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N.L. Belardes

An Orange Truck, Doug Sharratt’s Memorial And A Few Good Men

July 31st, 2008
by N.L. Belardes

BAKERSFIELD, CA-

The orange truck came speeding south on H Street. My kid Landen, 17, said, “There’s that orange truck. I see it everywhere. It’s following me.” He was half joking, but it’s true. I recognized the orange truck’s driver. He lives with his wife in a little bungalow on Blanche Street, close to St. Francis of Assisi Church.

Sometimes I see the same person everywhere. There’s a disfigured man who seems to haunt me. He passes on a bus, walks past on streets. He once roamed campuses while I attended local colleges. He appears in libraries and grocery stores—even on Internet sites. I’ve seen him for nearly 20 years and have pointed him out. He’s everywhere. (more…)


Meghan Elizabeth Hunt

Just a Quick Note to Say Thank You for Being Born

July 31st, 2008
by Meghan Elizabeth Hunt

COLUMBIA, MD -

Two years ago, on a whim, I responded to an ad on Craigslist for writers. I don’t even remember the letter I sent to Brad Listi, the fearless leader of this literary experiment, but I know that it made me laugh when I was writing it and it must have interested him because he responded.

The rest, they say, is history and today is my second anniversary with The Nervous Breakdown. It’s the cotton anniversary, which means that on this particularly dreary and humid day in the psuedo-south, I’m going to go out and buy myself something nice and comfortable and made of cotton (thank god it isn’t the wool anniversary or I think I’d cry).

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Andy Warhol Interview

July 31st, 2008
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Please enjoy this grainy Andy Warhol interview from 1964.


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Zoe Brock is Full of Her Shelf

July 31st, 2008
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TNB contributor Zoe Brock 
Ask her what she means when she talks about “having a word with her shelf.”


Rachel Pollon

Angel Cake

July 30th, 2008
by Rachel Pollon

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA-

Late afternoon, Hanalei Bay.
Lying around.
Reading Oprah. For the articles. Judge all you want.
Mark was surfing, off in the distance.

I was going through the book reviews, keeping an open mind.
There was an excerpt from a novel called The Secret Scripture: “We measure the importance of our days by those few angels we spy among us.”
It struck me. I couldn’t argue that it wouldn’t be a swell way to measure the importance of our days.

I was unexpectedly jarred from my O meditation.
“Excuse me,” I heard from behind me.
A young boy, of eleven or so, stood pointing in the direction just ahead, to an area in the sand between me and the ocean.
I followed the trajectory of his finger.
He continued, “Do you know who left that cake there?”

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An Amazing Hand Shadow Show by Raymond Crowe

July 30th, 2008
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Please enjoy this amazing hand shadow show by an Australian unusualist named Raymond Crowe.


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Let Them Have Cake Again

July 30th, 2008
by TNB Photo of the Day



 
Happy Birthday to Us 
TheNervousBreakdown turns two. Please rejoice and have a cupcake.


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Stan Brakhage, “Water for Maya” (2000)

July 29th, 2008
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Please enjoy this hand-painted film, “Water for Maya,” (2000) from the late-great experimental filmmaker Stan Brakhage.


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The Future of America

July 29th, 2008
by TNB Photo of the Day



 
This is Spencer 
He is a reader of TheNervousBreakdown. He is the future of America.


Rich Ferguson

If I Were to Rent Out the Remaining Space in my Heart, How Would the Ad Read?

July 28th, 2008
by Rich Ferguson

LOS ANGELES, CA -

I’ve come to realize that when certain people leave your life they can still occupy a huge part of your heart. Their goodness and grace; the sound of their laughter; how they moved in their skin; how their skin felt touching yours; all those memories and more can get so locked inside your heart that it’s sometimes hard to make room for others.

If I had to rent out the remaining space in my heart it wouldn’t be very large. At best the size of a small studio apartment.

I can see the add now:

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Greg Boose

In the Beginning There Was an Unpaid Editing Job in Cleveland, a Potential Lawsuit, and a Bunch of Unprovoked Angry Geese

July 28th, 2008
by Greg Boose

CLEVELAND, OH -

I’m standing and painting gravestones as weird red squares, twenty yards from where the coffins of President James A. Garfield and his wife (name?) lie in the gray basement of the Garfield Monument, and I’m thinking about how much I hate my banking job.

I’m thinking about how I kinda love ATMs because they keep customers out of my bank, but at the same time how I hate loading them with cash in the mornings.

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Lenore Zion Loves Vodka

July 28th, 2008
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TNB contributor Lenore Zion 
She’s getting her doctorate in psychology, but what she really loves to do is drink vodka. If you ever see her out in public, please buy her a vodka martini with three olives.


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Steve Ballmer Loses His Mind

July 28th, 2008
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Please take a moment to watch as Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft, goes completely ape-shit while company employees cheer him on in a state of utter terror.


N.L. Belardes

Comicon 2008, Pot-Bellied Superheroes, Steam Punks, And The Director Of ‘24′

July 27th, 2008
by N.L. Belardes

BAKERSFIELD, CA-

There’s that one line from the new Dark Knight Batman movie that I keep stumbling on. It sticks in all the commercials. I hear it from my family. I read it in grafitti. It squeaks from comic book action figures: “Why so serious?” Maybe it’s because Comicon 2008 in San Diego is a place of spandex god worshippers who want their asses signed with celebrity lightning bolts. I mean, that’s gotta seriously hurt. (more…)


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Kip Tobin, El Guapo

July 27th, 2008
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TNB contributor Kip Tobin… 
…prepares to throw a full can of Heineken at an unsuspecting senior citizen.


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Jill Price, The Woman Who Never Forgets

July 27th, 2008
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Meet Jill Price, the woman who never forgets. Like, for real.


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George Carlin, “Saving the Planet”

July 26th, 2008
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The late great George Carlin, “Saving the Planet.”


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Let Them Have More Cake

July 26th, 2008
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Happy Birthday to Us 
TheNervousBreakdown turns two and gorges itself to the point of incontinence. Deal with it.


Kaytie M. Lee

Horrible, Fascinating, Beautiful, Disgusting Things I Can’t Show You because my Husband Took the Camera

July 25th, 2008
by Kaytie M. Lee

SAN DIEGO, CA-

The Nervous Breakdown’s new car smell is almost overpowering—hold on a minute while I wait for the nausea to pass.

Ahem.

Well.

San Diego has gone crazy this week, and it’s not just because of the ComiCon wreaking havoc on traffic and the greater Gaslamp area. For whatever reason there has been a plethora of oddities, an embarrassment of riches in absurdities, sights that, when I try to explain them, are just too out there.

Ordinarily, I’d photograph them for proof. Alas, Michael has the camera in South Carolina.

Here’s what you’re missing:

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Banksy’s Delicious Urban Art Food

July 25th, 2008
by TNB Photo of the Day


We’re Lovin’ It 
Banksy nourishes us with his unique brand of mysterious urban art food.