From the monthly archives:

March 2011

The Murky Fringe Interviews San Francisco, Part I

March 31, 2011

The Murky Fringe: So, San Francisco. San Francisco: Hey. TMF: Would you mind not smoking that in here? I have asthma. And I’m in recovery. SF: I have a doctor’s note. And it’s not a drug, man. TMF: I don’t give a fuck. Just put it out. SF: Whatever. TMF: So, San Francisco. You’ve been [...]

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Shaman Trash Talk

March 30, 2011

Get your owl out my face, brujo. My raven will fuck your owl. In the beak.  

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Yolanda’s Birthday Party

March 29, 2011

When she calls, I know I’m going to get roped into something unpleasant. And whereas I am usually very good at gracefully extricating myself from ensnarements of this type, Yolanda’s tractor-beam desperation pulls me in. Like always. I’m having a girl’s night out for my birthday, she says. Yolanda’s ability to remain upbeat, positively joyful, [...]

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The Legacy Of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ At The Yosemite Staff Cabins

March 28, 2011

Marjorie Madson, 1994-1999, Summers, Tour Guide: Oh, come on. They didn’t mean that. It was a joke. Right? I knew all sorts of gays there. No way they meant it. It was just a Bill Clinton joke. Although, it was a National Park, I guess. That’s sort of federal, isn’t it. Shit, was it real? [...]

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My Second Husband Roy

March 27, 2011
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Whispering Shadows Nursing Facility March Newsletter

March 26, 2011

Well, it certainly has been a busy month at Whispering Shadows! New residents, lots of birthdays (Janice Wentmore, Ernest Wexler, and Nettie Culpepper, I’m looking at y’all!), the kids from Dashiell Hammett Middle School coming by to decorate the residents’ doors for St. Patrick’s Day and/or Easter, and visits from both the First Amalgamated Church [...]

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The MF Interviews Vincent VanGogh Ear Jokes

March 25, 2011

The Murky Fringe: Do you ever get tired of it all? Vincent Van Gogh Ear Jokes: Honestly, yes. Sometimes it’s just exhausting. TMF: How would your life be different if he, how can I put this, cut off something else? VVGEJ: We think about that all the time. Obviously, the nose would have been too [...]

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The Murky Fringe Interviews The Ices: Cube And T

March 24, 2011

The Murky Fringe: So, Ices. Is it cool if I refer to you plurally as Ices? Ice Cube: It doesn’t bother me in the slightest. Ice-T: Yo, I’m not sure how I feel about that. TMF: Are you doing a bit right now, T? Are you playing your character from that cop show you’re on, [...]

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Workshopping Your Nude Father/Infant Photo

March 23, 2011

Vanessa: “I’m not sure I understand the tension in this piece. Is it the fact that the father could smother the baby with his hairy arms? Is that what holds my attention?” Lauren: “I get the whole My son is innocent and I’ve got tattoos thing, but so what? Innocence and experience, a look at [...]

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Me and Powers Boothe: Last Roundup In Floydada

March 22, 2011

He has a place down the road from my parents. There isn’t a whole lot to do in Floydada. That’s Floy-day-dah, not Floy-dah-dah. The people in Floydada wouldn’t know Dah-dah if it hogtied and branded them. I see him a lot at the library. A few people in town are curious about him, but they’re [...]

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Terence and Walter: Yet Another Round of Inappropriate Toasts

March 21, 2011

Walter: Put ‘er there, old chap. Here’s to beating up old blind men. Terence: Let’s do! Here’s to walking elderly ladies across the street… but then leaving the old broads in the middle! Walter: Ha! Here’s to chemically tainted drinking water. Terence: Here’s to chemically tainted drinking water… Walter: I just said the same goddamned— [...]

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Paul Revere at the End of a Long Day

March 20, 2011

I am so fucking tired of smithing silver.

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Rock & Roll Legend Shane Macgowan Responds

March 19, 2011

Nah thut’ve gah mah choppers fixed, yah mingin’ cahnts, what’ll yeh be ahn about? Ye’ve gah fuck all. Dead fackin’ nothin. Though, fer fair, yer mum and yer sister dinnae mind me withoot ‘em.  

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Overcoming My Shame Regarding My Embarrassment With My Son’s Lazy Eye

March 18, 2011

There’s nothing wrong with wanting things to be different, more symmetrical.

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Apologizing To The Neighbor

March 17, 2011

I can’t tell you how sorry I am. Yes, I’m very well aware, and again, I’m sorry. No, I don’t know exactly where he would have gotten that from. He’s a huge Tolkien fan, and has seen all of the Lord of the Rings films. Yes, I’m aware of that. No, I didn’t realize how [...]

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