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My Friend … The Hijacker?

My friend William Wolfgang Gossett, “Wolf,” died 8 years ago at Newport, Oregon when he was 73 years old. He was an amazing and interesting old man, not least for his fantastic stories and alleged adventures which spanned decades, continents, … Continue reading

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A Madman’s Logic

The first reaction to last weeks slaughter of innocents in Norway was horror, and rightly so; it was an astonishingly horrifying event. The second reaction was confusion: Why did this madman, Anders Breivik, who hated Muslims, kill Norwegian children? I … Continue reading

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The Beagle God

Early one evening I was driving on an old parallel blacktop road that runs alongside Dort Highway, a north-south artery connecting Flint and Detroit. It was early October, pheasant hunting season in Michigan, when it is not uncommon to hear … Continue reading

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And You Thought Only Televanglists Raked In The Loot

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Why Is Allen Ginsberg Shadowing Me? (1965)

North Beach, San Francisco Wherever I go this morning I see Allen Ginsberg, the poet and author of Howl. He was in City Lights Books earlier when I left a message at the sales desk for my wife, Gina. He … Continue reading

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My Nomination For Man Of The Year

Some people who need medical care but can’t afford it go to the emergency room. Others just hope they’ll get better. James Richard Verone robbed a bank. Earlier this month, Verone (pictured), a 59-year-old convenience store clerk, walked into a … Continue reading

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How I Quit Drinking, Almost

On my fiftieth birthday I realized that I had been drinking at least a fifth of whiskey a day for over a year and not getting drunk. I didn’t otherwise lead a dissolute life. I ate two meals a day, … Continue reading

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Read Us While You Still Can

But we just got online! We’re just a baby. We’re too young to die! techland.time.com – only a few years left until the social web kills off websites?

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Are Artists Liars? Absolutely…

moreintelligentlife.com – are artists liars?

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Is America Running Out of Psychopaths?

As St. Kurt himself would say, “Imagine that.” Of all the things for this country to run short of, I never imagined it would be those heartless bastards embedded in the military, government, corporations, universities, and hospitals. This country was … Continue reading

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Al Qaeda Instructs Terrorists To Stock Up At Local Gun Shows

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Remembering Conflicts On Memorial Day

The New York Times, our gray lady of perpetual sorrows, each day features a mini-history lesson on its editorial page. Today’s Memorial Day factoid is: ”On May 30, 1958, unidentified soldiers killed in World War II and the Korean conflict … Continue reading

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The Toughest Kid at Hooverville School (1941)

Flint, Michigan 1941 We lived in a hooverville when I was a kid … but maybe I should qualify that. If by hooverville you’re thinking of a shantytown made up of tin and cardboard or tree branches and loose sticks, … Continue reading

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HOW TO LISTEN TO A POEM

1. Give it your divided attention. One part of your mind should be free to wander about the room, bum around town. The best poems, anyway, are departures to somewhere else. 2. If you suspect the poem is not telling … Continue reading

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The Man Who Cried Pussy (1963)

Jack was a marvelous liar. But he probably couldn’t help it. As my grandfather said about another man, ”He’d rather climb a tree to tell a lie than face you and tell the truth.” It seemed to be compulsive lying, … Continue reading

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Fukushima #5

My friend Denis Chericone, pianist and composer, wrote this musical meditation the week of the Japan tsunami. Give it a listen. You’ll be glad you did.

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One Morning Gregor Samsa Awoke…

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Is The Kid Ready For University?

If you had it to do over, and if you could afford it, where would you try for? www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/world-university-rankings/2010-2011/top-200.html My alma mater is #15, but I would try for #4— the weather is better and it’s not far from San … Continue reading

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The Eye of An Artist

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Bobby and Marilyn (1961)

My friend Bill Smith is having some sort of nervous breakdown. I would say he is manic-depressive, except he’s never depressed. He’s always up and running, alert and full of self-confidence. I’ve known him for two years and he hasn’t … Continue reading

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Big Nurse (1966)

Mitch, one of the two night orderlies, or nurses’ aides, here on ward 5 catches up with me at the patients’ coffee bar in the day room. I’ve been over at the gym, shooting hoops. “Flint,” he says, “want to … Continue reading

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Being In Jail (1967)

My daughter wants to go to jail. In fact she’s determined to do so. We argued about it this morning. She’s in her room now, in a blue funk, listening to the Rolling Stones latest album. “There’s no way I’m … Continue reading

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Li’l Lil

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Too Much Masterpiece Theater?

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Don’t Make Your Enemy A Martyr

As the federale general says in ”Viva Zapata” after the death of Emiliano: “Sometimes a dead man can be a terrible enemy.”

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Do You Have An Eating Disorder?

Sorry, I can’t help you. If eating too much for your own good is serious enough to be classified as an Eating Disorder, then you need more help than any diet I can offer. Although you might take a moment … Continue reading

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Not Your Usual Historical Marker

Bloody Island One-fourth mile south is the island of Bo-No-Po-Ti (old island) now Bloody Island. It was a place for native gatherings until May 18, 1880. On that day a regiment of dragoons of the U.S. Cavalry, commanded by Captain … Continue reading

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Little Lulu Welcomes You To The Mall

I don’t know who did this. I don’t know why it greets customers to Flint, Michigan’s Dort Mall. It’s about 40″ high and crudely made of  plaster and badly painted. For some reason it unnerves me and I have no … Continue reading

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Into The Cloud

I had a great-grandfather on my mother’s side who got pissed off at the Roman Catholic Church and its dogma. It started with a parish priest who for reasons now unknown refused last rites to one of the old man’s … Continue reading

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Dennis Murphy Likes To Hit People (1961)

“Be careful of Dennis,” Johnny Garcia said. “He’s sizing you up. Sooner or later he’s gonna want to take a swing at you.” “I don’t even know the guy,” I said. “I just met him last night.” “Don’t matter, Dennis … Continue reading

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