What you’re buying into here are a series of 13 essays I posted as 35 blog entries to my website between the end of 2005 and just before the November 2010 election. Most of the first 32 were published weekly throughout 2006 and are organized around 13 distinct themes; the last three were random, and later.
From "Matters Familiar." A scandal-plagued politician contemplates suicide, but checks in with his cousin first to sort things out. Adult language.
I decided to compose and post Rants for these reasons, from least to most important:
(1) All the web design sources I consulted said you’re supposed to;
(2) As explained in the first post, I’m a big fan of the classic essay form;
(3) I’d pretty much finished my dozen short stories for "Matters Familiar" and wanted to mess around with something different; and
(4) Excepting the last two postings, to keep the domestic peace and my sanity during the last three years of the Bush Administration.
Obviously, some references will be dated. (You’ll learn that most of them are obscure, at best, anyway.) I’ve updated hyperlinks where referenced information is still available online.
Boys Will Be Men
From "Matters Familiar." A recently-divorced father sharing custody of his young son learns about parenting in an unlikely place--Death Row. Adult language.
From "Matters Familiar." An amnesiac accident victim recovers more than his health among strangers in a small Southern town. Adult situations, language.
From "Matters Familiar." A girls' softball team rebels and instructs parents and coaches in the value of competition.
"Timeout" was my contribution to Round 11 of National Public Radio’s “Three Minute Fiction,” concluded June 9, 2013. Rules: 600 words or fewer; not “inappropriate;” and in which a character finds something he or she has no intention of returning. I…
From "Matters Familiar." Worried about his sickly nephew’s future, a dutiful mob soldier finds inspiration an ocean and an age away. Adult situations, language.
Matters Familiar is an anthology of short stories, offering 12 tales from inside complex contemporary relationships featuring parents; kids; convicts; hustlers; lawyers; politicians; and other undesirables:· A small girl, suffocating in the growing…
It's six weeks until the scheduled launch of the first manned Mars fly-by, when Diana Erden--one-half of the married "Phobonaut" crew--loses consciousness. The choice facing the TransMars Collective, a private venture on the threshold of…
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