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Keeping Up with the Jones

Election 2012 is (a little) different

This is the first of two columns on Election 2012. Given my love of politics, you knew I couldn’t do just one.

Summary of My Discontent

The simile and you

As a longtime writer of not only grammatically viable sentences but also the occasional full-length paragraph, I’m often asked about the proper role of similes in today’s challenging wr

Raised Relief

Damn the torpor torpedoes

The last couple of weeks have not been the most flattering in my life.

Stop Calling Me Surly

Savannah’s amazing grace under fire

In this sparse space, it would be impossible to convey the maturity, courage and empathy of a young sexual-assault victim who prevailed despite a hostile prosecutor and a proposed penalty more suit

Fables of the Deconstruction

To Beat the Devil

As he was walking up to the stage, I remember thinking how attractive this young man was. He was the very definition of tall, dark and handsome. I also noticed he wasn’t wearing a suit.

Summary of My Discontent

Grooming the next-next generation

Attention 7-year-olds: Congratulations! You’re going to inherit the country. I know what you’re thinking: “Oh, barnacles!” But hear me out.

Raised Relief

Punk’s not dead …

It’s just doing hard time in a Russian gulag.

Stop Calling Me Surly

‘Midlands’ gate magnified

I underestimated a bad idea whose time I feared was nigh. It’s worse than I knew. But dissent is more fierce than I fancied — and maybe committed enough to triumph.

Fables of the Deconstruction

I’m the Urban Spaceman

The new guy is really obnoxious. A real pain in the ass. Nothing means anything to him. He says rude shit all the time and then looks around to see if anybody’s gonna get riled up.

Summary of My Discontent

My novel pitch

Thanks for letting me pitch my novel. I think it’s got real potential.