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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October 23rd, 2016 · 2 Comments
April 18th, 2016 · No Comments
A song about the universe.
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 […]
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.
May 16th, 2014 · 4 Comments
A round on one of life’s eternal truths.
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…
February 12th, 2014 · 6 Comments
This is the first page of four. It doesn’t end happily for the woodcutter.
September 20th, 2013 · 1 Comment
A curious alchemical portal in Rome.
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 […]
July 12th, 2013 · 2 Comments
Here, for your entertainment, is a one-page novel.