James M. Emmerling

James M. Emmerling
June 24
Immemorial enjoyment is the most solid of all titles. Tindal, C.J., In the Matter of the Serjeants-at-Law (1840)
There is no heroic poem in the world but is at bottom a biography, the life of a man; also it may be said, there is no life of a man, faithfully recorded, but is a heroic poem of its sort, rhymed or unrhymed. Thomas Carlyle

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DECEMBER 19, 2014 1:14PM

The King's Pleasure, Part One

The king was off with his friends in his camper , out in the countryside, 'observing the ways of the affable characters at the lowest parts of our royal society' or so he told the queen, who was left in charge of the castle while he was away. He would text,… Read full post »




Up before everyone else in the house, at 6:30 am. Went out to my 'office' (a table with books , chair, ashtray in the garage) for morning coffee and cigarette and some kind of update, or reminder, or update-reminder, reminding me to remember something i may have forgot,… Read full post »

DECEMBER 18, 2014 12:53PM

Telling My Son About Racism

I asked my son, "Don't u agree that the archetypal interpretation of me, your new step daddy figure, so to speak, is that of a 'martyred knight reborn'?"

"Whaaaaat?" he giggled in hesitation.

"If you had to choose an archetype for me, what would you?  And more importantly, what archetype would… Read full post »

It was easy to take over this family, the one i live with, because they loved to love loveable people, and i luckily was feeling loveable (for once in my life, ha!)so it fell into a Chain Reaction of love, a nuclear rearrangement in , well, the Nuclear Family, or the… Read full post »





I couldn’t see what you could show me
Your scarf had kept your mouth well hid
I couldn’t see how you could know me
But you said you knew me and I believed you did
When you whispered in my ear
And asked me if I was leavin’ with you or her
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DECEMBER 9, 2014 4:38PM

Random Reflections on Torture


“There is a distinct difference between "suspense" and "surprise," and yet many pictures continually confuse the two. I'll explain what I mean. 

We are now having a very innocent little chat. Let's suppose that there is a bomb underneath this table between us. Nothing happens, and

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DECEMBER 6, 2014 3:41PM

Now What?





Margaret is at work today, so I got some time to myself to think. I have a place to think, I made sure of that: an office in the garage, my computer on… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 26, 2014 5:43PM

Feast Day

 Having successfully allowed myself to be shamelessly seduced by the adorable and romantically voracious (more on that later)Margaret Feike,



out of my life of desperately lonely quietude & despair of dying alone someday, and into the viper's pit of her dysfunctional fami… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 4, 2014 8:35PM

Out of State


 Down the highway, down the tracks, down the road to ecstasy

I followed you beneath the stars,

hounded by your memory
And all your ragin’ glory

I been double-crossed now for the very last time and now I’m finally free
I kissed goodbye the howling beast

on the borderline which sRead full post »

A week from tomorrow i am leaving this town to head west and be with the one i love . I expect this final week to stretch out in time insolently, unless i find an intellectual project to consume my mind and keep its treacherous eyeball off the clock. My mind's… Read full post »

 Part 9 of Jmac and my collaborative effort. The penultimate installment.




 Ginsberg chuckled, “So did you enjoy your ménage à trois?”

JMac was about to say, 'I think so,' when Emmerling staggered up and collapsed next to the naked women on theRead full post »


for part 6, see http://open.salon.com/blog/jmac1949/2014/10/14/6_out_of_sequence




Drink these and you’ll feel much better.”

Lolita wrinkled her pretty nose, “What is it?”

Burroughs smiled, “It isRead full post »

OCTOBER 10, 2014 9:56PM

FOR TR IG: 'The Halloween Eyeball'




 I miss my mother most this time of year, for she died on Halloween eve ten years ago  volunteering at the 'Vision Center' Eye clinic, educating lower income people on proper eye care, and giving out samples of an amazing lubricant eye drop product that was subse… Read full post »

OCTOBER 9, 2014 5:24PM

Tumescent in Golgonooza

 This is Part Four of a collaboration with Jmac


For PART THREE, see http://open.salon.com/blog/jmac1949/2014/10/07/bullshit

or http://oursalon.ning.com/profiles/blogs/bullshit

Emmerling finally gathered his wits and asked, “How sir, may I ask, did you manage this incredRead full post »

For Part One of this unfolding collaboration with Jmac, see








He could fly.  Apparently he’d come back as a mutant water beetle

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OCTOBER 3, 2014 4:47PM

Goodbye & Kiss Off

Home is the place where, when you have to go there,

They have to take you in.


 I came to the realization a few nights ago that I am in the process of saying goodbye to the town where I was born & thought I'd live in til IRead full post »

I actually got a full eight hours' sleep today, not due to my 'muse' being any less talkative last night, but because I slept til the crack of noon.

My muse babbles. She used to apologize profusely for this, but I assured her I absolutely love her blathering, and I do. I… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 29, 2014 10:49PM

Blasphemy Day!






'Thou art a man

God is no more

Thine own Humanity

Learn to adore' 





I hadn't heard from the world's greatest philosopher Z in a month when he called me up out of the blue tonight as I was engaging in a… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 24, 2014 9:10PM

What to Do About the Children?

  Or, 'Digesting the Zeitgeist' 

 Or, 'Wherefore We Weave the Weltanschauungs of Our Children'

 But Jesus said unto her,

Let the children first be filled:

for it is not meet to take the children's bread,

and to cast it unto the dogs.

MARK 7:26 

SinceRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 22, 2014 2:57PM

Wrath and Pity On the Equinox

'I am what is mine. Personality is the original personal property. As the great philosopher of private property (Locke) says, ''By property I must be understood here to mean that property which men have in their persons as well as goods''. Here is the psychological root of private property. Every manRead full post »

My mother died today, 10 years ago, in the wee hours of the morning in the local hospital. My sister texted me today saying'can't believe mom gone 10 years today!  and i answered, 'yep, our first decade as poor motherless children, we 'have a harder time',' referencing the song 'MotherleRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 18, 2014 12:52PM

An Explanation For My Crime of Passion

You may have heard about my crime, it was trending   on Yahoo News and other places too for a few days last week.

Then again, maybe you haven't. That incident in the elevator, captured on the most famous elevator video in world history overshadowed me. As if that wasn't badRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 14, 2014 6:35PM

Making Sweet Love on a Naked Sunday





~now after a while Little-faith came to himself,

and getting up

made shift to scrabble on his way.


Woke this morning still in love, more than ever, but crippled by sciatic nerve back pain. ItRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 13, 2014 4:15AM

I Love Trudy But I Haven't Met Her Yet


 (A Wholesome  Internet Love Story, Part One)


 You lose yourself, you reappear

You suddenly find you got nothing to fear
Alone you stand with nobody near
When a trembling distant voice, unclear
Startles your sleeping ears to hear
That somebody thinks they really have found yo
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 I read a newspaper article today that quite satisfactorily clarified this ISIS situation for me. It was written by Robert P. George for the Philadelphia  Inquirer. I recommend it highly.

  Here is his thesis: that the ISIS phenomenon is indicative of the New TotalitarRead full post »