The Thing From Bloggy Swamp
- Boston, Massachusetts, US of A
- September 28
- . . . is the author of over fifty books--some with paper!--available on amazon.com and elsewhere.
MY RECENT POSTS
- You Aren't Pole Dancing Enough
in Your Living Room
January 30, 2015 02:49PM
- Clinton Stumps in Iowa, Calls
Yale, Wellesley "Overrated"
January 30, 2015 08:12AM
- Romney Hires Sincerity
Consultant as He Mulls 2016
January 29, 2015 01:48PM
- Two Guys Who Are Brain
Surgeons Use Volume to Cut
January 29, 2015 08:13AM
- Two Dead as Joyce Carol Oates
Books Collapse on Shoppers
January 28, 2015 09:01PM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “Okay, so who's the muse
of people who fart at
- “My wife wants to get a
curator for my speech.”
- “I mean, is it like a
secret you guys are keeping
January 29, 2015 07:15PM
- “What's "pot"?”
January 29, 2015 06:44PM
- “The rules on caffeine
have been loosened. You can
but not snort
January 29, 2015 05:45PM
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It’s the week after Christmas, too soon for the dreaded envelope containing the credit card bill for ill-fitting and ill-advised purchases that have already been forgotten or broken, but which have yet to be paid for. I’m sitting in our little colonial town’s sponging hou… Read full post »
WORCESTER, Mass. This gritty central Massachusetts city is known to some as the Industrial Abrasives Capital of the World, and to others for its numerous railroad car diners. What it is not known for, to the dismay of many, is its educational and cultural attractions.
Mis… Read full post »
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts. When New Year’s Eve was still a month away, Massachusetts Institute of Technology sophomore Jeremy Klotkin took steps to make sure he didn’t spend the night when many unattached men hope to “get lucky” alone.
“I try to go out on a date once a ye… Read full post »
It’s been eight years since the near-simultaneous deaths of James Brown, the singer who rose from humble origins to become “The Godfather of Soul,” and Gerald Ford, the only unelected President of the United States.
Nixon and Brown: “I hope yo… Read full post »
I was a young man on the verge of getting old (at least in my mind) back then, in the mid-eighties. It was Christmas time, which made the passing of youth that much more painful; I remembered the Christmas when I got both a basketball and a bb gun, and… Read full post »
BOSTON. On a Tuesday evening at Symphony Hall, the last few strains of a delicate piece by Debussy performed by the Guarneri String Quartet have left the audience in a blissful state of calm, which is broken only after an extended period of silence by appreciative applause.
“That was so–… Read full post »
BROOKLYN, New York. Carmen Scarpino, an innovative smart aleck who is credited with many of America’s most treasured comebacks, one-liners and wise cracks, died of lung cancer at the Sons of Italy Convalescent Home here yesterday. He was 84.
Scarpino came of age as World War II came to an end,… Read full post »
RAMINGHAM, Mass. It’s the Saturday before Christmas vacation and Lieutenant Jim Hampy of the Massachusetts State DMVD is on patrol in the Metrowest area of Boston, on the lookout for students home from college with too much time on their hands and beer in their bellies. &l… Read full post »
There once was a girl, and I briefly dated her,
who treated each moment as if it were the-atre.
Ordinary reality was much too quotidian
Whether you were together ante or post meridian.
Each time we’d sit at noon a-munchin’
We didn’t eat lunch–we’d had a luncheon.
I al… Read full post »
This is a story of a teenaged boy whom I will call Ignacio. He was brought to America from a village in South America to live in a small town for a year as a foreign exchange student.
He lived with the Cash family. Mr. Cash owned a feed and grain… Read full post »
The holidays are a stressful time of the year, straining both long-term relationships and brief flings that begin as drunken come-ons at office parties. How does one cope with competing and often conflicting demands of “significant others” that clash with family obligations, year-end busi… Read full post »
BOSTON. Niles Oberg hates Christmas music and doesn’t consider himself a religious man. “The only time I see the inside of a church is when a friend gets married,” he says. “And even then my flesh starts to creep when I think of all my one-night stands.”
&ldquo… Read full post »
HOLLYWOOD. Studio executives at Sony Pictures yesterday gave the green light to “Glorious Sun of Mankind Kim Jong-un Adventure,” an action-comedy-drama-romance-documentary starring Kim Jong-un, supreme leader of North Korea, and co-starring Kim Jong-un.
“What can I say?… Read full post »
As a budding but unsuccessful writer of long standing, I turn to Writer’s Digest for the pro-tips that I hope will transform me from a perennially-rejected shlub to a guy who has to fight off literary chicks with a stick. It is there you’ll find helpful articles such as “5… Read full post »
WASHINGTON. Former Vice President Dick Cheney took on a new adversary yesterday, calling on Pope Francis I to release documents to support his contention that the Spanish Inquisition produced valuable information through torture.
Cheney: “I may be irritating–but I&rsquo… Read full post »
XIANGGANG, China. Emily Costbinder doesn’t look like a crusader with her Patagonia fleece pullover, khakis and sensible shoes, but the slight Bryn Mawr student is taking a grave personal risk as she pulls out her cellphone once inside the Xianggang Xingxing Special Products fact… Read full post »
&nbs… Read full post »
Portable crappers, and phat gangsta rappers,
Overdressed lawyers, who think that they’re dapper,
Blonde second wives who are festooned with bling–
These are a few of my least favorite things.
New SUVs that my teenage son crashes,
Posh window treatments with jabots and sashes,
Pant legs… Read full post »
The dental hygienist rides the train
Into town and then out again.
Her job, in part, is to inflict pain
On those who dental flossing feign.
(Her scrubs this day are the color teal
Perhaps the better to make folks feel
That everything’s ducky, there’s no need to squeal,
Their teeth will… Read full post »
The Wall Street Journal
And so after many years I have returned… Read full post »
CHICAGO. For Joe Klesjko, a trader at Wolf/Ram Associates, December is a hectic time of year, and not because of Christmas shopping. “Our customers would trade 365 days a year if they could,” he says of a client base that hedges their exposure in world tungsten markets by buyi… Read full post »
BOSTON. This city’s adult entertainment district is a place where the sexual impulse in all its variety seeks and finds satisfaction, but even long-time denizens of the “Combat Zone” as it is known say they’re disgusted by a manifestation of the male libido they’ve seen… Read full post »
It’s Thursday night, time for my wife to make time for “Grey’s Anatomy,” since neither one of us can figure out how to tape the damn show. “I’ll take care of the kids,” I said, kissing her on the forehead the way I did to Pam McAfree after the Homecoming… Read full post »
Where some of the Neighbourhood were quarrelling, a Raven from the Top of a Tree very articulately and unaccountably cry’d out, Read the Third of Colossians and the Fifteenth!”
The Wonders of the Invisible World: Being an Account of the Tryals of Several Witches Lately Executed in New-Eng… Read full post »
It was the depths of a recession,
And real estate prices had fallen.
Some contractors were overextended
And their creditors were callin’.
Me? I was just doing my job
Arranging for repossessions
Of cranes and ‘dozers and backhoes and such
By gun-for-hire Hessians.
One… Read full post »