Author Archives: Justin

About Justin

Justin Kern pays the annual bill to own this domain that contains his name. What you see here is a sampling of how he chooses to use that online space. He lives in Milwaukee and still plays Sega Genesis.

“Blighted”

(This piece of FOIA bric-a-brac didn’t make the final cut for “The Milwaukee Anthology,” a collection edited by me and to be published in April 2018 by BELT. Submitted here for your consideration.) While an Ikea briefly stole the show, … Continue reading

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Deflate

(This is a non-fiction piece I wrote that no one else wants to publish so I get to here. It takes place from 2007-2017 in Wisconsin.) Paul’s hands submerged into an inflated blue balloon as the village cop knocked on … Continue reading

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Briefly: your Milwaukee stories and mine on the demolition derby (kind of)

Two items, connected by the marvelous crew at Cleveland’s Belt Publishing: ONE: What’s your Milwaukee story? Your painful, silly, and only-in-the-Cream-City tale? I’m editing/curating an anthology of nonfiction Milwaukee personal stories and essays. Details here, get your submissions in by … Continue reading

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Constitutional

We, the group of friends and acquaintances, in order to re-read or finally read America’s signature legal document, in the face of Tyranny, with a belief in Freedom, and an uncertainty on the Framework of It All, did ordain and … Continue reading

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The World of the End

The most persistent nightmare I’ve had involves the end of the world. This is not the end of my world, as in, say, I’m chased off a building by a clown or driven off a cliff in a Ferrari. Both … Continue reading

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Phony Conferences and the One That Really Mattered

During one particularly dull conference a few years ago, I had a daydream. The daydream – more of a bizarro scheme, really – involved setting up a circuit of pretend conferences. Online and in marketing hogwash, the conferences would exist, … Continue reading

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Four-Minute Brags

Four-minute brags, a few minutes to write about writing that took hours to accomplish … Over the next two months, I’ll have a whole mess o’ words printed for other people to see. For starters, I’ll be at the Milwaukee … Continue reading

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Groans on Film

I’ve been privileged lately to be part of two satisfying film projects, and one utter failure. First, the failure. It is a mistake to think that media at your fingertips is under your control. One of the great tricks of … Continue reading

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Friendly (2006-2016)

Friendly (2006-2016) Rest in Peace

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The Paradise of Reality on Pentimento Island

“This, the past, is never fixed but is, rather, the product of a consequent activity of adjustments, of pentimento.” –on a collection of paintings by Myrna Baez from “Puerto Rico: Puerta Al Paisaje” Step onto the plane in Chicago with … Continue reading

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