Being alive, I have learned, means bearing a certain responsibility to the dead. I didn't know Lester Afflick well; I saw him occasionally at parties in the East Village in the 90s. Then suddenly Lester died, in 2000. Sinc...Views: 466
Possibly I just don't understand French well enough to appreciate these poems. For example, I don't know what the title means, really. The bum apples? In any case, the book's subject is largely domestic interiority (in oth...Views: 503
The second debate made clear the true distinction between Mitt and Barack: Romney has five sons, Obama has two daughters. When you have sons, you kick them around a little bit, and send them forth into the world to kick ev...Views: 687
If you watched the presidential debates, you remember Mitt Romney speaking incessantly about his five-point plan for economic recovery, but never revealing what it was. Now that the election is over, the details of R...Views: 618
Outside the Albany Airport, my wife and I stopped at the Desmond Hotel to use the bathroom. Soon I stumbled upon a meeting of the Liquid Asphalt Distribution Association, in the Shaker Room. The meeting, it seemed, w...Views: 489
I must say, I didn't notice any tigresses. And "conquests" seems the wrong word. In fact, Casanova was not a casanova. (That's my pull quote.) He was more a victim than a conqueror -- helplessly in love with... nuns....Views: 565
This was the end of the American Era of three-named writers: William Dean Howells, Edward Arlington Robinson, et al. (The greatest of those three-namers was Edna St. Vincent Millay.) This brief, precise nove...Views: 604
Lying on Mitt's desk: six binders full of women, all gathering dust. Mitt Romney loves figs and persimmon, & luxury pools built for swimmin', But what he loves best, Much more than the r...Views: 821
Miss Richfield 1981 is a drag queen, a star of Provincetown in the summer, whose strength is the acidulous off-the-cuff interview with audience members. ("And what do you do for work?" "I'm in food services." "Oh, a profes...Views: 640
Paul Ryan has the eyes of a cold-blooded killer. He's a good liar, but not a gifted liar like his boss, Mitt. (America likes a gleeful con man. It gives them hope.) Ryan lies, but with a hangdog look, as if his consc...Views: 645
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Sparrow avoids refined sugar and National Geographic magazine, but he enjoys all jokes, including:
Tourist: Excuse me, but do you have a pumpkin patch?
Farmer: Why, do you have a leaky pumpkin?
His latest book is America: A Prophecy -- The Sparrow Reader (www.softskull.com).