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Heavy Questions

1 Comments · Wednesday, July 16, 2008
When we met on Fountain Square that afternoon, we talked about something, but I'll be damned if I can remember what either one of us said. My mind wasn't on the conversation. My mind was on her fat  

A Good Sunday

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 25, 2008
On that Sunday morning, after giving myself an insulin shot, I had my normal breakfast: cereal with soymilk and a wheat bagel. I then went into the shower. It was Father's Day, and I wanted to get   

Her Anonymous Life

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Suddenly, people are looking for her. Over the past few weeks, I've received three e-mails regarding an interview I did with writer D.B. Wells in CityBeat in early 2005. All three, each from a diff  

The Problem I Have With Henry

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 21, 2008
I hang out a lot at Madonna's Bar and Grill downtown. Talking to regular customer Tony, trying to get inside my friend Izzy's head and giving bartender Laura a hard time are my idea of a good time.  

A Hot Potato

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 14, 2008
When I saw Doug walking around at Findlay Market last Wednesday, a sly smile came to my face. There was no doubt in my mind I'd approach him. Our friendship started more than 18 years ago. We work  

She Was Somebody

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 23, 2008
As strange as it might seem, for the past few years I've started most mornings looking through the local obituaries online. On March 3, I finally could stop. My friend passed away. She was difficu  

The Pleasure of Her Company

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 2, 2008
After having a rather childish argument with a female friend, the smart thing for me would have been to simply go home. I seldom do the smart thing. There I was walking down Monmouth Street in New  

Cut Her Off

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 26, 2008
When I see hopeless drunks incapable of controlling their behavior or helping themselves, I've been known to step in and lend a helping hand. Guess it's my nature. The last time it happened, I wro  

Vanilla Bright Like Eminem (Review)

Micheal Faber (Harcourt)

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Michael Faber is new to me, but he's not a new writer: He's written four novels, and 'Vanilla Bright Like Eminem' is his second collection of short stories. If this book is a reflection on his earlier work, then I have some catching up to do.   

Kids Having Kids

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 12, 2008
When I was working on the "Bear" column that appeared here a few weeks ago, I wrote it in longhand one afternoon at the Main Library downtown. This is a luxury I usually don't have. More often tha