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The Writer's Life 7/13 - Plugged


This week I have the honor of being profiled in the Brooklyn newspapers. My thanks to Sol, who led me to Eli Rosenberg, who wrote the article, and to Steve, the photographer. Here's the text, amended by my own comments: Brownstone Brooklyn has the title for the borough’s most literary land around, but a Brooklynite who sells his books on the streets of South Brooklyn says you don’t need a fancy bookstore to be a respected writer — but you can’t stay home, either. “If you don’t go out and sell it yourself, I believe it’s going to get lost (seven million books listed at Amazon),” said Vic Fortezza, a Bensonhurst(grew up there, now in Sheepshead Bay) native who peddles his three (four books: three novels, one story collection. Close to the Edge is temporarily sold out) novels on the streets of Sheepshead Bay and Bensonhurst four (six) days a week,...
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The Writer's Life 7/12 - Shop

We've all heard the old saying: "It pays to shop." I ignored it in large part when I had good cash flow. Not so the past four years, when I've watched every nickel. I've dreaded July, when the car insurance bill is due, the biggest hit of the year, which I always paid in full to take advantage of the discount. I was shocked to find that Liberty Mutual was raising my rate from $1400 to $1800. I sent an email to verify no mistake had been. I'm 62, have never had an accident, and have had only one moving violation in 40+ years, an illegal left at 5th Av. & 86th St. days after the edict first went into effect. I have the absolute minimum coverage. An official for LM responded that since I'd filled out a survey that showed an increase in my driving, my rate was increased. I'd...
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The Writer's Life 7/11 - The Pits

Yesterday, conservative talk show host Mike Gallagher mentioned an interesting development concerning a movie star's mom. I got the following from NYPost.com, editing it a tiny bit. It illustrates how intolerant some liberals can be: Brad Pitt’s mom, Jane, has faced a barrage of death threats and other slurs after writing to her local paper bashing President Obama and his positions on gay marriage and abortion. “Brad Pitt’s mom, die,” said one Twitter post, according to Web site Twitchy, while another tweet read, “[bleep] you, brad pitt's mom. the gay community made your kid a star, you whacko” and another says, “Brad Pitt’s mom wrote an anti-gay pro-Romney editorial. Kill the Bitch.” The venomous tweets erupted after the Moneyball star’s mother wrote a letter to her local Missouri paper, the Springfield News-Leader, saying of the upcoming election, “Any Christian who does not vote or writes in a name is casting a...
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The Writer's Life 7/10


I had a fun dream last night. I was riding the subway and seated next to me was none other than the lovely Tina Louise, the "movie star" among the odd group stranded on Gilligan's Island. She fell asleep and her head rested on my shoulder. When the train lurched suddenly, her face went to my lap and she shrieked. It's not hard to figure that the dream was grounded in lust, but I'm baffled as to why my mind chose the unfortunate Ms. Louise, beautiful though she was. True, her name did come up in conversation recently, but more than a week ago. Why hadn't my brain conjured Gina Lollobrigida or Sophia Loren or Raquel Welch or Gina Gershon, all of whom have a passing resemblance to the lust of my life, a certain Peggyann? I remember how amused I was when I first learned Peggy wasn't short for Margaret....
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The Writer's Life 7/8 - Bravo


In a profile at IMDb, David Cronenberg is described as "The King of Venereal Horror" and "The Baron of Blood." I first learned of him in the early '80's, intrigued by the exploding heads in Scanners (1981). In Videodrome (1983), Deborah Harry did something creepy with a lit cigarette. That same year he did The Dead Zone, which remains my favorite adaptation of Stephen King. Crash came out in 1996. It featured something I'd never heard of and not sure even exists - characters deriving a sexual thrill from involvement in auto accidents. I don't think it was satire on how far society was willing to take sexuality, as the tone was deadly serious. A lot of my friends loved A History of Violence (2005). Although I found it satisfying viscerally, the protagonist was too much like a super-hero for the film to be taken seriously. Eastern Promises (2007), which focused...
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