Monthly Archives: November 2005

Bad Luck and a Very Hard Head

I certainly understand your response to that photo of Dad; I had many of the same feelings when I saw it. Though it appears to be a previously unseen picture, however, it is actually a detail from a photo that’s … Continue reading

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From the Heights of Age

Sitting in the loft of my house on a mountainside in central Japan, far from my childhood in much more than years, I turned on the computer and there in your previous post was Dad just as I remember him, … Continue reading

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One Morning After the War

I remember the Luger well. Darth Vader himself would later tap into its dark power, which was mesmerizing to us even at that tender age. Brings to mind my memory of meeting dad for the first time when I was … Continue reading

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Two Very Live Boys

Indeed I do remember that poem and the impact on my boybrain of its paradoxes, but I only remember hearing the first four lines – from a slightly older and more worldly kid – and being enthralled by it where … Continue reading

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Night of the Living Dead Boys

Convenient memory lapses aside, I know who tossed the monkey, and I salute you for it, brother. You’re right up there with Jacques Tourneur, the French director who provided me with another favorite mental melodrama (see Post-Cinematic Stress Syndrome). I … Continue reading

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Confessions of a Monkey Tosser

Although I don’t remember any specifics at all in re the tossed monkey caper, and although this should not be construed as an actual confession, I somehow believe it must have been me who tossed the monkey: not only because … Continue reading

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screaming monkeys

Agreed, those were awfully dark thoughts being foisted upon millions of innocent souls, and sad to say, it goes on to this day. It seems, though, that we were somehow inoculated against those ideas, and were able to take the … Continue reading

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Now I Lay Me down to Sleep

To say nothing of saying each night before you go alone into the big darkness ruled by the monster in the closet: “If I should die before I wake…” Teaching your otherwise healthy young self that you might die every … Continue reading

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It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue

Speaking of scaring children, why was that baby’s cradle up in the treetop? Why couldn’t some responsible adult go up and rescue that poor kid before the bough broke, and, most importantly, why the hell have parents been using it … Continue reading

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SURVIVORS OF THE LEOPARD MAN

Mick emailed me not long ago asking if I remembered a movie we’d seen as kids, and what was the name of it, where the young girl was killed by a black panther at her mother’s door and Oh yes, … Continue reading

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Post-Cinematic Stress Syndrome

As a boy I was haunted by a dream in which a black panther was on the loose in our apartment over Einstein’s drug store and had killed everyone else in the family, while I remained hidden in a clothes … Continue reading

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