My Books

These are my books:

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)”

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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.
Possibly everything.

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.

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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.

Rhyme or Treason (the hard fought illusion of choice)

A collection of darkly humorous stories and columns. In “Twilight of the Clowns” a traditional way of life ends as clowning ceases to be a viable way of life; In “Everybody Loves a Little Elf” elves save a man’s business but create a literal stink about property rights and slave labor; In “More than One Day in the Life of Igor Igoravitch” a KGB agent is caught up in a web of intrigue that is his own creation; Australians move to take over the world with their national food, the hot dog; The web of lies in Charlotte’s Web is exposed; and the price of the simulacra in the window is finally laid bare.


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