Category Archives: Life

The End of Urban Renewal

Billions and billions of dollars have been spent on reviving the collapsed urban centers of America. Minor league baseball parks adorn forlorn cities in the Rust Belt. Even more desolate pedestrian malls mark failed efforts. St. Louis, Peoria, KC, Des Moines, Detroit, Providence, West Palm Beach and countless other towns have nocturnal populations numbering in […]

Pattaya Redux

“Have you lost your Pattaya fever?” My friend Chas asked in his air-conditioned office on Sukhumvit Road last January. He had been a resident here for over 20 years. His internet service company was doing well, despite the current economic downturn. His wife had cut her hair. The boyish coif was very attractive. He was […]

Only the Strong Survive

Junkies have traditionally been the strongest members of society. Addicts survive the ravages of a drug existence with guile and sleath. Their bodies survive the catastrophic demands of heroin as if they were impervious to death and now an American woman is trying to exterminate this dominant gene group from rebirth by offering junkies $300 […]

Shit My Dad Said

A twenty-seven year-old was living with his old man. 73 if not more. His son recorded his father’s salty sayings for fucking Facebook. His adages deserved a better forum. Old man – “If at first you don’t succeed, quit. Because you probably suck.” “Universe is 14 Billion years old. Seems silly to celebrate one year. […]

2014 For Worse And A Little Better

Some of 2014 was the best of years, but after New Year’s Eve the year had rough spots for old Christmas trees and me. Winter came in the first week of January. Wind whistled through the drafty bedroom windows of the Fort Greene Observatory. Snow buried the soccer field in park at the end of […]