Eating Pizza with a Spoon is a biography of my brother, John Mark Brooks, who took his own life, July 28th, in Nashville, Tennessee. Musician, writer, businessman, comedian, cross-dresser, biographer, economist, he was a remarkable presence in our lives.
Eating Pizza with a Spoon
Famous Lost Words is a compilation of quotations from famous people who might have had a temporary loss of memory and were forced to invent new ways of saying what they were famous for saying.
Famous Lost Words
Singing Down the Drain is a musical with two players, an aging couple who may or may not know who the other is. They have just met or they have known each other for fifty years. The only thing they can remember with any consistency is the lyrics to the music of their lives, and that becomes an effective means of communication between them.
Singing Down the Drain
Fall Awake is a play, written after another piece called I Am Godot, written after reading Waiting for Godot, by Samue Beckett, many years ago. This recent play bears little resemblance to that iconic play, but it owes itself to that original work.
The Lonely Lion & All the Animals from A to Z is a collection of alliterative children’s stories for adults and the children who love them. I began these tales, one day, with a casual remark to a friend about the similarity between the words juggler and jugular. He suggested I write a story about it, so I did. It was called ‘The Juggler in the Jungle.’ After that, it was only a matter of time before I began to write stories using all the letters of the alphabet. An artist friend, Christine Schibly, was visiting, not long after these stories were written, and I thought she might be a good one to illustrate them. She has a narrative style in painting that I could not match. She agreed to do the wonderful work you see below, and this book came into being. Her original watercolors are 11×14. Christine lives in San Francisco. The second section of animal paintings are my own, later, less complex versions of The Lonely Lion. The paintings in that section are 5×7 watercolors.
Lonely Lion Introduction
The Lonely Lion
This is the anthology for the one-man show, The Blood & Turnips Poetry Festival, which was first performed by the author in San Francisco in 1975 at Intersection Theatre, and later at other venues.
“My woman has great steaming tits! I love to grab them into heaven of terrible death! When I am dying inside my woman, I scream, “I AM LOVER!” and the flowers of our mouths blossom into the crimson of our love’s anguish.” (Perfidio Vitus)
Blood & Turnips Introduction
Blood & Turnips Anthology
The Boy Who Named Himself is a fable, written in Lucknow, India, in early 1992 and performed for a small group of delightfully indifferent people from around the world on the lawn of the Carlton Hotel. One older woman said, at the time, “You may think this story will change the world, but it won’t.” She was right, of course. The world does or does not change itself.
The Boy Who Named Himself
Spike’s Eye View is a book of cartoons for children and others, from 2000.
The True Story of Zenman is a book of cartoons, compiled in 2001, for children and adults, that could also be an introduction to Zenwords.
I’m Alive is a play, written in 1990, and performed at the Seattle Playwrights Festival, winning the highest prize that year for a full-length drama.
I’m Alive Introduction