WHAT THE HELL

Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like

Armageddon it on

YouTube served me up a record I haven’t heard in about 48 years the other day, and I’m still swooning over it. Not because it was an especially great record. … Continue reading

June 23, 2022 · 9 Comments

Everybody had a good time …

And so I say farewell to Disney+, having watched the entire Beatles Get Back documentary twice now—all 7.8 hours of it. And the rooftop concert a third time. What a … Continue reading

January 9, 2022 · 6 Comments

The Hendersons will all be there … will YOU? 🤘

I’m beside myself with anticipation. Peter Jackson’s Beatles project, Get Back, starts streaming tomorrow! I know I’m showing my age, but it was The Beatles who not only got me … Continue reading

November 24, 2021 · 5 Comments

À la recherche du temps perdu

This New York Times essay about turning 60 really hits home right now. The writer says she still feels 22, which seems about right. I’m going to turn 65 next … Continue reading

November 8, 2021 · 9 Comments

Homeward bound and gagged

Every time I go back to St. Louis, where I was born and raised, I’m flooded with a complex swell of emotions. This might happen to everyone who leaves a … Continue reading

July 31, 2021 · 11 Comments

This boy’s life …

Our dear old friend is leaving us this afternoon. After almost fourteen years of family fun. Actually Hitch has been quite the handful, and we like to say that we … Continue reading

January 18, 2021 · 14 Comments

The color of memory

I don’t know what it is about color photos that makes the past seem more legitimate thank black-and-whites, but there’s definitely a difference. A couple of years ago I wrote … Continue reading

November 16, 2020 · 6 Comments

Fall of the titans

It’s tough sliding into your sixties, what, with all the various new bodily complaints that start arriving. Unwelcome guests for sure. You start to realize you are the target audience … Continue reading

October 7, 2020 · 5 Comments

Burnin’ down the house

It’s a strange feeling to know that a house you’re intimately familiar with has burned to the ground. The one I’m thinking of now just got destroyed by the North … Continue reading

October 1, 2020 · 7 Comments

Of Vidal interest …

You know who I wish was still around to comment on our political life? Gore Vidal. I can only imagine the periodic YouTube videos Gore would be putting out, excoriating … Continue reading

May 27, 2020 · 6 Comments