Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like

Comin’ down the mountain …

On this last day of the year, I’ll share the inspirational quote that has gotten me through the last few months. It’s from author Russell Banks, who is talking here … Continue reading

December 31, 2017 · 10 Comments

Voices carry

Given our political moment, no band name seems more apt right now than The Clash. Joe Strummer’s voice seems apropos, don’t you think? Messy. Racked. Angry. Here’s hoping next year … Continue reading

December 30, 2017 · 1 Comment

End of year wrap-up

I think we can all agree that 2017 was one screwed-up year. I thought 2016 was bad, but everything that 2016 portended seemed to come true in 2017. January through … Continue reading

December 29, 2017 · 14 Comments

Have a What The Hell Christmas, everyone!

December 25, 2017 · 11 Comments

Magic fingers

I tried to find something Christmassy, but the isolated tracks collection in that milieu seems limited to bad Mariah Carey performances. No, gracias. Instead I found this spectack version of … Continue reading

December 23, 2017 · 4 Comments

Christmastime is smear

As Christmas approacheth, I cast my gratitude toward our illustrious Congress for rescuing the American economy from certain collapse. Rather, I should acknowledge that it was the Republican party that … Continue reading

December 22, 2017 · 10 Comments

Fun in the public domain

Here are a couple more ideas for your submissions to The Disappointed Housewife. An English friend of mine had the splendid idea of going through a famous book (in the … Continue reading

December 21, 2017 · 5 Comments


And then there was our good friend, Dan, who died of AIDS in 1995. I think of him every year as the calendar creeps through December, since he died in … Continue reading

December 20, 2017 · 16 Comments

Shop till you stop

Ann Patchett didn’t shop for a year. La di dah. Every now and then a relatively famous person will get on her high horse and tell the rest of us … Continue reading

December 19, 2017 · 19 Comments

Free (as a) bird

In honor of Alabama’s unexpected drift toward sanity this week, what better band to feature in an isolated track than Lynyrd Skynryd? New respect for southern comfort. It’s a dang … Continue reading

December 16, 2017 · 3 Comments