In which a hippie says good afternoon

The setting: a beautiful park next to a river where a picturesque waterfall spills into a deep pool crossed by an old Roman bridge under which two white swans swim in the dappled reflections of a sunset beyond the distant hills. Two women sit on a park bench nearby...

In which Ewan McGregor visits moi in a dream

Ewan McGregor approaches with a smile and gives Moi a big hug. Ewan: It is SO good to see you again! How have you been? Moi: Oh, you know… We stayed in some houses for a year during quarantines, but we are living in our van again. Traveling around like old times...

Rueful Archer

Rufus cries softly into a wineglass late at night. A computer sits open before Rufus upon which he has just binge-watched a full season of Archer. Rufus: How did this happen? Why? Rufus shuts his computer, slurps wine, and lets the tears roll down his cheeks. Dermot:...

Panaché

A group of guys sit around a table and discuss how to rebrand the beverage 7-Up. 1: Seven up. 2. Oh, god, where do we get these clients. 3: They pay super well, though, right? 4: Let’s move on, ya’ll, from all those negativities and just do the job. 1. Do the job?...

How is Jeffrey Bezos more productive than you

Two friends sit in a café terrace and look at their phones. Guy: Hey, can you guess what three things Jeffrey Bezos has that make him more productive than you? Friend: Lots of money, an enormous floating mancave, and an attractive office assistant? Guy: Wow, how did...

The Gerasimov Doctrine

Putin: Oh god. Putin rubs his face in his hands. Putin: I just remembered, I have to have a meeting with the new US president next month. General: Sir, don’t stress; let’s just follow the next step of the Gerasimov Doctrine? Putin: What’s the next step for the...