Saturday, December 21, 2019


“Anybody who’s breathing should have everything that they need and 93% of what they want – not by virtue of the fact that you work today, but by virtue of the fact that you are here.” -- Fred Moten

"Love the animals: God has given them the rudiments of thought and joy untroubled. Do not trouble it, don’t harass them, don’t deprive them of their happiness, don’t work against God’s intent. Man, do not pride yourself on superiority to the animals; they are without sin, and you, with your greatness, defile the earth by your appearance on it, and leave the traces of your foulness after you—alas, it is true of almost every one of us!"-- Fyodor Dostoevsky

LOL Contest

Winner: Zora Neale Hurston
Girls with mouths on them! And “challenging him to another appraisal of her person.” Plus jewels like: “midnight stood looking both ways for day.”

Honorable Mention: Gertrude Stein
“The cute way that a certain place is open on a Sunday and not on Tuesday.” "This is the season of rejoicing and the moment to have a denial of advice. If it is a pity it is not the same pity as more toast."


Nancy Wilson, But Beautiful:

Bill Evans Sunday at the Village Vanguard

Not 24 hours after reading in Keith Richard’s autobio that the first Rolling Stones show in the USA was in 1964, in San Bernardino, California, at the (now not there anymore) Swing Auditorium, I’m talking to a security guy in front of a jewelry store and out of the blue he tells me he was at the first Rolling Stones show in the USA at the (now not there anymore) Swing Auditorium in San Bernardino, California.

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Saturday the 14th

Here’s an astute opening by David Rieff, writing from Buenos Aires in the NYRB: “There is an old Argentine wisecrack that says: a person who leaves Argentina for six months, and then returns, finds the country completely transformed, but someone who returns after an absence of ten years finds that things are more or less as he or she left them.”

Pliny the Elder:"Fortune favors the bold."

Babette Babich:“And when it comes to the profession, simple non-mention, utter exclusion turns out to be far more efficient than refutation.”

Homi K. Bahba:"...the American border as cultural signifier of a pioneering, male 'American' spirit always under threat from races and cultures beyond the border...”

Lisa Roberston: “…Gardens leave so little evidence…In what season, through what representation or renovation, from what point in its development, with what persistently spreading perennial, may we retrospectively construct an image of what a garden was? And in its reimagining of nature, history and heritage, the garden itself is a constructed dream.”

Regions I’ve called home:
The Midwest.
The Southwest.
The Land of Enchantment.
The South Bay.
The Pacific Northwest.
The Central Coast.
The Inland Empire.

LaToya Ruby Frazier

Michael Jang

Silvina Ocampo

A Kit

The Practice of Everyday Life, by Michel de Certeau
The Poetics of Space, by Gaston Bachelard
A Handmade Museum, by Brenda Coultas

More poets read and enjoyed:
Sam Hamill
David Baker
Kimiko Hahn

And I fortuitously and serendipitiously was guided to Natalie Diaz, Mickalene Thomas, Chantal Akerman and Laura Nyro. I reviewed Kayla Rodney’s book Swimming Home on Amazon,

The brothers Karamozov are twenty somethings, as are many of their friends and lovers
A young crowd, boorish, thuggish, or else saints.