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Er, surprise; I've started writing poetry again. | September 14, 2008
So did I mention that I've started writing poetry again, for the first time since my "slam days" in the 1990s, but this time actual formal poetry instead of performance work? Um, yes, I have. Today, all about it.

[book] Chicago Stories 2001-2004 | August 4, 2004
The online table of contents for my book "Chicago Stories 2001-2004," including direct links to HTML versions of all pieces found therein.

[story] That summer I dated that couple | August 4, 2004
An online version of my 2004 story "That summer I dated that couple," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 2001-2004."

[story] TelevisionGirl | August 4, 2003
An online version of my 2003 story "TelevisionGirl," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 2001-2004."

[story] An ode to 'Mental Graffiti' on the occasion of their last show | August 4, 2003
An online version of my 2003 story "An ode to 'Mental Graffiti' on the occasion of their last show," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 2001-2004."

[story] Eulogy for Defiant Theatre | August 4, 2003
An online version of my 2003 story "Eulogy for Defiant Theatre," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 2001-2004."

[story] Sonnet for a heavenly body | August 4, 2002
An online version of my 2002 story "Sonnet for a heavenly body," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 2001-2004."

[story] Concerning 'Yammer' and the inherent contradictions of poetry open mics | August 4, 2002
An online version of my 2002 story "Concerning 'Yammer' and the inherent contradictions of poetry open mics," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 2001-2004."

[story] Snowmen | August 4, 2001
An online version of my 2001 story "Snowmen," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 2001-2004."

[story] A poem to myself on my 32nd birthday | August 4, 2001
An online version of my 2001 story "A poem to myself on my 32nd birthday," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 2001-2004."

[story] An ode to the 'We Should Be Famous Club' on the occasion of Yammer's fourth anniversary | August 4, 2001
An online version of my 2001 story "An ode to the 'We Should Be Famous Club' on the occasion of Yammer's fourth anniversary," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 2001-2004."

[story] Anyway: a poem for two voices | August 4, 2001
An online version of my 2001 story "Anyway: a poem for two voices," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 2001-2004."

[book] Chicago Stories 2000 | August 4, 2000
The online table of contents for my book "Chicago Stories 2000," including direct links to HTML versions of all pieces found therein.

[story] You fuck like Sleater-Kinney | August 4, 2000
An online version of my 2000 story "You fuck like Sleater-Kinney," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 2000."

[story] Way of the drunken warrior | August 4, 2000
An online version of my 2000 story "Way of the drunken warrior," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 2000."

[story] Untitled (time is a fucked-up concept) | August 4, 2000
An online version of my 2000 story "Untitled (time is a fucked-up concept)," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 2000."

[story] Untitled (roommate story) | August 4, 2000
An online version of my 2000 story "Untitled (roommate story)," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 2000."

[story] Tempe | August 4, 2000
An online version of my 2000 story "Tempe," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 2000."

[story] A poem for Ellen, who in a moment of weakness asked for one | August 4, 2000
An online version of my 2000 story "A poem for Ellen, who in a moment of weakness asked for one," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 2000."

[story] Open letter (Theo) | August 4, 2000
An online version of my 2000 story "Open letter (Theo)," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 2000."

[story] Open letter (Mike) | August 4, 2000
An online version of my 2000 story "Open letter (Mike)," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 2000."

[story] Open letter (Katie) | August 4, 2000
An online version of my 2000 story "Open letter (Katie)," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 2000."

[story] Open letter (Kathy) | August 4, 2000
An online version of my 2000 story "Open letter (Kathy)," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 2000."

[story] My name is Jason Pettus and I am not your ex-boyfriend | August 4, 2000
An online version of my 2000 story "My name is Jason Pettus and I am not your ex-boyfriend," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 2000."

[story] Manifesto of the obvious | August 4, 2000
An online version of my 2000 story "Manifesto of the obvious," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 2000."

[story] The man who masturbated without using his hands | August 4, 2000
An online version of my 2000 story "The man who masturbated without using his hands," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 2000."

[story] The legend of the tower people | August 4, 2000
An online version of my 2000 story "The legend of the tower people," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 2000."

[story] King of the losers | August 4, 2000
An online version of my 2000 story "King of the losers," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 2000."

[story] Jason Pettus is one bad motherfucker | August 4, 2000
An online version of my 2000 story "Jason Pettus is one bad motherfucker," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 2000."

[story] Jason Pettus is one bad motherfucker | August 4, 2000
An online version of my 2000 story "Jason Pettus is one bad motherfucker," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 2000."

[story] I didn't go to Prom | August 4, 2000
An online version of my 2000 story "I didn't go to Prom," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 2000."

[story] A day without caffeine | August 4, 2000
An online version of my 2000 story "A day without caffeine," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 2000."

[book] Chicago Stories 1999 | August 4, 1999
The online table of contents for my book "Chicago Stories 1999," including direct links to HTML versions of all pieces found therein.

[book] The Heatseeker | August 4, 1999
The online table of contents for my book "The Heatseeker," including direct links to HTML versions of all pieces found therein.

[story] You are all the Prozac I need. | August 4, 1999
An online version of my 1999 story "You are all the Prozac I need.," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1999."

[story] Yet another small poem for DG | August 4, 1999
An online version of my 1999 story "Another small poem for DG," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1999."

[story] The world ends in 422 days | August 4, 1999
An online version of my 1999 story "The world ends in 422 days," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1999."

[story] We are the sum of everything that has come before us | August 4, 1999
An online version of my 1999 story "We are the sum of everything that has come before us," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1999."

[story] strangeplastikrobot | August 4, 1999
An online version of my 1999 story "strangeplastikrobot," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1999."

[story] She Number One and She Number Two | August 4, 1999
An online version of my 1999 story "She Number One and She Number Two," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1999."

[story] One of those moments | August 4, 1999
An online version of my 1999 story "One of those moments," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1999."

[story] An obscene poem for my new lover | August 4, 1999
An online version of my 1999 story "An obscene poem for my new lover," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1999."

[story] The mod kids | August 4, 1999
An online version of my 1999 story "The mod kids," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1999."

[story] Mean and hateful poems | August 4, 1999
An online version of my 1999 story "Mean and hateful poems," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1999."

[story] me&thegirls&theporn&thedildos | August 4, 1999
An online version of my 1999 story "me&thegirls&theporn&thedildos," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1999."

[story] Maddie, the queen of internet pornography | August 4, 1999
An online version of my 1999 story "Maddie, the queen of internet pornography," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1999."

[story] The love of Jacques | August 4, 1999
An online version of my 1999 story "The love of Jacques," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1999."

[story] Littleton | August 4, 1999
An online version of my 1999 story "Littleton," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1999."

[story] A little story about my last temp job | August 4, 1999
An online version of my 1999 story "A little story about my last temp job," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1999."

[story] Jedi mind trick | August 4, 1999
An online version of my 1999 story "Jedi mind trick," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1999."

[story] Jayne and Dana, Dana and Jayne | August 4, 1999
An online version of my 1999 story "Jayne and Dana, Dana and Jayne," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1999."

[story] Jane the Geek | August 4, 1999
An online version of my 1999 story "Jane the Geek," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1999."

[story] I wish I could start a poem by doing this | August 4, 1999
An online version of my 1999 story "I wish I could start a poem by doing this," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1999."

[story] Eight haikus concerning the last night of 'Pow' | August 4, 1999
An online version of my 1999 story "Eight haikus concerning the last night of 'Pow,'" also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1999."

[story] dynasty | August 4, 1999
An online version of my 1999 story "dynasty," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1999."

[story] Brandon, king of the world | August 4, 1999
An online version of my 1999 story "Brandon, king of the world," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1999."

[story] Bitch and moan | August 4, 1999
An online version of my 1999 story "Bitch and moan," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1999."

[story] 47 words spoken on an el | August 4, 1999
An online version of my 1999 story "47 words spoken on an el," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1999."

[story] 12 ways that my ex-jobs and my ex-girlfriends are much alike | August 4, 1999
An online version of my 1999 story "12 ways that my ex-jobs and my ex-girlfriends are much alike," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1999."

[story] The Tunnel | August 4, 1999
An online version of my poem "The Tunnel," also found in the book "The Heatseeker."

[story] The Girl With the German Thighs | August 4, 1999
An online version of my poem "The Girl With the German Thighs," also found in the book "The Heatseeker."

[story] Princess | August 4, 1999
An online version of my poem "Princess," also found in the book "The Heatseeker."

[story] 1982 | August 4, 1999
An online version of my poem "1982," also found in the book "The Heatseeker."

[story] Unabomber | August 4, 1999
An online version of my poem "Unabomber," also found in the book "The Heatseeker."

[story] Synchronicity | August 4, 1999
An online version of my poem "Synchronicity," also found in the book "The Heatseeker."

[story] The Heatseeker | August 4, 1999
An online version of my poem "The Heatseeker," also found in the book "The Heatseeker."

[book] Chicago Stories 1998 | August 4, 1998
The online table of contents for my book "Chicago Stories 1998," including direct links to HTML versions of all pieces found therein.

[book] Jasonettes | August 4, 1998
The online table of contents for my book "Jasonettes," including direct links to HTML versions of all pieces found therein.

[story] You and I will never love again | August 4, 1998
An online version of my 1998 story "You and I will never love again," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1998."

[story] The wonderful thing about poets | August 4, 1998
An online version of my 1998 story "The wonderful thing about poets," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1998."

[story] Wedding haiku (a found poem) | August 4, 1998
An online version of my 1998 story "Wedding haiku (a found poem)," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1998."

[story] Untitled (suicide poem) | August 4, 1998
An online version of my 1998 story "Untitled (suicide poem)," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1998."

[story] There's something about a girl in uniform | August 4, 1998
An online version of my 1998 story "There's something about a girl in uniform," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1998."

[story] There oughta be a law | August 4, 1998
An online version of my 1998 story "There oughta be a law," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1998."

[story] Taking a lover | August 4, 1998
An online version of my 1998 story "Taking a lover," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1998."

[story] Take me out (to the ballgame) | August 4, 1998
An online version of my 1998 story "Take me out (to the ballgame)," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1998."

[story] Satisfaction remains (a found poem) | August 4, 1998
An online version of my 1998 story "Satisfaction remains (a found poem)," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1998."

[story] The real, real, real, real world | August 4, 1998
An online version of my 1998 story "The real, real, real, real world," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1998."

[story] Poems I'd write for Nike if Nike ever asked me to write poems for them | August 4, 1998
An online version of my 1998 story "Poems I'd write for Nike if Nike ever asked me to write poems for them," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1998."

[story] Opera night | August 4, 1998
An online version of my 1998 story "Opera night," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1998."

[story] Now that I don't have sex | August 4, 1998
An online version of my 1998 story "Now that I don't have sex," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1998."

[story] None of the above (a found poem) | August 4, 1998
An online version of my 1998 story "None of the above (a found poem)," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1998."

[story] My girlfriend (a found poem) | August 4, 1998
An online version of my 1998 story "My girlfriend (a found poem)," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1998."

[story] My fourteenth day | August 4, 1998
An online version of my 1998 story "My fourteenth day," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1998."

[story] Margo says | August 4, 1998
An online version of my 1998 story "Margo says," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1998."

[story] Lewinsky | August 4, 1998
An online version of my 1998 story "Lewinsky," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1998."

[story] Lance Burton died for your sins | August 4, 1998
An online version of my 1998 story "Lance Burton died for your sins," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1998."

[story] Jason's Manifesto 4.15.98 | August 4, 1998
An online version of my 1998 story "Jason's Manifesto 4.15.98," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1998."

[story] I wish I were a machine | August 4, 1998
An online version of my 1998 story "I wish I were a machine," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1998."

[story] Guggenheim | August 4, 1998
An online version of my 1998 story "Guggenheim," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1998."

[story] Getting in touch with my pain | August 4, 1998
An online version of my 1998 story "Getting in touch with my pain," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1998."

[story] For Lisa Hemminger on the occasion of her 38th birthday | August 4, 1998
An online version of my 1998 story "For Lisa Hemminger on the occasion of her 38th birthday," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1998."

[story] Five short poems inspired by Shag | August 4, 1998
An online version of my 1998 story "Five short poems inspired by Shag," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1998."

[story] Eleven thoughts that will get me a penny from Amy Krouse Rosenthal | August 4, 1998
An online version of my 1998 story "Eleven thoughts that will get me a penny from Amy Krouse Rosenthal," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1998."

[story] The dirty violent little things you have done to me (and the other dirty violent little things you have yet to do) | August 4, 1998
An online version of my 1998 story "The dirty violent little things you have done to me (and the dirty violent little things you have yet to do)," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1998."

[story] deathwish | August 4, 1998
An online version of my 1998 story "deathwish," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1998."

[story] Crush on musician #1710 | August 4, 1998
An online version of my 1998 story "Crush on musician #1710," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1998."

[story] Christmas story, 1998 | August 4, 1998
An online version of my 1998 story "Christmas story, 1998," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1998."

[story] Checkmate | August 4, 1998
An online version of my 1998 story "Checkmate," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1998."

[story] Blue Velvet | August 4, 1998
An online version of my 1998 story "Blue Velvet," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1998."

[story] Arkanon | August 4, 1998
An online version of my 1998 story "Arkanon," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1998."

[story] And this is the poem | August 4, 1998
An online version of my 1998 story "And this is the poem," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1998."

[story] Albuquerque | August 4, 1998
An online version of my 1998 story "Albuquerque," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1998."

[story] 10 oh one this morning | August 4, 1998
An online version of my 1998 story "10 oh one this morning," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1998."

[story] Yo la tengo | August 4, 1998
An online version of my poem "Yo la tengo," also found in the book "Jasonettes."

[story] The echoes we refuse to admit | August 4, 1998
An online version of my poem "The echoes we refuse to admit," also found in the book "Jasonettes."

[story] Swimming sharks | August 4, 1998
An online version of my poem "Swimming sharks," also found in the book "Jasonettes."

[story] Reaffirming my faith | August 4, 1998
An online version of my poem "Reaffirming my faith," also found in the book "Jasonettes."

[story] The night I killed myself | August 4, 1998
An online version of my poem "The night I killed myself," also found in the book "Jasonettes."

[story] How to write a Jasonette | August 4, 1998
An online version of the rules for writing Jasonettes, also found in the book "Jasonettes."

[book] Chicago Stories 1997 | August 4, 1997
Information and an online table of contents for my book of poems and monologues, "Chicago Stories 1997," book 2 of the 13-book series "Complete Performance Work 1996-2004."

[story] What really happened between the end of The Empire Strikes Back and the beginning of Return of the Jedi | August 4, 1997
An online version of my 1997 story "What really happened between the end of The Empire Strikes Back and the beginning of Return of the Jedi," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1997."

[story] Well, Steve Albini was nice to me | August 4, 1997
An online version of my 1997 story "Well, Steve Albini was nice to me," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1997."

[story] The very first time I ever performed at the Green Mill poetry slam | August 4, 1997
An online version of my 1997 story "The very first time I ever performed at the Green Mill poetry slam," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1997."

[story] Typing on keyboards in bars | August 4, 1997
An online version of my 1997 story "Typing on keyboards in bars," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1997."

[story] Two minutes to talk with Jack Kerouac | August 4, 1997
An online version of my 1997 story "Two minutes to talk with Jack Kerouac," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1997."

[story] They can have my Macintosh when they pry it from my cold, dead fingers | August 4, 1997
An online version of my 1997 story "They can have my Macintosh when they pry it from my cold, dead fingers," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1997."

[story] Skylab is falling, the chicken told me | August 4, 1997
An online version of my 1997 story "Skylab is falling, the chicken told me," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1997."

[story] Sitting in the coffeehouse now | August 4, 1997
An online version of my 1997 story "Sitting in the coffeehouse now," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1997."

[story] She's eating a bagel | August 4, 1997
An online version of my 1997 story "She's eating a bagel," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1997."

[story] Scraping the sky | August 4, 1997
An online version of my 1997 story "Scraping the sky," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1997."

[story] Princess my princess | August 4, 1997
An online version of my 1997 story "Princess my princess," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1997."

[story] The potential, the kinetic | August 4, 1997
An online version of my 1997 story "The potential, the kinetic," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1997."

[story] Poetry on the el | August 4, 1997
An online version of my 1997 story "Poetry on the el," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1997."

[story] An open letter to Jerry Springer | August 4, 1997
An online version of my 1997 story "An open letter to Jerry Springer," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1997."

[story] The only homeless person I've ever given money to | August 4, 1997
An online version of my 1997 story "The only homeless person I've ever given money to," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1997."

[story] The night we pretended we were married | August 4, 1997
An online version of my 1997 story "The night we pretended we were married," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1997."

[story] Missouri dreams | August 4, 1997
An online version of my 1997 story "Missouri dreams," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1997."

[story] A man | August 4, 1997
An online version of my 1997 story "A man," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1997."

[story] Jokes my grandpa used to tell me | August 4, 1997
An online version of my 1997 story "Jokes my grandpa used to tell me," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1997."

[story] A job I'd really like to have | August 4, 1997
An online version of my 1997 story "A job I'd really like to have," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1997."

[story] In Excalibur | August 4, 1997
An online version of my 1997 story "In Excalibur," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1997."

[story] I wanna be your spleen | August 4, 1997
An online version of my 1997 story "I wanna be your spleen," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1997."

[story] How to tell you're about to turn thirty | August 4, 1997
An online version of my 1997 story "How to tell you're about to turn thirty," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1997."

[story] How dare you, Mr. Luplow | August 4, 1997
An online version of my 1997 story "How dare you, Mr. Luplow," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1997."

[story] A found poem that demonstrates my lack of faith in humanity | August 4, 1997
An online version of my 1997 story "A found poem that demonstrates my lack of faith in humanity," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1997."

[story] Down with the pigeons | August 4, 1997
An online version of my 1997 story "Down with the pigeons," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1997."

[story] The dog who loved too much | August 4, 1997
An online version of my 1997 story "The dog who loved too much," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1997."

[story] Chicago mantra | August 4, 1997
An online version of my 1997 story "Chicago mantra," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1997."

[story] Celebrating with dignity | August 4, 1997
An online version of my 1997 story "Celebrating with dignity," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1997."

[story] Blah blah | August 4, 1997
An online version of my 1997 story "Blah blah," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1997."

[story] Ballad of the battles lost | August 4, 1997
An online version of my 1997 story "Ballad of the battles lost," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1997."

[story] All the dykes | August 4, 1997
An online version of my 1997 story "All the dykes," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1997."

[story] 175113 | August 4, 1997
An online version of my 1997 story "175113," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1997."

[book] Chicago Stories 1996 | August 4, 1996
The online table of contents for my book "Chicago Stories 1996," including direct links to HTML versions of all pieces found therein.

[story] You got the blues, boy, is what you got | August 4, 1996
An online version of my 1996 story "You got the blues, boy, is what you got," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1996."

[story] Written while in the middle of the flu | August 4, 1996
An online version of my 1996 story "Written in the middle of the flu," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1996."

[story] Why the flies aren't | August 4, 1996
An online version of my 1996 story "Why the flies aren't," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1996."

[story] The Village Idiot Competition of 1996 | August 4, 1996
An online version of my 1996 story "The Village Idiot Competition of 1996," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1996."

[story] Vent! | August 4, 1996
An online version of my 1996 story "Vent!," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1996."

[story] Untitled (vice story) | August 4, 1996
An online version of my 1996 story "Untitled (vice story)," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1996."

[story] Things I have never told another living soul | August 4, 1996
An online version of my 1996 story "Things I have never told another living soul," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1996."

[story] Supervillains. | August 4, 1996
An online version of my 1996 story "Supervillains," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1996."

[story] Jerry Garcia is dead | August 4, 1996
An online version of my 1996 story "Jerry Garcia is dead," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1996."

[story] In my world | August 4, 1996
An online version of my 1996 story "In my world," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1996."

[story] I saw Jason Pettus | August 4, 1996
An online version of my 1996 story "," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1996."

[story] Hello, sports fans! | August 4, 1996
An online version of my 1996 story "Hello, Sports Fans!," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1996."

[story] Spring fever | August 4, 1996
An online version of my 1996 story "Spring fever," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1996."

[story] Her name is Rachel and last night I had a dream about her | August 4, 1996
An online version of my 1996 story "Her name is Rachel and last night I had a dream about her," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1996."

[story] She was right -- God, she was so right | August 4, 1996
An online version of my 1996 story "Sh was right -- God, she was so right," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1996."

[story] She rubs her chest | August 4, 1996
An online version of my 1996 story "She rubs her chest," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1996."

[story] The guy who said fuck a lot | August 4, 1996
An online version of my 1996 story "The guy who said fuck a lot," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1996."

[story] Saint Jason Day | August 4, 1996
An online version of my 1996 story "Saint Jason Day," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1996."

[story] Exorcism | August 4, 1996
An online version of my 1996 story "Exorcism," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1996."

[story] Prayer from an atheist | August 4, 1996
An online version of my 1996 story "Prayer from an atheist," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1996."

[story] The power | August 4, 1996
An online version of my 1996 story "The power," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1996."

[story] Describing silence | August 4, 1996
An online version of my 1996 story "Describing silence," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1996."

[story] opium.com | August 4, 1996
An online version of my 1996 story "opium.com," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1996."

[story] Dear Miss Manners | August 4, 1996
An online version of my 1996 story "Dear Miss Manners," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1996."

[story] An open letter to Mr. Monaco/Acton | August 4, 1996
An online version of my 1996 story "An open letter to Mr. Monaco/Acton," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1996."

[story] The day I turned gay | August 4, 1996
An online version of my 1996 story "The day I turned gay," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1996."

[story] Chicago | August 4, 1996
An online version of my 1996 story "Chicago," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1996."

[story] Ode to a bad poet | August 4, 1996
An online version of my 1996 story "Ode to a bad poet," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1996."

[story] Branson, Missouri is a really bad place to throw up | August 4, 1996
An online version of my 1996 story "Branson, Missouri is a really bad place to throw up," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1996."

[story] My things and your things | August 4, 1996
An online version of my 1996 story "My things and your things," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1996."

[story] My date with Liz Phair | August 4, 1996
An online version of my 1996 story "My date with Liz Phair," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1996."

[story] Missed connections | August 4, 1996
An online version of my 1996 story "Missed connections," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1996."

[story] Letter written on an airplane | August 4, 1996
An online version of my 1996 story "Letter written on an airplane," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1996."

[story] Letter to my unborn son | August 4, 1996
An online version of my 1996 story "Letter to my unborn son," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1996."

[story] Letter to Liz Phair | August 4, 1996
An online version of my 1996 story "," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1996."

[story] Letter to a possible lesbian | August 4, 1996
An online version of my 1996 story "Letter to a possible lesbian," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1996."

[story] Learning to fly | August 4, 1996
An online version of my 1996 story "Learning to fly," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1996."

[story] Lazy crazy hazy | August 4, 1996
An online version of my 1996 story "Lazy crazy hazy," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1996."

[story] Bob Barker's Pussy Wagon | August 4, 1996
An online version of my 1996 story "Bob Barker's Pussy Wagon," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1996."

[story] Lazy crazy hazy | August 4, 1996
An online version of my 1996 story "Lazy crazy hazy," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1996."

[story] Kathie Lee Gifford likes to fuck! | August 4, 1996
An online version of my 1996 story "Kathie Lee Gifford likes to fuck!," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1996."

[story] Kansas City Falling | August 4, 1996
An online version of my 1996 story "Kansas City Falling," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1996."

[story] Jimbo, the duck who sold out | August 4, 1996
An online version of my 1996 story "Jimbo, the duck who sold out," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1996."

[story] 1984 | August 4, 1996
An online version of my 1996 story "1984," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1996."

[story] The absolutely true story of my ten-year high-school reunion | August 4, 1996
An online version of my 1996 story "The absolutely true story of my ten-year high-school reunion," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1996."