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Hugh Hefner died last week.
He was 91 and expired like some despotic king in his crumbling castle (mansion).
Playboy wasn’t a big thing in my neighborhood (unless, and this is entirely possible) some of the men in the neighborhood were buying it and hiding it someplace. It just wasn’t a playboy-type neighborhood–maybe not middle-class enough. Continue reading
I’ve read Ulysses a few times over the decades and always enjoyed it tremendously (in fact I’d say it’s far and away the best novel I’ve ever read) but I’ve never listened to it before.
Hearing it read aloud by such a terrific reader brings the story, the characters and the whole atmosphere of the book into vibrant life. Continue reading
As Trump over-eats and the Earth over-heats, the unreality show “President” has decided to pull the USA out of the Paris Climate Accord. Continue reading
Riding uptown on the bus other day, we stopped at a light right next to the United Nations building on First Avenue and 46th Street.
Typical scene just outside the building gates—hundreds of tourists, in small groups and large, talking, taking pictures, coming in and out of the grounds and the building or just generally milling around; UN security guards and few New York City cops standing at the entrance. And, as usual, an endless flow of traffic headed up First Avenue—private cars, cabs, buses, trucks…
I had a lot of trouble writing those two words, just like I have a lot of trouble when I read those words in the paper or on-line–and even more trouble when I hear somebody actually say the words out loud. It still doesn’t seem real to me. But I guess I better sober up and get used to it. Continue reading