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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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BLACKOUT! A NIGHT OF MEMOIRS — Call for submissions

JCW is seeking nonfiction with an intoxicating twist. True tales of terrible tequila, regrettable rum and wicked wine are welcome. We are looking for memoirs, essays or any nonfiction piece saturated in saki or drowning in drambuie. Think of your first sip of dad’s PBR, your worst hangover ever, or your journey with the Twelve […]

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Street Walking

The following piece was presented at the Jersey City Writers’ monthly genre event–Reflections: A Reading of Memoir Vignettes. Please enjoy. I have lived in the metropolitan New York City area for more than fourteen years and every day I walk the city’s streets. Over the years I have been pushed and jostled. I have been stepped on and nudged. […]

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Death Wish

The following piece was presented at the Jersey City Writers’ monthly genre event–Reflections: A Reading of Memoir Vignettes. Please enjoy. The jocks are pretending to picket protest our cafeteria lunch table while me and my freak friends sit quietly eating our vegetarian lunches. Life as a misunderstood punk rocker has never been this exhilarating.   “Hell no, we won’t […]

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