Memoirs, they say, are the great refuge of writers who have run out of ideas.
That may be me, but at least this month I can offer you four new installments of Half-Life, three set in Hong Kong and one in my hometown of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin.
Why do people write about themselves, anyway? Partly to sort themselves out, I think, and in my case remind myself that I was once something other than a slave to housework, as I wash my third sink of dishes in a single day.
But it's also to explain ourselves to our children. I've always been fascinated by those Doris Day-Rock Hudson sex comedies of the early 1960s in part because they help me understand my parents - in particular, why women ever thought those frozen, beauty-parlour hairdos were attractive. Perhaps Half-Life will help Georgia figure me out some day.
Of course, some things about my 80s youth are going to be difficult to explain.
Why did men wear earrings - particularly, in the mid 80s, one single, dangling shoulder-length earring?
What was with those giant shoulder pads? I remember buying a Norma Kamali dress so wide it looked like it wouldn't fit through a door.
And why did I think Mony Mony-era Billy Idol was so good-looking? The man's hair stands vertically on his head.
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