The Truth About Sancho Panza by Franz Kafka

Talk about your SHORT stories. This little piece by Kafka was first published in 1931, seven years after the author’s death. While classified by some as a short story, it is in fact what is known as a parable. In Spanish, a Sancho is a sidekick, while Panza refers to a man’s big belly. .…

steppenwolf herman hesse

Steppenwolf by Herman Hesse

Steppenwolf, by Herman Hesse, takes me back to my college days when I first was introduced to the likes of him, Knut Hamsun, Celine, Nikolai Gogol, and Ken Keesey. Even reading it today, I’m taken back to collegial times. Some years ago the Steppenwolf, who was then approaching fifty, called on my aunt to inquire…

the fuck machine charles bukowski

the fuck machine by charles bukowski

it was a hot night in Tony’s. you didn’t even think of fucking. just drink cool beer. Tony coasted a couple down to me and Indian Mike, and Mike had the money out. I let him buy the first round. Tony rang it up, bored, looked around – 5 or six others staring into their…

a box to hide in by james thurber

A Box to Hide In by James Thurber

A Box to Hide In by James Thurber first appeared in The New Yorker (January 24, 1931) and was also reprinted in the collection The Middle-Aged Man on the Flying Trapeze (1935). “I waited till the large woman with the awful hat took up her sack of groceries and went out, peering at the tomatoes…

The Bank Trip

by Freaky Philly… I went down to the bank the other day to cash my paycheck and what I found was as hysterical as it was bizarre. I didn’t know the bank had suddenly turned into Comedy Central. I first noticed something wrong when I approached the teller. She was laughing her head off when…

I Kick Cancer’s Ass!!!

by Stage-4 Philly… My dad died from cancer.  My two uncles died from cancer.  My granddad, too.  So you can imagine my annoyance when I started feeling tired all the time, then coughing and wheezing and spitting up blood.  No, sir.  I wasn’t getting cancer, too. Not me. In fact, it was right then and…