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Fright Night

Frankly, the guy–the guy with the big, blunt, military-looking pistol in his hand–well, to tell the truth, I know him to be a hotheaded man and the gun could very well be real. I’m walking the dog down one side of the street, and he’s running across at me chasing a kid. His kid, probably, […]

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Cinephiles

My local Teen Movie Panel is hanging out on the sidewalk across from the Irving Park Y: six or seven of the neighborhood’s finest 14-year-olds, all attired in the latest superbaggy prison garb, baseball caps skewed to the proper semiotic angle. A couple of the boys are loudly and heartily throwing culturally intricate insults at […]

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Something Stupid

You think about emergencies at a time like this. When some lowdown scum-sucking dirt-ball proto-hominid parks a rusty pus green Dodge Coronet sedan in front of your driveway. You think to yourself: what a remarkably stupid and selfish thing to do. Then you start to think about the dark and terrible potentialities: What if my […]