“How odd a figure I must seem to you now, a solitary crank who maroons himself with a TV set and dozens of stacks of dust-jacketed comic books. Don’t think I wouldn’t appreciate a dramatic visit between two and three in the morning,” he told her, “from an intelligent woman in spike heels and a […]

“Don’t Try”. Knowing we do about Bukowski — straight-shooter, mostly miserable, hated lots of things, author of great poems — I assumed his epitaph was a nihilist middle-finger to humanity. Nope. Not at all, in fact. Chinaski, in a letter to a friend, on trying: “We work too hard. We try too hard. Don’t try. Don’t […]

A tourist in New York’s Greenwich Village decided to have his portrait sketched by a sidewalk artist. He received a very fine sketch, for which he was charged $100. “That’s expensive,” he said to the artist, “but I’ll pay it, because it is a great sketch. But, really, it took you only five minutes.” “Twenty […]

Best of lists! Here’s what I found to be the most rad in 2012: On the subject of music. I listened to a whopping two records that were released in 2012. The rest of my tuneage was basically comprised of records I’ve worn out over the last few years: Sam Cooke’s Greatest Hits for everyday […]

I ran my first half marathon last weekend, driving some 300 miles north of Pittsburgh to run 13.1 miles with my pal Senneca. The Buffalo Creek Half Marathon was as expected: The first 10 miles are a breeze; the last 3.1 are hell. Finish Time: 1 hour, 51 minutes.

I rarely — if ever — post to this blog some of my work as a reporter here in Ithaca. That’s largely due to the fact that most readers perusing this site don’t live in the area and thus care little about the goings on in Tompkins County government or local school districts. However, some […]