by Peter Balestrieri
1. "We'll build a little nest…"
I'm following my client, Mr. Dominic. He's so capricious.
He isn't really skinny. We just call him that.
Easy on that jug, Son.
Be my ghost.
I heard a tiny voice coming from Dominic's stomach.
bathed in the golden light of an Autumn afternoon
Here you are and there you go.
Always trust in Allah but tie up your camel.
Simply lift his tail to open his mouth.
Maybe the Moon can talk but doesn't want to talk to them.
"Give us lots of lucky breaks. That's what I want for Christmas."
"Dad," asked Dominic, "why are there no actors like Neil Hamilton anymore"?
I need a fez.
I'm not impressed by his advanced weinerheadism.
Use a Big Spoon
Dominic was moving through a small space and fell hitting a chair's edge with his upper lip near his nose.
One million's enough for me.
You were supposed to bust this guy, not join his cult!
The auctioneer in Return of the Bad Men is the barker with the chimp dressed as a farmer in Inherit the Wind, the barker selling snake oil in Whispering Smith, the barker of solid gold watches for a dollar in Guys and Dolls, the barker for the Mermaid in The Unconquered, and the barker for the shooting gallery in Friendly Persuasion.
They say of a two-faced person, "She eats saints and shits devils."
That's pretty radical isn't it?
I don't know but it feels like we're being pecked to death by ducks.
Dominic says "that" instead of "yes."
Henry George - how can Poverty and Wealth exist side by side - United Labor Party
Jacob Riis - How the Other Half Lives
I knew from the first moment I saw you that you were dangerous for me.
You're a goat.
A Hundred Camels Is Not Enough
"Isn't It Romantic"
Good as bread.
What's the use of worrying about your beard if your head is about to be
He's a good kid. When he sees you sweeping, he brings you the dustpan.
The Triangle Fire - 1911 - Manhattan
Perhaps it's the pile of dark, gelatinous balls, which, to many, don't exactly scream, "slurp me."
Chaplin - Five Keystone Shorts - 1914 - something about a choice between two things
The Heart and the Mind - what an enigma.
"The problem's right here," he said, tapping his forehead.
"Looks like all he needs is a Lava Lamp and some sitar music."
December 15 - Phantom smoke appears and disappears near the stove. We continue eating as though nothing has happened.
"Train Wreck" - that's your new name. How do you like it?
December 16 - While Dominic eats dinner the kitchen chairs begin moving.
You've got something in your nose.
Pete, would you make me some cookies? I love saying things like that.
In loving memory of children lost at sea.
I smelled your spareribs and sauerkraut and had to come in.
Spareribs and Sauerkraut
I hope Peter comes back soon from Washington. We haven't even started our
Here Comes Trouble
I busta da jukebox, too.
He's got a pair of dice that oughta be in the circus.
It's a sin to waste bread.
5 O'clock Shadow
You don't eat your toys so don't play with your food.
5 x 5 is 25
Caviar makes any party better, see page 19.
If you refuse me, what shall I do?
What a way to go!
On the Rocks
"As you can imagine, I've got a lot of anger you don't want to tap into."
Like a Tea Tray
I don't care about being the first boy stowaway in space.
Soundtracks to On the Waterfront and One-Eyed Jacks
Benvenuto's shoes are worth more than the eyes of all those other
...at the end of fifty days I was completely healed and as sound as a
Peter, what's wrong?
Dominic fell over near the fence and began crying. I consoled him. At lunch we noticed a red mark on his cheek.
Death and Other Problems
When I arrived there I began to vomit, and as I was doing so I brought up
a hairy worm, a quarter of a cubit in length. It was covered with long
hairs, and looked repulsive, spotted with various colors, green, black,
This is Pete. He dances for nickels.
Welcome to the Charnel House.
Tie him to a stake at the water's edge and let the crabs eat his liver.
The toothbrush I saw on TV, the one that I wanted, is the one that I use now that I don't like.
I return now to the 16th Century where I belong.
You're the only whore I'm interested in, Honey.
Paradise is a busy place.
I'm not human.
Harry Davenport plays a judge in You Can't Take It with You and Harry Carey plays a judge in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. Both pound gavels to restore order then smile and give up.
There are many proverbs in Iran that use the word, "walnut."
You got to have a dream
In Curse of the Demon, the villain's name is Carswell. I work with a guy named Carswell. Coincidence?
"I'll see you somewhere in Dreamland
Say the word, lad, and we will have the bones hot from his flesh.
He is the blood of my heart.
We've tried nothing and we're all out of ideas.
He's a boy who enjoys a display.
Now is pretty.
That's the first time I ever ate a turkey stuffed with a rabbit.
A la mode doesn't just mean "with ice cream," it also means "with vegetables and a brown sauce." Like when Chill Wills serves Rabbit a la Mode in Boom Town.
Am I going to have to follow up on this with you?
The monkeys are swingin' on their swingin' swings.
"C is for cookie - that's good enough for me.
I have no uncle and he does not live in Philadelphia.
I'm skittish, like a colt.
World's Smartest Fork!
Bring on the pork chops!
Q: What beverage has a bottle cap that features a devil's face and the words, "Trust me"?
"Adrienne! Find your voice!"
Less thorns means less flower production.
God told me to eat a stuffed pork chop and drink champagne before going to bed. What was God thinking?
My Dad gave my Mom a music box that plays "The First Time We Met." You can hear it in Crack-Up, too.
A bear is eating a fish.
Pub. May 2001