Category Archives: Stories

Squat

Oakland, 1996. The house next door from me was empty for a long time. The previous owners defaulted on their loan and were evicted by the bank which just ignored it for months. So, naturally, a homeless speed freak began … Continue reading

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“Sarcasm”

So I put out a new album recently called “Sarcasm”: https://mattlebofsky.bandcamp.com/album/sarcasm Here’s the background story and some insider nerdish details… I write a lot of songs – I can’t help it. Some are straight ahead pop, some are “quirky,” and … Continue reading

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Ankle

I originally wrote and published this story on March 24, 2020 about something that happened on March 2nd (i.e. a year ago today). Things are weird so I felt compelled to formalize the last few weeks into a story, such … Continue reading

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Keys

It was towards the end of my first semester at Binghamton University, just before finals week. To let off steam some dorm-mates and I went to a midnight showing of “Wizard of Oz” in one of the main lecture halls. … Continue reading

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Honk

Jenya’s 1983 Toyota Tercel wagon was pretty sweet except it had one quirk: the horn didn’t work. And so it became a regular comedy routine in this car beating incessantly on the soundless horn in mock anger while driving around … Continue reading

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Cat on a Pole

One Saturday afternoon the doorbell rang. It was the woman house-sitting for our neighbor Ann across the way. I don’t remember her name. Let’s just call her Mindy. “Is that your cat?” Mindy asked. She said a neighborhood kitty seems … Continue reading

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Itchy

My brother, Ben, and I attended the same college for the year he was a senior and I was a freshman. Frequently I’d escape the drunken dorms to spend a more peaceful night at his house off campus. I visited … Continue reading

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Boy Trouble

My housemate Janet’s boyfriend Rick called me all the way from Russia, where he had been for weeks. Janet wasn’t returning any of his calls, so naturally he was worried. This was back before cell phones and the world wide … Continue reading

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My Doppelganger

Marc was a junior in high school when I was a senior. We looked so much alike (and had similar first and last names) that people got us mixed up all the time. My teenage years were punctuated with total … Continue reading

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Pudge

In the late 90’s Jenya and I lived in an Oakland flat, along with our two housemates Vicky and Crissy, and our two cats Normal and Pudge. Normal was an awesome kitty and beloved pet, but Pudge was a stray … Continue reading

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