Moby Dick, The Lost Chapter

The following piece was presented at Jersey City Writers’ literary event – Steamy Summer Nights: An Erotic FanFiction Reading. Please enjoy. “How it is I know not; but there is no place like a bed for confidential disclosures between friends. Man and wife, they say, there open the very bottom of their souls to each other; and […]

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The Last Night

The following piece was presented at Jersey City Writers’ literary event – Steamy Summer Nights: An Erotic FanFiction Reading. Please enjoy. You stand in front of the window of the top story of your mansion watching the raindrops patter in an incessant dull rhythm over Gotham city. You watch the plush meadow merging on the highways crisscrossing […]

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Superheroes & Supervillains: A Night of Dynamic Dare-do-well and Dastardly Deeds

Jersey City Writers (JCW) seeks stories that are more powerful than a locomotive and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound…unless you are one lab accident away from world domination. That’s super too! Whether it’s tales of humble heroics or terrible tasks, JCW is looking for original pieces of short fiction, stand-alone excerpts […]

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Everything I Need To Know About Life I Learned in Bars

The following piece was presented at Jersey City Writers’ literary event – Blackout! A Night of Memoirs. Please enjoy.   Tavern.  Saloon.  Watering Hole.  Pub.  Dive.  Joint. Everything I need to know about life, I learned in bars.  Well, bars in popular culture. John Travolta’s Tony Manero character had dance moves triggering envy in men and sexual […]

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The Nightly News

The following piece was presented at Jersey City Writers’ literary event – Blackout! A Night of Memoirs. Please enjoy. It is an except from an forthcoming memoir NJMF: Defiance and Survival in the Suburbs by Mark Sullivan.   “You know, I swear I don’t know what the hell it is you think you’re accomplishing going out there with […]

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Last Ride

The following piece was presented at Jersey City Writers’ literary event – Blackout! A Night of Memoirs. Please enjoy.   We picked up the kid a couple miles south of Kansas City on 49, which used to be 71. We were the ride that taught him not to hitchhike. Lonny’s hands had shivered on the steering wheel […]

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Anisette

The following piece was presented at Jersey City Writers’ literary event – Blackout! A Night of Memoirs. Please enjoy. It’s been years since I gave up alcohol for health reasons and while on occasion I reminisce about the decadent, chocolaty sweetness known as a Mudslide – and might yet be persuaded upon to write a sonnet in […]

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Things I Don’t Remember

The following piece was presented at Jersey City Writers’ literary event – Blackout! A Night of Memoirs. Please enjoy.   I don’t remember the first bad night, when you smoked and listened to Alice Cooper in the dark, and mom cried on the other side of the wall. I don’t remember sitting awake all night outside Tyler’s […]

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I Hear It Told

The following piece was presented at Jersey City Writers’ literary event – Blackout! A Night of Memoirs. Please enjoy. I hear it told that there’s a process of “purifying” vodka, repeated runs through some filtering system makes it taste better.  The more runs through the filter, the higher off the ground the bottle of vodka can sit […]

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A Pretty Good Axe To Me

The following piece was presented at Jersey City Writers’ literary event – Blackout! A Night of Memoirs. Please enjoy. “And if they don’t like it”—Rocko would punch his hand—“I’ll hit ’em on the head with my war club.” Rocko was a Penobscot Indian. This was his stated solution to most problems. “Most problems are caused by white […]

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