Category Archives: Tobacco

Babe and Billy

“Hey, Kid, get out here,” Babe says, inhaling cold air and exhaling hard. “This place is our Yankee Stadium.” A wiry man of medium height appears and says, “How about you quit calling me Kid.” “I’ll be happy to, soon as I learn your name.” “How long you need? I’ve been here thirty years.” “I’ve […]

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Bogey Greets the Prince

“Mike, where’s my invitation to meet the prince?” “Sorry, Bogey, but only my most cultured clients will be there,” said Beverly Hills restaurateur Mike Romanoff. “I’ve never met a real European prince and damn well want to.” “You’d embarrass me.” “The prince would be impressed to meet a movie star.” “There’ll be a lot of […]

Also posted in Alcohol, Hubert Humphrey, Movies

Woman on Checkerboard

After emboldening myself I approach “Woman and Checkerboard” and say, “Ma’am, you appear rather morose this morning.” “Is that a surprise? While molten blue eyes pour out my sockets I’m sitting at a table threatened by a gloomy wall and ominous sky and sense Richard Diebenkorn’s going to remove me and other people from his […]

Also posted in Painters, Richard Diebenkorn, Smoking

Vice President Mike Pence

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

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The Battling Bogarts

“Give us two more.” “Sure, Bogey” I say. “Make em triples,” says Mayo Methot. “I told you, go easy.” “You drink faster.” I look at Bogey. He nods. I return and put the drinks on their table. They blow smoke at each other. “Maybe you should go back to work.” Mayo swigs half her drink […]

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Bogie in Brief

Dad’s a great guy and doctor until investments plunge and morphine soars. Mother paints pretty children far from her nerves. One sister dies young the other’s not right. I escape to Broadway where some call me next Valentino. After plays I caress ladies smoking and drinking till dawn. First time in Hollywood executives ignore me […]

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Barack Marijuana

Flanked by secret service agents I entered Oval Office and was stunned to see several people circled around presidential desk, inhaling, coughing, and passing pungent marijuana. As female aide placed joint to lips President Barack Obama lunged by three people, snatched smoke from her hands, shouted, “Intercepted,” and took deep drag he long held, as […]

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Tobacco: The Holdouts

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

Also posted in Art, Drugs, Los Angeles, Painters, Robert Colescott

Charles White Endures

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

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John Boehner on the Tee

This story is from the collection “Obama on Edge”

Also posted in Barack Obama, Drugs, Golf, John Boehner, Lobbyists, Republicans

Boehner Rebukes Republicans

This story is from the collection “Echoes from Saddam Hussein”

Also posted in Drugs, Iraq, John Boehner, Lobbyists, Republicans