From Point Conception to the Mexican Border...
Nathan Callahan’s subversive and thought-provoking essays offer a lively deconstruction of contemporary culture at its most profoundly absurd. The rich and powerful, the sexually challenged, the religiously restricted, dogs, dopes, dreamers, the famous and infamous all come to life as Callahan encourages listeners, from a distinctly Southern California perspective, to peer into the center of the dream and snicker.
My Chilean Pen Pal
Monkey Fist from Tia Tooth
As far as my family knew, Allende was spelled with a “Y”. And my pen pal? Hugo didn’t seem to care about politics, either. As my Secretary of State Henry Kissinger plotted a military coup against Hugo’s President Allende, Hugo and I innocently bounced “How’s the family?” letters up and down the Pacific Coast of the Americas.
The Seventh Inning Smoke
Uncle Charles and the Beautiful Losers
Uncle Charles’ Dodgers won the National League pennant in 1941, and again in 1947, 49, 52, and 53. Great shakes, except they were defeated in the World Series every one of those years by their cross-town high-rent rivals, the New York Yankees. That explains a lot about my Uncle. It’s how he learned the dance of the beautiful losers..
Vicious or Stupid?
Aunt Pike’s Graduation Advice
When the Mercedes cuts in front of you; when a friend screws you; when Charles Manson winks; when the neighbor turns you in; are they fully aware of what they’re doing, just plain ignorant, or a bit of both? Are you vicious for thinking they’re stupid? Are you stupid for thing they’re vicious? .