Tag Archives: New York City

Me as Icon

If you look for an image of “senior man in new york” on Getty Images (“creative”), you get this. It’s part of my plan to contribute to the decline of Western civilization. Another example: Advertisements


You once knew writers were at work by the sound of their typewriters. Daytime in spring or summer, whole streets of the West Side and the Village were filled with the music of clacking and bells. . Now there is silence – windows closed for air-conditioning, computers too quiet to be heard below. It may […]


  Beyond the noise and sunlight of 42nd Street and posters of the violent acts Now Showing * Kung Fu Killers! * Vampire Hookers! * up stairs with grit and urine in the treads, across the balcony— . up a steep steel ladder, through a door locked against thieves and lunatics, is the booth at […]

Poems About Art & Music

  A ROOM OF FOUR ROTHKOS Shapes, are you enough? There are grumblings inside me no food can stifle, no liquor can drown. . Will you comfort me? Outside this room there are no chairs to sit in; the sidewalks crawl for miles. . Where are your Christs, your nymphs that I could romp with […]

VERSE IN THE TIMES—My 15 Minutes as a Household Name—Part One

For a while when I was introduced to someone, their eyes would glaze over as they tried to decide why my name sounded familiar. Here’s the reason:   Sometime in the 80s I noticed that The New York Times had a column, started in 1976, called “Metropolitan Diary,” which printed items sent by readers that […]

NOT WHAT YOU THINK–Being Yourself Isn’t as Easy as You Always Assumed

Dear Friends, Adversaries, Acquaintances, and Strangers:                                              (I believe that takes in everyone.)   This is a journey in search of identity, which sometimes isn’t what we think.   We begin in New York […]

The 5 Boroughs of Brooklyn and the Need for Respectful Copyediting

We know that books are under-edited. Expensive volumes will be full of careless typos and misinformation. Sometimes you need to re-read a mystifying passage several times before you realize it isn’t a conceptual subtlety you are too dense to grasp, but something that should have been spelled right, worded properly, or fact-checked. I thought of […]