Issue 16: Music

Welcome back, Pancake pied-pipers!

This instrumental issue is as well-written as a Rachmaninoff piano Prelude and twice as easy to pronounce! We’ve got more pentatonic prose, percussive poetry, and psalmic photography than you can shake a handbell at.

Composer and saint Hildegard von Bingen lays down her visionary advice in this edition of “Past Help.”  “Whistle Stop” provides the soundtrack to a political microcosm on the train from Toronto to Ottowa, “Performance Notes on My American Quotidian—A Musical Memoir” recalls music’s power to transform the mundane into the transcendent, and “K-Joy Holiday” finds two misfits finding each other during this festive holiday season.  Editorial intern Ruth “Rooster” Flanagan returns to objectify parts of this balanced breakfast in “Hot Men With Breakfast Foods.”

So shuffle that sheet music, crank those speakers to eleven, and drop the needle on the vintage vinyl opus of laughter that is Hobo Pancakes!

With musical sincerity,

The Hobo Pancakes Team

Letters to the Editor

by Ruth “Rooster” Flanagan, editorial intern

Screams & Grumbles

“13 Songs for the Freelancer”

by Lora Shinn & Peter Imbres

“Instant Credibility”

by Justin Laub


Salute Our Shorts: The News In Brief

“Ripping the Headlines”

by Paul Lander

Past Help

by Saint Hildegard von Bingen, O.S.B.

Annals of the Flesh

“K-Joy Holiday”

by Bill Ratner

“The Grand Romance of Earl”

by Brenton Dickieson

Articles of Faith

“The New Book of Genesis”

by AJ Serrano

The Astral Plane

“Obits From the Future”

by Mrs. Sowerberry

Musical Notes

“Performance Notes on My American Quotidian (A Musical Memoir)”

by Michael Lohafer

Ancient History

“VonWar: A Story of Classic Rock”

by Alex Colvin

“The Clevelanders”

by Josephine Kensington

Judgment Day

“Christmas Initiation”

by Alexander Schwab

“The #$@!# Bicycle Boys Save Christmas, Again”

by Alex Bernstein

No, YOU’RE Fucked Up!

“Liquor for Dummies: A Guide for the Bootlegger on a Budget”

by Blaine Ely

“Where Monsters Go”

by Alexander Watt

The Palate Cleanser

“Do You Want Strings With That?”

by Tim Bodicoat


by Matt Yeager

Department of Human Resources

“Whistle Stop”

by Jordan Moffatt

“The Gift of Gibb”

by William Blomstedt

The Locker Room

“I Went for a Run”

by Alexandra Aste

Iambic Ixplosion


by Noel Doyle

“I Can’t Get No… Oh No No No”

by Dill Darling

“I Have A Nightmare”

by the Ginger Philes

Photographic Evidence

“Depth of Feeling”

by Tanya LaBrake

“Hot Men With Breakfast Foods”

by Ruth “Rooster” Flanagan, editorial intern