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I Am A Grown Man And I Collect Clowns

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Author reading an excerpt of his personal narrative at the 2014 WALL Literary Journal public reading.

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Sterling Wormwood – “Merry Go Round” Live 8/3/2014

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Wormwood Wasn’t Here: The World Famous Doll Hut in Anaheim, California.

Clowns

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Clowns

I am a grown man and I collect clowns. Statues, dolls, paintings, photographs, knick-knacks, flower vases, ashtrays, coffee mugs, music boxes, picture frames: anything having to do with clowns, I dig. Now, I am fully aware that this is not typical behavior for a somebody my age, and if I had one clown item for every time a friend, family member, or girlfriend has voiced this sentiment, well, I’d probably have the same amount of clown items that I do now. Which is a lot.

I keep clowns everywhere. I have so many clowns in my room that people who know me have dubbed it “The Clown Room,” a title that I probably find more endearing than it is intended to be. I even have a couple in my car: a painted statuette of a magician clown nestled in my center console and a clown on a swing that I rigged up from the rear passenger window so that it actually swings while the car is in motion. The latter is an exceptionally cute little conversation piece:

“I just love your Cadilla—Is that a clown on a swing?”

“Yes. Yes, it is.”

“You know, where I’m going isn’t too far of a walk. You can let me out here…”

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Feeding Back The Feedback, Jack

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I got bored this morning and made a trailer video for my YouTube Channel (Prank Calls From Outer Space). Some of the quotes I actually swiped from my followers, so check it out to see if you’re in there. I didn’t mean anything with the clowns, by the way…

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A Fleeting, Ephemeral Prometheus; or, Scapegoating Air Guitar

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A Fleeting, Ephemeral Prometheus; or, Scapegoating Air Guitar

When I was in elementary school, one of my best friends was a kid named Jon. Jon’s father was the vice principal of Dana Hills High School, which I would later attend (albeit very reluctantly and infrequently). Mr. Schlesinger, as his father was called, thought it would be beneficial for us young children to attend the air guitar there one year, so that we could glimpse how fun and exciting our futures would be. I was maybe ten years old, and even though the event would just be a bunch of pimple faced kids pretending to sing vapid pop songs, this would be the closest thing to a concert I would experience at that time.

I remember the hallways seeming really large and the ceilings really high. The students were so big that they were more adults than kids in my eyes; I was intimidated to be sure, but excited nonetheless.

As I would come to discover in time, the event wasn’t much different from nearly every other air guitar, pep rally, and school dance function in existence. Students did performances of popular radio hits of the day and classics from the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s. Some were more entertaining than others, but nothing really stood out too much in hindsight—with one notable exception.

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Implied Self-Portrait

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Implied Self-Portrait

Graphite on Strathmore #400 for a drawing class. The purpose of the assignment was to draw an object or objects that represent you, so that somebody would look at it and immediately think of you. Drawing/painting is my most severely lacking artistic department, but I think I’m improving. It came out vaguely creepy, so I think I nailed myself in that regard. In fact, I like it so much that I made it the background for the page.

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“Merry-Go-Round” by Sterling Wormwood (unmixed)

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I apologize for the severe lack of writing activity on my part as of late. I have been extraordinarily busy with many things, one of which is recording an album. There will be much more writing to come, but for now, here is an unmixed track that I just about wrapped up today. Dig it.