Previous Update (April 14, 2015 -- 10:22 pm):
The people who stoke the wars of today are the same people who stoked the American Civil War of the 1860s, and all other wars both before and after, in every land. This story is an alternate history of the 90 minutes following the assassination of US President Abraham Lincoln, which happened exactly 150 years ago today, at the very hour of this very post: 10:22 p.m. In "Sic Semper Tyrannis" you will meet the man who causes all wars, and also a very weary Confederate captain who tries to stand against him.
Previous Update (December, 2014):
A college professor struggles with his attraction for a young student until he learns something which makes her advances impossible to resist. Can you imagine a situation where betraying one's values, even one's dearly beloved wife, is the honorable thing to do? This might be such a situation. But then again, it might not. "Eclipse" is a very dark romance.
Previous Update (July, 2014):
Hero? Madman? Athlete? Killer? CAUTION! This short piece is not a call to violence, but an examination of the arbitrary divisions we draw between different brands of violence. Experience this war scene, or wait, this worldwide sports spectacle through the eyes of the "King of the Gunmen." Reader discretion advised.
Previous Update (April, 2014):
So you think you're good at parcheesi! Well, you've got a big FAT head! In fact, your ego is sooo big that religion after religion has evolved to dismember it. "Religion and Ego" is a short essay that investigates the ties that bind us to this world.
Previous Update (December, 2013):
Sometimes justice is perverted! "A Case of Public Indecency" is a very short play that illuminates the perversion and hypocrisy that was the Chelsea/Bradley Manning trial and sentencing.
Previous Update (August, 2013):
Wigleaf magazine long-listed "The Dinner Party" among the best very short stories of 2012. Marvelatt its language, son, as it blows you like awayway. Also: The 19 forums and 195 thoughtful comments that launched "God and Humans" now have a permanent url.
Previous Update (April, 2013):
This hilarious story provides incontrovertible evidence that sometimes ancient statues need a smoke! Editors have called this piece "funny" and "odd." Strike a match and inhale some big laughs with "The Roman at the Dumpster."
Previous Update (October, 2012):
Awaken your primal self. Stir your inner riddle. "Language as Mystery" is a short philosophical essay that explains why graffiti catches your eye, and how words can transcend their meaning.
Previous Update (June, 2012):
What will he do if she dies? A brief tale about love, life and...life? "Hanna" is a dark romance that explores our deepest needs.
Previous Update (March, 2012):
Hide your panties! In times of political transition all the rules are flexible and this customs official is feeling kinda greedy. Read the irreverent "Gifts for Libya" and laugh your boobs right out of their cups.
Previous Update (October, 2011):
Beauty goes much deeper than the skin. There is more to Brad and Angelina and Aishwarya and Haifa Wehbe than you think. Read "Beauty as Power," and see those celebrity magazines at the grocery store in a new light.
Previous Update (June, 2011):
Included the full-length novel "The Return to Aztlán," which portrays the end of the Mesoamerican Fifth Sun. This is how the calendar ends! Also: "Thus Much Fire", a video homage to the revolutions in the Middle East.
Previous Update (April, 2011):
"Cartoon-girl" escapes from the television world into the human world to create a hilarious ethical problem with worldwide repercussions. Also: The prologue to the full-length novel "The Return to Aztlán."
Previous Update (December, 2010):
You'd think after a couple of thousand years someone as old and wise as the ocean would learn the limits of Christmastime felicity. Well, you can witness the sea's belated awakening to these limits in "Yule Tide." Also: Christmas toys come alive to fight each other while reciting Shakespeare to chip tunes in the video "The Real Lord Talbot".
Previous Update (August, 2010):
A more concise and exact distillation of John Dishwasher's nonconformist lifestyle can be read in the pieces "Some Advice for the Rich from the Poor," "The Philosophy of John Dishwasher in 136 words," and "An honest-to-god resume of 20 part-time jobs in 16 years."
Previous Update (April, 2010):
What happens when the last of those remaining barriers between the health care people and the lawsuit people becomes a turnstile? We might be able to laugh about it in a short play like this, but you still gotta feel bad for Mr. Elias Pratt and his maimed neighbor. Ouch! Reach for a syringe and your stenograph and experience: "Turnstile, a super modern fugue in three dimensions." Also: A hypnotic blend of centuries, forms and cultures in the video "Soliloquy, the remix."
Updates Begin (November, 2009):
This first update included the haunting tale "The Dragon and the Dolphin." Also: Twelve short scenes that add up to the sexy, philosophical and dark romance "The Ophidia, Part Two."
Website Expansion (August, 2009):
Phase Two of the website begins with the addition of short fictions, poems and essays.
Website Launch (August, 2006):
John Dishwasher is born with the publication of "The Gods of Our Fathers"
Domain name purchased (March, 2006). Website conceived (September, 2005).
I experimented with every single social network that came along. None of them worked for me long-term except Facebook. These icons are left here as artifacts. Don't join the mailing list. I no longer monitor it.