I Don't Understand Anything Anymore (Part 1)

Debra Victoroff

Debra Victoroff
New York, New York, USA
September 11
Warner Brothers
Writer, editor, singer, artist. Still adore Obama. He is brilliant, sincere, unpretentious, classy. A true leader, gazing down, bemused, as the petty GOP contenders claw each other's eyes out like 13 year old girls. The country is poised on the edge of recovery, thanks to his steady hand: unemployment is down, the stock market is up, the car industry is back in business, and banks are paying back the bailout money, with profits going to the government. Bin Laden is dead, and our boys are coming back from Iraq, just as he promised. If only he could get his jobs bill past the obstructionist Republicans, who are willing to destroy the middle class simply to regain power, this country would be back on its feet in no time! So glad there is absolutely no competition for his office. All the sane Republicans know there's not one among them that could handle the most difficult job in the world, so they're in hiding, while their two representatives, Romney (aka Romney-the-Dog-Abuser) and Gingrich (aka Gingrich-the-Wife-Abuser) battle it out.

NOVEMBER 11, 2008 11:54AM

Sarah Palin's Hurt Feelings

"I consider it cowardly. It's not true. That's cruel, it's mean-spirited, it's immature, it's unprofessional and those guys are jerks if they came away taking things out of context and then tried to spread something on national news that's not fair and not right."

(Sarah Palin, responding to attacksRead full post »

What am I like?  Well, let me ask myself.  What are you like -- oh, sorry, I didn't know I was on the phone - sorry, I'll wait. 

OK, now, let me ask you if I may: What are you like?  Are you like, some kind of aRead full post »

OCTOBER 13, 2008 10:50AM

Some things I just hate.

Don't you just hate it when you have had a sleepless night (very common these days) and finally, nearing dawn, you have found the perfect combination of pillow placement, comforter and elbows (which when you're having trouble sleeping you can't seem to be able to arrange in a way that doesn't… Read full post »

OCTOBER 13, 2008 9:50AM

It's the Writer's Life For Me!



Like most struggling New York writers, I'm far more interested in reading about other struggling writers who have somehow "made it" (ranging from landing a villa in Tuscany to landing a studio apartment with heat) than actually writing anything.

I’d read a lot about writersRead full post »

7:30pm (one week later)

I return to my apartment from yet another visit to the local Starbucks to see the telltale flashing light on my answering machine.   I listen.  Oh my God.  It's Peter Mehlman.  He's calling me, himself to give me the date and the name of the articleRead full post »

 (From last episode: I've found a useful  article after hours of research and rise to leave the concentrated quiet of the NY Public Library)


I stand, sling my backpack jauntily over my shoulder and then freeze, as I realize that I never closed my change purse and that loud,Read full post »


I arrive at the New York Public Library in all its cavernous, intimidating glory and proceed to look for the reference room, aka "the room with all the answers".  Not too surprisingly, that room has a line snaking out of it thirty people long and when I approach the/Read full post »

Regarding the $700 billion dollar bailout:

Americans don't seem to get (possibly because our clueless President hasn't explained it) that this bailout is chump change. It sounds like a whole lot of money to the average Joe but it's one of those little tiny band-aids in theRead full post »


I rise to the disappointed shaking of heads and the sense that I've let the team down.  Sullenly, we file onto the platform, into the sad silence of a platform without a train.  It doesn't matter that in three minutes there'll be another one:  the train you miss is/Read full post »

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OCTOBER 6, 2008 10:14AM

Looking for Peter Mehlman, serialized, Pt. 1

Like most struggling New York writers, I'm far more interested in reading about other struggling writers who have somehow "made it" (ranging from landing a villa in Tuscany to landing a studio apartment with heat) than actually writing anything. 

I’d read a lot about writers who had goneRead full post »

 The search continues...


Buoyed by the fact I live in a city with one of the greatest libraries in the world, and grateful for an opportunity to side-step any actual writing of my own, I head jauntily out the door of my building, when - bam!   I'm flattened by/Read full post »

(Reviewing this post in 2011 I am not too surprised that everything I predicted has come to pass.  The Dow is up to 12000-something, which means it is back to 2001 levels.  Which means accounting for inflation, it's actually lower than it was 10 years ago.) 

Does anyone remember when B… Read full post »

Where's Dubya?  Where's that arrogant little smirk of his?

We haven't seen much of our President (his name is George Bush in case anyone's forgotten) starting just about when hurricane Ike hit and wiped Galveston off the map, and certainly hardly at all since the Sub-Prime Mortgage meltdown hit… Read full post »

Have you noticed as I have over the last few years, the abundance of articles with the phrase "vanished" in the title, along with "disappearing", "dying", and "perishing" (simply I suppose because writers are just getting tired of the word "vanishing")? Here's a small sample:


"Honeybees VaniRead full post »

You know what's interesting?  At least to me to whom almost everything is interesting or sometimes "interesting"?  It's the way you can so easily tell from the font and style of a movie advertisement in your local paper just how bad it is.  As soon as I saw theRead full post »

Can I just offer this one piece of advice for Michelle Obama? The single, best, most effective thing she can do right now to help her husband's campaign and increase her popularity ratings is to pluck her eyebrows differently. Right now, her eyebrows angle down in that angry way… Read full post »