Monthly Archives: September 2012

The dreams of men

For he still smiles, and he’s still strong. Nothing’s changed but the surrounding bullshit that has grown. And now he’s home and we’re laughing like we always did, my same old, same old friend… –Pearl Jam, “Off He Goes” I’ve never … Continue reading

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Why am I not watching football?

Green Bay is playing San Francisco now, in a game with major implications for all three of my fantasy football teams. Sadly, I’m watching Thumbelina, which isn’t even good in a mid-90s non-Disney animation sense. The joys of fatherhood! How … Continue reading

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Mistaken Identity

Excuse me. Do you have a moment to help a blind man find the restroom? My wife is shopping somewhere else and she left me here, alone, because she needs shoes and God knows how long that might take. By … Continue reading

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Uncovering the Big Lie

“Is Santa Claus real, Daddy?” Oh, shit. Mia and I were alone in the kitchen. Kristy was out at the store and Ian was already down for a nap. Just me and a four year-old and the Big Lie. I … Continue reading

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Freaks on display

At what point does entertainment become exploitation? Is it when everyone in the audience feels a smug superiority to the personalities on the show? Or is it when we tune in just to see how weird the freaks are going … Continue reading

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Don’t look back

Nostalgia is a sickness, I’m sure of it. An insidiously debilitating sickness, too. Maybe you don’t believe me? You don’t see the harm in a little masturbatory rearview-mirror gazing. I admit that many see nostalgia as a natural part of … Continue reading

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Come and see!

I have to keep explaining to people that there is a distinction: •Yes, I had a short play read at the Kennedy Center, but •No, it wasn’t on the main stage that you see on TV, where President Obama gives … Continue reading

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