Fables of the Deconstruction

I was made to love magic

After suffering from a series of headaches that increased in severity over the course of a few months one summer, I took the old man to the hospital, and he was diagnosed with an inoperable brain t

Stop Calling Me Surly

Realizing Santa

In my wildest dream, I land an exclusive interview with Santa, who mutates from mysterious to crusty, opinionated, flawed and conflicted.

Fun with Shrapnel

Lo, they do call to me ...

“There are two outcomes to every danger: either I will live or I will die.”

—Chapter 8 of the Kjalnesinga saga

Fables of the Deconstruction


It was a fascinating old house, cluttered with books and records and objects, dusty old furniture, display cases, wardrobes, upholstered chairs. As a boy, I found it endlessly fascinating.

Summary of My Discontent

What kids want

“When (children) discover they cannot rewind or fast-forward a TV show, they are perplexed.

Guest Commentary

A Sweet Tea Party

Thanks to my friend, Dr. Ricky Jones, for the opportunity to clarify my position regarding my recent tweets on Sen. Rand Paul (see the Oct. 23 issue of LEO Weekly).

Fun with Shrapnel

Say what we cannot …

“There were always in me two women. One woman bewildered … and another who would leap into a scene as upon a stage.” —Anais Nin 

Stop Calling Me Surly

Deconstructing Camelot

We can only speculate how much the assassination of President John F. Kennedy 50 years ago changed history.

Fables of the Deconstruction

Coney Island baby

When I first started working in the dark arts, I was apprenticed, briefly, with a master of great skill but poor repute.

Summary of My Discontent

Literature and empathy

A recent study published in the journal Science raised a lot of eyebrows in, of all places, literary circles.