Jerome Grapel

Jerome Grapel was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1945 and raised in the New York City area in what could be called a vintage middle class upbringing. He attended Temple University in Philadelphia where he played baseball and graduated with a B.A. in history in 1967. With a “noticeable lack of vocation for anything, and not knowing what else to do,” he continued at Temple Law School, graduating in 1970.

More articles by Post Consumer Man prior to November, 2014.

Feb 052016

by Jerome Grapel……. Oh no, not him again. Is this all there is to talk about in the world’s only Stupid Power? Whatever happened to Brittany Spears? If only Michael Jackson were still alive. Can’t we go back to those good old days when the title of this essay only pertained to card games? Please, Post Consumer Man, do you have to do this? I’m sorry — I tried my best and held out for a long time. But with the recent appearance of perhaps [continue reading…]

 February 5, 2016  Posted by at 12:58 am Essays from Post Consumer Man, Issue #152 17 Responses »
Jan 222016
Why War is Bad

by Jerome Grapel……. (This essay was written at a time when the Abu Ghraib prison scandal was making its way into the world’s consciousness. More than a decade later, the horrifying chaos now prevailing in the region is sickening proof of the colossal blunder the American invasion was.) (5/04) As I write this essay, the second Bush Oil War has become the fiasco it always deserved to be. The latest piece of firewood thrown onto the flames of this madness is the graphic international diffusion [continue reading…]

 January 22, 2016  Posted by at 1:00 am Essays from Post Consumer Man, Issue #150 13 Responses »
Jan 082016
Omnipotent Acoustical Ugliness

by Jerome Grapel……. I recently published an essay called “Music Revisited” where I included an excerpt from Milan Kundera’s renowned novel, “The Unbearable Lightness of Being”. In it, he spoke of an “omnipotent acoustical ugliness” that is conquering the world. Right on cue, a recent incident in my life engendered this further expansion into the subject. Contemporary life is played out in front of an uproarious avalanche of noise almost all of us have become numb to. I say “almost” because I know of one [continue reading…]

 January 8, 2016  Posted by at 1:07 am Essays from Post Consumer Man, Issue #148 7 Responses »
Dec 252015

by Jerome Grapel……. (This essay was written in the late 90’s) I’ve been writing this series of essays long enough to have passed through a number of Christmas seasons. It is only now, after the accrued confidence garnered in elaborating this mounting slush of chicken soup philosophy, that I feel strong enough to take on this despotic colossus that has become such a powerful force in our culture. Given what I’ve written in these pages over the last few years, it should come as no [continue reading…]

 December 25, 2015  Posted by at 12:40 am Essays from Post Consumer Man, Issue #146 2 Responses »
Dec 182015
A Letter From Post Consumer Man

by Jerome Grapel……. (Some of you might remember a controversy that swirled through our culture shortly after the 9/11 tragedy. It went something like this: a Moslem owned some property in close proximity to Ground Zero and wanted to develop it with an Islamic cultural center. This immediately sent the usual American demagogs into a spittily rage of rejection, claiming it would besmirch the hallowed ground where the attacks had taken place. At the time, I wrote a letter to the editor that could be [continue reading…]

 December 18, 2015  Posted by at 12:40 am Essays from Post Consumer Man, Issue #145 2 Responses »
Dec 112015
Music Revisited

by Jerome Grapel……. (One of the great thinkers of the 20th century is the immortal Czech writer Milan Kundera. I was recently thumbing through his signature novel, a masterpiece called “The Unbearable Lightness of Being”, when I came upon a few passages I had underlined when reading it for the first time. I suppose I had done so because they so validated my own world view. When a consecrated genius like Kundera explains himself in a mirror-like fashion to oneself, it becomes an uplifting experience. [continue reading…]

 December 11, 2015  Posted by at 12:49 am Essays from Post Consumer Man, Issue #144 No Responses »
Nov 272015
Domestic Violence & the NFL

by Jerome Grapel……. Masculine gender violence has become a high profile issue in our society, made even more salient by the rash of such behavior originating in the culture of professional football. That such behavior seems to exceed the average in this environment is not that surprising. I’ve had the opportunity to be an athletic participant at a large university. Although each sport is a segregated activity, all the athletes play under the umbrella of a single institution and a particular Athletic Director. This creates [continue reading…]

 November 27, 2015  Posted by at 12:36 am Essays from Post Consumer Man, Issue #142 9 Responses »
Nov 132015
"Podemos": A Year Later

by Jerome Grapel……. (6/15, Spain) (“Podemos” is a new political party that has made its debut in Spanish politics about a year and a half ago. I consider it one of the first credible challenges to the current form of capitalism that has bullied its way to world dominance. Optimism would be too strong a word for its future, but, as of now, they are still in the game and seem to be gaining ground. This essay is an expression of hope for its growth [continue reading…]

 November 13, 2015  Posted by at 12:42 am Essays from Post Consumer Man, Issue #140 5 Responses »
Oct 302015
Consumerism vs Islam

by Jerome Grapel……. I recently saw an interview with the philosopher Sam Harris. Harris has made his mark in the world defending the atheist position against the tidal wave of religious acceptance that is the status quo for most of the world. Being that I am not a “believer”, and being that such a mind set almost always goes unrepresented and extremely under estimated in the American narrative, I’ve always been fond of Harris’s work. It is usually precise, empirical, and easily digestible. But he [continue reading…]

 October 30, 2015  Posted by at 12:24 am Essays from Post Consumer Man, Issue #138 15 Responses »
Oct 162015
All Poped Out

by Jerome Grapel……. (10/15) Quite coincidentally, I was in New York when the Pope made his — wait, I’d like to rephrase. Being that I am a native New Yorker; and being that almost all my extended family still lives there; and being that Pope Francis had never been there, let’s put it like this: quite coincidentally, the Pope was in New York when I made my annual visit to my native land. Although he did not try to procure an audience with me, such [continue reading…]

 October 16, 2015  Posted by at 12:32 am Essays from Post Consumer Man, Issue #136 2 Responses »
Oct 022015

by Jerome Grapel……. (Quite coincidentally, I was in New York when the Pope made his blockbuster visit to the mega city. It didn’t take long before I was totally “Poped out” under the weight of such an onslaught. If there is one thing I can say for sure about Pope Francis, it is this: his public relation skills are better than anyone who has ever held the Papacy. Whether he can, or intends to back this ability up with the substance of his rhetoric, is [continue reading…]

 October 2, 2015  Posted by at 12:42 am Essays from Post Consumer Man, Issue #134 5 Responses »
Sep 112015
Immigration Revisited

by Jerome Grapel……. (Regardless of everything that has gone down since Donald Trump turned American politics into a pro wrestling show, the one issue that most brought him to prominence is the immigration issue, something he has demagogued right to the top of the Republican primary fandango. In so doing, he has made this essay, written almost a decade ago, quite timely once again.) (5/06) I write this essay just one week after the massive demonstrations by undocumented immigrants in America on May 1st, the [continue reading…]

 September 11, 2015  Posted by at 12:42 am Essays from Post Consumer Man, Issue #131 2 Responses »
Sep 042015
Stieg Larsson and Lorenzo Silva

by Jerome Grapel……. (This is an essay I wrote about 4 years ago. I had no intention of posting it at this time until I read Martha Huggins’ excellent article on white collar crime in this very publication. Although it lacks the statistical minutia and professional expertise Dr. Huggins always enlightens us with, as a layman’s compliment to her work it might still serve a purpose). (10/11) The 2 people named in the title of this essay have written a good deal of the literary [continue reading…]

 September 4, 2015  Posted by at 12:38 am Essays from Post Consumer Man, Issue #130 7 Responses »
Aug 212015
2015: Where Are We?

by Jerome Grapel……. (5/15, Spain) For a chicken soup philosopher like myself, one who breathes in all the stimuli around him — the politics, trends, the Beyonces and Lebrons, the Oscars, presidents, divas, movers, shakers, the technological hypnotism that has us so enthralled, the ebbs and flows of who’s in charge, how it’s going down and the whole paella-goulash-punch bowl we live in — woo! It gets complicated, overwhelming, does anyone have an aspirin? This essay, at least from a socio-political aspect, will try to [continue reading…]

 August 21, 2015  Posted by at 12:30 am Essays from Post Consumer Man, Issue #128 1 Response »
Aug 072015
Animal Rights and Dean Koontz

by Jerome Grapel……. (This essay is the companion to “Animal Rights and ‘60 Minutes’” where I took issue with CBS’s extremely negative attitude towards the civil disobedience of animal rights activists. (They were disrupting research on cranial bullet wounds using cats). Both were written in the early 90’s. More than 20 years later, with the eruption into our consciousness of the death of a famous lion in Zimbabwe at the hands of an American trophy hunter, its relevance regains its vigor.) Dean Koontz writes novels. [continue reading…]

 August 7, 2015  Posted by at 12:26 am Essays from Post Consumer Man, Issue #126 2 Responses »