Monthly Archives: March 2016

MOXIE

                  It wasn’t a drink for kids, no, I would drink root beer or orange Nehi—orange tonic in the local dialect. With you in the variety store, which was dark and cool when the summer air was hot, and yellow from the factories, while you joked with […]

HOW THE WOLVES REMINDED ME OF MY CONTRIBUTION TO AMERICAN LITERARY HISTORY (rev.) My Voyage on a Stream of Consciousness

Originally posted on GARDNER SPEAKS:
? I’m watching a documentary about wolves. The narrator calls one of the wolf packs The Jets, which of course makes me think about West Side Story, where a gang called the Jets sing: When you’re a Jet, You’re a Jet all the way . . . From your first…

NY Minute

Originally posted on GARDNER SPEAKS:
This could be a Family of Man for our time.This had a long run at the new Fulton Transit Center on Bway in NYC. It won a gold medal at Las Vegas in a competition that I have no information about. A gifted artist showed super-slow-motion videos, showing 50 (or 60) typical…

A VISION OF HELL AT SMITH COLLEGE

Originally posted on GARDNER SPEAKS:
There’s a dormitory prank I heard about in college: someone is asleep; you squirt lighter fluid under their door—ignite it— the flames rise up—you yell—the victim wakes and thinks the building’s on fire. You laugh a lot at his or her panic. . Don’t try this in your home: it’s…

TWO TRAMPS

I was much too early for an appointment, so I parked my car on a road through a park at the edge of the city. No one else was around. It was light out but still chilly; the spring sun hadn’t risen far enough to shine on the road. At first I tried to read […]