Angst galore.

Teen Angst Parts I-II-III

Three short videos from my 50th Birthday, about 12 minutes total. Teen Angst Part I: Meeting Mariani. A reminiscence about a good friend in high school. This introduces the main character of Part II. Teen Angst Part II: Smoking In Bed. A tasteless prank. Sets up Part III. Teen Angst Part III: Embarrassing Encounter With…

Circle Liner, Brooklyn Bridge

Fathers & Ferries, Birthdays & Boats

When my Cub Scout den mate Marc Brownstein turned 9, his birthday party consisted of a ride on the Circle Line, a day cruise around Manhattan. It was the best day ever. I begged for a similar party when I turned 9 the following spring. Dad took a “We’ll see” position. By April, I understood…

Racine Downtown Apt

Everything’s Gonna Be All Right: 2

“Which parent do you feel closest to?” He was a caricature of a child psychologist: sandy, side-parted hair, large wire-rimmed glasses, dressed like Mr. Rodgers. He spoke with a soft, low, monotonous voice, barely above a whisper. I considered carefully, looking off to one side, and answered very slowly, “I’d have to say… my mother……

rubber chicken classic

What, Then, Do You Give As A Token Of Your Love?

I leaned over to the lady-stranger to my right and muttered “A rubber chicken?” Up front, under the spreading oak tree, my pal Marty took something from his Best Man John and responded, “A ring.” “‘A ring!’” I complained to the lady-stranger, who ignored me. “It’s always a ring! Why ask if you know the…