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My New Poem in The New York Times

Hello, Friends —

Just letting you know about my new poem, “Brooklyn, 1:10 a.m.,” which was published this weekend in The New York Times.

Though the piece — which includes an illustration by Times veteral Agnes Lee — is behind a paywall, I’ve enclosed a snapshot below.

I hope you’re having a nice weekend.

Cheers — 


My Essay Was an Honorable Mention in the Medium Writers Challenge


Hello, Friends —

Just letting you know that my essay “Honest Work” was an honorable mention in the inaugural Medium Writers Challenge (you can find the full list of winners here).

“Honest Work” is a darkly humorous essay about my brief, unhappy career as a caricature artist. It includes a number of original illustrations. Have a look.

“Close, but no cigar,” as they say. Though I don’t care for cigars, anyway. I prefer coffee

Take care, friends.

Best —


🎸PRESENTING: My New EP, CAHOOTS II

Hello, Friends —

I’m happy to announce the release of CAHOOTS II, a 3-song indie rock EP co-written with Duke Sims, lead singer of the ubiquitous New York City band Shinobi Ninja.

Have a listen to the punk-poppy lead single, “Rock’s On the Brink of Extinction.”

You might like track two, too. “Muddafuggin” has an 80s vibe.

The third and final track, “I Wrecked My Guitar,” blends metal and jazz.

The EP is dedicated to my friend Mike, who recently and unexpectedly passed away.

CAHOOTS II is available on Spotify, Apple Music and most other streaming services. It was produced by Duke Sims and recorded at Willy B Labs in Brooklyn, New York. All vocals by Duke Sims. I supplied the cover art, too.

Thanks for listening, friends.

Cheers —


Note №1

You might like our poppy debut EP, CAHOOTS, released last year.

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If you enjoy the music, please consider buying me a coffee.

🔪The Murder Twins

Hello, Friends —

This is just to let you know that my cousin Nathan and I have decided to form a musical duo called The Murder Twins.

Our specialty is brooding, piano-driven tunes with exemplary melodies and lyrics.

Nathan is a classically trained pianist and the duo’s lead vocalist.

I provide the songwriting and additional vocals as needed.

We’re currently hunting for a record deal. In the meantime, check out some of our demos, below:

Have a great day.

Cheers—

Note №1

My favorite people on Earth are the ones who buy me a coffee.

Note №2

My latest book is The Sea-Wave. You might like it. Grab a copy at your favorite independent bookstore. Or Amazon (Amazon USAAmazon CanadaAmazon UK).

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🐻The Bear Under the Bed🐻

Photo: Annie Spratt / Unsplash

Hi, Friends.

Just letting you know that my children’s bedtime story, “The Bear Under the Bed,” is now available in the latest issue of Short Circuit — and in short story dispensers the world over. I hope you like it. Read it here.

Cheers,

Note №1

If you enjoyed this post, please consider buying me a coffee. More coffee = more stories, poems, cartoons and songs for you to enjoy.

Note №2

You might like my children’s novel Kabungo — or my collection of bedtime stories Dr. Franklin’s Staticy Cat.

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🌊There Are Many Ways of Drowning

In this strange, sad world of ours…

This book is dedicated to anyone who has ever drowned.

If you’re currently drowning, find something to hold on to.

The Sea-Wave

Find a copy at your favorite independent bookstore.

Or Amazon (Amazon USAAmazon CanadaAmazon UK).

Note №1

Only the best people on Earth buy me a coffee.

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Have you listened to my new EP?

Note №3

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😱I Could Scream Here😱

Photo: Michael C / Unsplash

Hello, Friends…

I wrote you a new song called “In the Shadows.” My talented cousin Nathan performed it live — in an abandoned church.

Bonus: a second song, “She Walks in Beauty.” I wrote the melody; the lyrics are courtesy of my dear friend Lord Byron.

These songs are essentially demos. Feel free to share them with anyone who might be interested in recording studio versions.

Cheers,

Note №1

Only the nicest people on Earth buy me a coffee.

Note №2

Have you listened to my new EP?

Note №3

Do you like stories, poems, cartoons, music — plus book giveaways and much, much more? Then you’ll love my free monthly newsletter.