Friedman of the Plains

Barry Friedman
Reminding us, if such reminders were necessary
Created 28 Dec 2020
  • Your Sunday Jack
    26 Dec 2021 • 2 min read
    Part the 1st Entered my father’s apartment today. We’re headed to Owl Head Bagels for breakfast. “Hungry?” I ask. “You know I didn’t have dinner last night.” “Why not?” “They were closed.” “Oh, shit, ...
  • Roth on the Revelry
    25 Dec 2021 • 1 min read
    Philip Roth is often accused of being a self-hating Jew, which I have always found a tad redundant, especially when he’s brilliant and inclusive (while, I grant you, shitty and dismissive) — not that ...
  • Top 10 Things on the GOP Wish List This Christmas
    24 Dec 2021 • < 1 min read
    President Joe Biden quits the presidency, admits he’s feeble and stole the 2020 election, humbly asks former President Donald Trump to reclaim the office, and begs not to be placed under house arrest....
  • The Smallest Woman in the Largest Apartment
    23 Dec 2021 • 1 min read
    A million years ago, my brother, a writer who had relocated to California from New York, came back to Manhattan to cover an event and was somehow invited to a Christmas Party at Joan Didion’s apartmen...
  • Your Wednesday Jack
    22 Dec 2021 • 1 min read
    I call. “Dad, how are you?” “Who is this?” “Barry.” “Who?” “Barry.” “Yeah, yeah, I thought maybe it was you.” “How you feeling?” “Fine, fine.” “Hey, did you have dinner last night?” “Yeah, yeah. No sw...
  • Your Tuesday Jack
    21 Dec 2021 • 1 min read
    Today, as mentioned earlier, my father went to the Veterans Administration to get his hearing aids checked. Not his hearing, mind you, just the aids. We pick up the story after the aforementioned very...
  • Mountain Mama, Are You Kidding Me?
    20 Dec 2021 • 5 min read
    My dear friend Michael Doane, may he rest in peace, an early supporter of this blog, cautioned me, whenever possible, to not waste energy rehashing and unpacking the conventional news. “Everyone is ou...
  • Your Sunday Jack
    19 Dec 2021 • 2 min read
    On a very special Sunday edition of JackSh*t, I ventured to the Hebrew Home Hotel around noon because my father had a rough day yesterday and thought I’d check on him, for on Saturday, he was disorien...
  • Your Saturday Jack
    18 Dec 2021 • < 1 min read
    The phone rings at 1.37 a.m. Never a good sign. “Dad, what’s up?” “Ba, it’s Dad.” “I know. You ok?” “I don’t know what the hell’s going on.” “What do you mean?” “I’m out of the world. I need the napki...
  • Your Friday Jack
    17 Dec 2021 • 1 min read
    Called my father today. Can’t be certain, but I think I woke him from a nap, which may or may not explain the following. I could hear the television. I think maybe you could hear the television. “Hey,...
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