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#TheMartiniEffect (#HashtagNovella for #NYCBars Edition: Chapter 18)

The Martini Effect – Chapter 18 (Trails, Trials, and Tracks) 18.1 (18.1) (We rejoin our Dharma Drunk heroes somewhere in Penn Station.) Marylou and I suddenly find ourselves sitting in a long bar at Penn Station. No sign of the fox. Or Taxidermy Brian Eno. Marylou and I can no longer be trusted. We have … Continue reading

#TheMartiniEffect (#HashtagNovella for #NYCBars Edition: Chapter 17)

The Martini Effect – Chapter 17 (Brian Eno Echoes) (17) (We rejoin our Dharma Drunk heroes as they continue to rove the streets somewhere between Queens and Brooklyn.) “They stuffed Brian Eno,” Marylou says as we take up residence at the elbow of the bar tucked away in the corner of the next establishment we … Continue reading

#TheMartiniEffect (#HashtagNovella for #NYCBars Edition: Chapter 16)

The Martini Effect – Chapter 16 (The Bathroom Karamazov) Chapter 16.1 (16.1) (We rejoin our Dharma Drunk heroes roving the streets somewhere between Brooklyn and Queens.) We slip into a random bar on a random street from a random corner just needing a random bathroom. Marylou heads to the ladies’ room and I walk into … Continue reading

#TheMartiniEffect (#HashtagNovella for #NYCBars Edition: Chapter15)

The Martini Effect – Chapter 15 (The Mural and Marylou) (15) (We rejoin our Dharma Drunk heroes roving the streets of Greenpoint, Brooklyn.) “Where to go?” Marylou asks. “What you feeling?” I ask her back. “I need another Shangri-La,” Marylou says. We round the corner onto Greenpoint Avenue and Marylou stops to study the mural … Continue reading

#TheMartiniEffect (#HashtagNovella for #NYCBars Edition: Chapter 14)

The Martini Effect – Chapter 14 (A Draft of Drift and Drifting) Chapter 14.1 (14.1) (We rejoin our Dharma Drunk heroes roving the streets from Manhattan to Brooklyn, passing from winter to spring to summer, gently falling from afternoon to evening, hoping and praying for a place called inebriated hope at the end of their … Continue reading

#CrashingTheBox (#WorldCup 2018 Edition) Sunnyside to Jackson Heights

“The more difficult the victory, the greater the happiness in winning.” – Pele, Brazilian Forward, 92 appearances for national team, 77 goals “Football, a game in which everyone gets hurt and every nation has its own style of play which seems unfair to foreigners.” – George Orwell, English novelists/essayist, ‘The Collected Essays, Journalism and Letters … Continue reading

#TheMartiniEffect (#HashtagNovella for #NYCBars Edition: Chapter 13)

The Martini Effect – Chapter 13 (Shangri-La Pas plus) Chapter 13.1 (13.1) “Closer,” Marylou says as we turn down St. Mark’s Place. And I continue to follow her. “Closer,” she says again. “Closer.” Marylou stops and stares silently at the Holiday Cocktail Lounge awning. She enters quietly. And I continue to follow her. Chapter 13.2 … Continue reading

#TheMartiniEffect (#HashtagNovella for #NYCBars Edition: Chapter 12)

The Martini Effect – Chapter 12 (Spinning the Cube) Chapter 12.1 (12.1) (We rejoin our Dharma Drunk heroes as Marylou continues to search for her dimly remembered bar somewhere downtown.) Marylou and I get off the train at the Union Square station. We head up the steps and into the sunlight. Marylou reaches her arms … Continue reading

#TheMartiniEffect (#HashtagNovella for #NYCBars Edition: Chapter 11)

The Martini Effect – Chapter 11 (Drinking with Mementos and Mermaids) Chapter 11.1 (11.1) “I’ve never been scuba diving,” Marylou says. “But I drank with a mermaid one time.” Chapter 11.2 (11.2) “You drank with a mermaid one time?” I ask. “Yes,” Marylou says with a mischievous grin. “What was her name?” I ask. “I … Continue reading

#TheMartiniEffect (#HashtagNovella for #NYCBars Edition: Chapter 10)

The Martini Effect – Chapter 10 (One Dove Into the Cuckoo’s Nest) Chapter 10.1 (10.1) (We rejoin our Dharma Drunk heroes on the downtown train, Marylou still searching for her dimly remembered bar.) “Have you ever been scuba diving?” I ask Marylou. She laughs. “No. I can barely manage a dogpaddle.” “You can get nitrogen … Continue reading

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