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Recently voted "The Best Humor Site in America That I, Personally, Write," The Byronic Man is sometimes fiction, but sometimes autobiography. And sometimes cultural criticism. Oh, and occasionally reviews. Okay, it's all those different things, but always humorous. Except on the occasions that it's not. Ah, geez. Look, it's a lot of things, okay? You might like it, is the point.

“I’m Sorry, Did I F***ing Stutter When I Said To Bring Us Some Figgy Pudding?”

December 7, 2020


Right now, we’re just a couple of guys, standing on the porch on a snowy night, talking about pudding. But make no mistake, fail to produce some figgy pudding and we will burn your god damn life to the ground.

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It Was The Best of Times, It Was The Worst of Times, It Was the Timiest of Times

July 15, 2020


Something I tell my students is that at each point in my life so far, there’s been something about that stage that’s been the best it’s ever been, and something that been the hardest. And the challenge was to not forget the best stuff. So here’s the short version of the best and the worst, […]

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A Reflection on my 50th Birthday

July 9, 2020


There is a peace that comes from beginning to see closed doors as resolution, instead of loss. And in the happiness at what is, Instead of the fury at what is not.  And it isn’t that time seems short, but rather It has become tangible. Like you could Reach out And Touch it, if only you could find Your god damn glasses.  Because apparently your […]

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My Quarantine Goals: Original and Revised

May 11, 2020


Original: Start doing qi gong Revised: Not become an alcoholic Original: Make a crossword puzzle and get it in into the NY Times Revised: Have fewer than 15 people I need to apologize to at the end of this Original: Brush up on my French Revised: Better make that fewer than *20* people Original: Clock […]

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17 New Year’s Resolutions For 2017:

January 1, 2017


Resolutions For 2017 1. Eat entire sandwich, get “I finished the Heart-Buster” shirt and face on Wall Of Fame. 2. Finish “Resolutions For 2016” (note to self – probably exclude #3: Finish “Resolutions For 2015”). 3. Learn in-laws’ names. 4. Say “President Trump” out loud without getting vertigo, shaking and/or suddenly thinking I smell burnt toast. […]

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What’s Hot & What’s Not This Summer!

June 9, 2016


Most popular cocktails for summer Mojito Cosmopolitan Margarita Least popular cocktails for summer Brocco-tini Beef Nog Listerine & Tonic Most popular ice cream flavors Vanilla Chocolate Butter Pecan Least popular ice cream flavors Chutney Fudge Swirl Uncooked Pork Explosion Ben & Jerry’s “Does This Smell Like It’s Gone Bad To You?” Most popular family vacation […]

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Byronic Man 2016: A Candidate He, Personally, Can Believe In

March 14, 2016


So this year’s presidential campaign is obviously insane.  I think we all keep waiting for it to get sane, and the waiting only makes us crazier.  I needed a candidate I could believe in.  And after an exhaustive search, I’ve found me!  Me: a candidate I believe in. And so should you.  Why? When I […]

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Limping Toward Glory. Or At least Toward ‘Not Limping.’

January 11, 2016


At the start of 2015 I said that 2014 was the year I found out I couldn’t do it all. So humbled. So wizened. Then came 2015. The year I found out, apparently, I can’t do anything. Oof. Rough one. If the year was a race, as I hobbled across the finish line to 2016 […]

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Have You Seen Too many Movies?

June 15, 2015


A co-worker tells you he’s 3 days from retirement. Your first thought is “Wish I was retiring” “Hm, wonder who’ll replace him? “You’re totally a dead man.” You go to unlock a door – car door, apartment, whatever. As you reach for the lock, you drop your keys at the last second. As you bend […]

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If The English Language Had Been Created As A School Assignment

June 8, 2015


First off, this is very thorough.  Great job – you’ve got everything here a language needs to be not only functional, but allow for nuance, tone, even connotation. I do have some concerns, though. The first is there seem to be some important words missing.  Example: There’s an entire entertainment industry built off of enjoying […]

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Won’t Get Fooled Again. Except When I Will.

June 1, 2015


Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Fool me three times, oops. Duh. Right. Fool me four times, and it’s possible I’m kind of in to it. Fool me five times, shame on my friends. Fool me six times, it’s possible I need professional help. Fool me seven times, shame […]

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