Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Philadelphia Free Library has three copies of Auggie's Revenge

An old friend saw Auggie's Revenge as a staff pick at the Walnut Street West location of the Free Library of Philadelphia, and from there I searched to learn the there are three copies in the system.

Sunday, August 6, 2017


Over at Goodreads, I added a few quotations from Fight for Your Long Day, Auggie's Revenge, and Frade Killed Ellen.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Carver as Bukowski

Dr. Don Riggs, Poet Laureate of L.U.S.K. and recent reader on a rooftop near you, alerted us to Raymond Carver's "You Don't Know What Love Is," a poem inspired by the life and work of Charles Bukowski.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Monday, July 24, 2017

Edward Hopper's Intermission

Saturday, July 22, 2017

The Dead Milkmen live at Clark Park in 2017

An old friend posted news that The Dead Milkmen played live in Clark this past weekend, and from there I found a performance from 1993. I know well the name of the band, but I was never part of the scene or one who could name or sing their songs. But I've always been a fan of Clark Park as well as contemplating the passage of time, so I enjoyed considering my own various memories of my childhood's neighborhood park whose surreal likeness is the central real estate of my unpublished novel Spark Park (or Cartoon Bubble from a City Underwater).

According to a Wikipedia entry for The Dead Milkmen: ". . .the band's moniker came from a character named 'Milkman Dead' in Toni Morrison's book Song of Solomon." I've twice been assigned Beloved, and I've taught Sula four times, but I've never read Song of Solomon. At this point, I doubt I will as there are so many other writers who deserve attention.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

art-student debt

At L.U.S.K. it's rare that we honor another writer's birthday, or even our own, but Chelsea Martin's this past Sunday drew me to her Facebook wall and then this piece she wrote about student debt and her longing to buy a house. She's a small businessperson with five published books, but it appears as if she could also use even more debt relief than this Congresswoman would like to offer. In honor of Martin's birthday, I'm strongly considering ceasing to encourage my daughter to embrace the arts as anything more than an avocation although I'll certainly look forward to her return to art day camp in a few weeks. Pottery and painting worked fine for me through age ten, and I can't remember why I stopped attending University City Arts League classes. Possibly I'd become even more obsessed with street sports and half-court basketball, or maybe it was the move to J. R. Masterman, and the homework that greeted me at my new school.