Darryl’s Journal

“All motivational speakers have the same motivation.”

Trump Rallies – Baffling

Trump Rallies – Baffling

I’m always baffled by the people who sit behind him at his rallies. They clearly love him. I want to ask them why. Is it his honesty? Is it his statesmanship? Is it his manly physique? Or his natural good looks? Is it his tolerance? Is it his compassion? Is it his...

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Here We Are

Here We Are

Several years ago, whilst perusing the used books at a library sale, it occurred to me that without James Patterson and his assembly line there would be little to sell. I was there to find coffee-table art books originally costing $100 marked down to $2, my kind of...

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From: “I Feel Bad About My Dick”

From: “I Feel Bad About My Dick”

Things I FOUND OUT for MYSELF, SOONER OR LATER (Part one) Always split eights Don’t buy, rent Don’t rent, borrow Salt, yes; sugar, no The last four years of junior college are a waste Drink the good stuff first Don’t take naked selfies Ten percent of $100 is $7.25 A...

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As Dog is My Witness

As Dog is My Witness

As I understand it, and it’s my guess I understand it about as well as anyone, Existentialism is a philosophy that requires its adherents to stake out personal freedom in any situation. Physical restraints vis-á-vis personal freedom is not a problem seeking a...

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The Perfect Stranger

The Perfect Stranger

The Perfect Stranger   She was stunning, unapproachable, out of his league. Jamal had seen her at the Straight before, sitting with the same bunch of girls. Now she was alone, studying her notes and having a late lunch of salad. He came out of the line with a grilled...

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The Pirate

The Pirate

Molly did not drink and did not care much for sitting at bars, but she drove Trevor to the places he liked and sat with him. She had become his designated driver, among other things, some of them wearing thin. She drove him to one of those bars, a hotel bar, where he...

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Man at His Best

Man at His Best

Neilly’s one-chair barbershop always had at least three magazines, including that one which advises young men on how to be at their best. Wearing $900 shoes is on the list. Gi-Gi was on the chair undergoing a tune-up on his style of choice: the “Pietro Pistole,”...

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Gemini: Never Alone

Gemini: Never Alone

She caught him walking across the quad and yelled, “Hey, you!” The boy looped an index finger back at himself, gesturing and mouthing, “Who, me?” “Yes, you.” She marched toward him with the assertive flair of a third-year theatre arts major. “You stood me up last...

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Our Thing

Our Thing

Over a bottle of Ram’s Gate 2009 Syrrah, they talked about the earliest event in life that each could recall. The host surprised himself by how far back he could reach, further than the others. He remembered a time when he wanted to match words to things, when he...

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Racial Dialog: Listen Up

Racial Dialog: Listen Up

It annoys me when Variety and The Hollywood Reporter refer to screenwriters as “Scribes.” The trade papers call directors “Helmers,” which is to say the captains of great vessels. They call actors “Stars,” glittering bodies in the firmament. But for writers they...

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This Is Your Name

This Is Your Name

Their mother read them the note their father left taped to the hot water heater at the foot of the cellar stairs, only moments after she read it to herself. Though some things become lost in the folds of memory—the name of that classmate once loved from afar, a short...

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Heat Deflectors

Heat Deflectors

The parking lot at the Camelot doesn’t have much tree shade, and it was 115 degrees that Saturday afternoon, which was her true reason for going to the movies in the first place. The palm trees offered little shade and the fonds could fall on your car with no wind at...

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Tom Mix: the E-Book

Tom Mix: the E-Book

This is the cover of the e-book edition of "Tom Mix Died for you Sins." I like it much more than the original. A new e-book edition of "Andoshen, Pa." is due to drop soon. I'll post that cover, also better than the original. Good job, Speaking Volumes.

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Cuban Rum, Cuban Music, Cuban Love

Cuban Rum, Cuban Music, Cuban Love

“It’s a good omen,” she said, but that’s the only kind of omen she ever saw. Trevor envied that in her. He saw only the other kind. He was young then, trying to find his own voice, to get out from under the influence of great writers. They were in Havana, their first...

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A Man, A Dog, and A Fat Boy

A Man, A Dog, and A Fat Boy

I put my helmet on the bar and ran my fingers through hair in great need of a cut. I was wondering if I had another hundred and twenty miles on a Fat Boy in me. Tomorrow would be the Fourth of July, not a good time to ride a bike. An older couple were at one end of...

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Harry and Louise Make a Sex Tape

Harry and Louise Make a Sex Tape

It is never too late to make a bad decision. At 82 and 76 Harry and Louise decided to make a sex tape. Technology had, in fact, advanced beyond tape, and beyond Harry’s comprehension. Harry had argued for a sex tape back in the days of VCR, when Louise’s body and...

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“I’ve written a baker’s dozen of novels and if I’m no longer burning rubber I’m still firing on all eight cylinders.”