A LEGACY OF MISPLACED MODIFIERS.
Go ahead: read them all. I for one have noticed a rich and interesting
evolution over the last few years. At first I thought it was a
stylistic transformation but then, upon a more scrutinous inspection,
I realized that the change was completely personal. In just three
short years I've gone from naive hopeful to world-wise hack. Enjoy.
"exchanging money for Chapstick or some batteries for
a transistor radio is a reminder that they're in touch with people,
with the world."
"No, I didn't pick this sweater out myself."
"Yay for Mister Smoke -- a real american classic."
"there is very little repetition here; change is like oxygen.
makes you appreciate your neighbors -- even the schizophrenic
ones who pee in your elevator."
"I just figured, since I don't have a corporeal body, I really
shouldn't be paying quite as much for heat and hot water. I hope
you'll understand. By the way, I made profiterole -- help yourself!"
"They say planning a wedding is the hardest thing you'll
ever have to do, next to assuming power of attorney over your
parents and forcing them into separate, but equally disreputable
nursing homes against their will."
"'Biggest fucking rat I ever saw.'"
"(A rhesus monkey with a pile of his own feces in one hand
and your product in the other, not sure which one he wants to
"People truly lived like savages before the advent of stainless
steel water fountains."
"Hemp fights cancer and hemp powered the Jarvic artificial
heart and hemp breathes an extraordinary life into even the most
flaccid and uninspired laser light shows."
"The year before it was the Grand Canyon and some unpleasant
words exchanged with a Sioux Indian death squad in the parking
lot of a roadside T.J. Cinnabon's."
"As I approached the laundromat, my mind wandered. I was
thinking about the repairs I needed to make on my cigarette boat
if I were to take it out safely this weekend."
"There was always an air of 'that's it?' in her response.
Or maybe it was the way she'd actually say, 'that's it?' that
created that particular air. Either way, there was an air."
"You look sad. Why don't I bring you a copy of 'Don't
Sweat the Small Stuff.' It's an excellent book and a can-do appetizer!"
"Together, we were the paragon of our Jewish ethnic culture.
The two of them argued incessantly, while I remained on Tickets
and Junior Mints duty."
"I was adorable, and I always went home with a dollar and
delight in the knowledge that I was a risk-shy fattie."
"'The Lighter Side of Spinal Menengitis?' For shame, Mr.
Levin. For shame."
"And, harder to explain, even to a licensed professional,
you are afraid you check your reflection because you think you
stopped existing approximately four years ago."
back from the burn.
"With a new leader in charge of Burning Man activities this
year, expectations were high. Did he deliver? Well, in the words
of Silkk The Shocker, 'Yeah, we bring it like two tons of dick
brief treatises on
three separate subjects about which i know very little.
"After meat, dinner guests are presented with course number
three root vegetables. Usually, a photograph of carrots
or beets will suffice. When presented with the photograph the
guest may proclaim, 'lovely', as is customary, then douse the
image in kerosene, ignite it on a clean dinner plate and, once
its ashes are removed from the table, doughnuts are served."
"Not sure where to look, and unable to see a single
person before him for reference, Levin did the next best thing:
he trained his head directly at the floor, looking up only occasionally,
whenever he was low on oxygen. The microphone itself presented
unresolved problems for the reader."
my racist aunt.
"The lenses of her glasses were so thick the average
person could slip them on and see atoms smashing on the surface
" It's probably a misplaced feeling, but I became very sentimental
when someone would say 'Oh! I saw this documentary on pinheads
and thought of you!'"
obscure at 30.
"On Saturday I sat down to make a list. Making a list is
kind of like shorthand for having a nervous breakdown."
dogs: past, present
"Then one day the Dobermans disappeared."
i hate bricky.
"She had just moved here a few weeks before being struck
in the head with a brick by a shrieking homeless man and, when
asked about her feelings toward New York, she replied, 'I still
love this city and I never want to leave!' Then she lapsed into
a violent seizure, and a miniature replica of the Statue of Liberty
was shoved in her mouth to prevent her from swallowing her tongue."
"Sure, this memory is entirely false, and if you closed your
eyes even harder concentrated for a moment you would remember
the real smells of your home kitchen - burned Pam no-stick spray
and frostbitten Eggos - but that is neither here nor
the 'real' real.
"So the proprietors are happy enough, even if it means having
to hear Patsy Cline's "crazy" about 40 times a night. "
"Since natto has so many medicinal and health advantages,
one might wonder why it isn't more popular. Why, in fact, isn't
natto eaten with every meal, regardless of national borders? Simple:
natto tastes like dog shit. "
the masque of
"Pool balls cracked, co-workers pressed each other into nooks
for their first inappropriately timed kiss. "
the u.s. of r.a.
"Recently, as an experiment, I placed a map of the United States of
America in front of my racist aunt, and asked her to tell me
what she made of it. "