What can YOU say in six sentences?
The DO NOT DISTURB sign has been on the door for days. Rails of coke lined up on one side of the bar, sticky lemon wedges and liquor spills on the other, constant hum of the A/C. Security cameras in the hallway record him going back and forth to the ice machine no less than twelve times at 4 A.M.
The money is almost gone. He stands on the little deck outside his room as the sun goes down beyond the ocean, scanning the crowd at the poolside bar below. The middle-aged…Continue
The world didn't end when I died, so I had to toot my own horn on Judgment Day. A tinny sound it made, too, tentative where it should've bellowed, shallow where I'd hoped it would resonate. I reached out my hand and my fingers made the shape of branches against the blue, lightning against the black. But in such a desolate silent plain, that lone brass sure was something. Far off at the edge of my event horizon, a voice answered. Together we harmonized the outlines of heaven.…Continue
* This is a companion piece to "Clara Jensen", posted by Jamie Hogan on 3/1/11.
Of my four children, Clara was the most emotional, the most willful, loud and brash, so very desperate for attention. She shone at the center of our lives like a fireplace stoked high against the cold, but in the end it was that same degree of passion that undid her; when Marcus Wendell rejected her affections, she was driven to make the most grandiose of gestures.
In his youth he dashed and darted among the newly planted rows with Fiver and Hazel-rah, tender rabbits bounding high.
Next a fantastical thing, the robust and randy adolescent satyr, horned mantle plowing heedless.
The hysterical hyena ranged far afield of home in early adulthood, spotted and snarling, shedding coats, howling at the half-eaten moon.
A fattening lizard sunning upon a stone in middle age, forked tongue contemptuous of the world…Continue
Conceptually, it was a no-brainer for the network suits: Steven Seagal and Glenn Beck starring in their own reality series where they accosted "real" people "on the street" and demanded to know, "What are you doing for America?" Of course, two monstrous egos like that, they were just bound to die with their hands around each other's throats, but who could've guessed they would do that shit live in real-time? The ratings broke all sorts of records and even the people who didn't see…Continue
Sandra Bullock won an Oscar, The Wire never won an Emmy, and Public Enemy was right about the Grammys.
But sometimes it can be fun to watch the ceremonies with the sound muted, thereby disabling the breathless acceptance speeches, the tedious jokes (self-referential, politically smug, tone-deaf), and leaving only the discomfited flailing of the presenters as they try (unsuccessfully) to maintain some shred of dignity.
Middle America may wax…Continue