Friday, December 19, 2014

Two from Celine

Both of these are from Journey to the End of the Night:

"The sadness of this world has different ways of getting to people, but it seems to succeed almost every time."

and

"A poor man in this world can be done to death in two main ways, by the absolute indifference of his fellows in peacetime or by their homicidal mania when there's a war."

Friday, December 5, 2014

My Father's Great Recession, Part 2

Part 1 of "My Father's Great Recession" was included in the July-August 2014 issue of Contemporary Literary Horizon, and now Part 2 of the story will be included in the November-December 2014 issue.
Dad's selfie from the 1970s with his college copy of The Sun Also Rises

Monday, November 24, 2014

New Adjunct Novel!

I'm excited to announce that I signed a publishing contract for my second novel late last week. Beating Windward Press will publish Auggie's Revenge, a comic crime novel starring a trailer-park con artist, a supermarket seducer, and an adjunct instructor of philosophy searching for a life worth living.

sign on the line that is dotted, part 2


Monday, November 17, 2014

identify your firing squad











Sunday, November 16, 2014

two from twitter




Thursday, November 13, 2014

two buck chuck


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

schlemiel

Anyway, in unrelated news, I came across a couple articles that consider the schlemiel: exhibits A and B. I've yet to read them in their entirety, but they concern famous Jewish writers and comedians using, or associating with, the term, from Walter Benjamin to Woody Allen to Philip Roth. To me, it's worth noting that long before "channeling his inner Jewish mother" Thomas Pynchon was at home with the Yiddish word in V, if I'm not mistaken, describing Benny Profane as such.


Friday, November 7, 2014

the fall of the Berlin Wall

The Lazarus Project includes an anecdote about rabbits finding love by overcoming the Berlin Wall despite trigger-happy East German guards firing eagerly during mating season (Hemon 103-4).

Anyway, by chance, it's the 25th anniversary of the famous wall's fall, and I've stumbled upon a couple postings noting this:

"The Berlin Wall, 25 Years After the Fall" from The Atlantic and an image gallery from Yahoo! Finance, "Human Wave of East Germans Surges Across Berlin Wall."

Another time, in another post, maybe I'll describe the refugee father and son who'd just escaped and wound up in the same bunk area as a bunch of us staying in a Swiss youth hostel. I remember well the father describing his escape story, again and again, throughout the night. I couldn't understand his German, or anyone else's, but I could hear the repetition of the words and some of the vigorous physical movements he used to support them. Again and again.