Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like

Nostalgia Girl No. 2

Then there’s the tale of my first real girlfriend. A cautionary tale. Not naming names, but she was this dynamic redhead who played opposite me in our high school production … Continue reading

November 30, 2016 · 10 Comments

Nostalgia Girl No. 1

This girl named Julie and I met in London the summer after I graduated from college. She was spectacularly lovely — a statuesque, dark-haired beauty, olive-skinned, wry-eyed — and magnificent … Continue reading

November 29, 2016 · 18 Comments

Nostalgia week at What The Hell

Welcome to nostalgia week at What The Hell. It’s not nostalgia in the sense of, “Gee, I miss The Mary Tyler Moore Show.” Nor, now that I’m a cranky old … Continue reading

November 28, 2016 · 13 Comments

Milk, cream, and alcohol Saturday

Originally posted on WHAT THE HELL:
That’s what John Lee Hooker’s doctor told him to take, so he could get him some rest. And when this man looks you in…

November 26, 2016 · Leave a comment

Can we please stop it, please?

Originally posted on WHAT THE HELL:
Not a day goes by that I don’t hear the phrase “at the end of the day.” Can we please stop it, please?! This…

November 25, 2016 · 2 Comments

The Bill that’s due every Thanksgiving

If it’s Thanksgiving, it’s time to let Bill Burroughs into our homes to eradicate any sense that optimism is a reasonable response to what’s been going on all year. And … Continue reading

November 24, 2016 · 5 Comments

Bitching Sessions

It’s never too early to remind Democrats in the senate that they have not only the tools but also the obligation to exercise constitutional checks and balances against extreme policies … Continue reading

November 23, 2016 · 4 Comments

Sorry seems to be the hardest word …

Yes, it’s sad, so sad. It’s a sad, sad situation. But if you’re like me and you just want to make it clear it’s not your fault, why not grab … Continue reading

November 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

This certainly helps …

Along with the Wendell Berry poem, “The Peace of Wild Things,” which a number of people have sent to me in the last week and a half, this gorgeous little … Continue reading

November 19, 2016 · 3 Comments

Rage against the obscene

For more than a week now I’ve been hearing, vis-à-vis the election, that I shouldn’t rail against the outcome in fear and frustration. I should seek national unity, listen to … Continue reading

November 18, 2016 · 20 Comments