Monthly Archives: August 2014

30-SECOND THEATER

THE BAD DATE   (They sit at a table in a restaurant. She puts her drink down.)   Cary: My father’s a dentist.   John: He named you for a cavity???   Cary: !!!   (Blackout.)

A GIFT FROM GREAT-AUNT PRUDENCE – A Guaranteed True Story

I worked in a shop for imported items in Harvard Square. That’s in Massachusetts, near Boston. When you came inside, the entire place smelled of sandalwood, cork, and jasmine. This was before everything sold everywhere was imported from other countries.   Well, in the early days of liberated consciousness— 1967, to be exact—I was a […]

BEING A STAR

Originally posted on GARDNER SPEAKS:
When you’re a star people know who you are. They remember you when you are dead. When you’re a star everyone wants you in bed. Just sit back, smile, and wait. Stars don’t do their own laundry or take buses or scrub toilets or worry about doctor bills. Your children…

BEING A STAR

BEING A STAR.

CURMUDGEON CORNER—Third Installment

I want to say a few words about unions. I’ve had jobs that were unionized and jobs without unions, and I was always better off when there was a union. Unions protect you from unfair or arbitrary acts by bosses—including firing for bad reasons. And they’re usually the best way to get better pay and […]

CURMUDGEON CORNER – Second Installment

The world is going to hell and people are predicting the end of life on Earth or at least of civilization. Maybe they’re right. Maybe civilization isn’t all that great, but I’d hate to get through the summer without an air conditioner. It doesn’t matter that in all of history, things have seemed as bad […]

CURMUDGEON CORNER – First Installment

    The motorcyclists who go by my house have their mufflers detached so they make a lot of noise. Why don’t they get ticketed? I get stopped when my tail light goes out. This was in a Rolling Stone from March that I picked up from the recycling bin at the dump. It’s about […]