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Ticket To Ride, Chapter 5: Morgan decided to move on…

Five They drove in silence for a short while. “Did you say something Morgan,?” asked Psalm. “No, why?” “It’s nothing,” and thinks, “voices.” …And again each became involved in his own thoughts and observations. Then when they had passed a … Continue reading

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Ticket To Ride, Chapter 4: This statement seemed to strike a chord…

Four Morgan reemerged from the store holding an opened bottle of papaya-pineapple juice which he raised slowly to his lips, taking a long, refreshing draught, as his medium-length, blonde hair fell around his ears. He turned to Psalm, still seated … Continue reading

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Ticket To Ride, Chapter 3: It’s the beginning of something…

Three  When the mists had begun to form over the western valley, Psalm was waking from his cellar-bed, behind the health food store. Surrounded and framed by the white walls of the room, his face was torn with sleep. He … Continue reading

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Ticket To Ride, Chapter 2: When do you know you’re a man?

Two As the western peaks were unveiled by purelight of day, two tanned figures dressed in shorts and t-shirts, walked beneath the drowsy sway of the coconut palms, heading toward the sea. The two young men, one with dark hair … Continue reading

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Ticket to Ride, Chapter 1, Get Behind Me Satan

Get behind me satan, quit ravishing the land does it take the children to make you understand? – from “Donkey Jaw” by America, 1972   Friday, April 28, 1975 In the middle of the Pacific Ocean there’s a small island … Continue reading

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Updated: The CIA/Cockroach Infestation on Maui…

A picture is worth a thousand cockroaches/CIA agents/morons… Typical behavior, everything in the extreme, even subtlety. Can you imagine subtlety being overdone? Well, with the sign a minute club it’s been the mark of their campaign for more than 12 … Continue reading

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Livy “discovers” U2, 1979

Excerpt: Chapter 11, Ticket to Ride On assignment  for the New Yorker in Dublin, Livy has a chance “meeting” with a new band called U2 at Trinity College. Pictures in grey, Dorian Grey, just me, by the sea. And I … Continue reading

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The Awakening

In chapter 4 of book 2 Livy has come to a crossroads. Having written countless shorts for the New Yorker, she’s tired, frustrated and bored. As it seems she’ll never get a chance to write something of substance, she’s decided … Continue reading

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Morgan Takes on Capitalism

by philip scott wikel My roommate keeps telling me to avoid getting political on my blog. It seems he feels that I should try to maintain a sort of sterile position when it comes to writing and that I should … Continue reading

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Second-guessed to Death

by philip scott wikel You may or may not have noticed that one of my greatest concerns at the moment is the state of literacy in the US. For some strange reason some of my blog readers are making the … Continue reading

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