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The Worst Date of My Life

"Years ago, in a Buick Electra, Lewis Garnett discovered he still had some growing up to do." If ever there was an understatement...   ...read more.

“Heritage Song” Double-tap on NPR

Air dates: May 23 and 27, 2011 on NPR affiliate WFDD during breaks in Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

Karma got me twice on this one. Not that I didn’t deserve it, you understand.   ...read more.

“First Car” on NPR

Lew transforms two tons of scrap metal, one homicidal pony and a trunkload of genuine junkyard parts into a nostalgic gemstone.

The full-length (unedited) version is available in MP3 download or with nine additional stories on Lew’s album Defining Moments.   ...read more.

“Heritage Song” on NPR

A singer tortures Lew's musical ear until he realizes the essential beauty of her Appalachian folksong.

What was it about that woman that made a tenfull of paying customers quietly endure the unendurable and then applaud for it? ...read more.

“Mr. B’s Olympic Games” on NPR

During a bout of sinusitis, Lew discovers how a little friendly competition changes a gentle "wiener dog" friend into a fierce competitor.

In normal times Mr. B slept on his pillow by the warm air vent. But when I moved to the sofa, he combined his penchant for snuggly places with several father-and-son Olympic events he invented.  ...read more.

“Monopoly” on NPR

Lew recounts his hilarious adventures with two other 12-year-olds inside their "opium den of Parker Brothers board play," carrying unexpected life lessons into adulthood.

And these things we did in such a frenzy of movement and laughter that visitors to our homes thought we'd just escaped from a locked ward.  ...read more.

“Brushmarks” on NPR

With soulful near-reverence, Lew recounts his childhood experience with an old house painter, whose subtle, yet profound influences persist to this day.

Blaine sat there all thin-legged and bony, his white coveralls sagging like one of Dad's shirts on me. Time dissolved.  ...read more.

“The Wall” on NPR

Born to parents who endured both the Great Depression and World War II, Lew powerfully retraces his lost "rite of passage" into manhood, rooted in the social chaos, deep uncertainties and brutal realities of the Vietnam War.

Our government divided young male citizens into two groups, based on academic ability. When I graduated high school, I could go to college or Vietnam....  ...read more.
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