Brian Westbye

Brian Westbye
Auburn, Maine, USA
September 12
Composition Book
Brian Westbye is a corporate warrior and a cultural dilettante. After following a path of desultory 9-5 expectations, he had a mid-life epiphany (at age 26) and embarked on a path of writing. He has been a music critic, an op-ed scribe, a commercial copywriter, a travel writer, a blogger and a short-story writer, among many other incarnations. He currently follows the commercial path as head cheese of Greenback Media, and just launched Composition Book ( upon the populace. World Domination will follow.


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My latest for elephant journal. Read or the terrorists win!

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AUGUST 15, 2014 7:46PM

Robin Williams and Me

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OCTOBER 9, 2013 11:48AM

America the Co-opted

As the Great Tea Party Takedown enters its second week, my thoughts keep returning to Fred Thompson. 

Fred Thompson? Failed presidential candidate, beloved Law & Order star and commercial shill? The Wilford Brimley of the Reverse Mortgage? What does he have to do with any of this mess? … Read full post »

AUGUST 16, 2013 11:11AM

This Is Me

Someone asked me recently why I “go on” about depression, meds, etc., on Facebook. It’s a great question, although not in the way my interrogator probably thought. I trust that there was no malice in the question – I have not met this person and they are relatively new to my… Read full post »

APRIL 16, 2013 11:59AM

When Tragedy Hits Home

It’s all too surreal. Normally the landmarks belong to others, but this time they’re all mine. 

The brick building with the green metallic bay windows? I used to sit upstairs in an ill-fitting shirt and tie taking Excel and typing tests for my staffing company. I’d gaze out of… Read full post »

Dear Senator: 

I consider myself an Independent, with no party attachment, but otherwise, I seem to be your kind of guy. I am a resident of small town America. I have been at my company for ten years, surviving many rounds of layoffs. I drive a paid-off 2004 car with 190,000… Read full post »

As the Supreme Court hears arguments today for and against Proposition 8 – the law that overturned California’s state Supreme Court decision allowing gay marriage – I’ve been thinking a lot about equality. More to the point I’ve been thinking about equality, tolerance, a… Read full post »

MARCH 18, 2013 7:28PM

The King of Division Street

I'm thrilled to say that I've been selected by the editors of WordPress to be Freshly Pressed, with frontage on the home page, for the second time with my short story "The King of Division Street". Thanks for all your support, and hope you enjoy...… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 22, 2011 3:53PM

Goodbye Composition Book, Hello Me


 After two incarnations, I have moved away from Tumblr and established my own page on Wordpress. With this new venture I have finally combined all the work from February to September 2011 with my former partner and still great friend, photographer <a href="http://www.jessicabeebe.… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 5, 2011 9:20PM

The Face of a Freeloader

Hello. My name is Brian Westbye. I am a production coordinator for a major grocery chain, responsible for producing over 1,000,000 advertising flyers for over 170 stores in five states weekly. I have been in this job for seven years, and in my department for nine. In my spare time, I… Read full post »

It was an accident both times. But when you stumble to the top on your first attempt twice, you’re probably on to something. 

I had my first mid-life crisis at age 26. August 1999: I was living just outside of Boston, working data entry and riding a rocket to nowhere. IRead full post »

AUGUST 6, 2011 8:56AM

On Quitting Anxiety

Dear Anxiety: End Game.

We go back a long way, you and I. It was right around fourth grade, right? Moving away from the known and certain in Maine to the strange and mean new world of Florida. You first introduced yourself back then, in that feeling of not fitting… Read full post »

JULY 2, 2011 10:35AM

We've Been Here Before

I always feel most American when I realize that we’ve been here before.

Turn on the news, flip open the laptop, recoil in horror, disgust and anger. All too often the “news” feels like a river of toxic sludge and partisan rage. I succumb to the misery myself. And… Read full post »

MAY 23, 2011 6:18PM

Vinyl: A Love Story

“You know I’m semi-good lookin’…(click) lookin’… (click) lookin’…”

That’s where the skip was. The record was Van Halen; the song was “Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love”, and to this day, after nigh on thirty years of… Read full post »

MAY 21, 2011 5:44PM

Fabulous Disasters

Yes, I was in a metal band in high school, during my mullet days.  That in itself is a fabulous disaster, but wait, there’s more!

Even back then, I instinctively felt that metal was a cartoon genre and I could feel my R.E.M., Smiths and Smithereens influences taking over, never… Read full post »

Ever been stuck on an escalator? I have! I have!

June, 2001: Boston: I'm 28 and perpetually single and working a temp data entry job.  It’s been a long path of shit jobs, unemployment, clinical depression and general desultory bumhood that has defined my ‘20s. But, although I’m
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