Beware of Big Promises: 1963


Community leaders, developers, planners, business people, and boosters are forever promising a brighter day tomorrow. So it was in Van Nuys nearly 60 years ago. The new police station, a striking piece of $5 million dollar architecture, whose inspiration appears to be many vertically positioned Philco televisions, was nearing completion on March 29, 1963. The…

Wrigley McCormick


In a tense time of academic purges and social media bullying, a newly fired, nearly retired professor from Northwestern University is befriended and taken in by a wealthy young benefactor hungry for a father figure and style muse.

Andrew B. Hurvitz: Short Stories

Wrigley McCormick

by Andrew B. Hurvitz

In a tense time of academic purges and social media bullying, a newly fired, nearly retired professor from Northwestern University is befriended and taken in by a wealthy young benefactor hungry for a father figure and style muse.


Note: This story contains a racial term which is considering insulting but is necessary in the telling of this fictional tale. There are also documented historical events which may be painful for some readers.


Sunday, weekend of Labor Day, Professor Steven Goodman walked at dawn down the driveway alongside his small ranch house in West Evanston, IL. He pushed a metal clothes rack, hung with garments, and a “$10” sign, taped on end.

It was the third day of his four-day estate sale.

Items included a cherry wood glass cabinet and six dining room chairs arranged around a Queen Anne table covered in stacked piles of…

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How Can This Be?


On a weekend we started again to go down to Koreatown for food. Before the pandemic we went all over the city to find great things to eat, places to explore, neighborhoods to walk around. Now you drive along the Hollywood Freeway and there are piles of garbage up and down the hills, tent encampments,…

“We’re Building an ADU!”


as told by John M. Thompson to Here in Van Nuys “Just wanted to share the great news. We’ve finally taken the plunge! We’re building an ADU, a second house in our backyard. I’m 61, and you know freelance graphic designer and the wife is on disability so we’ve been thinking how can we make money in…

They Didn’t Believe Me.


In my first new short story in three years, “They Didn’t Believe Me,” a progressive politician is unwittingly poisoned with the help of her ambitious assistant in a bizarre plot to upend an election. A noir satire with sci-fi touches, the tale dramatizes the modern ills of urban America where public virtue signaling is often…

Penn Station and Moynihan Train Hall.


In the midst of a very bleak and confounding time of depression, pandemic and attempted coup, the Moynihan Train Hall has opened in New York, inside the James Farley Post Office on 8th Avenue, carving out a glass vaulted space for Amtrak, to atone for the destruction, one block east, of the entire old Pennsylvania Station which only…