WHAT THE HELL

Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like

I’m sick–covid or not covid?

MONDAY—I’m writing in real time to document what feels like textbook 2021 angst. By the time I press the publish button, all the questions I have right now will have … Continue reading

August 4, 2021 · 22 Comments

Missouri breaks

In a few weeks, my wife and I are heading back to St. Louis to see my family for the first time in a couple of years, thanks to the … Continue reading

July 6, 2021 · 4 Comments

Gloomy Sunday …

Wow, are these dark times or what? It doesn’t help that I’m only a third of the way through an all-day rain storm, on a Sunday a couple of weeks … Continue reading

December 13, 2020 · Leave a comment

Nothin’ but blue skies …

Ever since the California lockdown began, maybe even since the first hints that we had a pandemic on our hands, we haven’t had much sunlight in our neck of the … Continue reading

April 10, 2020 · 4 Comments

Writing novels in the age of coronavirus

Maybe I mentioned that, since there’s no baseball this spring, and maybe not this whole season, I’ve been working on a baseball novel. It’s a great world to inhabit while … Continue reading

April 7, 2020 · 14 Comments

Day by day

Hey. How’s everybody holding up? Here in beautiful downtown Cool, California, the sun has come out for the first time in days, and though I can’t say it fills me … Continue reading

April 2, 2020 · 4 Comments

This is the year of the rat …

About a month ago I started a journal to document the political events of 2020 as they happened. The first line is: “This is the year of the rat. How … Continue reading

March 23, 2020 · 2 Comments

Shut in? How ’bout some takeout?

My wife and I work in the restaurant biz (accounting), and let me tell you: That industry is in deep doo-doo right now. I’m not too worried about us, since … Continue reading

March 20, 2020 · 7 Comments

A Stoic’s guide to the coronavirus crisis

When I find myself in times of trouble … No, no Mother Mary for me. Instead, I call upon my dudes, the Stoics—Seneca, Marcus Aurelius, Lucretius, et al.—and try to … Continue reading

March 16, 2020 · 3 Comments