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
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Psychedelic in Pseattle
July 30, 2014 08:30AM
- My Lunch With a Nobel
July 29, 2014 08:49PM
- A Session With My Poetry Coach
July 29, 2014 07:57AM
- Let Slip the Cats of War!
July 28, 2014 11:48AM
- Me and Dionysus
July 27, 2014 10:46AM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “Are you . . .
- “UofC man and Harvard man
go into men's room and pee.
starts to leave
- “There's an old Jonathan
Winters routine where he does
parody of a Broadway
- “Did you have a deck of
Authors Cards? We did--I think
hand ever was a
July 29, 2014 01:49PM
- “My first girlfriend in
college joined the staff of
July 29, 2014 08:19AM
Con Chapman's Links
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“. . . if then their uncircumcised heart is humbled . . .”
For long years, there was no way in
to that four-chambered house
through which, we are told
(but don’t know) all emotions go.
It took something more than looks–
your wit, or carriage, or the things
y… Read full post »
The first week of summer is almost here and you can see people opening up to the season, like flowers. And then there’s my partner, the Old Curmudgeon, who makes do with his usual all-weather grumpy demeanor.
“Hey there, Bink,” I call to him as he approaches the elevator ban… Read full post »
Jack Garner gazed out over the farm that had been in his family for three generations and gave out a sigh of exasperation. He looked down the rows of curly leaf parsley, often used as a garnish, and thought back to the lessons he had learned bouncing on his father’s lap… Read full post »
CLERK: You here for your notary?
ME: That’s right.
CLERK: Raise your right hand and repeat the three parts of the pledge on the plastic cahd there on the counter.
ME: I have a few words to say first, if I may.
CLERK: I don’t know, it’s lunchtime, we get a… Read full post »
Lately, a lot of people want to know my name. The “barista” at Starbucks. The guy behind the counter at Peet’s Coffee. “Can I have a name for that order?” he asks. I look around the place at 6:30 in the morning. I’m the only one there, but I give in… Read full post »
The Boston Globe
“There–Kitzi is all provided for!”
Once a year when I take stock of my family’s financial… Read full post »
According to the US Census Bureau, most men who use online dating services are pathetic losers who exaggerate their personal net worth and physical attractiveness and couldn’t strike up a conversation with a woman in a social setting if they fell on top of one.
“This guy is such a… Read full post »
It’s 5 p.m., and I’m trying to decide whether to run for the 5:15 train or hang in until the 5:30 and squeeze in another three-tenths of a billable hour. I’m leaning towards the 220-yard dash to the station when my phone rings.
“Hullo,” I say and it would take… Read full post »
VERSAILLES, Mo. Lemoyne Green’s family has been in the grocery business in this town in south central Missouri, pronounced “ver-SALES,” going back four generations. “I guess you could say food is in our blood,” Lemoyne says with a barely-detectible trace of irony. &ldquo… Read full post »
When he is announced he is heard (but unseen)
not from the stage but the back of the room;
he enters from the entrance, unaccompanied
for the first number, his notes tilting like
a gyroscope, whirring and yet in control.
Every now and then he plays with one hand free
in a sort of look-ma-no-hands daring.
So… Read full post »
High school graduation time is here, which means that over-achieving young women across America are preparing for the next phase of their lives–matriculation (which is not as painful as it sounds) at an expensive four-year liberal arts college. One of them happens to live in our town.
I was sitting in my hot tub, flipping through the latest issue of The Source, The Bible of Hip-Hop Music, Fashion and Jurisprudence, when my personal assistant Fai’sha said there was a Supreme Court Justice on the line for me.
“Which one?” I asked. I ain’t gonna interr… Read full post »
The kids are into baseball now, a development that warms this old good field-no hit third baseman’s heart, so we were watching the Red Sox beat Cleveland last night after bath time.
“Lester’s really mowing ‘em down,” said Scooter, the older of the two b… Read full post »
It took my dad eight years to pay off the note he signed
to buy the little store, grandiosely sub-titled
“Mid-Missouri’s Finest Specialty Shop.”
To celebrate, he took the family on a real vacation,
to the Bahamas; white beaches, conch shells,
calypso music and all that, three guys playin… Read full post »
PROVINCETOWN, Mass. This quaint town on the outermost point of Cape Cod has historically been known for its location on the extreme end of another measure; the liberality of its residents’ views on matters sexual. “The first settlers ran the Puritans out of town when they came up from… Read full post »
He’d been everywhere but he ended up in
the basement of a hotel in Boston,
a forlorn jazz club on its last legs,
and so the man who’d played with
divinities—Art Tatum, Charlie Parker,
Billie Holiday–found himself on
a little stage with two sidemen playing
to a sparse crowd in a crowd… Read full post »
She enters the room in a cloud of perfume,
Her bracelets jangling an irksome tune.
Her hair swirls round her rougéd face
A strand here and there is out of place.
She knows what she wants, what she wants is a man;
To achieve this end she’s conceived a plan.
Her plot is well-laid, her… Read full post »
Business experts say sound personnel management is the key to surviving tough times. These are the same business experts whose current advice on “best practices” is “Your business sucks–if you switched to making kids wooden arrows you could get a government handout.”
Your wedding–or at least your first wedding–should be the most glorious day of your life. Summer wedding season has arrived, and the Wedding Lady is here to help you master the many minute details that make for a perfect nuptial . . . or is it nuptials? . . . ceremony.… Read full post »
The Wall Street Journal
It’s the first day of soccer camp for my daughter’s team and as alw… Read full post »
He ambles to the stage, self-effacing;
when he speaks it’s with a Southern drawl,
putting all the Yankees in
the room, in a Ho-Jo’s with a view of
Kenmore Square grandiosely re-born as
“The Starlight Lounge,” on notice of the contrast
between themselves, wired
for achievement, and hi… Read full post »
It is no coincidence that the bossa nova craze coincided with the years in which I achieved my greatest romantic success–first through sixth grades. No music is better suited to inspire thoughts of love than that associated with the Portugese term translated roughly as “the new thing or t… Read full post »
The Wall Street Journal
Sometimes I think I have the most wonderful job in the world!… Read full post »
Rapper Curtis Jackson, a/k/a “50 Cent,” will collaborate with a team of writers on a series of novels about life as a youth on the streets.
The Rapper in the Rye (Paperback)
by 50 Cent and J.D. Salinger
(63 customer reviews)
List price: $12.95
You Save: $2.20 (… Read full post »