Tuesday, September 18, 2018

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We humans are obsessed with our losses. We save our babies’ teeth, our dearly departed’s ashes, and we videotape our future ex-lovers in mid-coitus. The wisdom of no escape seems to elude us. When faced with loss we become sentimental, afraid and greedy. Why can’t we graciously let go of the things which have pleased us? I think it’s because we believe those spaces a loved one filled will stay empty; a hollow chamber in our hearts which aches like an amputated arm. We humans, with a brain wired for infinity in a physical world driven by change, are mystified and disturbed by what we will never... Read More

The Gray Lady wonders this morning if New York can truly (re)vert -- or reinvent -- itself into Neue Amsterdam via bikes. Her focus du jour is the Dutch "It" bicycle , and the question is that of how to look delicious(ly continental) while doing so.

It suggests looking like the guy pictured here... in which case I heartily approve.

However, trembling under those textiles is the unSPOKEn (10 point pun, don't you agree?)dialogue in this aestheticised vision of a psuedoeuropean paean to fashion a la bicyclette: that is, that bicycling leaves one... shall we say... moist?

The... Read More

I want to be a writer. I tell myself that all the time, but I don’t do what it takes to become a writer. I don’t write. I sit in front of the blank computer screen, and eventually become discouraged because I don’t know how to start. Or if I do happen to get started, the constant pressing of the backspace button defeats the purpose. I haven’t learned to just let the words flow, to allow the work to take shape, to let it birth itself for the world to enjoy. Censor this, cut out that, edit on the fly. I feel that it should be easier. I am constantly... Read More

I have had at least two ministers send me "Fire and Brimstone" e-mail warnings in the last few weeks, the third was recently delivered face to face by my friend Nathan whose pastor told him on Easter Sunday to, "Be prepared for an emergency, buy lots of rice, beans and tuna fish, a disaster is coming to NYC soon." I smiled and laughed.

LL: "Oh, I heard about that, preperation for the American Concentration Camps. Yeah, my minister went there for training a few months ago under Executive Order 13397."

N: " What is Executive Order 13397? I think I heard something about it..."

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This has been a profound and interesting last couple of weeks for me; filled with celebrations, traditions, new beginnings and absolute endings. Let's start with green beer and Saint Patrick's Day: why in the world do we do this? It's an Irish holiday, not an American one, for shamrock's sake. Note the lack of Irish people out and about the next time you go pub hopping on March 17th. For example, at the Yelp event, it was predominately drunken Asians with their red faces and demure girlfriends. Oh sure, a few people looked like they might be Irish... ...but most of... Read More

It’s no news that the Internet has changed our culture, and we continue to move forward at light speed into new realms of virtuality. I like that: reality and virtuality. You may remember two years ago the genius cover of Time magazine’s Person of the Year with it's glossy silver TV screen showing us all who won. We are changing and dictating the laws that govern this webby universe in communications, media, business technology, and well, everything, even our social lives. Every moment of the day it seems there are new trends sweeping the online communities. The fact that there are online... Read More

I’m a bitch.

Wait…no…It’s only because I’m a woman that I call myself a bitch.

Had I been born with external plumbing and the ability to urinate standing up without dousing the seat in liquid gold as my thighs cramp from the effort I might use different words to describe myself. Words like powerful, aggressive, and a real go-getter… a man that gets promoted while women who possess those same qualities are passed over. I might consider myself the kind of man that you want covering your back…a man that knows what he wants and knows how to get it. People might praise my propensity... Read More

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