Fox News hosts suggesting that he should “resign with grace” is just a bit much isn’t it?

It’s a bit much from a network where they keep that word in a box marked “Break glass in case of emergency.”

It’s a bit much to expect from a man whose entire persona is defined by a lack thereof.

Might I suggest instead…

chagrin noun

: disquietude or distress of mind caused by humiliation, disappointment, or failure


Novembery

A Yorkshire Lane in November, John Atkinson Grimshaw, 1873

I See You.

Tiger. Kyra Mills, 2020, watercolor.

Cover. Something Wicked This Way Comes - Ray Bradbury, 1962

First Paragraph:

The seller of lightning rods arrived just ahead of the storm. He came along the street of Green Town, Illinois, in the late cloudy October day, sneaking glances over his shoulder. Somewhere not so far back, vast lightnings stomped the earth. Somewhere, a storm like a great beast with terrible teeth could not be denied.”

—Ray Bradbury. “Something Wicked This Way Comes.” 1962

First Paragraph:

It was about eleven o’clock in the morning, mid October, with the sun not shining and a look of hard wet rain in the clearness of the foothills. I was wearing my powder-blue suit, with dark blue shirt, tie and display handkerchief, black brogues, black wool socks with dark blue clocks on them. I was neat, clean, shaved and sober, and I didn’t care who knew it. I was everything the well-dressed private detective ought to be. I was calling on four million dollars.

—Raymond Chandler. “The Big Sleep.” 1939

No really, we’re here to help.

“You can’t win the whole country anymore, so stop trying. You don’t need fifty million people to love you. You need five million people fuck­ing pissed. Anger sells. You have fans. I have soldiers.”

—Stormfront (closet Nazi superhero) to Homelander (sociopath superhero) in Amazon Prime’s “The Boys.”

Son, I told you, sterile, fireproof, flotation devices, but did you listen?

pre•science | \ ˈpre-sh(ē-)ən(t)s

n. foreknowledge of events:
 
a : divine omniscience
 
b : human anticipation of the course of events : foresight


Oiled Wildlife Care Network |  

Head Exam, Oiled Grebe - Photo by Gayle Uyehara.
Head Exam, Oiled Grebe – Photo by Gayle Uyehara.

Since I quit regularly checking my Facebook page, it seems the algorithm overlords have filled in the empty space on my timeline with a huge number of animal rescue videos (and also videos of machines reducing the manual labor required … the rest “Oiled Wildlife Care Network”


Let’s wait a few minutes and see if they’re open.

He’s awful.

I know it. You know it. Everyone knows it.

His detractors know it and his supporters know it too.

You didn’t have to live for a long time in New York and New Jersey as I did, listening to the non-stop stream of terrible garbage he spewed to the noise hungry media for decades, to know that he’s awful.

“Biased media portrayal” my skinny white ass. He comes off as awful because he is awful.

He’s been awful his entire adult life.

Everyone knows it.

If you support him, you can waste time and truth, with a bunch of gaslighting nonsense about people’s “different perspectives,” our you can come clean about whatever cynical reason you have for embracing his awfulness.

And if you truly believe that he is a good person with something to offer this country, well, as we say in Kansas, “Son, you can’t tell shit from wild honey.”

He’s awful and everyone knows it.


Billie Holiday
Billie Holiday

Just. Wow.


Today’s Arrival.

After a few random samples and the Dave Eggers* forward, I am really looking forward to digging into this one.

First Paragraph:

“I debated for a time as to whether I ought to open these memoirs at the beginning or at the end—that is, if I would start out with my birth or with my death. Granting that the common practice may be to begin with one’s birth, two considerations led me to adopt a different method: the first is that I am not exactly an author recently deceased, but a deceased man recently an author, for whom the tomb was another cradle; the second is that this would make the writing wittier and more novel. Moses, who also recounted his own death, did not put it at the commencement but at the finish: a radical difference between this book and the Pentateuch.”

—Machado De Assis. “The Posthumous Memoirs of Brás Cubas.” 1881

*Eggers is the founder of McSweeney’s Internet Tendency and author of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, also both worth your time.


I’ve been accused of being one of the “sheeple” by people who believe herd-immunity is the way to triumph over COVID-19.

They say irony is dead but it seems its zombie corpse continues to reanimate just long enough to take another head-shot.


Wildlife Photographer of the Year |  

Photo by Sergey Gorshkov – Adult Grand Title Winner 2020

These photos are beautiful and ugly, inspiring and heartbreaking. We should be grateful for the skill and dedication of these photographers.

Let’s not give up on this amazing planet. Whatever changes it takes, let’s make them.


Here’s some rare video footage of Art Tatum. When you watch it, you realize it’s a real shame there isn’t more.


The Queen of Soul – Aretha Franklin

Stevie Wonder wrote it, Aretha Franklin owned it. It is a three and a half minute piece of perfection.

And if you like your music all smoothed out and slinky, here’s Nnenna Freelon doing it.

(pssst, choose aretha’s version)