Man of the People

by Independently Philly… My friend Tony Turnipseed is a Democrat.  Not just any Democrat, but a hardcore populist in the tradition of William Jennings Bryan and Thomas E. Watson. He was devastated when Barney Sandals bowed out. When I told him I was a fan of the man with the small hands, however, he totally…

My Wild Turkey Story

by Turkey Philly, from a story told to him by Dr. Mark Newcomb, PhD… Every day in America, twenty-seven people are killed in drunk driving accidents.  For a nation of over three hundred million, that might not seem like a lot; but that’s almost ten thousand people every year.  That’s more than the average small…

The Two-Ton Brick

by Universally Philly… I was talking to someone in the park the other day.  No one important, just some old man who came and sat down on the bench beside me.  “All thinking men,” he told me, “are atheists.” “So does that mean,” I said, “that everyone who believes in God is an idiot?” “Not…

Focus on Fiction – Interview with Author Philip Loyd

Philip Loyd is now doing interviews, of all things. That’s right, your exalted founder Philip Loyd is in this month’s issue of Focus on Fiction, with Nancy Christie. Come check out the crazy interview with your fellow Flashbytes author on  “Short Takes: Interviews with Short Story Writers.” Read it now at NancyChristie.com.      …

Illegal Aliens

by Unwantedly Philly… “Just deport ‘em all,” I said. “Ship ‘em off to some island somewhere.” “Just like that?” said José. José is my good friend from Mexico. “Just like that.” I said. “That’s your solution?” said José. “Look.” I said, “let’s face facts. They’re aliens. “Number One: They’re dirty. They look like hooligans, smell…

Fedor Jeftichew

by Doggedly Philly… I hate being human. I hate traffic, I hated politics, and I hate TV. Most of all though, I hate having to have a job? No other species on Earth has to have a job. The eagle in the sky doesn’t. Neither does the bear in the woods, or the dolphin in…

The Mother of All Cars

by Motherly Philly… When Donald R. “Dobie” Dobiemeyer won the grand prize—the first ever so-called “Mother of All Cars” from Universal Motors—he knew he was in for the ride of his life.  What he didn’t know was exactly what kind of ride that would be. The world was amazed when in 1940 Oldsmobile introduced the…