Author Archives: Burt Kempner

Burt Kempner has worked as a scriptwriter in New York, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, and Florida. His work has won numerous major awards, and has been seen by groups ranging in size from a national television audience in the United States to a half-dozen Maori chieftains in New Zealand. His documentaries have appeared on PBS, the Discovery Channel, the History Channel, CNBC, and European and Asian TV networks. He has two dogs, a cat, a wife and a son and is randomly kind to them all. More recently, Kempner has written three rather subversive books for children: Larry the Lazy Blue Whale, Monty the Movie Star Moose and The Five Fierce Tigers of Rosa Martinez. Visit his Amazon author page: amazon.com/author/burtkempner

No Good Deed . . .

“Marie was organizing a photo shoot over the week-end in which a number of women would disrobe and hold sample ballot forms over their lady parts. The caption of the photo was a play on Donald Trump’s infamous ‘grab ‘em by the pussy’ line, and the intent was to urge women to vote for candidates […]

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When I’m Gone

“The earth’s supply of beauty is diminishing./Add to it what you can and say/I do this in memory of my friend, my loved one./I do it so that his light remains between two worlds.”—Burt Kempner Pinhead Angel  By Burt Kempner GAINESVILLE Florida—(Weekly Hubris)—November 2018— When I’m Gone By Burt Kempner When I’m gone, Don’t just […]

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Hope Triumphant

“Over the next few generations, more and more of the Baal Shem Tov’s miracle-making ritual was forgotten, so when the fourth Hasidic leader was told a now-familiar tale of woe, he was crestfallen. ‘Alas,’ he said. ‘We are a diminished people. I don’t know the chant, I can’t build a fire, and I have no […]

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The Kindness Of Strangers (Best of “Hubris”)

  Pinhead Angel  By Burt Kempner “A frozen tableau right off the frozen food aisle: Jamie, holding out his credit card, the open-jawed clerk and Yours Truly glancing down as if my package of sun-dried tomatoes contained the answer.”—Burt Kempner GAINESVILLE Florida—(Weekly Hubris)—December 19, 2016—“I could watch you shop all day.” That was a new […]

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The Kindness Of Perfect Strangers

“‘Your groceries. I’d like to pay for them.’ Check for hidden camera. None in sight. ‘But . . . why?’ ‘It’s something I do.’” —Burt Kempner Pinhead Angel By Burt Kempner  GAINESVILLE Florida—(Weekly Hubris)—12/7/2015—“I could watch you shop all day.” That was a new one. When you reach a certain age, pick-up lines mutate from, […]

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Fear No More

“He tentatively lifted the eraser. Where to begin? What did he fear the most? Blindness. Yes, that was there on the board. He deleted it. Dying alone. Gone with a stroke. Never finding love. Vanquished and vanished. He was growing excited.” Burt Kempner Pinhead Angel By Burt Kempner  GAINESVILLE Florida—(Weekly Hubris)—4/22/2013—He was an exceptionally timid […]

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God Godding

“I have great respect for the scientific method, but I’ll put my faith every time in those who sing me to sleep with poems.” Burt Kempner Pinhead Angel By Burt Kempner GAINESVILLE Florida—(Weekly Hubris)—2/25/2013—Is God a Being or a State of Being? Many who have undergone Near Death Experiences (NDEs) claim it’s the latter. They […]

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Hearts and Pasta: An Investigation

Pinhead Angel  By Burt Kempner “No one is about to confuse the human heart with a bowl of pasta, although both can be deeply satisfying or terribly messy, depending on how they’re handled.” Burt Kempner GAINESVILLE Florida—(Weekly Hubris)—2/11/2013—Place a large bowl of steaming spaghetti before us. Some people will attack it at once, leaving all […]

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Heartfelt

“I went to the emergency room and X-rays revealed that the sutures holding my breastbone together were coming apart. So I had a second operation and a second reminder that intense boredom and exquisite pain can coexist just fine.” Burt Kempner Pinhead Angel By Burt Kempner GAINESVILLE Florida—(Weekly Hubris)—2/4/2013—On January 20th, 2009, Barack Obama was […]

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Getting Personal

Pinhead Angel  By Burt Kempner  Getting Personal  GAINESVILLE Florida—(Weekly Hubris)—1/21/2013— “My So-Called Spiritual Path” “As my sainted Hungarian grandmother used to say, ‘There are two hundred roads to Paradise and each is correct.’”—Burt Kempner “We may doubt anything, except that we are struck with amazement . . . . Doubts may be resolved, radical amazement […]

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