2016 on its way

December 31, 2015

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December 30, 2015

The American Apparel store on Houston is empty except for these mannequins.

Maybe this picture will one day help me answer my all-too-frequent question around the neighborhood: "What used to be there?"


December 29, 2015

When I'm not sleeping
I'm waving a knife

The Double Yews at the Poetry Project

December 28, 2015

Tags: Poetry Project, Double Yews

I'm looking forward to January 1, 2016, when the Double Yews (me, Annabel Lee, plus Randy Weinstein on harmonica and Ellen Waterscheid on piano and vocals) will perform two short poems, by Susie Timmons & Frank O'Hara, set to music, as part of the Poetry Project's 42nd annual New Year's Day 12-hour marathon. This is the most fun day on the poetry calendar, (more…)

The Big Short

December 27, 2015

Depressing that there are people who spend all their time thinking about money. Depressing that $30 million is a billion dollars short of a seat at the big kids' table. Depressing that people believed they could get a big-ass house for no money. Depressing that the banks never think about money as originating in or (more…)

Silent night

December 25, 2015

Christmas in the city, as quiet as it is post-snowstorm. Long walk, deserted streets, closed stores. Mesmerized by the BBC's quiet reindeers of the twilit Arctic. Crappy dinner with Johnny, Tara, & Eric. Poetry in the New York Times. Line halfway down the block to get into Katz's. Christmas in the city.

Snow globes II

December 24, 2015

"All month long, temperatures have been so unseasonably warm up and down the East Coast that it’s broken the National Weather Service’s anomaly scale. December 2015 is on pace to become one of the most anomalous months—hot or cold—ever measured in the United States." [Learn more by clicking on the caption.]

I'm starting to worry that the only snow I'm going to see any time soon will be in a globe. (more…)


December 23, 2015

That's how long we've been married, 8,767 days, or 24 years.

You just have to keep going, we decided at our annual review over dinner. It's the only time we talk about our relationship, & we usual keep it to:
Everything good?

We've known each other approximately 13,280 days, since the summer of 1979.

People seem to either get more irritated by each other as time goes on, or less. We are fortunate that for us it's the latter. Still the lovelight.

What is it II?

December 22, 2015

Spotted on East 5th Street.
The thing I showed on December 15 was for sale, so it had "value" even if I couldn't figure out its utility.

This, however: no idea. It's a couple of feet high & there are nails pounded into all those sticking-out bits.

It seems no more functional than the yellow crate but not necessarily art.

The mysterious East (Village).

Got a match?

December 21, 2015

Empty matchbooks from places that no longer exist.

This 24 Days of Discard isn't so hard.

Sleepy Sunday

December 20, 2015

Brunch at Rosie's, the Mexican place on 2nd & 2nd, with Johnny & Tara.

An hour-long business phone call.

Norwegian study.

Read (reading) several books: Elizabeth Bishop, Adam DeGraff, John Le Carré.

Threw out a pair of tights, a shirt, & a few more shards of glass from the giant mirror I accidentally broke on Friday.

Thank you notes to Paul for the party, Willis for the calendar, my sister for the shortbread.

A medium-long walk, trying to get up to the 6,793 steps I vowed to take today.

Maggie's & my weekly meet-up, where we analyze how the previous week has gone & what we plan to do in the days to come.

It might seem like a lot but it didn't seem like a lot.

Snow globes

December 18, 2015

Tags: snow globes

It suddenly occurs to me that I am fond of snow globes mostly because of the word "snow" in their name. If they were called "picture shakers" or something like that, I wouldn't care.

I was in the security line at the airport a couple of years ago, & the sign along the way warned us that snow globes were not allowed in carry-on. Maybe we were supposed to already know that guns and explosives weren't, because the only specific caution was for snow globes. I asked the guy checking tickets, who finally saw my point and kind of laughed but had no explanation.


December 17, 2015

That would be me. I got a popup warning on Safari that I couldn't click out of so I called the (toll-free!) number on the screen. After 40 minutes of "diagnosing" my computer's ills—no security! high risk! needs cleanup!—the "certified Apple technician" asked for $215 to fix everything.

At that point, finally, I saw the light & got off the phone. Then I (more…)

The candles are still glowing

December 16, 2015

Tags: Eli Zabar, challah, menorah, Hanukkah

This menorah made of challah by Eli Zabar was a generous & unexpected gift from him & his wife as thanks for my work & help.

Immediately after I took this picture, I turned it into bread pudding (eggs, milk, coconut milk, apricot jam (also from Eli), mascarpone, raisins, cinnamon, a little honey). Let me tell you, it was really good. Eli knows bread!

What is it?

December 15, 2015

If it's a coffee table, I wouldn't want to put anything down on it. If it's a sculpture, it's big, heavy, & extravagantly nonfunctional. What else might it be? It was at the ABC Home store on Broadway, across from Paragon. The tag said $75 but that was the tag off an ashtray or something—this really cost more than $3,000.

All their stuff is expensive. Who pays $1,000 for an uncomfortable chair? I suppose people who trust only in what things cost—who know the price of everything & the value of nothing, to quote Oscar Wilde.

My visitors

December 14, 2015

Yossi & Mukshi.
Yossi & Mukshi got married in August. We're unlikely friends, given that we come from such different worlds that only affection connects us. But friends we are. I suppose it's in part because Yossi is one of the few Chabad emissaries I've ever met who has an interest in the non-Jewish world.

You can't tell from this photo, but Mukshi—who teaches math—has the brightest eyes I've ever seen.

There'll always be an England

December 13, 2015

Tags: President Benjamin Franklin

"The visiting U.S. president Benjamin Franklin..."
In an otherwise meticulously researched text, our closest ally doesn't know an important fact about us.

Could I put all the English counties on the map in the right place? Probably not. For that matter, I don't know that I could rattle off the Canadian provinces in geographic order. And I still can hardly believe there's a country in Europe called Moldova. (more…)

Spring in December

December 11, 2015

OK, sure, yeah yeah, 60° mid-December is pleasant but I am so jonesing for the neighborhood to look like this.


December 10, 2015

The antidote to that feeling: work.

Work harder, work better, pour yourself into it.

Also, get more sleep & take B vitamins.

Sisters + 1

December 9, 2015

Can you tell which one looks like me? Or which one I look like?

Varda's in town monopolizing me, hence these very short posts!


December 8, 2015

Tags: bioluminescence (glitter)

I kind of have moved on from bioluminescence to the purest shine: glitter! Please click on the caption to find out all the things you never would have thought to wonder about. We love glitter because we are creatures who need water! Glitter wasn't invented till 1934! The military has tried to throw off radar by glitter bombing! Detectives love glitter because, yeah as we all know, it never goes away!

Cheery tomatoes!

December 7, 2015

Tags: B&H Kosher Dairy Restaurant

Who doesn't like cheery tomatoes with their eggs salad? One more reason to love B&H.

My neighborhood

December 6, 2015

Sugar, Houston & Allen, by Franck Bohbot.
My friend Steve goes here for breakfast every day when he's in town—it's across the street from us. I wonder if they wonder about him appearing and disappearing, although with his strong South Carolina accent, I suppose they either assume he's visiting, or they can't understand him at all.

Day 4, 24 Days of Discard

December 4, 2015

* A folding chair I never once opened. I think it was here when I moved into this space in 1993.

* A non-working electric pot.

* Some raggedy washcloths. The dirty ones to the trash, the clean ones to the textile recycling bag, which will get dropped off at Tompkins Sq Park on Sunday.

Sunny Thursday

December 3, 2015

What a difference it makes! Breezy enough that it was hard to ride my bike but warm enough that Johnny & I sat outside & read. We're still on the beautiful Thomas McGrath Letter to an Imaginary Friend. Tonight is Prose Pros so I'll get my usual veggie flatbread & spiked milkshake at the SideWalk. (more…)

Rainy Wednesday

December 2, 2015

But I did sit in the park. It might be raining, but it's a soft rain.
How adult I'm not. Two gray days & I am ready to squall too. Didn't help that my almost-new computer was acting up, which made me miss class; I found a dead rodent in the toilet at work (ew!); a colleague misunderstood (to give the benefit of the doubt) my directions & went ahead without checking; and the brussels sprouts, while delicious, did their cabbagey thing.

The good parts: I tossed a bunch of books & cassette tapes, found some money ($14), & am going to see a friend tonight.

Rainy Tuesday

December 1, 2015

On my way to midtown.
I was expecting a lazy day after a busy day & late night yesterday, but it turned out that I had to finish my cut-to-fits in midtown, steer a business meeting, do some bank-library errands, & more. It's only 5 but I'm ready to call it a day, go home, & watch True Detective... Even that sounds too ambitious. Go home & nap sounds possible.

Oh, & I started my latest 24 Days of Discard. So far: 3 pairs of shoes, 3 books & a CD rack have left my office forever.