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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: and look at it for awhile and then go eat here: 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.

The Internets of Cyberspace and Collages!

Framed Collage Sale, 2-5pm, Sunday, February 9, 2020 at 2716 North Broadway, #210, LA CA 90031

Luckily, the “Looking Away” collages were not what I was afraid they were. They were just letting me know it was time to stop making collages.

So I’d like to get the framed ones into good homes before I close the studio and put them in storage until… I have no idea until what or when. If you’re not in driving distance, I’m happy to ship FedEx Ground in the U.S., see below for a happy owner in Denver of “Man Walking”. You can see collages at I’m sorry the website wasn’t working last time. A very small part of a very large website stopped working, and the whole thing was inaccessible, which was quite annoying. As far as I know right now, it’s working perfectly, if you’d like to take a look.

So, if you’d like to come by the studio all collages are going going gone for any reasonable offer.

Also I’m looking for someone to share the space, so if you or someone you know is looking for a nice sunny office/studio in Lincoln Heights, come by to take a look. Google map location:

Hope to see you 2 to 5pm on Sunday, February 9, 2020.

Here’s a collage in the studio that looks much better in person. Come see it!

Stuff I found on the internet:

If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.
Lao Tzu

It has yet to be proven that intelligence has any survival value.
Arthur C. Clarke

Big girls need big diamonds.
Elizabeth Taylor

I’m afraid that if you look at a thing long enough, it loses all of its meaning.
Andy Warhol

There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly.
R. Buckminster Fuller

A child of five would understand this. Send someone to fetch a child of five.
Groucho Marx

Quote me as saying I was mis-quoted.
Groucho Marx

There are three things you can do in a baseball game. You can win, or you can lose, or it can rain.
Casey Stengel

Internets, oh Internets

“Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.”
Pablo Picasso, The Impossible Cool, 3 Jan 2020

“Past, present, and future on view in a wondrous machine. Everything everywhere in every universe. Better than YouTube, but can this device bring happiness to a young slacker looking for love and life’s meaning?”
Drunk on Time, Storylandia, The Wapshott Press Journal of Fiction, Issue 32, Winter 2020

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Mary Worth, 31 Dec 2019

“What?” Mary recoiled in surprise. “Your doctor didn’t recommend stealing the pituitary glands of younger women? Dr. Jeff and I have been doing that for 300 years.”

If youth knew; if age could.
Sigmund Freud

Oh, love will make a dog howl in rhyme.
Francis Beaumont

I buy expensive suits. They just look cheap on me.
Warren Buffett

We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.
E. M. Forster

Yet more internet reading (w/o a net yet)

“A 2017 study on abusive supervision found that people who have worked with a bullying boss report being more withdrawn and depressed, and that targets of abusive supervision report symptoms that bear ‘striking similarities to those diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder’.
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Encore, Je lis les internets

“In the absence of any powerful debunking of his testimony, there may be only two arguments left for Mr Trump’s defenders to marshal against his accusers. The first, which may take the form of any manner of distraction or conspiracy theory, is: Go whistle. Most Republican voters love the president, don’t care about Ukraine, and their elected representatives are not about to disappoint them. This is probably good enough for most House Republicans.”
Gordon Sondland weakens Republican defences against impeachment, by The Economist, Nov 21, 2019

Well, there goes rule of law as we know it. So long Enlightenment, it was swell while it lasted.
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“A budget narrative provides explanations about line items from the standard budget. In federal grant applications, a budget narrative is sometimes called a budget justification or a budget detail.”
How to Build Credibility with Your Budget Narrative,, July 9, 2019

Cerebral organoids are becoming more brainlike, The Economist, August 29, 2019
I had to give a speech on this subject 2014. The first thing the 2014 organoid tried to grow was an eye. I thought that was interesting.

“The paper is titled ‘Persistence of neuronal representations through time and damage in the hippocampus.’ In addition to Gonzalez and Lois, co-authors are undergraduate Hanwen Zhang and former lab technician Anna Harutyunyan. Funding was provided by the American Heart Association, the Della Martin Foundation, the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, and a BRAIN Initiative grant from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.
How Memories Form and Fade, CalTech, August 23, 2019
Not to be confused with this ‘Persistence of Memory’

Sweet And Cheesy Knafeh Is An Ancient Dessert Going Big In Modern LA,, September 25, 2019
I want to eat this, but I must be strong.

Three Years And Zero Homeless Housing Units Later, LA’s Auditor Looks At Prop HHH Money,, October 8, 2019
Why is it that empty city, county, or state buildings can’t be used to temporarily house the homeless? Like the top floors of old County Hospital and all of old Women and Childrens Hospital, that was not so long ago full of women and children. It’s got to be better than being on the street. Also, I can’t be the first person in all of LA County to think of this. At least I hope not.

“Hello Daddy.”
Revisiting Tom of Finland’s sexually explicit oeuvre, The Economist, Oct 24, 2019
I’m glad I lived long enough to see the words ‘hello daddy’ in the Economist. I can go now. Really I can.

“Part of the problem is that American policy has exacerbated the effect of economic pressures. In their new book, ‘The Triumph of Injustice’, Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman pin the blame for rising inequality squarely on the American tax system. The authors—both economists at the University of California, Berkeley—argue that taxation in America has become less progressive over the past four decades. In the 1970s the rich paid twice as much in tax, as a share of their income, as the working poor (taking into account all taxes, including those at the state and local level). After President Donald Trump’s tax reform in 2018, by contrast, the very rich paid a smaller share than many Americans in the bottom half of the income distribution. The 400 richest Americans paid an average tax rate of about 23% of income in 2018, according to the authors’ estimates. Low-income Americans paid roughly 25%, the authors say, although this excludes transfer payments made to the very poorest households: a misleading omission, some critics reckon. Personal taxation is only part of the story, as the authors cursorily allow. Even so, the decline in the tax burden on the very rich, at a time of extraordinary growth in their incomes, is startling.”
In the past, America was not as unequal as it has become, The Economist, Oct 24, 2019
Yes, something else we can thank the Reagan administration for. Once they got away with shifting the tax burden off the rich, it was open season on everyone else.

“On October 23rd the Pacific Gas and Electric Company (pg&e) cut power to over 180,000 homes and businesses in northern California. That came just two weeks after a blackout that left 2m people, including Ms Hoskote, without power. The firm, which in January declared bankruptcy because of $30bn in liabilities from last year’s wildfires, said it had to cut power to prevent new fires from breaking out. pg&e has a monopoly over its coverage area, and Californians are livid. But there may not be much they can do.”
“Some cities in the Golden State have tried to break up monopolies by taking over power distribution themselves, says Charles Kolstad of Stanford University. Sacramento, Palo Alto and Los Angeles all have municipal utilities. In September San Francisco offered to buy pg&e’s infrastructure for $2.5bn. San Jose’s mayor has also said he is exploring a similar proposal.
“But pg&e rejected both bids, despite its shaky finances. Because it is costly to provide electricity to remote areas, “the cities subsidise the costs of providing electricity to rural areas”, says Severin Borenstein of the University of California, Berkeley. The more cities pg&e loses, the less easy it is to cross-subsidise other places. The firm has tried to frustrate municipal power plans for most of a century, ever since Sacramento created its utility in 1923. It put up $46m for a statewide ballot initiative in 2010, which failed, to limit the ability of local governments to manage their own energy.”
Why California can’t quit PG&E, The Economist, Oct 24, 2019
If PG&E is in bankruptcy, then wouldn’t the court demand they sell off their assets? Or cities? Am I misunderstanding this?
“It (PG&E) put up $46m for a statewide ballot initiative in 2010, which failed, to limit the ability of local governments to manage their own energy.”
And yet, they cannot afford to maintain their equipment to prevent fires. I am puzzled by this.
Yes, indeed, I dearly love the LA DWP. They just said no to deregulation and told Enron to buzz off. If only LA City didn’t take all their surplus, my beloved DWP could do more infrastructure improvements. I could be living in even more of a DWP paradise if only LA City would stop taking all their money. Yes, people of Los Angeles, even your utility bill money is going to LA City. Oh well.

“They are showier, and more easily caught.”
Why museums’ animal collections favour males, The Economist, Oct 26, 2019
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Most Popular Websites 1996 – 2019
They seemed to have missed that Google acquired YouTube on November 13, 2006, so it’s even worse that it looks. Also, they let Amazon fall off this list when Amazon seems to be the magma of the internet now. Still an impressive effort, Data Freaks, bravo.

“As technology becomes more and more integral to everything we do, it can sometimes distract us from the things that matter most to us. We are committed to helping everyone with the tools they need to develop their own sense of digital wellbeing. So that life, not the technology in it, stays front and center. We hope this platform will inspire developers and designers to create experiments and put Digital Wellbeing at the center of what they build in the future.”
Digital Wellbeing Experiments
Google is worried about us. This worries me.

“All I ask is the chance to prove that money can’t make me happy.”
Spike Milligan