The manuscripts had collected in my bottom drawer. This verbal clutter consisted of poems, stories and film scripts, all fused into the genre of unwanted black ink on white paper; in short, words rejected by the eyes of editors.
And then in early December 2009, an idea struck me. I decided to try to create a work of art in another form, gluing the scraps of paper to a foam board to make a collage composed of cut-up manuscripts. I even had a title for the piece: “Unpublished Manuscripts.”
As a recreational artist I have taken photographs over the years with my Pentax K1000 camera. Some of the images have been exhibited in small galleries in centralNew Yorkand also published in literary magazines. Continue reading
Like much of the country, I’m coming to grips with the notion that I live in an Olympic powerhouse. I mean, jeez—at the end of today Britain was third in Gold medals, and fourth overall. WTF? Much of it is the usual—rowing, cycling, “sitting down sports,” as someone said. Well, true enough, but if you backed out the American swimming medals, where would the US stand? There’s been a bit of disappointment today, since the medal haul seems to have come to a temporary halt, but no matter. It’s still a better performance than Beijing, and in a broad enough range of events to suggest that whoever is running things is actually doing a good job. So everyone is pretty happy.
Voting for a third-party candidate in a presidential election is considered by many to be a waste of their vote. At its worse, as when Ralph Nader supposedly siphoned off votes for Al Gore in 2000, it’s blamed for aiding and abetting the victory of a nightmare candidate such as George W. Bush.
On the other hand, justifications exist for voting third party in the 2012 presidential election. At the Daily Beast, Michael Tomasky alludes to one.
Liberals are too nervous to think it, reporters too intent on a “down to the wire” narrative, and conservatives too furious and disbelieving, but it’s shaping up to be true: An extremely close election that on election night itself stands a surprisingly good chance of being not that close at all. Continue reading