In the stall next door

(A poem I wrote a couple of years ago, recently found in a pile of papers. I appear to be channeling Benny Hill. I could do a lot worse.) I heard the hesitation and the grunt of forced cessation and I realized that I'd caught you in the act. And I smelled the strain and …

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HOW to MRI…in some number of steps

Frens. I have been through the Stargate and back and will now divulge the secret to having a pleasant experience inside the MRI machine. Feel free to use this, unless you already have a process. This requires good brain muscles. Your mileage may vary. FIRST! Do not, I repeat, do not open your eyes. When …

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Facebook and the Discontinuity of Narrative

I find Facebook frustrating. As storyteller, the Facebook algorithm creates a logistical dilemma. In some cases, I like to use the first comment as a, for lack of a better term, the punchline, or, in most cases, a secondary punchline. Sometimes it is to give further comment to what I'm posting, other times it is …

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Post-Ac-Life: Sleeplessness and Productivity

Last night a friend and I texted back and forth about the "waiting game." All of our PhD applications are in and now it's just a matter of sitting by while committees of people decide our fate. While texting, I was also checking out thegradcafe.com for information about wait times, acceptance/rejection ratios and general conversations …

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Death Taxes and Hillary

I put the blame of this election squarely on the shoulders of Stephen Colbert. Metaphorically, not literally. However, the inevitability expressed in “Death, Taxes and Hillary” transmuted from a commentary on the outcome of the Democratic primary to an assurance of the outcome of the general election. Only Death is inevitable. President-elect Trump proved the …

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