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“My Poet loves words in a way that I feel is quite unhealthy and unnatural. She owns a dictionary decades old and so large she uses a small buffet cart to wheel it around our apartment like some invalid relative. For true fiction writers, words are just a kind of filling for the plot. A novel is like one of those mock apple pies made with Ritz crackers and cinnamon—and anyone who claims he can tell the difference is a damn liar!”
My Poet, by Naeem Murr, Poetry, July/August 2007

“L.A.’s hottest neighborhood is where the city’s existential crises have come home to roost.”
Gentrifying Highland Park’s War on the Middle Class, by Andrew Gumbel, Los Angeleno, 30 Jan 2020

“The decision by employees at crowdfunding company Kickstarter to unionize is a historic first in the tech industry, highlighting the growing trend of worker activism in Silicon Valley.”
Kickstarter union seen as breakthrough for tech activism by Chris Mills Rodrigo, The Hill, 20 Feb 2020

“Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) said Monday he wants to give monthly checks to low-income and middle-class Americans so they can afford necessities during the coronavirus outbreak.

“‘Let’s cut out employers as the middle men and get relief to people not in weeks but in days,’ Cotton wrote in a Medium post outlining his proposals for a Senate bill. ‘We should send relief directly to American families most likely to be in need — those in the bottom and middle tax brackets — to pay for rent, groceries, childcare, and other necessary expenses, as well as to spend at local businesses that are hurting during this crisis.’

“Cotton, who knocked the House-passed coronavirus response bill as too complicated, suggested the money could come from tax rebates or through unemployment agencies.”
GOP Sen. Cotton calls for monthly cash payments to Americans during coronavirus pandemic, by Brooke Seipel, The Hill, 16 March 2020

If this isn’t some kind of trap… this is my kind of Republican!
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Ginger Mayerson Collage show at KAFN cafe in Glendale, now until I’m not sure. Only 14 collages and great coffee; totally worth the trip, in my opinion.
The owner and I pronounce it “Kaf-en” but they tell me people under 15 pronounce it “caffeine”. KAVN will happily serve you no matter how you pronounce it.
Strange, I retire from collage and keep getting shows. This one I’d almost given up on. Oh well.
KAFN, 1019 E Palmer Ave, Glendale, CA 91205, (818) 696-2555 Hours: 7am-6pm 7 days a week

“This is probably the most un-Victorian manner possible to articulate this information, but the Anna Cora Mowatt poems I recorded for Librivox earlier this month are now available – along with several other lovely selections by various other poets from other talented volunteers — for your listening pleasure.”
My Librivox “Album” has Dropped!, by Kelly S. Taylor, The Lady Actress, 3 February 2020

“Mowatt wrote The Fortune Hunter to be submitted to a contest held by the New World newspaper. (The novel won the $100 prize.) Contest rules dictated that the title of the work, that the setting had to be New York, and that the text had to be completed within six months. So, recycling a few characters from short stories written under the pen name “Helen Berkeley,” Mowatt quickly created a tale that started with two fashionable fellows in search of wealthy wives — Brainard and Ellery. They, in turn, are pursued by the inexorable debt collector, Mr. Badger. Then the reader is introduced to the objects of the bachelors’ chase, the Clinton sisters. The elder sister, Rachel, has become so disgusted with this cynical game of fortune hunting that she has decided to renounce her claim to her portion of her father’s fortune to escape the mendacity of suitors like Brainard and Ellery. Ester, the melodramatic, Byron-quoting, younger sister (who is now trying to go by the name Estelle) is perfectly happy to play the game, as long as it is by the rules she sets. Love is no game to Miss Arria Walton, the penniless orphan ward of the Clinton’s father and best friend of the sisters, who is desperately in love with young Dr. Edgar Chadwick. Rapid twists and turns of fate and sudden reversals of fortune characterize the plot of this comic melodrama that is part Jane Austen, part Charles Dickens, but establishes a delightful Victorian Americana flavoring all of its own.
The Fortune Hunter: A Novel of New York Society, as read by Kelly S. Taylor, Librivox, 10 March 2020

“You need to treat job candidates with respect. Their time is just as valuable as yours–and in many cases more valuable. You’re receiving a paycheck for all the time you spend recruiting. Candidates receive no paycheck and may be using up their precious vacation time to do so. Candidates may pay for babysitters, transportation, and even new clothes for interviews. Please respect that time.

“I don’t condone ghosting–from candidates or companies. I do, however, support the right of any candidate to walk out of a job interview when it’s clear that the company doesn’t respect them or their time.

“If your company treats job candidates poorly, candidates will take that as a sign that they will treat employees even worse. Make sure you respect your candidates, or they may walk out the door.”
This Job Candidate Walked Out Before His Interview Started. The Reason Is Instructive for Any Employer by Suzanne Lucas, circa 9 March 2020 (because I can’t find a date on the post, which annoys me)

“175 years ago (1845) The Park Theatre in New York City witnesses the debut of Fashion by Anna Cora Mowatt, considered the first U.S.-born woman to have her plays professionally produced. None other than Edgar Allen Poe reviews the piece, twice, unfavorably: ‘Estimated by the natural principles of dramatic art,’ he writes, ‘it is altogether unworthy of notice.’ Still, the play will be known as the first American comedy of manners.”
This Month in Theatre History, by The Oscar G. Brockett Center for Theatre History and Criticism, American Theater, 5 March 2020

Untrue! EA Poe saw it, like, 40 times and fell in love with it. The truth is here!

“The Tlacolulokos exhibition “For the Pride of Your Hometown, the Way of the Elders, and in Memory of the Forgotten” opened on March 1st. It will be on display until December at The Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) in Long Beach.”

“This home for their art seems lightyears away from 2018, when the mural-based art collective famously had their visas revoked and confiscated by customs agents at San Francisco International Airport on Jan. 8, 2018. While the artists are still denied to the U.S., their art stands tall and strong in Long Beach.”
After being Deported, these Oaxacan Muralists are back and now have a ‘Permanent’ Show at MOLAA
LA Taco, Areli Morales, 5 March 2020

The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them into the impossible.
Arthur C. Clarke
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Art and Food in Glendale on Sunday, 23 Feb 2020

Not exactly a bookstore bar adventure, but as close as I can get this week. So. I thought we’d meet at Forest Lawn Museum at noonish to look at this show:
https://forestlawn.com/exhibits/the-elevated-eye-aerial-photography-past-and-present/ and look at it for awhile and then go eat here:
https://www.yelp.com/biz/zhengyalov-hatz-glendale and being a Sunday we can park in peace now that Glendale has become like Pasadena, alas.

Hope also to see you on Friday afternoon at the studio.

Open studio – no purchase necessary

Open studio, Friday, 21 Feb 2020, from 4-7pm at 2716 N Broadway, #210, 90031. No purchase whatsoever necessary to be welcome.

So the other day, I was trying to talk to a friend and we had a bad cell connection, and it seemed like he said something about a “Money grubbing bore” but he was breaking up so it might have been “Money grubbing door” or “spore.” I’ve really no idea. At any rate, thrust of the discussion was could he come see the collages if he didn’t want to buy anything, and my answer was of course. 

All are welcome, whether to look or buy or do both. Yes, my main goal is to get these collages into good homes, so no reasonable offer will be refused. And whatever sells leaves with the buyer. I’m also happy to ship within in the contiguous United States. And, yes, money is wonderful and always welcome, but I hope no one is confusing me with a money grubbing spore or something. 🙂

So please, one and all, fall by the studio for one of the last chances to see the collages before they go into storage FOREVER.

If you’re not in driving distance, you can have a look at the website at collage.gingermayerson.com. It seems to reliably working these days.

Oh, and happy Valentines Day to those who celebrate it.