The Balagan

Love in the Err

Love in the Err

On the night of Nov. 3, 2008, my wife, Anne, and I decided to divorce. We didn’t begin the evening planning to, it just kind of happened. We were in our basement, a cozy clubroom, for a gathering of what I referred to as the “Grievance Committee.” Oddly enough, I...

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Beat It, Stupid Cupid!

Beat It, Stupid Cupid!

Even when I was romantically involved, amorously entangled or otherwise engaged, I didn’t go in much for Valentine’s Day and all of that manufactured mushiness. It’s impossible to score a dinner reservation, roses are cliché and everyone starts eating aphrodisiacs as...

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UFOs and the Sages

UFOs and the Sages

“And I’m floating in a most peculiar way …” — David Bowie, “Space Oddity” As a kid in Catholic school around the time “Lost in Space” was popular on TV, I always wanted to ask the nuns if Jesus qualified as an extraterrestrial. Though the Jewish superstar from...

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365 Blank Pages

365 Blank Pages

New Year/New Journal           “Bellow gets Nobel Prize, I win $24.25 in poker.” — Bernard Malamud journal entry, October 21, 1976 For the past 40 years or so — from about the time Malamud was crying in his poker chips — I have kept a personal...

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Presents of Mind

Presents of Mind

There are certain gifts nobody wants to find themselves on the receiving end of – socks from the in-laws, a poorly fitting item of clothing from an ill-informed grandparent, some dusty relic from someone’s attic, a re-gifted novelty mug with the original wrapping...

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