Saturday, January 21, 2017
Went out in the car
at lunchtime, and the
radio was full of strange
noises on all the stations.
Then I remembered, that's how
they do it, when we're supposed
to be coerced.
Friday, January 20, 2017
We do not greet a new administration
in the intended, or even in the cus-
tomary sense of that institutional
term. There is to be nothing adminis-
trative about it. We greet a sophis-
ticated, advanced and implacable com-
bination, to exploit this world by
intimidation and humiliation, in bi-
lateral axes of expediency and cynic-
ism. That transposition fatally ex-
tinguishes the lavish estate of com-
mon ground, the magnanimous Mitch Mc-
Connell opened to the only legitimate
President in the last three regimes.
There can be no purpose but resistance.
This is the shelter, the rest for love.
Thursday, January 19, 2017
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
If I remember Ellington,
with whom this expression
is very fondly associated,
it's Billy Strayhorn who
comes to mind; if I honor
Martin Luther King, Jr,
I'm not forgetting Bayard
Rustin; when I was a boy,
James Baldwin was writing
stories I needed to hear.
I'm glad as hell, I lived
in my time with such men.
And to see,
fall upon a
has been to
Glen Allen, Virginia
The New York Times, 2008©
I realize, of course, snarks will
impugn my sincerity in this dis-
cussion, for an impudence of con-
fiding one's thoughts from the
dressing room. I remark from this
setting only to convey some sense
of the ubiquity of experience in-
vaded by one's pre-occupation,
with any risk of post-Occupation,
of such a casino-rich slash of
desert, simply seething for de-
velopment. But, again, I stray.
We are not Bugsy - er, I mean,
Benny - in making a living. We
use governments for wet work.
Now we're really getting one.
What I value in my nominee for de-
velopment of the West Bank - my in-
defatigable bankruptcy attorney -
is not that he knows who's butter-
ing his bread, but that he defers
to the next generation, as in hust-
ling my dearest flamingo past the
tacky scribes at Federal Court.
Oh, what selflessness! What Polon-
ial footing in the back stairs of
a bondholder's intrigue. Fate must
thus distill a conspicuous, ex-
quisitely lingering unraveling of
his reputation, as soon as it can
be found, draped behind my promises.
ii David Friedman, Esq.
United States District Court
New Jersey, 2010
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Hey, c'mon, guys, this is gettin' tiresome.
Our Great White Hope of Unbelievable Deals
is trashing the Atlantic Alliance, dismant-
ling the European Union, and selling Crimea
down the drain for an arms treaty its invad-
er is begging for, and he's not even on the
payroll yet. Or is he? He's telling his pals
to keep whatever they can grab, if they will
only stroke his fanny. Wow. That's original.
Yo, Jefferson Davis. Take Fort Sumter.Let's create a brand new relationship.
And the majority Party in Congress? Are we kidding each other, or are we noticing finally how
little it takes to bend them over, for his
signature on their bills of fantasies of ruining the nation, even if it costs the ancient trust
of the world where they plan to do business?
Or are they so insulated by their rotten boroughs, they can hustle us for anything that lands in their pocket?
Meanwhile, over at The Times, David Brooks is letting his ostentation get the better of him again, with the suggestion of ignoring what the Pretender says, and studying only what [else] he may do which may be Presidential. Many have been tempted to this illusory escape from the vortex of his manipulations, forgetting what lovely wreckage a regime can wreak by mere PR.
Too bad for that little hypothesis, that the Chancellor of Germany was compelled to take promptly to the microphones, to decry the instability of American credibility as of the publication of his latest use of words.
ii Robert McCabe
Monday, January 16, 2017
I never forget that it was a fit of laughter
that changed the wind for us. Since then, I've
always kept something absurd to say to myself
when things go wrong: when, for example, the
customs officers hunched over your expired pass-
port decide your fate in an incomprehensible
language, and after a few ill-received inter-
ruptions, you scarcely dare lift your eyes from
Then some silly pun, or the memory of a situation which still seems comic, is enough to give you heart - even to make you laugh out loud, alone in your corner - and it's the turn of the men in uniform not to understand;
they look at you in puzzlement,
raise an eyebrow, check their
fly-buttons and assume an ex-
pression, and then the obstac-
les they'd put in your way are
removed, who knows why.
Marlboro Press, 1992
New York Review Books, 2009©
Sunday, January 15, 2017
I have a debt to Dooley Wil-
son, Sam at Rick's American
Bar, who hoisted a glass of
Cordon Rouge with Miss Elsa
and Rick, to pluck the sting
of Paris' bein' occupied, by
darkening phalanxes of grey.
A light that has gone out in
our "news" has seemed to have
gone out here. It would only
have been arrogant to try to
be exempt from a sudden glob-
al darkening. That this might
have emerged from our chaste
swath of North America, which
is to say, from the most ar-
able land and welcoming ports
the globe has ever offered to
a continental fragment its o-
ceans to preserve - yes, it
has been a disturbing inter-
val in which to question what,
indeed, we have done here.
This phalanx isn't novel. On-
ly its voice can claim that;
while behind him, are all the
scam's usual suspects. He as-
sumes office by the most ac-
rid division since Lincoln,
without so much as the fig-
leaf of a plurality, but by
quirk of a slavery-favoring
Constitution -- not a lynch-
pin our first Republican ac-
Wednesday's séance with Amer-
ica's press, conducted in New
York by the nation's eclipsing
ass of undiapered panic and
rage, in the tawdry vault of
his own pyramid, was all any
observer needs to see of that
mesmerising distraction he
exerts upon a Fourth Estate
whose office he dreads, which
his incurable gloom compels
him to tease. Anyone else who
comments in public is clubbed
by a klaxon dismissal of rel-
evance, for the testimony of
a loser. Now we are reminded:
we're here for all that.
For rmbl, I remember how we
opened with a tentative but
happy welcome, to pursue an
elusive particle one could
not have defined better than
by the exclusion proposed in
the greeting, upper right.
How wonderful now to be hung
for a sheep, for time light-
ly served as a lamb.
I don't see anything in this
petulantly obtrusive fiend
of brutish chaos, to obstruct
our founding faith in some-
thing certain, that we sense
is there, constantly urgent
and worthy. On the contrary.
He martyrs himself every day.
One could want no purer pro-
pulsion, no lovelier deliv-
ery to that sustaining par-
ticle at last. He teaches us
to breach the bastions of our
oceans, the veils of our bor-
ders, the shadows of exhaust-
ed fictions that he bellows
to inflate. All that's left
is all that could be matter,
if ever it could perish.
Julius J. Epstein
Philip G. Epstein
Warner Brothers, 1942©
Border collies, Baltic Sea