Greg Correll


Greg Correll

Greg Correll
New Paltz, New York, US
September 21
Founder, Chief of Deselopy (small packages); Editor (
small packages, inc.
I write.


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SEPTEMBER 13, 2010 1:24PM

no zombies

What is the proper respect non-Believers should pay to the tenets of Faith, in 2010? More important: to Believers themselves?

Something like this:

    • Compassion is the predicate, and the guiding principle.

    • Ideas are not sacred in a secular, deliberative… Read full post »
SEPTEMBER 9, 2010 11:16AM

we'll take hump day

Rational people need to seize a day. Christians have Sunday, Jews have  Saturday, and Muslims have Friday.

We'll take the middle of the week. That orphan day of no-end effort, ordinary determination, measured endurance, and gritty perspicacity.

What built civilization.

It suits science. It rocks r… Read full post »

"Transport my fleshy lips" she cooed, as he closed the distance between them with all the earnest passion of a terrier who spots his favorite beef bone. And indeed their lips met in a tangled embrace of acrobatic twists and flips; their tongues formed a bridge in the pulpy caverns of… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
AUGUST 30, 2010 1:53PM



Under the flowering, vining weed that tops my bumper-crop grapes, I sit, brush away bees, and talk to my dying mother.

"I'm off the insulin. Not off. They just...I sugar is down. So I'm off the insulin, I think."

She's breaking up. Her voice is slurred; she tells me: codeine… Read full post »
AUGUST 27, 2010 12:24AM

for starters


With adults I can decide to write it all down.

With teen daughters, I have a stop-already, and a let-it-go.  Or else epithet-a-tete. But if I write it down, I must in all ways respect them and myself. These are my children.

The trouble, though, so typical, is, partly, respect.… Read full post »

AUGUST 13, 2010 9:27AM

Her Lot in Life


SETTING: The desert plain outside Sodom
LOT is a Religious lunatic/hustler with a gambling problem

LOT's WIFE (WIFE) is a yenta, shrewd, unhappy about leaving town

SYCOPANTUS (SYCO): Greek assistant to LOT; slave/crony; fey, not flaming

(Warm, generous pair of spotlights on center stage, sta
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Editor’s Pick
AUGUST 7, 2010 1:04AM

red rhinoceros eraser

Every year I care less. I forego gifts, and it just doesn't matter anymore. Yeah, I mean, but so what? What I really want is just too big, so for birthdays? Father's Day? I insist: little stuff. Save the money, for college and maybe weddings, and to pay down debt.

A few/… Read full post »

Due to illness this has been postponed as a Mohonk Event until next Spring.


On Oct. 10th Kate and I will host a Write Saturday here in New Paltz. Same workshop, no Mohonk, but it will be at my house, which isn't shabby, and we will… Read full post »

JULY 28, 2010 6:14PM


WillisHasidicDie Hard 6:
A Briss in the Bronx

rediscovers his Jewish roots, and goes undercover as the Moiling Mohel, a two-fisted Rabbi ready for a reckoning with a runaway Satmar sect, Gehenna-bent on eradicating secular Judaism. He must act quickly, as there are incendiary bombs
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JULY 25, 2010 2:15PM

Cereal Prevaricator




It's what all Huskers Do. Read full post »

JULY 24, 2010 5:45PM

sour fate

Orphan boy. Not quite; no, I had them until I was 11, such as they were. But there it is. It's in this thing I do: always trying to impress, get over, make a more of less.

Stanley did it. Invented most of the search for Livingston, who wasn't lost/… Read full post »
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JULY 15, 2010 1:07PM


(Author's note: I decided to get ahead of my critics this time, and release the manuscript corrections to my forthcoming 7-volume world history, "What Really Happened?".
For those who pre-order: these will be incorporated into the final text)


A. Afirensis, after/
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JULY 12, 2010 2:22PM

I must think

This is the deep end. I have been thinking about this post for more than a year. I muster all my ability for this, all my compassion. My hope. And I must evolve, as I write, if this is to be a success. Because I am imperfect.

I struggle with the written… Read full post »

JULY 11, 2010 12:27PM

Don't Pout.

This is one of the best pieces of advice I have ever followed. Especially as a parent of (shudder, grimace) teens.

Had enough? Declared new rules? Banned "The Hills" and all such ilk? Not allowing cell phones at your dinner table? Enforcing that your teens txt u when they move from Someone's… Read full post »

JULY 4, 2010 2:19PM

a new anthem

Okay, can we see

by the dawn's early light

and so proudly let's hail

though the twilight's last gleaming:

our broad minds,

and bright stars,

through this perilous life.

We pledge hearts and stand watch 

o'er our right to keep dreaming

that the rocket's red glare?

the bomb's bursting in air?… Read full post »

JULY 2, 2010 5:36PM

the un-tellable story

A man goes into the doctor's office.

O wait. You want the whole thing? details? the shaggy dog version?

OK. Back up then. A man goes into his wife's doctor's office. They already knew this was That Kind of Visit, because it was the oncologist and she was told to 'bring your husband'.

Uterine… Read full post »

JULY 2, 2010 11:13AM

Our Writer's Retreat


My Retreat weekend started on Friday night. My daughter Rocky graduated with high honors, from her excellent and very competitive high school*. Here is one of the few images, after the pomp, wherein she (on left, Eli, my youngest, on right) isn't making faces.

I got the two things I… Read full post »

JUNE 22, 2010 11:39AM

medieval times


artist's conception of the clean-up

When the fen marshes were swole'd o'er from Tonius the Small's split galleons, from whose sticky, bleeding wounds leaked deep fathoms-full of naptha and stench, the people rose up. "Enough, sir!" they shouted, and "Foul!" they declaimed, in their right/… Read full post »
JUNE 19, 2010 8:43AM

in a cove



In a cove inside me:
still water, rock arching
over a blue and white boat.

Sturdy. Faded paint,
but vivid above the salt line,
a man and a boy: fixed on something,

patient, waiting on what is
underneath, something sure, to rise,
without violence; something dark and nutritious.
Th… Read full post »
JUNE 18, 2010 12:14PM

got it but good

bagwormsMy father had us pick bagworms off the yard trees. Wasn't so bad, but we hated it. It meant crawling into and under coniferous shrubs, up into the dark of pines he trimmed into perfect, 10-foot tapers.

The bagworms clung tight. Manufactured from excreta and bits of needles, they stung our… Read full post »

JUNE 14, 2010 11:18AM

dream away


I wait,
hands empty
on a weathered outcrop,
a hand-tinted version of Heathcliff's ruddy barrens,
minus his beetled brow
and sex.

I do not brood. I wait. I tell you all I see.

No true trees.
The scribbled draws erode out
in all directions, meagre with dwarf scrub pine and stunted willow.
Some end a… Read full post »
MAY 30, 2010 5:38PM

my favorites

 I recently sent a PM to promote my latest post, and I made a sacred oath to comment on everyone before I posted again.

So I did.

NOTE: There is a longer note at the end, and the presence of avatar images means nothing. I started to do it then stopped.… Read full post »

MAY 28, 2010 4:52PM

no, you hang up

Weeks before my older brother Chris fled to St. Louis, to live with the father who abused him as a child, he and I and my little brother Kirk and my sister Dana had our last rowdy-dowdow.

Our final Irish fight.

My brothers and I lived with my mom, who was occasionally… Read full post »

MAY 26, 2010 2:04PM

the empty chalice

Post-Modern FallacY & Fundamentalist VanitiY

"If you push something hard enough it will fall over"
-- the Firesign Theatre

What does "meaning" mean? In a word: substance.

And already we have to back up: almost impossible to prove "meaning" with mere squiggles, these letters/… Read full post »
MAY 23, 2010 4:17PM

Writers' Retreat and Tugboat Ride


twilighthouseSaturday, June 26th, 2010

OS Writers

The final schedule, list of attendees, the noted authors and writers who will be holding formal readings, and costs, etc. Special new event: a writers' Tugboat ride on Sunday!

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