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 14, 2013 1:59PM


 I discovered that it is Nostradamus’s birthday today. Well, maybe.

He was born either December 14 or December 21, 1503. Making him 510 today. Perhaps.

He wrote about “plagues, earthquakes, wars, floods, invasions, murders, droughts, and battles” , and a lot of respectable saRead full post »

DECEMBER 11, 2013 2:47PM





I  had some bad canned clams last night in my linguine/with/clam sauce and went to Hell in my dreams.

  The Devil said, “Hello!”

  I said, “WTF? I wasn’t expecting to end up here. “

  He replied, “Well, sorry kiddo./Read full post »

I have always hated the holidays, ever since I was a child. Sure I liked the gifts, but all the family proximity made me nervous  and uncomfortable.  I used to have this fantasy where I would get to stay up in my room, and all my gifts would be delivered to/… Read full post »



 December 7th is a painful day for me. Almost as painful as October 5th, the day my daddy died.

Dad was a WWII veteran, and later a teacher of American history. When he still had his wits , he was an inveterate storyteller, and a lotRead full post »


Pope Francis has attacked unfettered capitalism as "a new tyranny", urging global leaders to fight poverty and growing inequality in the first major work he has authored alone as pontiff.





I prefer a church which is bruised, hurting and dirtyRead full post »


Lolita the librarian, on her third day behind the check out desk, was becoming disillusioned in her chosen profession, which previously had seemed liked a “calling” to her. To work with books! And to facilitate the book-loving ways of fellow lovers of books! It was all a mem… Read full post »


What is this jest in majesty? This ass in passion? How do God and Devil combine to form a live dog? nabokov


Lolita the librarian, on her second day behind the checkout desk, was startled to see a certain Mr. Emmerling approaching. After all, he had just beenRead full post »

To be quite candid — and what I am going to say now is something I have never said before,

and I hope that it provokes a salutary chill —

I know more than I can express in words,

and the little I can express

would not have beenRead full post »



 Before their eyes a house
That from childhood stood
Uninhabited, ruinous,
Suddenly lit up
From door to top:
All things remain in god.

van Morrison' crazy jane on god'


Jesus Christ , christos to his fans, Josh to his ‘boys’,

(a ragged buncha rappers he shoRead full post »




Tomorrow, Thanksgiving falls on November 28th. Pretty late for the holy day.


As a good American I gotta go to my older sister’s house where she will lay out the traditional feast, and I will eat of it.


 Her dog Georgie Doggy, my nephew, willRead full post »

NOVEMBER 25, 2013 5:59PM


 The pope called me yesterday …his meeting with Putin looming like a thundercloud over his blessed head… as a lot of politicians and intellectuals do in  a last resort  when they find themselves in a particularly tricky situation.  


I was just finishing one… Read full post »




As a last tribute  to JFK, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of his murder, I provide you some quotes from the uncanny speech he’d crafted… to give at the DALLAS TRADE MART… but alas,  wasn’t able to, because he got his head shot off&h/… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 21, 2013 1:31PM

A PLEA: please return JFK'S brain...

There is a lot of talk about the assassination of JFK lately. Because tomorrow is the 50th anniversary of his murder. Which you can watch over and over again, thanks to  Abraham Zapruder ( 1905 –   1970) who was perched atop a block of granite 72 feet from the street, his/… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 18, 2013 12:55PM

for women: suicide is not the answer.

  •  There's real poetry in the real world. Science is the poetry of reality.



 I love Science as should any sane savvy intellectual. I cling to it like a good sturdy lifejacketRead full post »



I was sick to death of an obnoxious, creepily crawling ennui in my soul, lately, so I went to see my friend Howard  the local holy man this morning.

 I have been very morose these past few days, and was in a mood to demand answers from theRead full post »

NOVEMBER 13, 2013 2:40PM

What to Do With a Drunken Parrot

  Le superflu, chose très nécessaire.


  • The superfluous, a very necessary thing.



Here is the story so far: my girlfriend Rena Oblong took me to meet her mother Gladys, and Gladys’ 15 yr old parrot Rudolf. It was the first time I met either oRead full post »

NOVEMBER 9, 2013 1:39PM

What Women Want in Men...and Vice Versa



Well I already have the answer, thanks to William Blake and Rena Oblong, my lovergirl.

As you might expect with such questions, however, the answer only brings more questions.

Blake said, in   “What Is It”:


I am a renowned psychiatrist in a ritzy seaside community. You might think I have it made: the rich  are rather eager  to spill their anxieties and weaknesses to a trusted professional.


After all, it is not at all easy being affluent in today’s topsy turvy world.


 T… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 5, 2013 3:09PM

How It Is to be Bipolar

 You are somehow stuck in black and white..off or on…kinda like a damn computer chip…

There are only two possible dispositions to the world/ out/ there…

Shrink and cower from it, isolate, be safe, get your minor (guilty ) pleasures where u can.The world is harsh, uncaring,Read full post »



 hey mr tamborine man play a song for me

 .in the jingle jangle morning

i come following...




not sleepy and there is no place i am going to... 





My sister was in a jam, she had to go off for aRead full post »

  The conditions under which I am understood:…one must be honest in matters of the spirit to the point of hardness before one can even endure my seriousness and my passion…one must have new ears for new music…a new conscience for truths that have so far remained mute&heRead full post »

NOVEMBER 1, 2013 2:23PM

talking to the great philosopher Z

I know a guy who lives a sketchy kinda life, in one room if possible. He enjoys cramped spaces. His name is Z and he is a philosopher.


I call him on days when I am not busy at my many charities. Too many charities to count so… Read full post »

 Rena Oblong was  wearing a short black skirt, red cowboy boots that she enjoyed stomping to make a point, and nothing else.  I was laying back in bed,satiated from our sexual encounter.

“Stop all that stomping around, “ I told her.

“Why should i?” she said,Read full post »



 We have sadly become a very cynical society, it seems to me, so in the spirit of the (upcoming…once we get past Halloween…) season I present to you the inspiring story of my young friend Randolf.


Hello! My name is Randolf Rottingham III, andRead full post »



Today I woke to learn, via Internet, that this is World Vasectomy Day, if you don’t know. I am quite sure you did not…

The fine distinguished  fellow who had a hand in starting it says, in Slate,

http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/medical_examineRead full post »