Cover of Trophy Envy by Mark Levy

Trophy Envy by Mark Levy

Here are more than 75 short essays that have been broadcast on the Public Radio show "Weekend Radio," hosted by Robert Conrad, the voice of the Cleveland Orchestra. The essays are based on everyday observations – like the sort of people who drive on express lanes, how cops give directions, middle names, and what the Bible left out – and sometimes offer wacky advice – like what to do the first day on a new job, why old people should walk faster, why you really shouldn't travel, and why retirement is a bad idea.

 

The essays are so short, you can read one while waiting for a bus or while your bread is in the toaster.

 

The best place to store this book may be in your bathroom, where reading material is always appreciated.

 

Mark's essays have been praised for their humor and clever insights.

 

Trophy Envy is available as a trade paperback or in Kindle format via Amazon US and other bookstores in the United States, and via Amazon UK in the United Kingdom and Europe.

 

Read an Essay

Remembering the First Time

Medical Abbreviations

 

All Essays in Trophy Envy

 

I. It Wasn't Funny at the Time

Trophy Envy

Confessions of a Book Collector

Fan Mail

Listen to This

A Mouse in the Bed

Movies I Regret

My Life's Disappointments

My Short Life as a Potential Criminal

Neglecting One's Hobbies

Rituals

Remembering the First Time

 

II. Doctors and Doubt

A Disease of My Own

A Perfect Storm of Silence

Ain't Enough Seasons

Amorous Birds

Another Medical Breakthru

Autumn is the Noisiest Season

Coming to My Senses

Contagious Yawns

Contraindications: The Game

Effexor is Stressful

False Memories

Fear of Just About Everything

Forbidden Fruit

Hurricanes and Galaxies

I Like My Present Age the Most

I'm Always Late

Medical Abbreviations

Medical Abbreviations – Part 2

Move Along, Old Fella

My Contact Lenses

Nap Time

Not So Fat

O.C.D.

Olé! Extraction in the Afternoon

Oranges

Passions

Pineapples

Saving Time on Envelopes

Senior Discounts

Sooo Skinny

Taste Versus Texture

The Life of a Food Taster

The Power of Suggestion

The Shortest Memory

The Weather

Too Late for Child Prodigyhood

What's a Patient to Do?

Winning at O.T.B.

Wish List for Genetic Engineers

 

III. Coming and Going

Automatic Auto Feature

Can I Get There From Here?

Discrimination in the Air

Drinking and Driving

Express Lanes

Find a Grave

Food is My Destination

Geographic Dishes

Getting Directions

How I Know I'm Not in Florida

Let's Not Take a Trip

Magic Cities

Many Capitals of the World

Moving Day

Popular Google Searches by State

Springs

Traveling with Tchaikovsky

Your Right to Reverse

 

IV. You Call This Work?

Autodidacts

Career Advice

Dying to Work

First Day on the Job

Here's Some Advice: Take My Advice!

I Work Too Hard

Let's Dance

Not-So-Starving Artists

Successful Writers' Secrets

Why I Won't Retire

 

Read some essays by Mark Levy, or check out his companion volume They're Only Words.

 

Trophy Envy is available as a trade paperback or in Kindle format via Amazon US and other bookstores in the United States, and via Amazon UK in the United Kingdom and Europe.