Stir Crazy: Life in the Time of Quarantine

  • SEX! Now That I Have Your Attention…

    Does anybody remember that ploy in the 1980s? Sophomoric solicitors would post a flyer on a bulletin board at a college, coffee shop, or club with the above headline in large type. Then in smaller lettering (when you just had to keep reading) you got the sales pitch: used toaster for sale, roommate wanted, cheap […]

  • Dreaming in the Time of COVID

    [T]he dream is the dreamer’s own psychical act. —Freud In her book, Best Bondage Erotica, Alison Tyler states, “The concept of bondage begins in the mind.” In normal times, the outside and inside worlds remain refreshingly blurred. We take for granted the creature comforts of life: a trip to the store, a conversation with a […]

  • WTF is WFH?

    For us old geezers, the world is a dizzying cornucopia of new technology, hermeneutic emojis, and online lingo. We’re expected to work on Canvas, teleconference on Zoom, and message our kids on TikTok when it’s time to come home for dinner. It’d be nice if they messaged us back in complete sentences or at least […]

  • Rob Roberge’s LIAR: A Musician Converses with his Past

    San Diego, April 12: Born of necessity and the COVID crisis, this column is devoted to staying connected to music and the arts while confined in our own homes. The world situation of spring 2020 has made it impossible to attend live music shows, practice with band mates in person, and conduct face-to-face music lessons. […]