David Ohle’s first novel Motorman was published by Knopf in 1972 and quickly became a cult classic due to its lack of availability and Ohle’s relative quiet on the literary scene for the next thirty years. In 2004, 3rd Bed Books reissued Motorman and Ohle published its sequel, The Age of Sinatra, with the Soft Skull Press. In 2006, Ohle compiled and edited Cursed from Birth, a memoir of William S. Burroughs, Jr. A third novel, The Pisstown Chaos, is forthcoming from Soft Skull Press in June, 2008. Between 1979 and 1991, during the long expanse between the publication of Motorman and The Age of Sinatra, the Missouri Review published work by David Ohle six times. Today he lives in Lawrence, Kansas, and teaches at the University of Kansas. 
Mar 01 1991
The Mortified Man
A rural Lawrence man literally found himself in a mess overnight when he got cuaght in the pit of an outdoor privy at Clinton Lake for nearly eight hours. Douglas County Sheriff Loren Anderson reported that the 26-year-old man entered the restroom shortly before 11 p.m. While he was in the outhouse, more than $200 in cash fell out of his pocket and through the hole in the concrete commode. Anderson said the man took off his shoes and socks and tried to reach the money with his toes, but lost his grip and fell in. Anderson said the man struggled throughout the hot, muggy night to get out of the pit. Dave Rhoades, park manager for the U.S. Corps of Engineers at the lake, said the concrete pit is six to seven feet deep and is designed to hold 1,000 to 2,000 gallons of refuse. Currently, he said, the pit is three-fourths full…
Jun 01 1989
The Great Hash Toss
Ambrose: I met Fransisco Ponce on Rue St. Andre des Arts, a street leading into Place St. Michel, on the Left Bank. There were sporadic riots all through that summer, especially in the area of Boulevard St. Michel. The Companie Republicaine de la Securite, the CRS, the French riot polics, were cruising around. They were rough guys, guys that came out of prison. Brutal types. There were rapes of students and killings of factory workers.
Jun 01 1986
The Log of the Pipistrel
A grand ship she is. Now July 4, 8 p.m. Latitude 32.7 North, Longitude 136.5 West. Sea smooth, weather pleasant. Crew attired in white. Thonight’s menu: spring pie, raw puffer , haggis pudding, Scotch chops, Rouen Duck.
Jan 01 1984
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Sep 01 1982
When touring the Ozarks in ’06 the Govenor learned of a spa, famed for its medicianl baths, and went there. He was greeted by the host and quickly introduced to an array of clay cones, from which gurgled a soapy mud heavily charged with alkali and radium.
Mar 01 1979
This story is available via the PDF link below. On Wednesday, Hunyadi Janos, vendor of pharmaceuticals, appeared at noon on the corner of 10th and Dockery. In his hand-made cart