July 31, 2017
July 30, 2017
I love this guy.
Update: This was the same project we filmed Sam Shepard for. Funny that I posted this picture the day he died, without knowing it.
July 28, 2017
Is it true that Edison mostly stole other people's patents? I used to spend time in northern Ohio, & I believe he's from Milan. Or am I somehow mixing him up with the Milan (pronounced MY-lin, by the way) Melon Festival? I must have read a kids' book about Edison—I remember he was deaf or near-deaf because someone boxed his ears on a train, & I spent a long time trying to understand how one's ears got boxed.
See, I'm doing the same thing (more…)
July 27, 2017
July 26, 2017
July 25, 2017
Zealandia is half the size of Australia & surrounds New Zealand. It's an actual continent.
Read the article (link on photo caption)—it's interesting but I can't boil it down. I guess file this post under gee-whiz-science that I am interested in knowing exists but not so interested that I want to learn more.
October 3 Update The scientists are back & excited: https://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=243192&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
July 24, 2017
I love the hectic city & I love the sleepy city.
July 23, 2017
How is it I never wrote a whole book with this title?
Another wasted opportunity.
It's so good I wonder if I stole it
except I found it in a file more than 10 years old
so the answer to provenance—
one way or the other—
is, I'm sure, permanently gone.
July 21, 2017
Johnny immediately said, let’s get out of here, I don’t like to be greeted so much.
I made him look at these wispy little shirts, quite ugly, with sequin butterflies on them, & others similarly kitschy. I can’t believe that wife beater is $345, I said.
It must be a trophy wife beater, he said.
July 20, 2017
July 20, 2017
This one was outside my office on 5th St. It is foam with some cement stuck to it. A giant drain stopper, it looks like, but what? what? what?
July 19, 2017
July 18, 2017
25 Things About Me
1. I like to get fired. Time off & something better always seems to come along.
2. I’ve been to 49 states. Lately rethinking my ambition to round it out by going to Alaska.
3. No matter how many times people learn that I’m from South Dakota, they usually remember it as (more…)
July 17, 2017
It's for sale! $3.5 million. You also get (more…)
July 16, 2017
Notes on being a Jew/Jewish writer: the start of my questions
(one Jew, six opinions—old joke)
“To be Jewish is to have left home early and arrived nowhere.”
I am a Jew because (more…)
July 14, 2017
July 13, 2017
July 12, 2017
July 11, 2017
The Poets Play Baseball
LF—W. H. Auden /Muriel Rukeyser
C—Bernadette Mayer, Elinor Nauen
O’Malley (Tony Dohr, Dgl R)
General Manager: Anselm Berrigan
Manager: Edmund Berrigan
3B coach—Frank O’Hara
compiled by O’Malley, O’Malley & O’Malley
July 9, 2017
We didn't stay for the hootenanny but maybe we'll go back one Sunday for it.
July 9, 2017
Richard Gere just didn't seem Jewish, & that was an essential component of his character & the world he lived in. And Steve Buscemi as a cursing, shoving, garbage-kicking rabbi?!
Could Norman really (more…)
July 7, 2017
In 2007, my birthday fell on the Chinese New Year, and for once, fireworks were legally allowed to be set off in Chinatown. What a thrill to walk just a few blocks and get both fireworks and birthday at one & the same time.
Fireworks are like birthdays. You grab ‘em as they (more…)
July 6, 2017
Last year they were down at the Seaport or out in the bay, & if we leaned out (dangerously) (more…)
July 5, 2017
Your Brooklyn Bridge
flung across some great water
o worthy son of our Great Wall!
Your graffiti artists
scribbling black jokes on the Mack trucks underground
o worthy sons of Mayakafka!
Your buxom women
their charms slung like rubles in a samovar
worthy daughters of the blue suede shoes! (more…)
July 4, 2017
Chris Christie is a joke.
* Thanks to Peter Cherches for the title of today's post.
July 2, 2017