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PASSAGES

“William Howard Gass (July 30, 1924 – December 6, 2017), was an American novelist, short-story writer, essayist, critic, and philosophy professor. He penned three novels, three collections of short stories, a collection of novellas, and seven volumes of essays, three of which have won National Book Critics Circle Award prizes and one of which, A […]

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My Playlist February 2018

Having replaced my stereo needle, my stylus for my turntable, I am listening to my record albums when I’m in my writing studio. My awesome Monsoon computer speaker system is falling apart, past the point the where Bob at the Columbia Radio repair shop (1151 Sanford) can put it together again. Bach partita no.5 in […]

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Redrooffs Readers (and Friends) Book-club Reading List (2017-2018)

Edward Dolnick The Forger’s Spell Sept Joan Thomas The Opening Sky Oct Margaret Lee Shetterly Hidden Figures Nov Margaret Atwood Hag-Seed Dec (Cover detail below) (along with Shakespeare’s The Tempest) Paula McLean Circling The Sun bumped by Bill Browder’s Red Notice January Jan Carolyn Abraham The Juggler’s Children Feb Ann Patchett Commonwealth Mar Diana Athill […]

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My Left Foot

The word amputation makes us flinch After a rare year without surgery I have a below the left knee amputation scheduled at the HSC on March 26, 2018. My left foot can bear no weight, and I have plenty. The foot is ever more deformed; this picture goes back to August. Stage Four Flat Foot […]

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Let’s Talk One; Monday November 12, 2017

Housekeeping interuptus   Assigned Task: Empty the dishwasher. Leave my desk, turning around in my wheelchair, remembering I have empty cups and mugs on my desk. I turn back pick them up. Take them to the dining room table. Notice salt and pepper shakers waiting to be filled. Before rolling into the kitchen on to […]

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Salt you can see

We were sitting around after our holiday roast beef dinner, sated though still with some red wine in our glasses. I said that I have started checking before posting a new idea for my Idea Catalogue, which is where I’ll re-post this. I said we should have salt we could see. It’s hard to see […]

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One of the reasons I like Mingus/Like Listening to Mingus

Ted Curson, Trumpet: After a yearlong stint with Cecil Taylor that resulted in one concert and a recording for United Artists (Love For Sale, 1959 or 1957 [depending on who one asks]), Curson joined Charles Mingus in a quartet in 1960, with reedman Eric Dolphy as a foil. “I got a phone call from a […]

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My Big Sister Wallops a Bully

After your tumble down the stairs in the pram, I was charged with taking a very black and blue you to the store, past the gauntlet of Roy Smith and his gang of bullies.  They started taunting me about how you looked, and I had just had enough. I hauled off and gave Roy a […]

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Susann with 2ns 2

Impatience Vic was a good-looking, handsome, healthy boy. Impatience was and still seems to be one of his characteristics. I used the carriage downstairs for his noon naps and the crib upstairs for the night. One September day I had put him to sleep in the carriage and left it in the living room. He […]

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Something I read today.

https://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2017/11/20/art-monstrous-men/ Monster Seeks Minder This essay starts someplace and goes somewhere else. The hyperlinked Paris Review essay may explain what  I know I need to do, and am getting to, likely too late …but the conflation of being a sexual predator where it starts, as a man a monstrous man to make art, whereas all […]

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