July 31, 2014
July 30, 2014
Thanks, Ted, I wish you were here to be enjoying this rare streak of 70° unhumid July days.
July 29, 2014
The "benches" are discarded shelving.
There's no greenery.
But a nice view up & out.
July 29, 2014
I was so happy not to get cooties.
I took the "Urban delight" photo from this chair, & Mercè took this one of me.
July 28, 2014
never a little boy
/ with a camera /
but I knew joy
never a grandmother
/ in a black hole hat: /
I’ve been of my times
never been to Paris
/ in 1903 /
driving the women hard
as the men
July 27, 2014
"Why is it worse to kill civilians than soldiers? Obviously one must not kill children if it is in any way avoidable, but it is only in propaganda pamphlets that every bomb drops on a school or an orphanage. A bomb kills a cross-section of the population; but not quite a representative selection, because (more…)
July 25, 2014
Class was fun: Kaicho divided us into 3 groups of 7 to do synchronized kata. He told our group to do something unique, so we faced different directions—& didn't kick each other. I couldn't not laugh, though that's a no-no in karate: we're supposed to keep a straight face no matter what. Saw some folks I like who hadn't been around for a while.
I'm listening (streamed from the NY Public Library) to (more…)
July 24, 2014
What I got was an invasion of waterbugs & 3 rush deadlines.
Maybe tonight will bring amazement.
July 23, 2014
She carried down stuff for a week
We drove around the block.
Then she carried it all back up
and stayed home.
July 22, 2014
She said simultaneous translating demands such complete concentration that (more…)
July 21, 2014
July 20, 2014
Why is that? Are they aware that 2 of the 3 people who murdered Muhammad Abu Khdeir are mentally ill? that those men were arrested & indicted? that they were quickly & loudly condemned by most Israelis?
Do they know that many Palestinians celebrated the abductions & deaths (more…)
July 18, 2014
I say this thinking about how my neighborhood, the East Village, has been eaten up by real estate interests, driving out poor and working and middle-class people. Many of my friends are harassed by their landlords, who would love to "renovate" their apartments then lease them for 3x or 4x as much rent. How can that be right? (more…)
July 17, 2014
Here we are, right now.
Not here, in Brooklyn.
Not right now, a week ago.
July 16, 2014
July 15, 2014
This sentence by Francine Prose makes me feel that if I'd written it, I could eat bonbons for the rest of my life.
I bet she doesn't feel that way at all.
July 14, 2014
July 13, 2014
(that's how I was told to say it)
Our oldest grandchild, Celeste, is an intern for them this summer; her ambition is to be a stage manager.
So we went to see Twelfth Night. Sadly, the DOT is selling the lot so this is their last season here. It's fun to see a theater work with almost nothing, strictly for love—amateur in the best sense.
After, we got interviewed for Japanese television, because Johnny was wearing a t-shirt with Shakespeare's picture & the legend "Will Power." He said we've been coming for 20 years. Free, outdoors, New York event: what's not to like?
We saw every play by Shakespeare at the Public from 1987-97 (by buying the whole package in advance). Joe Papp promised to kiss everyone at the last production but sadly, he died in 1991. We saw Al Pacino, F. Murray Abraham, Anne Meara, Cynthia Nixon, Milo O'Shea, Kevin Kline, Jerry Stiller, Christopher (more…)
July 11, 2014
Local buildings, trees, wildlife don't do it for me. Not even the house I grew up in.
It seems relatively easy to take competent photos of dramatic places. We're all Ansel Adams, our eye trained to take a good nature photo.
Is this scene appealing if you don't already love the prairie?
Is this scene beautiful to those who don't know what the air smells like in Minnehaha County? who don't know what's beyond the horizon?
July 10, 2014
July 9, 2014
Kara Walker's majestic subtlety is a Brancusi sphinx that is 75.5' long, 35.5' high & 26' wide, displayed (through July 6) at the old Domino sugar factory in Brooklyn, which was in use from 1882 through 2004. Her installation is subtitled: "A Subtlety or the Marvelous Sugar Baby an Homage to the unpaid and overworked Artisans who have refined (more…)
July 8, 2014
The Pig War is big news on the West Coast, I suppose. In fact, there's a San Juan Island National Historic Park, and Hopworks Urban Brewery in Portland makes a beer called Pig War White IPA that it describes this way: "Our White IPA uses Hard Red Spring Wheat grown on our San Juan Island farm exclusively for Hopworks. This specialty grain imparts a rich, biscuity malt character and signature wheat beer haze. Northwest hops add layers of fruity, floral flavor and crisp bitterness. A truly refreshing twist on a tried and true favorite."
July 8, 2014
Both sides eventually agreed to joint occupation. Today the Union Jack still flies above the British Camp and is raised and lowered daily by park rangers—making it one of the very few places without diplomatic status where (more…)
July 7, 2014
The Myers Sisters have a funny little song (more…)
July 6, 2014
He is wearing white jeans.
He is wearing rolled-up white jeans.
He has expensive sunglasses.
He is blond.
His hair is in a bun.
If he'd had a fanny pack, I might have hit him.
July 4, 2014
Fireworks were invented in China, no later than the 7th century, and China is still the largest manufacturer and exporter in the world. They use noise, light, smoke and floating materials (such as confetti) to get effects. They may burn with flames and sparks of many colors.
Philip Butler, who married into the Grucci family, said in the National Geographic that after 30 years in the business the closest he can come to explaining the human attraction to fireworks is that (more…)
July 3, 2014
Update: Cassandra & I went to the Ukrainian Museum, around the corner on 6th Street, where I saw fipple flutes, a bandura and heckling combs, plus an exhibit on Taras Shevchenko, their national poet, artist & prophet.
July 2, 2014
So many artists died or served: French sculptor Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, English poet Wilfred Owen ("Dulce et Decorum Est"), Hemingway, Vera Brittain (Testament of Youth), Robert Graves (Goodbye to All That), JRR Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, A. A. Milne, Somerset Maugham, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Gustav Holst, Henry Moore, Wyndham Lewis, E. M. Forster, Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, Edmund Wilson, John Dos Passos, e. e. cummings, South Dakota painter Harvey Dunn, Georges Braque, Fernand Leger, Jean Cocteau, Otto Dix, Max Ernst, Paul Klee, Walter Gropius. The list is impossibly long.
Apollinaire (who was trepanned; (more…)
July 1, 2014