The Titleist

by Formerly Philly… This is the story of Ricky Rude. Or maybe it’s the story of Benyomen Fishenshitz. Either way, it all starts with Ricky. You see, Ricky was this six-year old I knew way back in Kindergarten. Ricky was one of those kids who had a nickname for everyone. He was the kind of…

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Happy Endings

by Smiling Philly… All I remember is that the sign above the door said MASSAGE—plain as day—and boy was I ever in need of one. I had a crick in my neck so bad, my head felt like it was screwed on sideways. So I plopped down my $200 (a little pricey for a massage,…

Knut Hamsun

Hunger by Knut Hamsun

First published in Norway in 1890, Hunger probes the depths of consciousness with frightening and gripping power. Contemptuous of novels of his time and what he saw as their stereotypical plots and empty characters, Knut Hamsun embarked on “an attempt to describe the strange, peculiar life of the mind, the mysteries of the nerves in…

Relationship Advice by T Philly Loyd

Relationship Advice

by Crying in His Beer Philly…  I first saw him sitting there at the bar all alone. He was handsome: clean cut, sporting a turtle neck and blazer, looking very much like the all-American boy. I would soon find out that wasn’t the case at all. The year was 1978. Happy Days was the top-rated…

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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. .…

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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…