Issue 14

“Listen, man, I don’t wanna fuss nor fight, I’m not that type. All I want is a job, I’ll work day or night. I don’t wanna play with you, I just wanna work with you.”

“I Wanna Job,” Abner Jay

Abner Jay, Born Entertainer

Abner Jay, Born Entertainer

The last working minstrel in America was also its first independent recording artist. Decades before independent recording grew into a techno-cultural wave and a bounty of self-produced CDs, Abner Jay recorded and produced eight LP albums and sold them out of a...
“Ducks” & “Nashville Rain”

“Ducks” & “Nashville Rain”

Ducks Walking in Centennial Park with my ex-wife Smiling as she talks on incessantly About the ducks She has a thing for mallards Which didn’t start Until we honeymooned in San Francisco And found that in Chinatown You can get duck everything: Hangers Shoehorns...
Lights Out

Lights Out

One of my favorite campy films is Paul Veerhoven’s Showgirls. I was seventeen the first time I saw it, and it was my first exposure to Las Vegas. When I visited Vegas for the first time twenty-two years later, I was delighted to take a tour of the Neon Boneyard, a...