WHAT THE HELL

Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like

Pet peeve Wednesday

My internet’s too slow! I grow impatient in my middle age. More and more as I “surf the web,” as we used to say, I find it takes eons for … Continue reading

April 19, 2017 · 9 Comments

Reading for masochists

Why did this piece in the NYT on Sunday rub me the wrong way? Pamela Paul, editor of the Book Review,  says we should all be reading books we hate. … Continue reading

April 18, 2017 · 22 Comments

Cautionary tales

No sooner do I gripe about too much video on the ‘net than I up and recommend one for you to watch. It’s a nine-minute clip from Bill Moyers’ 2006 … Continue reading

April 17, 2017 · 9 Comments

I saw her standin’ on the corner …

Hard to believe I met my wife on this street corner 25 years ago today. Cole and Carl, San Francisco. Right about where that sewer lid is, we shook hands … Continue reading

April 15, 2017 · 14 Comments

Editor for hire

Hey, it’s time for my semi-occasional and always irregular shoutout to writers in need of editorial or proofreading help. I can take care of what ails ye. Remember, I concentrate … Continue reading

April 14, 2017 · Leave a comment

On a wing and a player

This essay on the art of improvisation appealed to me the other day. Lately my creative juices are running more toward music than fiction, so I read it from that … Continue reading

April 13, 2017 · 16 Comments

Pet peeve Wednesday

I have enough pet peeves to be able to gather up 52 of them in a year, so I thought I’d replace my defunct Trump column with Pet Peeve Wednesday. … Continue reading

April 12, 2017 · 11 Comments

“A righteous man knows the rights of the poor …”

  This man appeared at our door, a kind of shabby-looking man with a homeless man’s beard and a hard but humble look in his eyes. He had his hands … Continue reading

April 11, 2017 · 10 Comments

Rockets’ red snare

It’s hard to gin up a lot of emotion over the air strike in Syria last week. I’m drifting instead into a weary sense of déjà vu, that sense you … Continue reading

April 10, 2017 · 5 Comments

A humorous list rejected by McSweeney’s

Reasons why Mike Pence won’t dine alone with a woman other than his wife Is self-conscious about looking like an albino G.I. Joe Has odd dining habits such as eating … Continue reading

April 8, 2017 · 8 Comments