Crossing The Stream Of Consciousness

For all of us, and when I say “us” I refer, of course, to those who society might describe in terms less than entirely flattering, for example, “laughing academy graduates”, “strange rangers”, “those who dance to the beat of a different marsupial”, and of course, “Followers of Lord Whackadoomious”, to cite only the most widely […]

One-Sentence Stories

Despite a manly thrashing from Ernest Hemingway, meted out with pugilistic zeal, the mime refused to speak. Garrison Keillor inhaled deeply during a monologue; passed out, and awoke hours later in a pool of his own gravitas. Charles Bukowski stared at the woozy red label and understood at last that Blatz Beer was both a […]

Show Time Is No Time For Mercy

For twelve consecutive years I occupied space in an academic hothouse we’ll call Throckmorton Academy, an oasis of genteel entitlement located, improbably, in a Philadelphia neighborhood called Germantown. Germantown was very chic in the horse and carriage days, today it is known for its cobblestone streets, colonial architecture, urban decay, and crime. All Throckmorton Academy […]

Manic Depression: Jimi Hendrix

I was just 17 on March 31, 1968, the night I saw Jimi Hendrix in a tiny, converted tire warehouse in Philadelphia. Hendrix is iconic today, so I don’t need to describe the show. But back then he was absolutely new, unlike anything anybody had ever seen before. Playing with the guitar behind his head, […]

1-Sentence Stories – Redux

1. Despite a manly thrashing from Ernest Hemingway, meted out with pugilistic zeal, the mime refused to speak. 2. Garrison Keillor inhaled deeply during a monologue; passed out, and awoke hours later in a pool of his own gravitas. 3. Charles Bukowski stared at the woozy, waving label and understood at last that Blatz Beer […]

Glad To Be Imperfectly Awful

  For reasons we might want to explore at some other time, I spent over 30 years toiling in the corporate vineyards as an advertising copywriter – an occupation which enjoys a level of social prestige roughly equivalent to that of garbage collector, lawyer, and snake oil salesman – although to be sure – the […]

There Is No Need To Reinvent The Lemur

I have been a promotion writer for 30+ years. Essentially, promotion writing involves making true statements in a way that encourages readers to arrive at false conclusions. For example, when I say that our vinyl siding virtually never needs painting I’m actually saying our siding needs painting. “Ultimately it’s not what you don’t say that […]

The Toxic Myth Of Manic Creativity

It is said that alcoholism is the only disease intent on convincing those who suffer they’re not sick. This deception is, of course, only one of alcoholism’s many lies, the first of which is that happiness can be purchased and consumed. There is a parallel, and equally dangerous, bit of twaddle in the world of […]

The Great Creativity Quote Quiz

Can You Accurately Attribute These Pearls Of Wisdom? “Poetry is far too important to be left to the sane.” a.) Heavy D b.) Morbidly Obese D c.) Physically Fit D d.) Taz Mopula “Mediocre art misrepresents reality; great art obliterates it.” a.) Martha Stewart b.) Norman Rockwell c.) Stacy London d.) Taz Mopula “If you […]