dennis scharnberg

hither and yon

“Gag me with a spoon.” (Moon Zappa)

Marley Grayshott, Giants of Popular Culture.

the scene unfolded

“Jack did tell the truth, Lizzie. He told the truth by telling a lie. Anyway, that’s how he put it.”

Tyler Bardwell, Heading West.

weird world wobbles

Some sharks are friendly.

Godfrey Tooke, Collected Aphorisms.

prosperous and secure

Q: How many cicadas does it take to drown out the world?

A: One.

Quincy Boothe, Questions and Answers.

z for zeus

“I know you won’t believe me, Anne, but I have come to the conclusion that nothing ever goes wrong.”

Corliss Archer, Boarding the Crazy Train.

how to be

Hanging by his toe,

Pecked at by a crow,

This the happy fate, sir,

Of the “leader,” oh!

Patrick Malmsey, Collected Poems.

change our ground

“I expected this missive to be a long one, Jack. But here I am ending it.”

Will Bestwyck, Letters from Mr. Palindrome.

twist and shout

We believe that we are able to think clearly—to think straight, so to speak. But we are simply wrong about that.

Lance Brookland, Walking the Plank.

sing sang sung

We lack clarity concerning how damaged we are.

Godfrey Tooke, Collected Aphorisms.

off and running

“It is visual art, Deborah. You’re right. But it is not about being looked at. That much I do know.”

Katie Davenport, Back to Brooklyn.