These are my books:
Tragic Stories Disguised as Jokes
Tragedy and Comedy are often a matter of mistaken identity. The problem is they are the same thing. If it looks like one or the other, please tilt your head. Thank you.
Tragic Stories is a collection of stories and columns by David Raffin. They combine History, Science, Fashion Tips, Mimes, Mythology, Satire, and Tips for modern life.
Perils of Free Thought (a book of no small danger)
“Perils of Free Thought” is filled with aphorisms, jokes, anti-jokes, philosophy, and bears.
Jokes are compact lies. But they are splendid, beautiful lies. Short stories are simple lies, and you can tell them in one sitting. Novels are long form lies. Complicated. Got to hold that lie together. Reality is just a bunch of lies in real time.
This book also contains “Perils of Time Travel (another book of no small danger)”
Scenic Cesspools & other indignities (a tragi-comedy about work)
Scenic Cesspools is a tragi-comedy about work. With just enough time travel. And a bucket of grease which has something to do with free will.
Scenic Cesspools is the story of a kid who is pulled into his high school disciplinary office to be chastised for achieving some of the highest test scores in the school while still managing to almost flunk out. Upon graduation, there is nothing left but to venture into the workforce.
Working at a paper mill he discovers the industrial site is an alien landscape filled with green noxious liquids, held in open surface containers, outgassing into the atmosphere. It’s a place where death is as close as a misstep and the air smells a little like poison every day.
He learns that sales is a religion. A religion based on morning motivational meetings, chanting, and believing. If you are “money motivated” all you need do… is believe.
Leasing low income housing is difficult when your supervisors dislike poor people. Especially when they hate deaf people, because “deaf people make trouble.”
He learns there is nothing like selling flowers on the street from the back of a pickup; except selling perfume on the street from a cardboard box, or working for Ralph Nader.
Characters float in and out, sometimes challenging perceptions of time. They are obsessed with nuclear war in Vietnam, sex, Canadians, and unearned heroism.
Rhyme or Treason (the hard fought illusion of choice)