My Downstaris Neighbor is the Next James Joyce

She’s about 85 years old and occasionally she hits me with these Abraham Simpson-style stream-of- consciousness rants. “You young people should work all you can now because with

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Frank Sinatra on Rock and Roll

Frank Sinatra had this to say about rock and roll music, as published in the Los Angeles Mirror News in 1957. “My only deep sorrow is the unrelenting

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The Buddhist Calendar

One of my students asked me today if I, as a Buddhist, had celebrated the January 1st New Year, or if I had something else I was going

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The N-Word of the Narcissus

Yes, yes, gentle reader. I know that the n-word is yesterday’s news. In any case, I didn’t want to leave you without mentioning The N-Word of the Narcissus.

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Homeless in Portland

Check this out. Will isn’t young, he isn’t hip, and he doesn’t give a fuck about Glee. He’s not interpreting and parsing Steve Jobs’ every episode of flatulence.

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Vallecas, Madrid, September 1

Vallecas came back to life today, after spending all of August on vacation. My chorizo hookup was back washing the windows of his shop. The obese alcoholic woman

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Quote from Kurt Vonnegut (RIP)

I want to stand as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all the kinds of things you can’t

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This Quote from Calvin and Hobbes Changed My Life

Calvin: Here I am, waiting for the bus. Eleven more years of school to go. Then college, then maybe graduate school, and then I work until I die….

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Dead Man’s Answer

When Mamiya, who later became a well-known preacher, went to a teacher for personal guidance, he was asked to explain the sound of one hand. Mamiya concentrated upon

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Everything is best

When Banzan was walking through a market he overheard a conversation between a butcher and his customer. “Give me the best piece of meat you have,” said the

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