The Rise and Fall of Me – ch.16/20

Mean People Suck Holy crap.  Part 16.  That means about 30,000 words you’ve had to suffer through.  You have my sympathies. After I bugged out of the Trenton charter school, where I went next was in some ways better, in some ways no different.  My interview was nothing special except that I was surprised at…

The Rise and Fall of Me – ch. 15/20

There’s nothing “pleasant” in Pleasantville After leaving the Trenton charter school, I landed in Pleasantville, NJ.  Immediately indicative of how things would be in Pleasantville was “Back to School Night,” when parents would eagerly come to meet their children’s teachers, perhaps ask a few questions, and make some personal contacts and face time.  If there…

The Rise and Fall of Me – ch. 14/20

Chapter 14:  Blood Pressure Rising   After spending an entire school year not in school, I found an educational establishment that was thrilled to include me as part of their staff for the following year.  What could be more impressive than The Emily Fisher School of Advanced Studies?  It was a charter school, which means you can get…

The Rise and Fall of Me – ch. 13/20

Chapter 13:  Unlucky In the last installment of my rise and fall, I was ousted yet again from another school district, mainly because of my own brash behavior but also from slightly unfair circumstances.  I could argue that my only “crime” was using strong language in the company of adults.  They could argue that I misused…

The Rise and Fall of Me – ch. 12/20

You people are mahvelous for putting up with me. More tolerance necessary. ________________________________ Chapter 12:  Devil Is As Devil Does I had finished a relatively successful year and met some new friends in the new school in Penns Grove, but I was keeping in touch with friends from my previous school.  My relationship with one…

The Rise and Fall of Me – ch. 11/20

I’ve been told that I’m good at leaving “cliffhangers.”  I agree. ____________________________________ Sneaky Bastards Are Everywhere When we left Part 10, I had again been fired for something unfair, in my opinion.  Yes, I was in a strip bar, not a crime, but teachers are treated differently than other people I guess.  Yes, I was in…

Book Review: Heart-Shaped Box

If you were to read Heart-Shaped Box, you might not be surprised to learn that author Joe Hill is the son of Stephen King. It contains several elements often found in his father’s work. Unfortunately, one of those elements is a convenient, unsatisfying ending.

1-Minute Book Reviews: Robin

Itzkoff carefully documents the assorted rises and falls throughout Robin’s career that ranged from early Shakespearean theater, television, stand-up, film, Broadway, and more, and there is an interesting and disappointing surprise when you add it all up: there were far more falls than rises.