Ride It Like You Find It To The End Of The Line

There’s a certain kind of desolation one can only experience by being stranded in a train station at three a.m. An opulent, silent gloom covers every surface like a thin film of invisible grit. The odd, incidental sound, heel scrape, cough, rides a hollow echo and affects grandeur. Night crawlers are all that remains of […]

Let Christmas Expectations Fall Like Snow

Have you heard this one already? Three clinically depressed highjumpers walk into a bar. They lower it. I’m kidding of course. Then again, I’m not kidding, (as always), because if there is anything that will help today’s mentally ill individual survive the three-ring-circus of psychological torment and emotional Armageddon known by that deceptively sweet euphemism […]

Poetry: Too Important To Be Left To The Sane

As an insecure, fear-driven youth I relied exclusively on intellect. Lacking faith in social institutions, other people, or myself, I steadfastly trusted my mind’s ability to predict and manage life’s challenges. It made for a chilly, detached existence I found satisfactory. “Poetry is far too important to be left to the sane.” Taz Mopula Manic […]

I Sing Because I’m Happy, I Sing Because I’m Free

I felt as though the air had grown thick; I navigated it laboriously, as one walks through knee-deep water. Sweetness and flavor were gone; colors had faded into a thousand gray variations. I was 26 and thoroughly adrift. In need of employment I followed a path worn smooth by thousands of over-educated lost souls before […]

Let’s Eliminate Wretched Writing

I’ve been a professional writer for 30 years and in that time I’ve learned a few things. So, with the help of with my old friend Taz, I’m going to toss out some pointers guaranteed to make you a better writer. “Technology has democratized the tools of creativity, resulting in a tsunami even more cretinous […]

Nursing A Grudge Will Not Make It Healthy

If you’ve ever gotten divorced you know that, as soon as it happens your married friends start avoiding you as if the inability to maintain a relationship is some sort of bizarre, highly contagious skin condition. The fate of those fighting serious mental health issues, including addiction, is far worse. “Not all human sacrifice is […]

Study Links Bipolar Disorder, Genius, Creativity & Idiocy

If you’ve ever met an actual genius – or worse – if you are one – you know that: those in need of garden-variety stupidity are advised to seek out a moron – but – those in search of world-class idiocy should go the extra mile and track down a genius. “Those who believe that […]

The Importance Of Being Unimportant

One day, while sitting in my windowless corporate office and trying to imagine it didn’t resemble a jail cell, I picked up my ringing phone to discover the call was not business-related, it was in fact a friend I’ll call Chumley Frampton, although his real name is Syngen Enthwhistle. “Arrogance: What stupidity wants to be […]

Straight Jackets Made Here

How is it that a culture able to conceive and create over 100 different types of toothpaste has managed to develop just one vision of the afterlife? Heaven: puffy clouds, harps, angels floating lazily. Hell: flames, smell of sulfur, pitchfork-wielding demons. Humanity really enjoys patting its collective back on the subject of inventiveness and creativity, but here, in […]