Niseko, Hokkaido, Japan
Niseko, Hokkaido, Japan
Photo by Marek Okon.

As a way to live a life and leave it, one could do worse.


Born of a humble & poor family,
Received minimum education,
Learnt how to live by himself at fourteen,
Survived storms, one after another:
Bullets, starvation … the rest “Autobiography”

Cartoon by The Gentleman’s Armchair.

The virtues and vices are all put in motion by interest.

—Francois de La Rochefoucauld

I blame my reading habit on a variety of the most insistent pushers and pimps.

New arrivals. From left to right, joy and laughter, literary … the rest “”

Listening to the audio-book version of Michael Lewis’s The Fifth Risk. Confirming and infuriating.

The Fifth Risk, Michael Lewis, 2018

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
Representative for New York’s 14th congressional district.

This woman should be the President of the United States.

If we survive the malice and incompetence of Donald Trump and the Republican party, one day she will be.

This is not new, and that is the problem. Mr. Yoho

the rest “Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez”

Freshly painted vegetables always taste better than store-bought.

Kyra Mills, Garden Color, 2020
Kyra Mills, Garden Color, 2020

Manhatta (1921)

Still capture from Manhatta (1921)
Still capture from Manhatta (1921)

Walt Whitman’s poetry frames scenes from 1920s New York in this film classic.

Billed as ‘a study of the modern Babylon-on-the-Hudson’, the short film Manhatta (1921) captures the rapidly developing cityscape of New York in the early 1920s. Made in … the rest “Manhatta (1921)”

Portrait in Summer

Person walking the street in Singapore.
Photo by Zhu Liang.

Portrait in Summer

You wander in and out of rain.
The city encloses you. You feel
the darkening of its metals, above ground
and below. Every night
you touch a boundary you don’t understand.
Even asleep you crave sleep,

the rest “Portrait in Summer”


Astral map composed of fratcals
Astral Fractal

I was curious about the provenance of this photo I found unlabeled on another blog. I did a Google search where you upload a photo to try and identify it.

The image above shows up in a web search listed … the rest “Intricacy”

The New Colossus

Statue of Liberty
Photo by Pixabay.

Emma Lazarus was born on this date in 1849. Her verse was once a celebration and a welcome. Now it has become nostalgic lament. Please re-awaken Mother of Exiles.

The New Colossus

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,

the rest “The New Colossus”

An installment of my Library of America subscription arrived today. Melville. I should be able to rip through this in no-time.

Pierre, Israel Potter, The Piazza Tales, The Confidence-Man, Uncollected Prose, Billy Budd

Annie Ross has Passed

Annie soars over all these tracks.

When Joe Williams joins in on Everyday I Have the Blues, chills.
Annie Ross’s vibrato mimicking the lead trumpet shakes defined the sound.
Swinging so hard.