Write in place

White Lightning Highway 1

California dreamin’ I have the good fortune to be planning my first-ever trip to California, and the misfortune to wait till spring shades into summer to go. It was a tough winter. MID-JANUARY – LATE NIGHT BLACK: From the unsheltered aerie of Queensboro Plaza, P and I retreat down the stairwell to wait for the … Continue reading

Write in front of you

Couple's view from Mount Battie, National Geographic, September 1952

Mount Battie 1910, 1952, 2010. It’s uncanny. Were P and I the type to send Christmas cards, I would have appropriated this 1952 National Geographic image of a couple who could well be our doppelgangers. We took the same hike up Mount Battie in August and found the view of Camden Harbor unchanged. A greater … Continue reading

Subway design: Manhattan vs. tea party

Manhattan Mini Storage subway poster

Fighting words from Manhattan Mini Storage… Like yesterday’s photo, this poster demanded a double take. In a surprisingly political statement, Manhattan Mini Storage winkingly suggests you put your fine china in storage until the phrase “tea party” doesn’t signify right-wing rabble rousers. Hot-button current events and humor are a recipe Manhattan Mini Storage has used … Continue reading

“Jack Kerouac’s girlfriend”

Driving home from Thanksgiving just now, I listened to this fantastic recording of Cynthia Nixon reading Joyce Johnson’s “The Fall of Texas” on WNYC. Joyce Johnson’s virtual tombstone will read “Jack Kerouac’s girlfriend.” The way she can nail a character in one line of dialogue proves just how unfair that is. Related Articles The Women … Continue reading

Pied beauty: appreciating imperfection on Thanksgiving

Pumpkin "pied beauty"

Glory be to God for dappled things— For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow; For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim; Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches’ wings; Landscape plotted and pieced—fold, fallow, and plough; And all trades, their gear and tackle and trim. All things counter, original, spare, strange; Whatever is fickle, freckled (who … Continue reading

Collected words #1

my word notebook

caryatid • sculpted female figure serving as architectural pillar or column omphalos • a rounded stone in Apollo’s temple at Delphi—to the ancients, the center of the world; a central point fulgent • very bright, radiant anneal • to fire or glaze as in a kiln; to heat (glass/metal) + cool slowly to prevent brittleness; to strengthen … Continue reading

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