Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Unpreparedness kit

There are still catchy logos to be created.

Wave that bug away.
But also wave it hello.

You can take this half-way to the bank.

Friday, December 22, 2006

The Disposable Cups

A "party" philosophy.

Tablecloth inventions.

Holding things with your teeth.

Now with more lost episodes!

Christmas is a big thing in her family.

I'd be lying if I said...

(Who am I kidding?
Seriously, who?)

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Mystery breeze

A lot to read
(But not in books)

Maybe you shouldn't be all you can be.

Our guile sucks.

It's not for everyone.

(Where were we?)

(A story of almost)

(I'd like to get back there)

(Think outside the parentheses)

(Is that even a saying?)

(I didn't think he'd actually follow-up)

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

International signs

The Over Its

Playoff Hopes

The Stock Photos

We had a Fun Factory?

This works better outside.

(A slow views day.)

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Legible sweats

She's good at applying old phrases to new things.

Pigtail savior.

My favorite shape.

The connotations of "fellowship."

Band: The Terrible Mothers

Don't drink much, but I sure would like a photo of that liquor store.

They still smoke here.

(I told me so.)

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

The Glugosphere

That's a nice-looking pitcher of lemon wedges.

Should we really be listening to The Cars in this weather?

Depends on where you want music to take you.

The Banana Peel Girls.

They got there first.

The As Usuals

Typewriter on the sidewalk.

(Writer-type on the sidewalk.)

(I think I like this place better in the AM and early afternoon.)

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Folk song law

Follow the laundry lines.

All we knew was what we could see from the road.

Real trees that look fake.

The Renditions.

It's against my religion.

(She blew me all out of proportion.)

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Pills I've swallowed

The chill I get when people tell me they're "taking my advice."

What did I say?

Can we stop at a humble deli?

Stop denying yourself flavor.

I'd like to import her lager.

Band: Touch My Face With Interest

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

It would've been fun

Why doesn't he just write a memoir or screenplay?

They're still cranking out box sets?

So Coca-Cola owns summer and Xmas now.

Don't worry about it.

Keep flipping.

(I'd like to find that salesman and thank him.)

Monday, December 04, 2006

But healthy

Check the corners.

This wasn't always history.

Polaroids on the wall.

How is she?

Maybe I overreacted.

That's what hatracks are for!

These people never drank a Mountain Dew in their lives.

An intrigue I want no part of.

One game of Galaga before we go-

Friday, December 01, 2006

Parisian trinkets

That's us running.

Yer Darn Rights.

Nice wall.

(I'd like to press her pennies.)

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Ordering things

Almost asleep in a strange bed, pretending to be facing the other way.

The loop around the high school.

It's okay to be the lone holdout.

Those are terrible directions!

The old "Thank-A-Tree" campaign.

I'd rather be thinking up "I'd rather be..." slogans.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

This used to be all cornfield

The familiarity of unfamiliar grocery stores.

(I'd like to steam her asparagus.)

Age is wasted on the old.

A mall-chair massage.

Lying low in Koreatown...

A song that rhymes "shooting star" with "candy bar."

Makes me wish I were what again?

The Flanks:
Happiest sad music I ever heard in the subway.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Spectacular headbands

Holiday cheer.

Bless the chatter and buzz.

Cranberry juice and seltzer induced depression.

I'm always in the market for influence.

(I see what you mean.)

Friday, November 17, 2006

A labor of like

Let's keep the line moving.

(I have trouble remembering the substance of those conversations.)

Let's meet at the hot dog cart at the corner of the soccer field.

(I'd like to shroud her skyline.)

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Electronically secure

I can't remember the last time I used the phrase, "I can't remember the last time I...."

"That balance is outstanding!"
(Said at circus and bank)

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Can I get a drag of that?

Me and the briefcase boys.

I like these plaid pants, but what would I wear them with?

Band: The Like Wows

(I see you took my advice.)

The Kitchen You Grew Up In

(I thought it was common knowledge...)

Thursday, November 09, 2006


It's just a matter of sitting down.

Look--the wist king.

Left in a bike basket.

The thinker--in a souvenir seat from an old stadium.

Facial heir

(Doesn't necessarily mean anything.)

I like to sit across from that religious dome.

Such as...

Oh, like they know what they're talking about.

Band: The Who Knews

A lost clause.

Corny weather.

(I applied for that job.)

(I think we both know the answer to that.)

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Everything you know about being wrong is wrong

What does that remind you of?

The All My Faults

...with her carton of apple juice and gourmet potato chips.

You deserve better.

A novel in text messages.

He recognizes things for what they are,
and he's teaching creative writing next semester!

Soft sun around here.

Printer ink and guitar strings...

Hiawatha-style yoga

I've programmed a computer or two in my day.

Can we drop this stuff off at the car?

(I'd like to soleil her moon fries.)

Dude, you're rich!

Monday, October 30, 2006

Thoughtful followers

Pinball at that Pizza Pit at the edge of nowhere.

We would meet at Hamburger Heaven and take a train to the stadium.

A plain-clothes fop.

(That wasn't me.)

(Sweet face, though.)

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Where do you get my ideas?

Trudging down that gourmet tea road.

I'd like to roast her pumpkin seeds.

Band: The Great Investments

(Sometimes I miss Thrift Drug so much it hurts.)

Thursday, October 26, 2006

I'm on her way

Twine wrapped around a hot pipe.

I had a blanket just like that.

Can you tell?

(We sang it in elementary school.)

Tuesday, October 24, 2006


Western Medicine

Bumper sticker:
I'd rather be leafing through a magazine

I'll see ya
At the pizzeria

Monday, October 23, 2006

Oh, Whitney

Rung out on old cash registers.

Those pants are a stretch.

So you're the most beautiful girl in the world.
So what.

Tender moment in college football:
player removes clump of dirt from teammate's helmet.

(Not that funky of a funk...)

Saturday, October 21, 2006

The Sofa City Sweethearts

Tsintao: China
Singha: Thailand
(I'll never make that mistake again!)

(You've just made a powerless enemy.)

Thursday, October 19, 2006

I'd like to shred her sensitive documents

Library fine pride.

Cherry Street.

Mini-kites (about as big as your hand) being flown along the river in Chinatown.

It's loud and peaceful here.

Name that gesture: exercise or disorder?

Secret skatepark.

Flags with bank symobls.

Try the rice noodles.

Sunday, October 15, 2006

The New Brewing Methods

Pill shudder.

The Skin Tones.

Cement mixer painted like Captain America.

(I'd like to manage her hedge fund.)

No flashy photography.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Out of our white cups...

I blew an opportunity to blow an opportunity.

The responsibility that comes with having an apartment people can see into from the train--

(It's hillier up here, and the small flowers on your shirt need water.)

Monday, October 09, 2006

The No Duhs

Check that family out.

I think I owned that sweatshirt.

How bench-sleepers tweak a space-

I can see at least 15 squirrels right now.

(I'd like to split her infinitives.)

What do you want from Mee?
(Mee being a noodle shop.)

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Is that really "news"?

I keep meaning to get to the transit museum.

What're you not looking at?

Buzz-cut beauty.

Fishnetted and dangling.


The Uneducated Guesses

The Technicalities

The Screaming Footnotes

(I'd like to sun-dry her tomatoes.)

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

The "meh" generation

Kid in stroller drops slice of pizza and weeps.

Eternal flame outside the Hudson Hotel.

Woman trying to shove pug into water fountain.

Old timey detective: Step Tracer

(Nice nachos.)

Saturday, September 30, 2006

I like my apples waxed

The chubbification of cheeks.

A rice knack-

The You Wishes.

(Taking off your shoes in places where shoes aren't normally removed.)

Legs in winter.

A deeply areligious man.

(Reading a book on the history of aspirin would give me a headache.)

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

By the time you read this

Tree leaners,
Point gleaners.

We'd grown close over the minutes.

And to think that dress could fit in my pocket.

I keep forgetting what I learned in my 15 minutes of yoga.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Pastry on the wind

The squeak of beans.

Does anyone ever use those balconies?

I'll never forget that joke.

It doesn't translate into nothing.

The world through Advil Liqui-Gel colored glasses--

Thursday, September 21, 2006


You and your leafy greens.

The kids are hanging upside-down by their knees.

Autumn screen.

I'll do some detective work.

And maybe Wild Cherry LifeSavers will be my new thing.

(This is not what we trained for...)

Monday, September 18, 2006

Repeat after me

We were out smarting.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

More sad banjo

What's so wrong with being a zombie?

I'm jealous of this cheerily mournful music--
Perfect for chopping vegetables.

Bring on the translucent bowls!

(He and I share a plaid.)

(I'd like to mix her metaphors.)

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Mutter museum

Band: The Oh No He Didn'ts

There's ink on my pants.

This is quite a romantic train.


Furriness-lined boots

They met during freshman orientation.

Everything's a hate crime, nowadays.

Late for ninjitsu class-

(Reincarnated as a celebrity jogbra.)

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Pigtail vengeance

Career woman power-smoking. Takes me back.

Do I look as crazy as that?

I've been meaning to buy a Chip Clip for the last seven years.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Small market stuff

I've wondered about that bowling alley.

(A lot of ads on this station.)

When the light in her bedroom window really meant something...

Friday, September 01, 2006

That high tech bull

My mantra was there all along.

I need some start-up cash.
And something to start.

Enough of your Brooklyn Bridgery.

Some competitive leisure-

Hey--they're serving our seasoning!

Those dreamy side streets...

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Looked up

These pointless errands have a point.

Over caste

Be careful of the insults you use.

(I don't know how to act.)

Be more present...

Monday, August 28, 2006

I don't deserve you

That familiar stretch.

A woman's sense of shoes--

You don't have to come up with universal maxims.

(I'd arrange those freckles to spell something special...)

That can't be right

Death is as afraid of you as you are of it.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

That guy rules

Sit across from me.

My stomach hurts.

If I open a pants store, it'll be called Trouser Town.

Is that a phrase?

Am I the only one who still calls them freedom fries?

The hoboes took that over a long time ago.

Ziggy would be a great name if not for "Ziggy."

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Or might not miss

The old guy.

You can no longer call someone and let the phone ring 50 times. Technology always picks up. But there was poignancy to eliciting that mechanical ringing in an empty house. Or, even more fraught, in a house where someone was avoiding the phone. It was a statement with echo.

Friday, August 18, 2006

This we'll miss

Churchless grandeur

Or the breeze is the truth.

Get a load of that definition!
(Said at gym or library)

Where my frisbee friends at?

It's like my dad always said,
(Well, not exactly like it.)

They've been working on that building awhile now.

Compiling evidence against what I'm not sure.

But the past is one thing that gets less real by the minute.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Tattoo ruins

Somebody like that walking towards me-

There are better things to be obsessed with.

Nice Kikkoman bag.

They'd better have bad aim.

(It was a lot of money back then.)

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Hey-I was drinking that

Is it fresh?
I want to see the lemons.

Some of that old-fangled sincerity.

And no muck to muck things up.

What kind of monster do you think I am?
Seriously, what kind?

Friday, August 11, 2006

Under the overpass

What's your deal?

We're so stupid.

What am I looking at?

Crushed cars on a truck.

How "radioactive" sounds quaint.

Her diaphanous plan-

(I'd like to stuff her animal.)

(Hey-I know him.)

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Small fries

That sweet, sweet bitterness.

Those legs should be the new symbol for eternity.

I miss the life of the mind.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Counter offer at the Waffle Hut

I fell in something.

Not sure I trust those scale models of the universe.

We're necessarily kidding ourselves.

The interchangeability of baby pictures-

(And me a member of the incompetentsia.)

I'll be at the Lake Forest Oasis, watching cars.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Fly season

I bought myself out.

I'll be at the sushi counter.

To them, we're the oddballs.

What about if tragedy goes on strike?

Monday, July 31, 2006

Burger momentum

Need to get away and lose some perspective.

A time machine that transports us to right now.

You're welcome to come to dinner with us.

Those little earrings...

Eternity is a temporary concept.

Saturday, July 29, 2006


Blame the cable company,
But also praise the cable company.

The new disconnectivity.

Smells like farmer's market.

Battle of the ice cream bells and rock and roll.

My new cliche:
That's pepper through the grinder.

But I really would like to buy the world a Coke.

Monday, July 24, 2006

Hey there young sport

All these philosophies cancel each other out. Or in.

A song to protest protest songs.

That ending was a cop out.

Friday, July 21, 2006

What's the big idea?

Don't spit that back!

Business, lady.

Aspire to amateur.

(I thought those were extinct.)

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

The English Muffin truck

I love that she made fun of me for that.

Turf has its own beauty--
Check out the pick-up soccer games in Sara D Roosevelt park between Broome and Grand.

Now that's the Harley I'd ride if I rode a Harley.

(I said she could Hoyt my Schermerhorn any day.)

Monday, July 17, 2006

You should go

With this in mind.

The Lyric Diner

(I'd like to post a menu in her window.)

That is some sexy gray hair.

I have those shoes!

The comfort of an old church gym-

(There are plenty of men in shirtsleeves leaning out of windows, but they're not necessarily lonely.)

Thursday, July 13, 2006

I was talking to the fries

Gentlemen of the evening-

No bad clam jokes.

Let's run off to small town USA.

Deep breaths might work,
but they'll have to be pretty deep.

(Just some basic lesson I never picked up.)

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Helicopters for peace

More essays on the eroticization of childhood.

Downloading old Loudness.
(Thunder in the East)

These storms aren't symbolic.

(I wouldn't mind icing her coffee.)

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Temporary fencing

That accent will kill us all!

Beauty needs distance.

(I'd like to picnic on her Great Lawn.)

Friday, July 07, 2006

Forgetting the setting

Those daytime moons...

Keep me downdated.

Salad compliment: "Nice toss."

Everything must glow!

Are you sure about that dog?

(My two favorite spots in the park are: here, here, and here.)

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Countless essences

Even when I know it isn't her...

The long legs of the law.

The decline of the internet: e-rosion

(Where did that building come from?)

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

I was reading immortal poems on the beach

The right to pursue interpretations of the pursuit of happiness.

The mournful joy of listening to The Replacements while driving.

Whether it's relevant or not is irrelevant.

Thursday, June 29, 2006

The vocabulary on that guy!

Makes me wish I wish I smoked.

Might as well be...

That outfit moves me.

Does the wordplay of "Japanimation" work in Japanese?

Does Crest toothpaste have a crest?

How do they keep the Lever House so clean?

What are all these bugs?

What kind of question is that?

I like people who remind me of Tim Kazurinsky.

No--but I can predict who will try and predict the future.

I'll just assume this is a prank, and treat it as such.

Monday, June 26, 2006

But this is what I came here for!

The breeze is like a time machine.

It's going to take a lot of ice cubes...

I don't even want to know how music works.

(It sounded a lot better in the store.)

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Paradise bow

This gazpacho is taking a lot longer than 20 minutes.

Dig that Pin Point Carbonation.

I still say it was worth it.

She makes me want to kill myself
(but in a good way)

Friday, June 23, 2006

Summer reading: character break

A serialized novel, Happyland by J. Robert Lennon, starts in this month's Harper's. It's great. I can't wait for Part II. If you don't have a subscription to Harper's--come on, man.

Books bought or checked out of library in the last few weeks:

-The Boy Who Fell Out of the Sky by Ken Dornstein. Eerie. More on this.
-Bukowski: A Life by Neelie Cherkovski. Research. Not as terrible as the reviews on Amazon would have you think, but pretty redundant.
-A Million Little Pieces by James Frey. Research, I swear. Has anyone actually read it? Why doesn't he indent?
-Physical, An American Checkup by James McManus
-Eichmann and the Holocaust by Hannah Arendt. Part of Penguin's new "Great Ideas" series. I still have a crush on Hannah. And I may have to re-think some thoughts on Nazis.
-Fitzgerald and Hemingway: A Dangerous Friendship by Matthew J. Bruccoli. Nobody writes letters anymore. Is that bad? Not sure.
-A Good School by Richard Yates. Been re-reading all his books, and I'm not a re-reader.
-JPod by Douglas Coupland. Found an advance reading copy for a buck at the Strand. Have stayed away from his last five or so. Over 20 pages are occupied by the first hundred thousand digits of pi (w/ one incorrect digit). Good gag.
-Remote Feed by David Gilbert. Funny stories. Had this book before.
-Straight Man by Richard Russo. If, like me, you're a sucker for misadventures in academia novels, this looks good. Only on P. 25. Great paragraphs. "I don't see how you could not kid about love and still claim to have a sense of humor."

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Kettle of Fish

Takes me back-
Though I'm not sure I was ever there.

Up in the boundary waters.

The goatees you grew up with...

Monday, June 19, 2006

So glad this place is here

Gameshow: How is this not porn?

These shorts? I've had them for years.

In ATMs I trust.

Seriously-are you kidding?

"(You do not learn about people by asking them questions.)"
-Hemingway, in a letter

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Then we weren't

The kid in the bright yellow Alf shirt.

We'll let the judge be the judge of that.

You don't look like you're from around here.

Restoring my lack of faith...

(Doesn't make you any smarter)

Wednesday, June 14, 2006


(God Bless Veselka)

You've got to hand it to these pierogi.

What can I say?
I like my pork pulled.

Inside jokes propel this planet.

Fountain ale-

(I wonder what sort of funny nicknames they have for me...)

Monday, June 12, 2006

I should've said something

Sneak a pique.

We were all suckers.


By the Swoony River.

Delectability ratings

(I'm hanging up now.)

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Swallowing bugs

Not rue again!

Was he looking at or past me?

Listen, Red

Careful what you wear

Eurotrash v. Eurotreasure

Great, lonely views.

Cartoon characters (and me):
We go where we're drawn to.

Friday, June 09, 2006

You guess

Everyone's an expressionist.

Left on La Cienega.

(It still exists, barely, in snapshots.)

I think we were at that cafe...

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Non-emergency use only

They're a different religion--not a different species.

"Beautiful" as a euphemism.

Hard to believe there'll be a day when these shirts don't make sense.

Menu prose.

We like the drone.

(There's nothing not to get.)

Friday, June 02, 2006

Half the country

Theoretically, we're getting a lot done.

Courses in tavern etiquette

Look--an American Shorthair.

I only sit with my back to the door.

(Like everyone around me could be a star.)

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Teen geese

All-girl army.

Summer-dress induced madness.

Ads that speak with confidence on nature's intent.

Heard that song, loved it, left it.

What do you say we make these grades suffer?

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Winning ambivalence

(Watching her read closely.)

I can be very righteous about decrying righteousness.

No monopoly on blue sky...

But my plan!

Lugging around grudges against airlines...

(Remind me not to be a kid again.)

What's the connection?

-Dedicated to the stray cats of Tellaro.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

You get the idea


The Inconclusives


Geeky sheen

To whom are you speaking?

I'm thinking of having my memories animated.

Let's give it up for the design of Burger King's mod black coffee lids.

Pining for the dial tone.

It smells like Six Flags, somehow.

When did we start worrying?

The comfort of stall graffiti...

Nothing is something, no?

Friday, May 19, 2006

Hey, day


If only Emily Dickinson were around and firing up a web log...

Is there any benefit to hiding anxieties?

Well-woven into pop songs...

I pine for college far less than I figured.

Had to be taught that.

And here I'm dreaming about Cozzi Pizza and grape soda...

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Lacquered up

Untethered ball.

Mounted bottle openers.

Dude, I still have nightmares about that.

Damn straits...

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Fountain water

The work of posture/
The posture of work

Huffing that freshly cut grass.

...really more of a mourning person...

(On the other hand, I'm like, bring it on.)

Monday, May 15, 2006

That's no picture

History is filled with examples.

The messenger bag capital of the world.

Fonz: exhibit ayyy.

Catch-all survey:
Was it worth it?

Thursday, May 11, 2006

T-shirts in translation

Summer retort:
So's your old fan.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Selective embrace

Wow, Really?

Hitler Trivia

An add-junk lecturer.

Those really skinny buildings...

(Let me get back to you when this pill kicks in.)

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Holding patterns

Promo: essay about 80s teen sex comedies here.

How is that guy?

(Back then, I'd smoke anything.)

My phone rings hollow.

Monday, May 08, 2006

Search without seizure

Like I'm going to sit around reading Boethius.

(Though I wouldn't mind tossing "Boethian" around now and again.)

I dishonestly don't remember.

Do you mind if I ask how much those were?

How much were those?

Sunday, May 07, 2006


Invent a joke with the punchline, "He's taking up for lost mime."

Friday, May 05, 2006

She made a career of it

I'd like to be a beer vendor at Wrigley Field for a summer, then write a folksy memoir about the experience.

Is there a show that can make it a reality?

President: Forlorn soda machine fan club, 7-Up division

Is that feather floating or flying?

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Franchise opportunity

Let's send up their conventions.

At a convention.

The huevos of the future--

(I'd like to McVeggie her burger.)

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Thought I'd find you here

The name "Kidman" as a condensed biography.

Could you please not wipe that stupid grin off my face?

Tuesday, May 02, 2006


On this spot in...

We were leading questions.

Ice T was singing about Evil E...

Where were you?/Where was I?

Sanbitter: like siphoning grapefruit juice from a Vespa.

Monday, May 01, 2006

Please the day

On the beach we ran unopposed.

Friday, April 28, 2006

Our very blood

People complaining that a product is merely "flavored water."
But everything is flavored water.

I'd like to be one of those brainiacs who revolutionizes the game.
Any game.

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Knowing it won't

The ridiculousness of seriousness.

An all-star tribute to the word “daze”

Textbook: Unsolvable Problems

(This banana really tastes like a banana.)

Don’t get back to me. Get back to me.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Quality of light

The way rain changes distance.

Wait'll I get a hold of those molecules.

Take refuge here and there.

You're exaggerating.

(How old is this burrito?)

Monday, April 24, 2006

Go back to where you first thought it

Strange police doings-

This might be a blood-sugar thing.

If it is a fake, it's so beautiful it doesn't matter.

We'd better get cracking on these tic tacs, as they're only good until August of 2007.

(That's for you to know and me to find out.)

Friday, April 21, 2006

Anybody who's everybody

Speak in things that sound like code-
(I have no business here.)

Revel in baglessness.

Dig that drape.

Where are you sitting?

(I was over the impression that we had an agreement.)

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Vacation's end

They get points just for heading in the opposite direction on the escalator.

Maybe hearing that song once was enough.

(Photos aren't memories.)

Monday, April 17, 2006

Bare feats

Meaning is an imposition.

Be wary of syllogisms.

Evocative in the way of old area codes-

(Where have all the smirky girls gone?)

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Same argument every year

A dog named Naught

Book: "Salt Water Taffy: An Oral History"

I'd be upset if people didn't make fun of my poems.

Pour your water from on high.

(Or did focus lose you?)

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Immaterial Girl

New Jerk City

Monday, April 10, 2006

No one does

What a good pillow salesman would say.

He gave us a foul tip.

Don't ask me that.

A cat as "too petty."

Saturday, April 08, 2006

At last

"(M)oney wants to be free--that's why it swims out of your pocket."

-from "Sweet and Low" by Rich Cohen

Friday, April 07, 2006

Spending attention

At least our schools had clocks with sweeping second hands.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

This day needs yet another name

Making out with memories.

My worldview was shaped by the frozen yogurt dispenser.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Remember when that awning was new

Concerts billed as "An Evening With"

You look smart.

I promise the next one will be better.

Baiting fate.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006


Nodding at nothing.

The new tense.

Finally, the protagonist we deserve.

Carve your own little Nietzsche.

I keep forgetting to get

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Do I want a bottle of cola


A chart tracing the popularity of the nickname "Knuckles" over time.

While you're alive, could you...

(What we're allowed to make fun of)

Know nothing, but know it inside-out

Friday, March 31, 2006

Martially artful

Outwhistle the birds?

Earrings to unnerve.

Post-pill shudder.

Hard to believe we ran all that way...

Wednesday, March 29, 2006


I saw a bluebird today.
Does that make me gay?
It may.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

That graffiti cheers me

I'll breath this wood-smoked air and stare.

Let's be cleansed by antique soap ads.

He only sees the worst in peepholes.

Memory isn't everything

Monday, March 27, 2006

His breathing alone tells a story

"One day we will all die, and then we'll be the same as that tree--no me, no you. Be that as it may, we need heat."

-Monk in Tony Soprano's coma dream

Sunday, March 26, 2006

Sunday stroll report

That blend of contentment and dread-

This meaning...

How long can this last?

Friday, March 24, 2006


I encourage dark sarcasm in the classroom.

(Faux eternity)

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Take this the wrong way

And on the seventh day,
people created God.

I won't get drawn into arguments over falafel quality.

(Love This Freakin' Place)

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Elision Fields

Don't raise your lettering at me!

(Nothing alt about this country.)

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

The one truly American art form:

Declaring things to be the one truly American art form.

Line for line

"History wasn't made, thank God."
-UConn coach Jim Calhoun

Sunday, March 19, 2006

These skyscrapers give me a boner.

She contains multitudes. Believe me.

Saturday, March 18, 2006


Great gift idea = bad regular idea

Friday, March 17, 2006

Like you rent the place

Folding pizza boxes,
stacking them to make a
Great Wall.

Apparently, they've gone out of business.

Were they flashing their lights at us?

Who thinks about who more?

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Her imperfections are perfect.

Studying what doesn't matter.

My half-assed belief in fate holds that fate itself is half-assed.

(A profound wait.)

Monday, March 13, 2006

And then what?

A table of wonder-junk for sale.

You pick things up along the way.

If language is a prison, it's one of those minimum-security, country-club deals.

Meanwhile, back at the cafe...

Saturday, March 11, 2006

The Dubious Honors

Have a seat.

A scene from "Basquiat" was shot on this bench.

I shouted, "Dana!"
But it wasn't her.

How about some applause for childhood,
which does and doesn't last forever.

We always seem to end up here.

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Works for now

The strict borders of cultural currency in effect:
Hot-shot high school athletes wearing letter jackets in Midtown Manhattan.

Photo project:
Mall fountains across America

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

The year of magical drinking

Almost almost spring

Schoolgirl consciousness

Remember when I was waiting for you at that park?

The city is still smoking those giant orange-and-white striped cigars.

On TV: A show of force

The cat across the way and I have an understanding.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

A flash mob of one

I will note her cliffs.

Saturday, March 04, 2006

But for a good reason

Those make me excited and nervous.

Did I think this or just say it?

(happy anniversary)

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Doesn't count

I like everything by The Vapors except "Turning Japanese."

Where are our eloquent poets of gain?

Tuesday, February 28, 2006


Why shouldn't I live by a teabag label? "Travel light, live light, spread the light, be the light."

I'll start by going down every aisle.

Friday, February 24, 2006

Less sketch, more etch

Strut cockily with your God.

Thursday, February 23, 2006

One hit...Wonder...

Happy pressure.

We flew on the backs of envelopes.

I like surveys, but not taking them.

She's fun to watch play pool, but it ends there.

Music to the rescue.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Beyond belief

Acidic Jew

The new GQ

A Bittman stew

Saturday, February 18, 2006

To and from school

Handsome man in front of the Chess Forum

A dream detained

Fun got in my eyes

That was in a past life
(by which I mean college)

Look what we would have missed.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Women of an uncertain age

Isn't every quote necessarily out of context?

A few years ago, I heard J. M. Coetzee read a story, really excellent, and I didn't think it was out there anywhere, but here it is.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

I can explain everything!

She had trouble seeing past the brim of her cap;
I had trouble thinking past the rim of my rap.

The battery went out just in time for me to hear the birds and gossip.

Quote about Grand Central, from a National Geographic show about it:
"This place makes you feel like you're more than you are."

Monday, February 13, 2006

How is that

I'm looking forward to drinking some Hawaiian Punch.

I don't understand people who order a single slice of pizza to go. It's a slice. Sit down, and listen to the Pretenders on the radio, or the game on TV, or the countermen's banter. Consider the families and schoolkids who come in. Or stand outside with it.

Grass-fed beef? That's some boast!

They had on the soundtrack to Hipster Heaven.

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Lately I've been

Heavy on my feet.

Lady of the Ringlets?

Thursday, February 09, 2006

A subtle wave

Keep an eye out for me in them satellite photos.

(I would have done the same thing.)

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Condensing flavors

These round, irresistable faces.
Somehow I resisted.

Half-conscious braiding.

Suggestion: "...with movies in my hair."

Wide love.

I sit by this.

Don't block the light.

Saturday, February 04, 2006

All bunned up

It's so soft out.

As a kid I loved Saturday morning baths.

Heck yes I want a Yogi button.

My head smarts.

Faith in cross-culture yawns-

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

High performance

Miyagi here. Miyagi here.

Ride the fog.

If you don't have an identity, no one can steal it.

I no longer know anyone who plays the violin.

Monday, January 30, 2006

But congratulations anyway

Yeah, you better tint those windows.

Ill-considered is still considered.

You can only dress for so much success.

Where don't I know you from?

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Smells like popcorn

Five minutes of it here and there on cable.

I'll get it done during the commercials,
while there are still commercials.

Philosophy books seem more promising in the bookstore than they do at home.

We're intent on gadgets.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Seize the gray

A snack before therapy.

I'd like her even if she were a vampire.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006


Good names: Man Ray, Cy Twombly

Good title: Souvenir of Nothing (Picabia)

Notion: These would work better in unnatural light.

"I want no eulogy." -John de Menil, letter, 1972

At sunset we clambered around Bygones.

Monday, January 23, 2006

It isn't what it isn't

I learned that from Miss Manners.

Hey--get off my obelisk!


Don't mind if I don't.

For some reason I'm not.

Scientists have found that.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

And the home of the rave

Artisinal cheeseburgers.

Das Boot Cut.

Smoking a Gauloise for a lesson in French history.

Monday, January 16, 2006

Dig that do


Novelty salesman: By the time the battery dies, you'll be sick of it.

Famous paintings

A scam artist is still an artist.

Friday, January 13, 2006

Continuing Ed

I'm going to get a Pepsi and sit on a bench in this cloudy park.

I'd like to Bethesda her Fountain.

Cold concrete.

Quiet magic.

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

This time with feeling

Have you seen my hoodie?

I'm hypermentilating.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Window seat

I'm lost in the starry Galaga sky.

(Books have been written about less)

Saturday, January 07, 2006

Marketplace of ideas

When everybody's thinking, "What's everybody thinking?"

He moonwalked into my heart.

Friday, January 06, 2006

Good stuff

From the 3 Musketeers website:

"The personalities of the 3 MUSKETEERS® Brand characters are as follows:

Porthos - a man of the world. He's smooth and sophisticated and exudes self-confidence and personal style. He's a man of chivalry and honor. He's James Bond with a saber.

Athos - brilliant and brave but also clumsy like a nutty professor. He constantly finds himself in awkward situations because he doesn't watch where he's going. He's a scatterbrained hero with a heart of gold.

D'Artagnan - the leader of the trio. He's young and eager, always the first to charge into the fray. He's courageous, gallant and always wins the day."

Thursday, January 05, 2006

That's one way of looking at it

Who do I know you from?

Why are you reading that?

Where'd the zone go?
(I was just in it.)

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Pop the syst.

Jockeying for good tables.

Observing fish decisions.

No more apologies for reading only contemporary fiction.
The old is woven into the new.
And even if it isn't.

We'll knee through this.

Sunday, January 01, 2006

Seize the bidet

Incest with a sister city.

The line between superstition and religion-
Someone has to draw it.

At the museum:
People take pictures of all the wrong things.

Speech opener:
"Let it not be said that..."