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The Presidents’ Tragedy

October 23rd, 2016 · 2 Comments

In this toxic election cycle, it’s appropriate to ponder the history of the presidency. I offer my stirring pageant, The Presidents’ Tragedy. It’s in five brief acts (with a prologue and epilogue spoken by David Rice Atchison, who was president for one day, sort of), in blank verse, and depicts all of our presidents trying […]

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Ptooey

April 18th, 2016 · No Comments

A song about the universe.

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Papi the Paraceratherium

March 23rd, 2016 · 1 Comment

When I was a kid, I had a picture book of prehistoric animals, and was fascinated by the Paraceratherium (or Baluchitherium). It was the largest land mammal known, a long-necked ancestor of the rhinoceros that stood as high at eighteen feet at the shoulder. I finally made one into a cartoon character, named Papi. Here […]

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The Providence Sessions

April 14th, 2015 · No Comments

I played keyboard on this album by the Town Street Criers, a band composed of Doug Roesch and Ruslan Pantaev, both on vocals and guitars. We were joined by Martin Zeigler (lap steel), Marshall Wood (bass), and Vincent Pagano (drums). You can pick up a copy here.

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People Like to Lie

May 16th, 2014 · 4 Comments

A round on one of life’s eternal truths.  

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Project Hermes

May 5th, 2014 · 2 Comments

I delivered this brief talk at the “Congress of Curious Peoples,” at the Coney Island Museum, May 1, 2014.  It concerned the attempts by fans of the pulp writer Richard Shaver to build the machines he described in his stories.  Here’s the first page…

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A Poor But Honest Woodcutter

February 12th, 2014 · 6 Comments

This is the first page of four.  It doesn’t end happily for the woodcutter.

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La Porta Magica di Massimiliano Palombara

September 20th, 2013 · 1 Comment

A curious alchemical portal in Rome.

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The Peculiar Bookshelf

August 20th, 2013 · 1 Comment

“The Peculiar Bookshelf” was a segment that I performed on “No Shame,” a weekly variety show at Manhattan’s Public Theater in the early ’90s.  Having long been an avid accumulator of unusual books, I simply read a few selections from my shelves: visionaries, contactees, theorists, cryptographers, paranoiacs, and other worthy souls.  Occasionally I invited another […]

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Plot

July 12th, 2013 · 2 Comments

Here, for your entertainment, is a one-page novel.

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