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Art, Books, Film

Jim Carroll, Poet 1950-2009

  Genius is not a generous thing In return it charges more interest than any amount of royalties can cover And it resents fame With bitter vengeance Pills and powdres only placate it awhile Then it puts you in a place where the planet’s poles reverse Where the currents of electricity shift Your Body becomes…

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Books, Literature, Writing

James Purdy 1914-2009

“My writing is concerned with the soul, with the unknown forces of the psyche.  A British writer said I write under the skin, which I liked.  In a spiritual sense, the real life of man is going on inside.  It’s not what he says or does, it’s something else.  The only way, I think, one…

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Books, Dance

brrrr…

 Winter—the warm weekend aside, such a slog, exacerbated by the downward spiral in our economy, unemployment numbers that have everyone on edge, and the possibility that the gay mayor of Portland, Sam Adams, might be down for the count because of an ill-considered sexual indiscretion. Nail in the Coffin Dept:  The Oscar Wilde Bookshop, the…

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Art, Books

W.D. Snodgrass, Poet 1926-2009

 Who Steals My Good Name For the person who obtained my debit card number and spent $11,000 in five days My pale stepdaughter, just off the school bus, Scowled, “Well, that’s the last time I say my name’s Snodgrass!” Just so, may that anonymous Mexican male who prodigally claims   My clan lines, identity and…

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Art, Books, Dance, Film, Music, Television, Theater

Pat Hingle 1924-2009

 Delaney Bramlett, Freddie Hubbard, Bernie Hamilton, Daniel Nagrin, Ann Savage, and Edward Purdom—this list of high-and-low cultured show folk said their last goodbyes at year’s end.  Now Pat Hingle’s gone, a character actor whose work spanned TV, film and the Broadway stage.  So many memorable performances (he was unforgettable as the hood who burned a…

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Books

Hayden Carruth 1921-2008

Goes Old guy goes downstairs reeling and shying at newel and banister while how his feet once blistered the treads is what he is recalling, for the young know how to balance. Christ help all who wobble, stagger, trip, step double, and are their own hindrance, oh help them. The day is fine out, bright…

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Art, Books

Michael I. Silberlkleit 1932-2008

 Chairman of Archie Comics, a company man, as was his father (a company co-founder) before him.  A shout-out, if only for the boyhood pleasures derived from the exploits of Archie and Jughead, guys who gave nerds a good name.  RIP

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Books, Current Affairs, Theater

An awful lot to memorize

This morning I awoke to the news that a mysterious stranger on a bike had detonated a device in Manhattan’s Times Square. No casualties, no damage except some shattered windows and, oh, train delays, an occurrence that doesn’t usually require an explosion, but that’s another trauma. Like something out of a movie the event served…

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