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Field Test

Field Test

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“It’s like Grandpa told us,” my brother said. “It’s easier to ask for forgiveness than permission.”more

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young R.E.M. Fan

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young R.E.M. Fan

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“Being out of my mom’s house for the first time, surrounded by more cosmopolitan people I couldn’t relate to, deeply unsure of myself, I bonded with these albums. They told me there was a world out there not just for me to revere but emulate.”more

On Charles Bukowski

On Charles Bukowski

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Not every angel is going to come with a halo. Some are going to come carrying a sword and some a snake and some a bottle of port…more

Spook Show

Spook Show

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I printed out a copy of the article and showed it to my brother Art.
“Do you think that’s Tommy?” I asked him.
He stared at it. “Yes,” he said. He couldn’t stop staring at the mug shot.more

The Defeatist

The Defeatist

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Gael Monfils: Why plonk down a straightforward smash when you can leap four feet in the air and karate chop the thing home?more

Insuring the Collection: A Life With Zero Deductibles

Insuring the Collection: A Life With Zero Deductibles

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Who the hell takes out an insurance policy on their records? Someone with too many records, that’s who.more

Thin Skin

Thin Skin

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Brad blamed my quick-comings on my foreskin. He’d read in Hustler that uncircumcised penises were extra-sensitive and therefore prone to premature ejaculation. I couldn’t argue. I’d always been extremely sensitive…more

How to Throw a Drunken Punch

How to Throw a Drunken Punch

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Your target is not the man; it is not even the thing behind the man. Your target is a feelingmore

Rob Lowe in Flight

Rob Lowe in Flight

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“There he goes, Rob Lowe, leaping from my rooftop, nothing below him but the neighbor’s flat, gray, concrete side-yard three stories downmore

On Subtraction and Rereading

On Subtraction and Rereading

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“I was being trained like the masters of old. They did not generally have large libraries. They often had only six or seven books and from these books they learned their craftmore