Monthly Archives: January 2014


Totie Fields is a lost genius of Borscht Belt comedy. I reincarnated her from the past this evening, finding a 1974 clip from the Mike Douglas Show on which she puts Gene Simmons from Kiss by saying after he denied being Jewish, “The hook don’t lie.” See this URL I then sought out more and […]

Atlanta Driving School

The polar vortex stabbed south and wreaked havoc with traffic in Atlanta. The mayor should have called off school, because thousands of students were stranded by the storm. People down there don’t know how to drive in snow. But they’re going to learn.

Fire Fire Fire

It’s cold outside. 23F. Yesterday was even colder. 10F. I wish I had a fireplace. I dream of fires. Fires of any kind. They keep you warm in the cold. And afterward all that’s left is ashes in the winter wind.

Christmas Tree Burning

When I was a kid in Maine, every family on Falmouth Foresides, Maine dragged their desiccated Christmas tree to the town dump. My father unloaded ours from the rear of the Ford station wagon and dumped it over the snowy bluff to join a score of orange spruce trees. My younger brother was a pyromaniac […]

9th Floor by Jessica Dimmock

My friend Shannon Greer sent a link for THE NINETH FLOOR by Jessica Dimmock. The site describes the series of photos as documenting a group of addicts who moved into the apartment of a former millionaire in a wealthy neighborhood in downtown Manhattan. Joe Smith, in his mid 60s, allowed a young addict to move […]