbits with toilet paper?  No dramatic art form should be dictated and controlled by men whose training and instincts are cut of an entirely different cloth.  The fact remains that these gentlemen sell consume ...
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Maximum Concentration on Disaster

Maximum Concentration on Disaster

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May

2012

The bosses of our mass media -- press, radio, film and television -- have their aim of taking our minds off disaster.  Thus, the distraction they offer demands the antidote of maximum concentration on disaster. (Ernst Fischer)Just a quick one tonight, inspired by Sony Pictures' firing of Dan Harmon.  Whatever you think of ...
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The Most Beautiful Fraud: Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles

The Most Beautiful Fraud:  <i>Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles</i>

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May

2012

The reason boredom deserves such scrutiny is that it represents pure, undiluted time in all its repetitive, redundant, monotonous splendor. Boredom is your window on the properties of time that one tends to ignore to the likely peril of one's mental equilibrium. It is your window on time's infinity. Once this window opens, ...
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Between Impression and Expression: George Orwell

Between Impression and Expression:  George Orwell

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May

2012

A slave, Marcus Gato said, should be working when he is not sleeping.  It does not matter whether his work is needed or not; he must work, because work in itself is good -- for slaves, at least.  This sentiment still survives, and it has piled up mountains of useless drudgery.I believe that this instinct to perpetuate use ...
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Today We Have Naming of Parts

Today We Have Naming of Parts

15

May

2012

Dear Mr. Roseman,First, I believe introductions are in order.  My name is Eliza Torrance, and I'll be taking over the editorial position here at Ramsette-Hill vacated by Art Hough, who is retiring after 35 years in the position.  I believe he is moving to Costa Rica, or El Salvador, or one of those Spanish countries with ...
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The Derelict Appendages of Criticism

The Derelict Appendages of Criticism

15

May

2012

Nineteen Eighty-Four is not often thought of as a useful text for illumination of the art of criticism, but like all great writers, Orwell contained multitudes of meaning in his writing, leaving great lessons barely concealed for application to whatever subject needed them.  At the book's very beginning, Winston Smith ope ...
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Threnody for a Waterfowl

Threnody for a Waterfowl

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May

2012

Donald Dunn, whose old man named him "Duck" when the both of them were sitting around watching cartoons in their modest house in Memphis, was touring Japan with his old friend the Colonel, backing up Eddie Lee Floyd as they'd done so many times before in the past.  After last night's show at Tokyo's Blue note, "Duck" heade ...
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Between Impression and Expression: Sterling Hayden

Between Impression and Expression:  Sterling Hayden

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May

2012

What does a man need - really need? A few pounds of food each day, heat and shelter, six feet to lie down in - and some form of working activity that will yield a sense of accomplishment. That's all, in the material sense, and we know it. But we are brainwashed by our economic system until we end up in a tomb beneath a pyra ...
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