Category Archives: The Twentieth Man

Surplus Labor is the Cornerstone of the U. S. Economy and the basis of (Western) World Civilization

The Burning Skull

  Just for the sake of posterity, the Burning Skull calls for a reasonable explanation. And, if it is so, that True Stories are The Best Kinds of Stories, the reader might be a bit disappointed in this one. Monsoon … Continue reading

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How Much Ink in a Ballpoint Pen?

How many miles of ink are in a Ballpoint Pen? Upon separation from the U.S. Army in November of 1971 I would estimate that I filled out about 2000 Job Applications to no avail under the onus of Affirmative Action. … Continue reading

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Siblings

When the promised and much-touted GI Bill of Rights proved logistically inadequate to my college ambitions and my father was opposed and unhelpful to them; I turned in desperation for help from my then grown siblings. I’d done the math … Continue reading

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It’s Not Like I Don’t Think It’s a Good Idea

It’s not like I don’t think it’s a good idea; as a matter of fact, I think it’s a great idea. Throughout history, it’s always been an undeniably good idea for a woman to somehow latch onto a man of … Continue reading

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The Garbage Woman

It just strikes me as taunting when the Garbage Woman gives me a seemingly pleasant wave in the morning. I’m not sure she’s exactly what Gloria Steinem had in mind. Of course the Garbage Men never got and never will … Continue reading

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I Am Not Like Other Men

Betwixt my mother and my father there was no domestic violence. My mother was not a rebel and my father was the unchallenged head of our household (as recognized in the Population Schedule of the Census). My father’s word was … Continue reading

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Go Stick A Pencil In Your Ear

When I was eighteen I knew nothing of this; I thought it was a man’s manly duty to serve his country. (Boy! Was I ever wrong!) Stick a pencil in your ear and rupture your eardrum. A small price to … Continue reading

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The Hermit

I should like to be a hermit and live out my life entirely alone. The world would be a most wonderful place – if not for its human population. Even in solitude there would still be two people I can … Continue reading

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The Chosen

After being separated from the U.S. Army on November 2, 1971 I began my long and futile search for viable employment. It was but a few months afterward that I’d heard American Motors was doing some hiring. I went down … Continue reading

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Two Books – Same Title

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