I am a Boston-area writer, author of two novels, most recently Making Partner (Joshua Tree Publishing), and The Year of the Gerbil, a history of the '78 Red Sox-Yankees pennant race. I am the author of twenty-seven plays, ten published, which have been performed in Boston, New York and elsewhere. My humor has appeared in Barrons, The Christian Science Monitor, The Boston Globe, The Atlantic Monthly and Salon.com, and I am a frequent contributor to The Boston Herald.
I hurt my knee and had to drop out of my bowling league.
Ring Lardner, George Ade, A.J. Liebling, H.L. Mencken, Thomas Berger, Raymond Carver, Flannery O'Connor
Con, thanks for visiting and commenting on "I Was A Republican."
Thanks for your comment and fave on "Everybody...", Con. Friends don't let friends, indeed!
Thanks for your comment on Leviathan - I take pride in being unfashionable :D
MAIDSTONE, yes! Nice try, on Rip Torn's part, to knock some sense into Mailer with that hammer. But obviously he didn't get anywhere; just produced another few minutes of great art. This is a marvelous era in which to be alive: all one need do is swing away with a hammer and immortality is guaranteed. Thanks for reminding me of MAIDSTONE!
Thanks for reading and commenting "What the Heart Is". I wasn't aware of any Chinese belief about the liver being the seat of emotions, but this was the opinion of Galen in ancient Rome whose opinion was passed on to medieval philosophers. I learn new things all the time. Thanks.
Read my comment on your comment and thanks for the thoughts.
But grilled cheese sandwiches make devilishly difficult characters. They never do anything you want them to :)
Thanks for your comment on Insomnia. The worst is over.
Con, thanks for faving my poem "Factory Girl in a Blurred Photograph."
I'm ambivalent about acknowledging Carver with What we talk about. Too obvious. And there are already too many cats on the Internet.
On How to be an Artist in New Jersey, they are all con artists, even the writer.
For My Next Act, Fluffy going to heaven. That's so sad.
Thanks for the feedback on my story--encouraging and helpful.
Thanks for being the first to comment on my debut story here. Where again should I send the check?
Con, thanks for reading and commenting on "A Thousand Books." I like your metaphor!
The term Refrigerator Mothers comes from the Mother-blaming era of psychiatry in the fifties when autism and schizophrenia were blamed on cold distant mothers, before it dawned on the field that these were biologically based conditions, genetic even, so some of the mothers may have been on the spectrum of the same disorders. Your story, on the other hand, implies refrigerator husbands.
As the spanking new co-adminstrator of The Comic Story group, I am falling in love with your work, only hoping that you won't have to single-handedly continue to keep the group going.
Thanks for faving "The Hotel Where Esenin Hanged Himself," Con.
Hi, Con. Thanks for reading, 'Masguerade.' I greatly appreciate your comment and fav.
Small world :) what is your son doing here?
If that bar has a pool table and a Guinness tap and bar of politicians then I´m up for a visit next time I´m in town! Thanks, Neil
Thanks for reading "New Song of Innocence and Experience" and giving me the green light for further procrastination.
"Matt, thanks for the comment. I came across the quote in an essay on Ben Jonson whose theme was basically that he was the anal-retentive king of the Elizabethans, which I guess the quote proves."
Ahem... "the theme OF WHICH was..."
I'm the king of the (anal-retentive) cats!
Con--thank you for reading and responding to my poem, "Homeless Outside The Church"--much appreciated.
Thanks for the comment and faving--I'm still trying to get used to that word--my story. I really appreciate it. Looking forward to reading your work.
Thanks for your comments on "Sideshow Sam & The Heckler".
I also attended many state fairs, circuses and sideshows as a kid. My favorite sideshow act was the 6 foot tall, fire breathing, man eating chicken. The banner art for that act alone was worth the price of admission!
Browning's "Freaks" is an old favorite of mine. I'd like to find it on a DVD.
In my years working the Dirt Circuit I've gotten to know many circus acts and sideshow performers. My wife and I had the privilege to share a stage for several years at a show on the Upper Cape with the great Johnny Meah. Billed as "The Czar of Bizarre" Johnny is also a world class artist. His circus/sideshow banner paintings have been exhibited in the Smithsonian. Check out his website - www.czarofbizarre.com
I haven't read Conroy's "Stop-Time" yet but I'll look for it. "Geek Love" by Katherine Dunn is a superb and many layered, surreal novel about a family owned traveling show. It's well worth reading.
"aesthetics"--So were you a Monroe Beardsley fan?
Every read High Blair's Lectures on Rhetoric and Belles Lettres?--one of my favorites.
"did my senior project on figures of speech"
Would I enjoy reading that if you have it available electronically and are willing to share?
Thanks for commenting on the A of B thing.
Thanks for commenting on and faving the Chattanooga poem, Con. I kind of agree with you on the ambition line.
Hi Con: Your appreciation of "Abstinence" made my heart thrum! : )
Thanks for faving the visa poem, Con. "Positive Suck"--I'm sure someone will jump on that soon.
Hi Con: Happy you liked "Play." It was fun to write, but I'm not her. She did tell me, however, that those little kids tried to sell her a blunt or two...
Thanks for commenting on the Euclid poem. Appreciate it!
"I was hoping the pun would be continued in the poem--Bogie looking at Bacall, while they proved a theorem."
Sounds more like a job for Con Chapman!
Hi Con: Thanks for stopping by. I think you left your scarf...
Hi, Con. Thanks for commenting on and faving "Black Ice." Always enjoy hearing from you!
Don't worry, Con. You can turn your hearing aids off. Thanks for the comment (& star?) for "Men Are Beasts."
Thanks for your comments on Home Invasion (Johnny Dangerously) which I renamed Hello Kitty.
I will not republish with the new title to save you re-reading saying to yourself,” haven’t I already read this damn thing? Like some stupid Tom Clancy paperback in the airport where they changed the cover causing you to get halfway to St. Louis before you realize you recognize the plot. Ha.
On the nosey. The mantis it is. Some women are like that, too, as you say.
Thanks for commenting on and faving "Whiplash Marriage." Glad you liked it.
Know the song. (Thought I did!) Don't remember the "fish scent" lyric.
Thanks for faving "Mussel Memory," Con. I'll have to check out the Willie Dixon tune.
Thanks for you compliment on the craft used in "Casting It". Our styles are widely different, so your comments are especially meaningful.
I just read the I Hate To Fuck book and just want to say, you're a funny, funny guy. Continued great success.
Con, thanks for reading Ping Pong! There is indeed rubber on them there paddles!
Con: Actually, it was a DEEP FRIED peanut butter, banana, and mayo sandwich. Ew! Thanks for the read and the good words.
"Is there a prize?"
Ha! Paraphrasing Spinoza, knowledge is its own reward.
Thanks for reading "I Am Not a Corpse," Con.
Con, many thanks for reading Unpacking Sentences, the great comment, and the fave!
Con - Appreciate your support. Wish I was as prolific as you are. Cheers.
Well, the ladies of the evening dressed differently in my day, esp. in Paris.
Thanks for the fave of "Florid Psychosis," Con. Coming from you, means a lot.
thanks for the comment on Birdbrain. The shadow thing started as an afterthought and wound up being my whole point. Which I guess means I didn't know what I was doing but wound up doing it anyway. Just like real life. It was good to hear from you.
Con, I hate it when they ask me they can help me carry my groceries out to the car. Young punks.
Thanks for the comment on "Son of Uncle Sam," Con.
"doesn't take hands to work with your brain"--you've figured out a new way to word process?
Con, thanks for the recyling info. And for the read and comment (my post-9/11 story).
Hi, Con. Thanks for reading 'Blues Away.' I appreciate your comment.
Thanks, Con, for commenting on "Black Squirrel Poem." Whimsy? Yes. Wallace Stevens? I wish!
Thank you, Con!
Con, check out the new version of "Blossom and Monkey-Wrench" in which Don Q rides to the rescue.
I think Don Q would do better with a partner like, say, Morgan Freeman or even Mel Gibson. Sancho tended to be a second-guesser.
Con, thanks for reading Unfit III. I appreciate your helpful comments and suggestions.
Thank you so very kindly for your wonderful words about An Italian Lunch (II) on the Fictionaut Fave. I am honored that you selected my work to comment upon, I so appreciate it. Both the reading of it here on fnaut, and the time it took to write about it! Thank you!!
Already the man's asking for a spot. You're a hustler for sure.
Aw, Con, I stopped going to parties years ago. It's tough to get old. But, consider the alternative. Thanks for commenting on "Naked Ladies."
Con, thank you for reading my 52\250 flash for this week, sad & sweet was what was felt - bittersweet.
Con, thanks for your comments on 'A Woman Walks Into A Bar'. I hadn't played in many years, shot a few games of eightball with old friends over the weekend- Missed more than I made but it was big fun. Glad you liked.
Hey Con -- thanks for the comment on Rock On. Mametian, wow, very kind of you. Glad you liked the layout. Glad you weren't bored...
Con, Thank you for your kind comments and the fav for 'Radio City'
Con, that's funny- what you wrote about Soup. I think Mrs.
Sensor is probably back home by now...
Con, thanks for commenting on my “How I Used to Ponder the Stars” story! I don’t actually have a tape. I’m afraid of Lucas’s goons coming to get me so I can only tell you the movie can be found at a place that rhymes with “Hoogle Zideo.”
Succinct words for a fav about An Italian Lunch. I thank you.
Thanks for the comment & the fave!
Thanks. My guess is Lowell was a cheater.
damn! thank you for that poet golf story you made my day then the week!
Thank you, Con, for your comments on "Not Today" and the fave. Looking forward to reading your work. Lived in Boston 5 years, loved it. Does the Citgo sign still light up, the one you can see from Fenway Park?
And BTW, thank you for the FAV!
Good to see you Con, I'm happy to see more information about your profession on this forum. I'm a fan from OS...
Thanks again. Con, for reading Doreen - III. Your comments are always very useful and greatly appreciated.
Con, thanks for reading and for the helpful comments on Doreen - II. I look forward to more of your writing, also.
Thank you Con, looking forward to your work as well. Big fan of the comic story.
Thanks for reading and commenting on Doreen, Con. I look forward to more of your writing and humor.