outh ash

Articles, stories, and humor by Mike Walsh

Short Stories

Oberman the Footnote -- A humorous retelling of the Snow White tale as a romantic and political intrigue from the POV of the Huntsman. Graphics by Ted Stamas.

Man in the Basement, a Kafka-esque, Wizard of Oz-ish, Marx Brothers-ish, Heart of Darkness-ish, Dante's Inferno-esque satire of corporate accounting practices.

Stations of the Cross Reinterpreted
Carvings by Susan Hagen and stories by Mike Walsh.


Black Hoods and Iron Gags, the Quaker penal experiment at Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia.

The Nightmare Before Christmas: The true story of a bitter, unemployed writer's pursuit of good gift giving through seasonal employment.

The story of the legendary Tube Bar recording, one of the strangest cultural artifacts you're ever likely to encounter.

Roadside America: A Utopian Vision of an America Long Gone

My Gay Community Day


Season of the Sun, Season of Danger: Beware the dangers of the outdoors this summer

How to Pick Up Girls, Guaranteed!

Goddamn the Ponytail Man: Inside the ponytail wearer’s head, low, cunning thoughts do lurk

Please Mr. Congressman, Don’t Take My Assault Weapons Away


How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Bob Dylan: Review of a Dylan concert in Philly in August 2011. Also available on BobDylan.com.

A Very Wayne Newton Christmas: Not as Funny as It Should Be

David Lee Roth Fondles Himself at the Hard Rock Casino: Now that's entertainment!

Nitroglycerine!!! The Rock & Roll Eruption of Wanda Jackson.

The Weird, Wild, Wonderful World of Liberace.

Sun Ra, The life, music, and philosophy of the jazz genius from outer space.

For the Love of Elvis: The Jim "E" Curtin Story


Santorum Dissembles, Just Like His Role Model: The senator from PA just can't stop lying (2003)

George W. Bush Euphemism Game: When Lies Cannot be Called “Lies” (2003)

George W. Bush, Problem Child or Average Guy? (2003)

Predictions About George H. Bush's Term in Office (1989)

South Philly

RIP: Fear & Loathing At Cheesesteak Junction. The story of Joey Vento's impact in my former neighborhood.

This Ain't Dodge City: The story of an injured cat, a drunk neighbor, and a gun.

Ah-ha, the Cowlicks: A few afternoons in a South Philly barber shop


Phils Choke Again in '04 but Nothing Compares to 64: The 40th Anniversary of the Most Legendary Choke of All Time

Soul on Ice: The story of Willie O'Ree, the 1st black man to play in the NHL.

Phlegm of Dreams: Those Salivatin’, Expectoratin’ Boys of Summer

Movies, TV, and Books

I See Darkness, Twin Peaks. A look back at the wonderful funny, creepy, and influential TV show from the early 90s.

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, a book review

1989, The Year of the Drooler: The Cinema Reaches New Levels of Verisimilitude

Chant and Be Happy: Explore the Magick of Chant-O-Matics

Check out mw in ExpressoTILT for more articles and essays by Mike Walsh.

Send email to Mike Walsh

Back to missionCREEP