Full Blue Moon Dementia

Its 3am. I’ve been awake for hours. Watching TV and chewing melatonin like breath mints. Outside the full moon is in a penumbral eclipse, casting its lunar spells and turning tides away. In the distance a train blasts its horn. I imagine a locomotive pulling a hundred cars chugging away on the desolate tracks by...
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  This piece was originally written in 2007.   7:30pm, the sun is setting. A passing siren breaks the silence. Outside, the wolf pack howls. Sitting on the floor of the warehouse, my mind wanders to the paper I’m supposed to be writing. I hear another siren approach. “Big fire,” I think, and then the...
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    I wrote this piece in November of 2004. Just short of 3 years clean off drugs. I lived in San Francisco and worked in a rehab. I was afraid to re-enter life. I’d been getting high for so long I didn’t know how to live without drugs. The world around me was new...
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  Bad Students Falling Asleep In Class GIF from Students GIFs   *Disclaimer: due to the coronavirus, and in support of social distancing, and against the numerous false misleading claims and actions propagated by their insane leader and members of the republican party. I want to make it perfectly clear that these “events” happened years...
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  My father died last Sunday morning. I was awakened by the call around 3 am. His partner Maya told me he’d passed away and I couldn’t find the words to respond. He’d been sick for the last two years. Cancer and chemo and his body hadn’t reacted well to both. Final diagnosis was Leukemia—a...
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  Political Telephone Solicitor: “did you know your vote counts!?”Me: “counts for what?”PTS: “it’s your right for change!”Me: “ah, I keep voting, shit keeps getting worse.”PTS: “but imagine if you didn’t vote.”Me: “you wouldn’t call me?”PTS: “no, how bad everything could be!”Me: “it could be worse than this!?”PTS: “yes! Much worse!”Me: “well, thanks. You’ve cheered...
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    Hipster Dude: “so, like you’re a writer?”Me: “ah, yeah.”HD: “so, like what’d you write?”Me: “a memoir.”HD: “so, like what’s it about?”Me: “heroin, dysfunctional junkie love, bank robberies.”HD: “so, it’s like a movie script?”Me: “ah, no…”HD: “so, like you didn’t make it up?”Me: “it’s a memoir.”HD: “so, it’s like real life?”Me: “ah, yeah.”HD: “so,...
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  Welcome to the year of the Mad Dog two thousand twenty—well maybe not, but when I see 2020 I can’t help but think back to when I was strung-out on heroin and I couldn’t score, or money was low, and I needed a quick economic high to cut the edge: Mogen David (Mad Dog)...
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    TSA Agent: “happy holidays.”Me: “um… do I know you?”TSA Agent: “well no, no you do not.”Me: “then why you wishing me happy holidays?”TSA Agent: “because it’s the customary thing to do.”Me: “so then you don’t really mean it?”TSA Agent: “well, I guess in your case, no, no I do not.”Me: “then why don’t...
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    America is experiencing one of its worst drug epidemics in history, and opiates are at the forefront. There are literally millions of Americans addicted to opiates, and according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health about 948,000 Americans reported using Heroin last year alone. Every week there are over 900 opiate-related...
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