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:

Crowds & Madness

Pinhead Angel By Burt Kempner GAINESVILLE Florida—(Weekly Hubris)—12/31/2012— “The Evil Mr. What’s-His-Name” “I am sick of being an accomplice of sorts.” Burt Kempner Note: When I wrote this back in July, I had no illusions that it would be the last word on the subject. I am making a concerted effort not to commit the name […]

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ROFLR (Rolling on the Floor Reading)

“It was a quintessential slow news night. I was watching the 11:00 broadcast and was bored to death, even though I’d written the damned thing.” Burt Kempner Pinhead Angel By Burt Kempner ROFLR (Rolling on the Floor Reading)  GAINESVILLE Florida—(Weekly Hubris)—12/3/2012— “I Place Myself under House Arrest” I lived in Washington, DC, from 1980-1985, and […]

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All at Sea!

“The minute we dock, you don’t know me anymore. I won’t even look at you. I have to return to the House of Fear. Promise me you’ll never live there.” Burt Kempner Pinhead Angel by Burt Kempner  All at Sea! GAINESVILLE Florida—(Weekly Hubris)—11/19/2012— “The House of Fear: A Shipboard Romance” Back in 1977, I received a […]

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Love In Its Seasons

“I told you once that I never lied to you, but that you weren’t willing to accept what I said as the truth. I was full of crap.” Burt Kempner Pinhead Angel By Burt Kempner GAINESVILLE Florida—(Weekly Hubris)—10/29/2012— “Dear ____: A Letter of Longing and Regret” I’ve given up trying to find you again. If […]

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It’s Only Rock and Roll

“I was not a very good newsman, not then at least. My first major assignment was to interview author Kurt Vonnegut, who was speaking at Lehigh University. I asked him what I thought were intelligent questions, and he would start to give erudite answers, only to begin cursing like mad 30 seconds into his reply. […]

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The Kindness Of Strangers

Pinhead Angel  by Burt Kempner GAINESVILLE Florida—(Weekly Hubris)—11/28/11—“I could watch you shop all day.” That was a new one. When you reach a certain age, pick-up lines mutate from, “Sail my way, Dreamboat,” to “Hey, you don’t smell like Ben-Gay!” I stared at the round-faced, pleasant-looking young man ahead of me on line in the […]

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