In this collection of thirty-eight chiseled short stories, George Thomas Clark introduces readers to actors, alcoholics, addicts, writers famous and unknown, a general, a lovelorn farmer, a family besieged by cancer, extraterrestrials threatening the world, a couple time traveling back to a critical battle, a deranged husband chasing his wife, and many more memorable people and events.
In compressed language George Thomas Clark presents Snapshots of Distressing Events. A distraught man confronts noisy neighbors, one couple is enveloped by infidelity, another’s destroyed by violence, drinkers and drug users have some fun but more trouble, people stumble in matters of money, medical destiny is determined by mishaps, malice, and chance, members of the media send strange messages, mass murderers and gun lovers disrupt society, those seeking liberation in religion are sometimes imprisoned, and from World War II to the present powerful people blunder.
Boxing is practiced by abnormally tough and determined men compelled to risk their health for a long chance at fleeting glory. In Uppercuts, George Foreman young and old knocks out almost everyone. Joe Frazier mauls Muhammad Ali, Ali destroys Frazier, and boxing ruins both. Jerry Quarry tells about his decline and that of his brother. Hector Camacho recalls the fire in his head. Emanuel Steward, Oscar Bonavena, Alexis Arguello, Archie Moore, Roberto Duran, Jack Johnson, Manny Pacquiao, Oscar de la Hoya, and other also lace on their gloves.
Joseph McCarthy says he’s a tough and dedicated guy in the boxing ring and U.S. Senate. Richard Nixon denies he’s an awkward, resentful, and paranoid president. Fidel Castro asserts he’s an appealing and inevitable historical character while embracing megalomania. And all three frigid warriors tell their stories as they fight again.
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From distance man in beret looks cool puttering in garage one evening calls wife at work and says will have surprise when she gets home he’s reclining in front seat beret in place.
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This evening I pried through dusty file boxes to retrieve an article I wrote titled, “When Is a Boxer Too Old?” Now I’d answer everyone’s born too old for a sport dedicated to brain busting. I’m not advocating a ban on boxing or mixed martial arts. That’s unrealistic since the masses love violence, and I’m […]
i like her fingers and hands on her long orange dress and her toes underneath and especially i like her pretty brown face and black hair between mountains overlooking the home where every night she takes off her dress To see “La india,” 1923, by Abraham Angel, please click here. To read “Who was Abraham […]
John Mackey left the football field four decades ago and most fans today don’t know his name or his game but they should. He enlivened highlight reels when most tight ends labored as blue-collar blockers. After catching the ball, Mackey simply ran over people: he busted defenders with his legs, bruised them with shoulders and […]
After hosting amorous boyfriend Sunday night and pounding treadmill half hour early Monday morning, popular high school math teacher Martha H drove to school, parked car, and walked toward class, confident she’d have another great week. She sneezed after shutting car door, and nose and sinuses had tickly, cleaned out feeling that became more pleasurable […]
from distance man in beret looked okay often puttering in garage one evening he called wife at work and said i’ll have surprise when she got home he reclined in front seat beret in place and motor running
May be secret some places but Chinese know many kids young as twelve leave no heat or plumbing villages and ride migratory buses to work for great technology firm Foxconn which gets several thousand applications daily from those anxious to be paid promptly albeit modestly and live in huge heated dormitories and enjoy promised spare […]
In the most fundamental sense I’m not photographing giants and midgets and the deformed and tattooed and transvestites and the normal my lens makes disturbed; I’m examining what I know myself to be: a misfit who’s always hated that my parents are wealthy. I’m humiliated having nannies. I cringe at the deference of strangers. I’m […]
I am honored many people are calling me a legendary boxing champion who had a huge heart and danger in each hand, and even more I appreciate they consider me a kind and gracious gentleman. Still, I hear what some are asking, and feel what everyone’s thinking: why couldn’t Alexis, who persevered during many wars […]
Never had I craved anything so much as this strange and alluring task. Thousands of other doctors were clamoring for the opportunity but many piously claimed personal considerations were more important still. That disqualified them, I am sure. Only a man obsessed was fit to lead a scientific revolution, and only I was poised to […]
I must emphasize that “Hollywoodland” is a fine and entertaining movie and certainly better than any screen effort in which I had a substantial part. In my first year as a film actor I appeared in the opening scene of “Gone with the Wind” but didn’t have much to do. I should’ve been on screen […]
Since Hunter Thompson put a gun in his mouth and shot himself last week, I’ve been digging deep into the Internet and reading lots of articles about him. The first wave of stories commended his hard-punching, eye-gouging, “gonzo” style of insightful political writing in such books as “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” and “Kingdom […]