The Back Room

With respect to Socrates, my unexamined life is not worth living. The front room is the face we show everyone but we hide our true self in the back room.

while waiting for inspiration…

(I wrote this piece while I struggled with the recent book review. The previous words were eventually scrapped and I started fresh. This was the writing exercise that helped me … Continue reading

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Thoughts on…Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

“Race relations, racial chasm, racial justice, racial profiling, white privilege, even white supremacy serves to obscure that racism is a visceral experience, that it dislodges brains, blocks airways, rips muscle, … Continue reading

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Idioms That Are Not as Innocent as They Seem

Outtakes If you want to see the actress in the nude, you will have to look at the outtakes. Okay, sure, parts of a film that for whatever reason did … Continue reading

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Idioms for the 4th of July

Fittingly, here are two examples where immigrants are front and center. Doesn’t grow on trees “You have to work hard in America, my friend” John said to the naïve immigrant, … Continue reading

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Idioms for People Who Wish To Feel Ridiculed

As I have said in previous postings, my bride is not indigenous to the United States of America.  I often say certain phrases without thinking, commonly known as idioms, only … Continue reading

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Redeployment: A Review

I am fascinated with military culture.  Since I have no living frame of reference and will never serve in the military myself I rely on other artists’ impressions.  One such … Continue reading

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Fun Home: A Review

This is the musical that just won several Tony awards including Best Actor, Best Score and Best Musical.   The New Yorker promoted it several weeks ago with a glowing review … Continue reading

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The Germany I did not know

Before reading Robert Beachy’s new book Gay Berlin: Birthplace of a Modern Identity, I was unaware how trailblazing Germany was in pioneering for gay rights, at least half a century … Continue reading

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Brooklyn and Belle with my Bride

We have been looking for reasons to return to Brooklyn Diner since eating there briefly.  It was on the way to see Valerie June at Carnegie Hall. (If you haven’t … Continue reading

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New Orleans Day 5: The Final Day

This week has gone by too fast.  Thanks to my bride, the time was efficiently planned leaving ample time to relax. Since we haven’t seen the New Orleans Historical Society … Continue reading

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New Orleans: Day 4

We haven’t tried a real Creole brunch so this morning we’re on the hunt.  I am partial to Café Pontalba, located right off Jackson Square, with seating outside along the … Continue reading

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New Orleans: Day 3

This is the day my bride has been waiting for.  And not just because today is her birthday.  Today we go out to Vacherie, LA to see two plantations and … Continue reading

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New Orleans: Day 2, Part II

After an already edifying day, we took lunch at Dooky Chase’s.  It was at Dooky’s, my bride read, that Civil Rights leaders in the 60’s gathered and ate.  President Obama … Continue reading

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New Orleans: Day 2, Part I

There is music everywhere!  Starting at 9am you can hear musical sounds throughout the Quarter.  A trumpet here, an electric zither guitar there, or banjo even as enterprising musicians start … Continue reading

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New Orleans: The First Day

New Orleans’ French Quarter in the summer is like NYC in the summer circa 1987.  Lots of panhandlers accosting you in friendly or not so friendly ways, the smell of … Continue reading

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A Great Day

A great day.  Lots of things were resolved, work was absorbing, my new cargo shorts arrived to replace shorts I’ve been wearing since 1997, I cleaned my car, did some … Continue reading

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See Mad Max: Fury Road.

For a brisk two hours you are strapped to the war rig like a hood ornament hurtling through the wasteland, diving chainsaw-wielding pole jumpers and explosions, hanging upside down, your … Continue reading

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