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by Con Chapman

Last Build Date: Thu, 27 Jul 2017 23:24:14 +0000


Pink Tights, Tu-Tus, and Schmaltzy MusicCon Chapmanballet

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 23:15:29 +0000

(With apologies to Joe and Rose Lee Maphis, who don’t need ‘em ‘cause they’re already dead.) Pink tights, tu-tus and schmal-tzy music Is the only kind of life you’ll ever understand. Pink tights, tu-tus and… More(image)

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Bile Drive Helps Victims of “Cocktail Party Syndrome”Con Chapman

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 14:49:25 +0000

NEEDHAM, Mass.  It’s only ten o’clock in the morning, but Mort Klark is sitting down at an outpatient clinic here to eat a heavy meal that looks like a picture from a TV dinner box; Salisbury… More(image)

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Locals on Edge as Philatelists Descend on Small TownCon ChapmanImage result for pancake breakfast

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 11:39:49 +0000

LONE JACK, Mo.  This town of 528 inhabitants southeast of Kansas City presents an idyllic face to a first-time visitor, with boys playing marbles on street corners and girls performing elaborate “Double Dutch” jump-rope routines in bare-dirt backyards. Lone… More(image)

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Zoot Sims: Camouflaged HipsterCon Chapman

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 01:22:47 +0000

John Haley “Zoot” Sims (1925-85) was a capillary that flowed out of the Lester Young vein of the tenor saxophone, a product, like Young, of a musical family who learned his trade in vaudeville.  Whatever other social ills television… More(image)

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The Search for the Next Great American NovelistCon Chapman

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 11:38:15 +0000

It was a steamy Washington summer nearly four decades ago. I was working for the federal government at a scandal-plagued agency alongside a veteran bureaucrat named Fred. Fred wasn’t going any higher on the org… More(image)

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Scouts Honor Trump With Female Anatomy Merit BadgeCon Chapman

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 11:38:07 +0000

GLEN JEAN, West Virginia.  In an effort to shore up support among traditional voters, President Donald Trump last night addressed the 2017 National Boy Scout Jamboree here, emphasizing that the group’s motto–“A Scout is clean… More(image)

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The Man Who Turned Into Bo DiddleyCon Chapmanbo

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 11:40:25 +0000

I’ve been channeling Ellas McDaniel–better known by his stage name, Bo Diddley–for so long that I didn’t realize I’d been transformed into him until I arrived at the coffee shop across from my train station… More(image)

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Children of Triple Crown Winners Say They Lead Lonely LivesCon Chapman

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 17:51:02 +0000

ELMONT, New York.  They live, they say, in a no-man’s-land between two very different worlds, and are comfortable in neither.  In an age that increasingly rejects traditional concepts of gender, they feel they were born too soon,… More(image)

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Ballet TwisterCon Chapman

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 14:01:38 +0000

“You’re not going to try and stay up late with us, are you?” my wife said apropos of a little soiree we were having for her ballet friends Saturday night.  “You need your rest for… More(image)

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Homage to Delmore SchwartzCon Chapman

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 18:20:11 +0000

In the summer of 2013 I began to make the rounds, in an electronic fashion, of literary magazines to remind them of the upcoming centenary of the birth of Delmore Schwartz, the man who was… More(image)

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