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#a119 :: Broken cleaver

June 12, 2008

I am going to tell you a story now. A man fell in love with a woman. She fell in love back. They married, and to celebrate their marriage, they journeyed to Beijing. They toured the city, mesmerized. They ate rich and pungent food. They heard lush choral music sung by brightly-dressed acrobats in vivid […]

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#a118 :: Space man

June 11, 2008

He waits, always, tools in hand: a coil of something (rope? wire?) and a cryptic triangular gizmo. Or maybe an alien artifact. He stands tall – barely 1.8 inches of light-gray plastic. Why is he smiling?

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#a112 :: I just stepped on this in the dark

June 5, 2008

Something of my daughter’s. It once contained spring-loaded paper snakes that leapt out when you opened the can to get a tasty Chees Ball (sic). Now it’s full of miniature Chinese coats made of silicone, fitted with little tin bells.

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#103 :: Cast-iron mermaid

May 27, 2008

She waits, coyly fanning her hair. Demure yet voluptuous, sensual yet pensive, she waits for the tide to rush in and bear her away. At barely five inches tall, she weighs more than a pound. And she is magnetic, both figuratively and literally. With no maker’s mark to introduce her, no indications of origin to […]

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#a98 :: Refrigerator magnet

May 22, 2008

Home turf’s on my mind today. Senator Ted Kennedy’s illness left a vacancy on the commencement program for Wesleyan University this Sunday. Barack Obama is stepping in. So, it’s a big deal but: I grew up on the Wesleyan campus (Mom and Dad have worked there for decades). Let’s hope they hold it somewhere more […]

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#a94 :: Lesney station wagon

May 18, 2008

My wife found this excellent machine at a garage sale, and garaged it in our bedroom alongside the others in her collection, which includes a purple travel trailer, a hot-orange Stude custom and a thrashed yellow fuel tanker. She’s a collector not of brands (Lesney, Dinky, Matchbox are all the same in her eyes) nor […]

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#a93 :: Hawaiian fishhook

May 17, 2008

I hunted it down, searching from gift shop to gift shop in Kona last summer, wiith a will. I wanted something real – of bone – something distinct from the beautiful, overly-copied and -cheapened polynesian talismans littering the tourist coast of Hawaii’s big island. I eventually tracked this down at a shop specializing in such […]

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#a91 :: Magic starfish – How the Web feeds the seven deadly sins

May 15, 2008

I’m bench-testing this theory: Everything on the Internet – every single human endeavor online – can be mapped against one or more of the seven deadly sins. Too simplistic? Maybe not. Just consider the primary sins that we ever-so-weak mortals commit by running, populating or using services like these: Gaming? – Anger. Celebrity news? Envy. […]

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#a74 :: McFarlane monsters

April 27, 2008

We plunge onward now, from the sublimely simple to the ridiculously obscene: My wife’s company made a licensing deal that left a storage room packed to the gills with sample toys. They emptied it last week, and out popped these two hideous bastards. She concluded, rightly, that they belonged with me. I immediately opened it […]

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#a61 :: Artist’s hand model

April 14, 2008

It was the first thing she had put out on the thrashed card table at the group yard sale. She had meant it that way, a break from the failed career, from the crushed dream, from the gorgeous, neurotic, narcissistic jerk who gave it to her. But here it was still: The last thing to […]

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#a49 :: Little rubber robot

April 2, 2008

The great joy I find in chibi, or “superdeformed” heroes is, as Lou Reed sings, the power of the sun “shrunk to the size of a nickel.” Lou is talking about something entirely different (radiation for cancer treatment), but the image is the same: Here, a mighty robot some 60 metres high is squashed – […]

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#a41 :: Handmade mosquito

March 25, 2008

Mosquitos the size of hummingbirds. Mosquitos the size of skillets. Mosquitos the size of fuckin’ weimaraners. Hyperbole always fails when you need to get your friends to understand just how buggy your weekend was. You show them welts, you groan about the itch. You make up stories about the size of the bloodsuckers. But in […]

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