When You Were Young

{excerpt from Diaz’ novel, Blue Dream Playlist} Some of my earliest memories are of sitting with Dad on the living room floor, where he’d play different records for me and speak at length about whichever album he’d chosen. I’d nod along even when I didn’t have the foggiest idea what he was talking about. Meanwhile,…

Catfished Before it was a Thing

The lime-green thong vanished into the crack of her ass. Swallowed entirely by her upside-down heart. The thong matched her eyes almost. Both implied a fun time. Her lips a devilish tilt. The kind of beautiful that makes a man’s dick ache. “Who’s that?” “Clarissa.” Louie wiggled the mouse until the arrow on the screen…

Spotlight: Farley’s Bookshop – New Hope, PA

Few things stir the imagination of book lovers more than the unmistakeable scent of books. The crisp essence of possibility juxtaposed with the familiarity of past adventures. This is the smell that greets customers the moment they enter Farley’s Bookshop. Gone is the antiseptic feel of corporate giants. Perfectly organized shelves and spacious aisles? No,…

Album review: Wasted Days EP by Made Violent

          New York Rockers Channel The Strokes On Flawless EP   With the abundance of mundane music made by subpar acts, it’s refreshing to discover an exciting new band. With their five-song opus, Wasted Days, Made Violent delivered what has become my favorite EP of 2015. All killer, no filler. Loaded…

The Crowd Was a Sea and the Sea Was Wondrous

  We rode the subway that day, my young mother and I, the two of us sardined into an iron horse on our way to what would be my first concert. Earth Day in Central Park, 1990, at the height of AIDS and New York City violence, awful hairstyles and neon everything. I’d been dying…

An Homage To Jack

                Many years ago, in the dawn of my dispirited youth, after an awful spell in foster care, and while my young mother withered away, I decided I’d had enough dysfunction foisted upon me. So I tossed some essentials into a backpack–we’re talking clothes, music and journals here,…

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