Category Archives: New York City

Madonna v. Jennifer Lopez

Eager to impress fair Kayla, I jack up big green on the secondary market to acquire two VIP seats for Madonna’s concert at Madison Square Garden. I wear my best and only suit, and Kayla styles herself in a long sleek dress sophisticated New York fans will admire. “Look,” she whispers, slightly moving her head […]

Also posted in Boxing, Dance, Jennifer Lopez, Madison Square Garden, Madonna, Movies, Music

Battle of Brooklyn

This story is from the rousing campaign book “King Donald”

Also posted in Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Bernie Sanders, Boxing, Campaign 2016, Hillary Clinton, ISIS, Israel, Middle East, New York, Palestine, Syria

Hillary and Bernie at the Laundromat

This story is from the rousing campaign book “King Donald”

Also posted in Bernie Sanders, Campaign 2016, Hillary Clinton

Trump Documentary Thrills Voters

This story is from the rousing campaign book “King Donald”

Also posted in Campaign 2016, Donald Trump, Johnny Depp, Movies, Ron Howard

Dining with Bill Clinton

This story is from the rousing campaign book “King Donald”

Also posted in Barack Obama, Bernie Sanders, Bill Clinton, Campaign 2016, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Iraq, ISIS, Israel, Palestine, Syria

Faultless Frank Gifford

This story is in the collection “Basketball and Football”

Also posted in Bakersfield, Don Meredith, Football, Frank Gifford, Howard Cosell, USC

Jittery Jackson

This story is in the collection “Basketball and Football”

Also posted in Basketball, Kobe Bryant, Kristaps Porzingis, Michael Jordan, Phil Jackson, Philadelphia, Scottie Pippin, Shaquille O'Neal

Look at William H. Johnson

“Look at William H. Johnson” is part of the collection “Paint it Blue.”

Also posted in Art, Denmark, Marriage, Norway, Painters, South Carolina, syphilis, William H. Johnson

Battling Siki

This story is part of the collection “Death in the Ring”

Also posted in Alcohol, Battling Siki, Boxing, Georges Carpentier, Jack Dempsey, Murder, Paris, Senegal, William Muldoon

Jack Delaney on the Rocks

This story is part of the collection “Death in the Ring”

Also posted in Alcohol, Boxing, Connecticut, Jack Delaney, Jack Sharkey

Straight Punches from Jack Dempsey

This story is from the collection “Death in the Ring”

Also posted in Boxing, Jack Dempsey, Jack Johnson, Joe Louis

Cowboy Luttrell Demolishes Jack Dempsey

This story is from the collection “Death in the Ring”

Also posted in Boxing, Jack Dempsey, Nat Fleischer

The Hector Camacho Experience

I’m only fifteen but in jail and then out I can’t slow down and don’t want to everything’s moving so fast I have to fight fuck dance and talk and I love speeding in stolen cars and taking other things and get more excited in the ring. I’m so much quicker than opponents I belt […]

Also posted in Boxing, Cocaine, Crime, Drugs, Hector Camacho, Julio Cesar Chavez, Murder, Oscar de la Hoya, Puerto Rico, Ray Leonard

Cocaine Budget

Prudent buyers know coke’s twenty-two hundred a kilo after harvest in Colombia, five grand in northern port of Cartagena, ten grand in violent Honduras, twelve in exotic Oaxaca, sixteen in Ciudad Juarez war zone, twenty-four in Dallas, home of America’s team, and twenty-seven thousand in New York City, where housing’s also damned expensive.

Also posted in Ciudad Juarez, Cocaine, Colombia, Dallas, Drugs, Honduras, Short Pieces - GTC

John Wilkes Booth Today

We mustn’t permit deed of John Wilkes Booth to stand and therefore shall remove from time and place and raise today in theatrical family thriving in Manhattan and nod when Hollywood beckons splendid Booth who becomes movie star in early twenties making millions while he drinks and snorts and occasionally crashes cars but fires only […]

Also posted in Abraham Lincoln, Assassinations, Civil War - American, Edwin Booth, John Wilkes Booth, Los Angeles, Movies, Racism, Short Pieces - GTC, Slavery, Theater

The Jeremy Lin Comet

This story is in the collection “Basketball and Football”

Also posted in Basketball, Demarcus Cousins, Harvard, Jeremy Lin, John Wall, New York Yankees

John Wilkes Booth Today

mustn’t permit deed of john wilkes booth to stand instead remove from that time and place and raise today in theatrical family thriving in manhattan and nod when hollywood beckons splendid booth becomes movie star in his early twenties making millions while drinks snorts and occasionally crashes cars but fires only slurred words To see […]

Also posted in Abraham Lincoln, Assassinations, Civil War - American, Edwin Booth, John Wilkes Booth, Los Angeles, Movies, Poetry - GTC, Racism, Slavery, Theater

Grave of Great Yankees

Who the hell ordered opening this quite deep grave we didn’t know existed in a cemetery near New York City? Turn off that caterpillar and crane and quit pulling out caskets stacked on each other. Why’re you changing the order? Just put ‘em back the right way: Lou Gehrig first, followed by Babe Ruth then […]

Also posted in Babe Ruth, Baseball, Cemeteries, Dreams, Joe DiMaggio, Lou Gehrig, Mickey Mantle, New York Yankees, Poetry - GTC, Roger Maris

Charles White Endures

This story is part of the collection “Paint it Blue”

Also posted in Alabama, Art, Charles White, Chicago, Civil War - American, Elizabeth Catlett, Hammer Museum, Harriet Taubman, John Brown, Los Angeles, Marriage, Mexico, Murals, Nat Turner, Newspapers, Painters, Pasadena, Poetry - GTC, Racism, Slavery, Tobacco, Tuberculosis

Rescued by George Gershwin

In a Bakersfield month I lose twenty pounds eliminating milk and cottage cheese and meat and an avalanche of pies, cakes, cookies and other heart-clogging, prostate-bashing carcinogens, and switching to soy milk and fresh vegetables and fruits, and marvel that I don’t feel starved but worry I still haven’t abandoned the comfort and control of […]

Also posted in Al Jolson, Diet, Food, George Gershwin, Hershey Felder, Ira Gershwin, Kay Swift, Music, Pasadena

Diary of Osama bin Laden

This story is from the collection “Obama on Edge”

Also posted in Afghanistan, Ayman al-Zawahiri, Barack Obama, Dick Cheney, Europe, George W. Bush, Iran, Iraq, Islam, Osama bin Laden, Pakistan, Palestine, Religion, Spain, Terrorism, Washington - D.C.

Son of John Gotti

I hereby celebrate avoiding every commercial during the Super Bowl between the wildcard Green Bay Packers and the hardscrabble Pittsburgh Steelers. I didn’t have to dodge any pitches during the first third of the game since I overslept as I battled sinusitis. Joining the showdown with the Pack leading fourteen to three, I thereafter held […]

Also posted in 60 Minutes, Advertisements, Commercials, Crime, John Gotti, John Travolta, Kidnapping, Media, Movies, Murder, Organized Crime, Television

Wild Life of Oscar Bonavena

This story is part of the collection “Death in the Ring”

Also posted in Argentina, Boxing, Buenos Aires, Dementia Pugilistica, Floyd Patterson, George Foreman, George Thomas Clark, Joe Conforte, Joe Frazier, Muhammad Ali, Murder, Mustang Ranch, Nevada, Oscar Bonavena, Prostitution, Reno

Walt Kuhn at the Circus

This story is from the collection “Paint it Blue”

Also posted in Art, Mental Health, Painters, Walt Kuhn

McSorley’s Cats Soothe John Sloan

This story is from the collection “Paint it Blue”

Also posted in Alcohol, Art, Ashcan School, Diego Rivera, George Luks, John Sloan, Jose Clemente Orozco, Mental Health, Painters, Robert Henri, Williams Glackens

George Luks Knocked Out

This story is from the collection “Paint it Blue”

Also posted in Alcohol, Art, Ashcan School, Boxing, George Luks, Jim Jefferies, Museums, Painters

Cruising in My First Car

I wish I’d been more on the ball and returned to somehow punish the scoundrel who sold me my first car. The deed occurred on an ominous weeknight when my stepfather drove me east of Sacramento to a fine suburban home where a slender dorky old man at least forty-five opened the door and said, […]

Also posted in Alcohol, Babe Ruth, Baseball, Basketball, Cars & Driving, Civil War - American, Elvis Presley, Football, George Thomas Clark, Grambling University, Grapevine, Highway 99, Jim Cleamons, Kentucky, Lebron James, Los Angeles, Louisiana, Luke Witte, Mississippi, Niagara Falls, Notre Dame, Ohio, Ohio State University, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Racism, Roberto Clemente, Sacramento, Siege of Vicksburg, Tennessee, Texas, Travel, Ulysses S. Grant, Vanderbilt University, Western Kentucky University, Woody Hayes

The Battle for LeBron James

This story is in the collection “Basketball and Football”

Also posted in Basketball, Blake Griffin, Chicago, Cleveland, Gavin Maloof, Joe Maloof, Lebron James, Los Angeles, Sacramento, Tyreke Evans