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.
Monthly Archives: November 2004
Trees are everywhere and seem greener here than in most places and the air is fresh and clean. It doesn’t matter that Los Angeles has the dirtiest air in the nation. Fifteen miles north, in Pasadena, you can breathe as the trees caress you. This is indeed such an enchanting place that the railroad Huntingtons, […]
Dozens of us were honoring a retiring colleague and had been too occupied with talk and tri-tip to watch televisions mounted high on the walls of a noisy franchise restaurant. I’d only glanced at the basketball game a few times and last seen that the visiting Indiana Pacers were comfortably ahead of the Detroit Pistons […]
For decades the inside cover of Parade magazine has been like it is today, a page glistening with faces of beautiful and famous people. And as I write this, one of those pages stands out more than hundreds of others I’ve read. It was from an early 1970’s issue and featured the delightful image of […]
Have you been to Bakersfield? Ask that of most people in California and they’ll say, “No, but I’ve been through it.” They just kept on rolling over parched Central Valley earth en route to Los Angeles or the Bay Area. Why didn’t they stop? Perhaps they were startled or saddened by the eternal glare from […]
Armed with a pocket-size and still top secret mind-reading device just developed by alarmed and bitter liberal scientists, this reporter attended President George W. Bush’s recent macho victory speech. It was a stirring event. The president looked tanned, rested, physically fit, sartorially sharp, and most of all he looked proud and happy. He had a […]
Arturo Ali swore he hadn’t intended to further polarize a nation already overwrought by war, gaping deficits, inflammatory debates, repetitive stump speeches, self-righteous attacks by campaign staffs, and especially by talk radio hosts who could not be avoided since fanatical followers used their places of business as launch pads for ear-splitting drivel. Indeed, no man […]