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The Writer's Life 7/4 - Punk

"He punked-out," we used to say in Brooklyn about someone who backed down from a tough task or a fight. That's what I did today regarding the floating bookshop, which I eschewed because of the heat and humidity. Man, am I getting soft. In high school, we had two practice sessions in such weather. When I trained for the marathon, I jogged ten miles in it. If the forecast is right, tomorrow will be the last day of the current heat wave, only 90 degrees - "a mere bag of shells," as Ralph Kramden would say. What will the accu-weather  real-feel be - 95? "Big deal," as Classie Freddie Blassie would say. I had a real ginzo lunch at my sister's: tomato & muhtzarell, fried zucchini, and a thin slice of roast beef. Leftovers have piled up in her fridge since her grand-daughter Danielle arrived earlier in the week, craving delicacies...
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The Writer's Life 7/6 - Victory!

Some days good things happen in bunches. I set up shop knowing people would be hurrying back to their AC's or backyard swimming pools to beat the heat, although it wasn't nearly as hot today as yesterday. I hadn't seen Morty, a retired salesman closing in on 80, in six weeks. He recently "graduated" from a program of radiation treatments on a growth in his jaw. Although he said he was still feeling a little shaky, he was his usual positive self. Welcome back, sir. A while later a heavy set gentleman who visits about once a month overpaid for two paperbacks, a nice surprise I figured would be my only sale of the day - and I was almost right. As I was about to pack up, a young woman, who two weeks ago said she would return, finally got around to it. She debated whether to purchase A Hitch...
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The Writer's Life 7/5 - Music

I watched another of the music videos I made, this one circa '95, an eclectic mix of performers. It started on a high note, Bonnie Raitt doing the blues lament Love Me Like a Man, featuring dazzling guitar work that would put many men to shame. She may have used every blues lick ever invented. There was only one cut I had to fast-forward through, something by Sound Garden on SNL. There were several tracks by the Pretenders, all excellent, including their biggest hit, The Night in My Veins. The mis-named Cowboy Junkies did an unusually up tempo piece for them, Common Disaster. All of the other stuff I know by them is quiet. Bjork did her adorable big band-type song Ssssh! on The Tonight Show. During this period, Fox ran a show against SNL called Saturday Night Special that spotlighted rising music acts. Bush (not George) rocked out on Machinehead ("There's...
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The Writer's Life 7/4 - American

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government...." And so began the greatest country the world has known - the idea, the experiment. Sure, we've had our sins, but far fewer than other nations, and none has worked harder to rectify them than America. Certain elites scoff at this, openly deride this great land and its people - and many of them are rewarded handsomely for it, behavior that would bring incarceration, even death in some...
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The Writer's Life 7/3 - Champ


There's an interesting one-man show coming to Broadway: The Undisputed Truth, starring Mike Tyson, directed by Spike Lee. It seems an effort to rehabilitate his image. At one time Tyson was in the argument of greatest heavyweight of all-time. He struck fear into opponents and the general public until a relative unknown, Buster Douglas, flattened him in one of the greatest upsets in boxing history. From there his career and life began a downward spiral that included marriage/divorce to actress Robin Givens, a rape charge for which he did a stretch in prison, the chomping of Evander Holyfield's ear during a bout, and the bizarre tattooing of his face. If all humans are enigmas, he is among the most enigmatic. It's said that he reads extensively. I hope the show goes well. If memory serves, it has been a long time since he's been in trouble. I do not like one-man...
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