A Thousand Leaves Aflame

I am packed too tightly in my skin these days. Which is an odd thing to say, since I’ve lately been losing weight at a slightly alarming, but medically supervised, rate. Just over 60 pounds in five months, which is the average weight of a nine year old. I am a tiny human less, now. […]

the currency of life

let’s talk about money. as of this moment, i have $3.24 in my checking account. payday is two days from now, and while i have enough food in my fridge to see me through, none of it is especially appetizing (budget gourmet, anyone?). my car is running solely on fumes. i may have enough cigarettes till then if i […]

chronological kooks

i chart my course through madison daily with the various kooks and characters i see on my travels. here, in particular and chronological order, are the prizewinners for today: 1. a man standing on the sidewalk on willy street, looking through a pair of binoculars. peculiar: he was looking at oncoming traffic. 2. a old man biking down atwood avenue wearing a […]

ten things

the events of last weekend (as related by a sleep-deprived coffee junkie): 1. a new haircut. courtesy of jim at capelli. he called me rubenesque, which i took as a compliment. he’s my new favorite ambiguously-oriented hairdresser. i’m super-stylin’ in my new shagadelic do, all thanks to jim. 2. burlesque. yeah, you heard me. burlesque. pasties galore. come to think of […]

i’m gonna need more bags

so i’m still wearing my shoes. aha, you think. i’ve got her number now. she’s an obsessive/compulsive shoe fetishist with a penchant for booze and an all-consuming lust for sensory satisfaction. to which i would reply: you say that like it’s a bad thing. i’m in the middle of cleaning my apartment. i mean really cleaning. and there’s nothing […]

it’s all connected

things i experienced today while running errands on my lunch break: 1. the song “i love you always forever” by donna lewis. those of you who remember the song probably wish you didn’t;  those who don’t know it, count yourselves among the blessed. the only claim this song has on me is the fact that it was […]

whack the google

so pete’s birthday party was last night, and i actually remained pretty well-behaved. shocking. i mainly sat at the end of the bar, talking to a select few and sipping my drink with reserve and decorum. okay, fine, slurping my drinks with revelry and debauchery. occasionally i would make a foray into the throngs of […]