Why We Can’t Have Nice Things, Part 2

My parents had a lot of Jewish friends, and so did I. In fact, I was taken to school throughout my childhood in a carpool made up of Jewish kids. Our…


Tough

Years ago, I was a great fan of Mickey Spillane. Mike Hammer was the toughest dude ever to hit the literary scene. Could anybody ever be tougher?…


NEET, Part 6

XLV. When Ben got home, all he wanted was to smoke and get high. He had to think about things, replay every moment of the therapy session until it…


The Axeman Cometh

The back lane between Melcombe Avenue and Winter Lane has always been home to an axe murderer. The news don't report on it, but I know. Oh yes, I……


Lunatic Asylum

“Another pint of Davenport’s and a Bushmills chaser please, Steve,” said Mickey as “My Little Son (England’s Motorway)” by the Dubliners played on…


The Bunnies Are Killing Themselves!

The Swanson family was returning home from IKEA, their Cadillac Escalade crammed with furniture, when a squirrel ran into the road. It thumped…


Why We Can’t Have Nice Things, Part 1

It was in March 1971 that the event occurred. I’d have to guess on the specific time and day. I’ll look into it and get back to you. That month in…


Emo and Stan

The stolen special atomic demolition munition did what during the Cold War was hoped would never happen. The SADM, colloquially known as a “suitcase…


Modern Life and Other Bad Jokes

Chekhov hit the nail on the head over a hundred years ago when he identified the social causes of mental illness. The human mind is not meant to live…


NEET, Part 5

XXXIX. He sat in her office. Not what he would call an office, a leather couch for him and a high-backed leather chair for her. But she called it her…