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THE BAGGAGE OF MONTROSE PENNYLANE

New Montrose Pennylane was a principled man to a fault. Sitting in a truck-stop near the Canadian border he is trying to explain to a stranger the events that brought him there and how the high school English teacher had come to possess two large duffel bags, stuffed with stacks of compressed 100...

THE COLLECTED POETRY OF DAVID WALTER SMITH (One Play In Two Short Acts And A Screenply In Addition)

New David Walter Smith started writing and performing music during the early 1980s—ended up giving his life to the cause. Singing and playing guitar, be it Rock, Blues, Folk, on to Jazz back to country, the musician loved it all. By the 90s the songwriter moved from Chicago to Nashville to pitch...

Two Novels: Driving & Avoiding The Light

New DRIVING Stanley Madison is the poster child for the un-ambitious. Other than shooting a mean game of pool and enjoying a good swim at the Y.M.C.A (where he has a room) he needs not much else. There is more to that in Stanley, he loves his sister Karin, likes his job driving in and around the...

THE ART OF BEING KHAN

NEW: Khan did not start out to assassinate the President of the United States. Killing the Cheeto-in-Chief was Lewis’ idea. Khan, at first, only wanted Lewis dead. There had been an explosion when both men were in the army in 2003 that left Khan with a left lame arm, an intestinal problem that...

STREET MUSIC; Another Homeless Memoir

New Call this book: “The anatomy of a miserable failure and the family that loved him.” I certainly failed at making money with my craft and/or art. Thing is, Chris and I are great songwriters, bad-ass guitarist and have written our stories faithfully well and true. I can’t say that I have found...

Wilmette Days; Nashville Years

    This epic romance begins with a phone call out of the blue; I hadn’t seen Desire’ since high school. She transferred out to New Trier in Wilmette soon after. Something about me in the two months we went out during the 8th grade must have left an impression—always felt I was damn...

You've Got to Smile Sometimes

I had to stop quitting things. I quit my job as an usher at the Portage Theater, high school and, more significant than any other, I had quit on baseball…I gave up on a dream that defined me to myself. Luckily the dream was immediately replaced with guitar and songwriting—the next Jimi...

When I Knew Everything

Paperback on Amazon Kindle edition   The 1970s were coming to an end, tearing me from a time and place I dearly loved: A place full of baseball, bongs and slamming guitars. The Disney years had officially ended in ’76, when my oldest brother Joel, and guitar hero to the neighborhood, confessed...

Gentlemen

I was born in Chicago, the youngest of six, the year The Beatles found America by taking a left at Greenland. In 1968 Mom kept us in the house even though we lived safely on the city's northwest side, far from the historical, social-political melee. I had just turned six in 1970 when I suffered a...
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