The Outlaw Steve Corbett ink splotch

Scranton Lives Matter! CH. 30

March 29, 2021

When Gino arrived at his favorite Lackawanna River fishing hole, another fisherman had already staked out the spot. Gino set up about 15 yards downstream, sneaking sideways glances at the other angler who sang classic AM radio oldies songs out loud to himself as he reeled in and cast and reeled in and cast again. […]

Baby’s First Sentence

March 28, 2021

Jen bellowed with revulsion. Josh did a joyous touchdown dance in the middle of the living room, knocking over an end table in the process. Did you hear her? Did you hear her? Jen started to cry. Baby Jen dribbled spit down her chin. Our little girl said her first sentence, Josh said. Baby Jen […]

Scranton Lives Matter! Ch. 29

March 26, 2021

Idling outside the bar, the yellow Scranton School District bus sat driverless and empty. Each morning the driver stopped for a bottle of Miller High Life and a shot of Old Grand-Dad bourbon whiskey. After delivering the neighborhood Catholic hooligans safely to their teachers he always made the same statement Little bastards, he said. Earl […]

Michael Jackson Lives

March 24, 2021

In 2005 a man we’ll call Artist X never missed a day in court during Michael Jackson’s four-month-long child molestation trial. Picking up his pen one day in a California courtroom, the artist opened a reporter’s notebook to a clean lined page. Never taking his eyes off Jackson who sat pale as a grim zombie, […]

Scranton Lives Matter! Ch. 28

March 22, 2021

Celebrating the Friendly Sons’ banquet crash over whiskey sours at the dining room table, Mabel held up her glass in a toast. I always said I wasn’t going to wear a bra to the dinner, she said. You sure showed them, Zerelda said. In more ways than one, Mabel said. The women hugged. When Casey […]

The Outlaw Steve Corbett ink splotch