byDaniel J Klein
Sit, Sip, and Savor. Read literary essays and fiction by an award-winning Iowa Writer’s Workshop author.
Samuel Johnson’s Brush with Patronage
My extremely learned friend, Adrian Gagnon, put me onto this letter. If you're going to slay someone, slay them the way Mr. Johnson did — with eloquence, wit, sarcasm, facetiousness, and a finely-honed and venom-laced blade. - DJKSamuel Johnson's letter to Lord Chesterfield(7th February 1755)To The Right Honourable The Earl Of ChesterfieldMy Lord,I have been lately informed, [...]
The Sun Worshipper
POST SAMPLEI believe that am at my best when the sun moves through the sky from morning until dusk, and even a short time after.Before that, the uncertainty of what the day may hold brings me coffee getting cold and sleep in my eyes. I resist life. Birds can call out to me in lilting melody only for me to perceive it as a raucous and invasive taunting. Before the sun has filled [...]
The Sun Worshipper, Part 2
Continued from The Sun Worshipper, Part 1: “These women will compliment on your eyes, your bald head, your body - even if you were more fat-bellied than you are...”“COOKIE SHEET SAYS...” As I was saying, the Second Thing on my mind is “What’s up with all this bit about the ‘red light district‘ and Thai ‘sex vacations’? I kind of believe they d [...]
Life & Death in the Matrix
October 25, 2018 - Post-dated There’s a million other things I should be doing right now. How often these days do you feel that way? Today, with all that I need/should/must/ought to do to get our apartment cleaned out, cars sold and stored, and on and on, the last thing I should be doing is sitting here at a Starbucks writing for my vanity blog. (Note: [...]
Powerless In The Entertainment Capitol of the World: Conclusion
...Continued (Part 1 is here)(Part 2 is here)(Part 3 is here) Starbucks, 12824 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604 10:41 pm As the white woman rifles through the Times, I skip town - over to the counter for a soy chai latte. When I sit back down and begin trying to reconstruct the evening so far, my ears detect a language with an interesting accent. Two young men - one [...]
Meet Ali, The Happy Komodo Adventurer
[email protected], Incheon International Airport, Seoul, Korea 3:22 AM Meet Ali, The Happy Komodo Adventurer I’m confronted with the question, “How open am I, really, to meeting strangers?” I don’t think I’m good at it. Others might say I am. But I meet others who I think are way better at meeting strangers and establishing rapport with them. Ali Bazzi is one o [...]
A Rose Is A Rose… Not!
Starbucks, Brentwood Village, California 6:34 pm I don't know, I got stung by a beauty bee yesterday evening. I went to get my mail from the apartment complex mailbox which is on the edge of a nice courtyard near the pool and there right in front of me was a perfectly opened and formed rose.I usually stop to smell roses - especially the yellow-hued ones because the roses in [...]
Powerless In The Entertainment Capitol of the World: Part 3
...Continued (Part 1 is here)(Part 2 is here)Starbucks, 12824 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 9160410:00 pmAs I'm writing down my faulty thoughts and recollections of my conversation with Ava, surrounded by power outages all over "the Valley" here, the rabid white woman leans toward me and addresses me.Oh. No.But, in the time that the rabid white woman has been left with herse [...]
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Daniel J Klein