Author Archives: JunkChuck

About JunkChuck

Native, Militant Westsylvanian (the first last best place), laborer, gardener, and literary hobbyist (if by literary you mean "hack"). I've had a bunch of different blogs, probably four, due to a recurring compulsion to start over. This incarnation owes to a desire to dredge up the best entries of the worst little book of hand-scrawled poems I could ever dream of writing, salvageable excerpts from fiction both in progress and long-abandoned. and a smattering of whatever the hell seems to fit at any particular moment. At first blush, I was here just to focus on old, terrible verse, but I reserve the right to include...anything. Maybe everything, certainly my love of pulp novels growing garlic, the Pittsburgh Steelers and howling at the moon--both figuratively and, on rare occasions, literally.

D.A.H.O.F: Jamie Gilt

D U M B – A S S   H A L L   OF   F A M E   N O M I N A T I O N I shouldn’t need an excuse to circle back around to my poor, mistreated, … Continue reading

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Trump Tower: Don’t Worry, It’s Just PANTS ON FIRE.

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It’s Snowy Deck & Patio Furniture Season

Christmas is over and back in its box in the attic. The jet stream is blowing hard across the Great Lakes and pummeling us with sub-zero wind chills and lake effect snow, arctic clippers and blowing down across Ohio and, … Continue reading

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Danielle LoPresti: I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus

Because it’s all about the kids when it comes down to it, right? One of my favorite covers of a Christmas classic.  

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Dropkick Murphys: The Season’s Upon Us

I’m not sure that I’ve seen a better carol embodying everyone wonderful about Christmas. “Mischief and mayhem and songs to be sung” sounds just about right. I hope you have just a fraction of the fun you’ll see in this … Continue reading

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Papa John Blames NFL Protesters For Sales Plummet

Desperate to justify falling profits to shareholders. Mocked by DiGiorno Pizza Hut says they’re doing just fine, thank you. In a fit of bluster tailor-made to appeal to Fox News and the Conspiricist Right’s reactionary gullibility,  Papa John’s founder and … Continue reading

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Jarrod May At The Tap Brewery, Bloomington, Indiana

If you live within a day’s drive of Bloomington or Indianapolis, go to The Tap and give this guy’s beer a whirl. While it is true that he is allegedly related to me, and while it also seems that he … Continue reading

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Don’t Equate Protest With Disrespect

President Donald Trump catapulted the issue of growing numbers of athletes opting to “take a knee” during the playing of the Star-Spangled Banner before their contests further into the limelight this past weekend, jumping in on the side of the … Continue reading

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Autumn Coming: Time For Pumpkin Flavored Everything

We recently had the first crisp evening that hinted at the changes to come, that feeling in the air that native Westsylvanians recognize as “a Football Night.” In the verges, the annual flora are showing wear, the color of goldenrod … Continue reading

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D.A.H.O.F. Returns: Blake Farenthold, Masterduelist

Nobody  ever accused Mrs. Farenthold of raising a gentleman, and unconventionally telegenic Blake Farenthold, apparent owner of website and republican congressman from east Texas best known for a particularly unseemly sexual harassment complaint lodged against him (click here, beware … Continue reading

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