I haven’t always been this nice. Here’s proof.

There is something mesmerizing about Mark’s posts. He needs to be read, deserves to be read – all that stuff. If you haven’t read him before, please go over and have a look, it is well well worth your time.

Exile on Pain Street

Prologue for the uninitiated.

If you go to my basement and look under my workbench, behind the Christmas ornaments, you’ll find this:


This is a bin filled with journals from my early years in New York. Hundreds of typed, single-spaced pages and about a dozen hand-written books. I occasionally post an extract. I wasn’t always kind to women (or myself, for that matter). Some of it is a bit graphic. But I make no apologies for who I was back then and I ask you to not judge too harshly. I was just a kid. A seeker on a path. The feedback I get on these posts is humbling. People either really enjoy them or they’re being charitable.

February 27, 1993

Somebody put a huge car bomb in the basement of the World Trade Center yesterday. I can’t tear myself away from the TV coverage. I happened at 12:30 in…

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17 thoughts on “I haven’t always been this nice. Here’s proof.

  1. You are right, Trent. There is something about Mark’s writing that captures you. I think that it’s amazing he has all those meticulous journals and can chronicle the past as seen through his eyes at the time. I only kept one journal in my life and it was the year I had cancer. I started it so I could write down what doctors said to me so I wouldn’t forget and get it wrong later. I was on my own and drugged so I didn’t want screw up. I read it on occasion and am always surprised at the stuff I put in there.

  2. He is a terrific writer. I’d read and commented on this over at his house.

    But I want you to know, Trend, that I have always been this nice. Which, of course, isn’t very. 😉

  3. I’ve read him end to end. He is fascinating. Trite as it my seem, fave is when he view into a restaurant at lunch and describes his meal…he showed a pic. Thanks for the highlight, Trent.

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