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…time to make some choices…

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[h/t to thisisnthappiness…of course…]

…back on Friday…off the grid for a few…


…and the team is waiting…so let’s roll…

hells-angels-irving-pennHells Angels (San Francisco), 1967.
Irving Penn – Look magazine, January of 1968.

Power. That’s what it feels like when we ride in. On a three day weekend, we might have one-fifty, two-hundred bikes out on a run. People all get excited when they see us coming, and– I don’t know– it’s beautiful.

You know what it is, it’s a mind-blower. They come around with movie cameras. It’s really beautiful.

My brothers– that’s my whole life.  My brothers.  That’s all I’ve got.

Look magazine, January, 1968

[Note – the Look building, at Madison Avenue and 51st street in NYC, is where me and the Brunette first met. It’s also where Dylan recorded “The Times They Are a-Changin.” The building was also declared a landmark in 2010. For at least two excellent reasons. Just thought you’d like to know some additional historical references…]


garfield 2Garfield by Jim Davis

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Alice Mcdermott


©John Atkinson@Wrong Hands

Artist and author Chris Van Allsburg is interviewed by NASA about Zathura, his children’s space adventure book, and keeping his own sense of wonder:

Sometimes when your children are very young, you can see the world through their eyes and have that child-like sense of wonder…I think a little bit of the sense of wonder is a desire to escape the present, or the real world. That fantasy is actually a way to see the world how you’d like it to be, rather than seeing the way it is, and that’s a bit of an inspiration. It’s also the whole idea of believing in things that are not quite possible.

I like that kids are less inclined to discount things because they can’t be done. They have an imagination that thinks that maybe things can be done. So certainly it is useful as an adult, possibly as an adult scientist as well as an artist, to think about things that might not happen and then wonder how they might.


Full interview here

Added note:

The Writer’s Almanac (June 18, 2016) reveals Van Allsburg’s interview for admission into a school for art & design:

He wanted to study art in college, but he hadn’t taken any art classes in high school, so he lied and told the admissions officer he was so advanced that he was given private lessons on the weekends. The officer was impressed, but not convinced, and he asked Van Allsburg what he thought of Norman Rockwell. Van Allsburg didn’t really have an opinion, but he guessed that the admissions officer probably liked Rockwell, so he said: “I believe Norman Rockwell is unfairly criticized for being sentimental. I think he is a wonderful painter who captures America’s longings, America’s dreams, and presents American life with the drama and sensitivity of a great playwright.” The admissions officer approved him then and there, and he became an official art student at the University of Michigan.

Sometimes fantasy is a good thing…sometimes often…


…and it’s only a four day work week…

garfield 1_11_16Garfield
by Jim Davis

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The D train was my transport to other worlds and Moondog was part of my growing up as I began taking those subway rides into the Emerald City in my teens. He was one of the curiosities of the streets, always present and accepted, part of the cast of characters that regularly inhabited the eclectic neighborhood that was New York City. But it seems there was more to this story…

From the NY Times Archive:

From the late 1940s to the early ’70s Moondog was as recognizable in the New York City landscape as the Empire State Building, and nearly as striking. A tall blind man with long hair and beard, wearing a handmade Viking helmet and primitive cloak, he regularly stationed himself at Sixth Avenue and 54th Street, which cops and cabbies knew as Moondog’s Corner. Dispensing his poetry, politics, sheet music and recordings (some on boutique labels, some on majors), he was sought out over the years by beats, hippies and foreign tourists, but also by the media and celebrities, from Walter Winchell and “Today” to Marlon Brando, Muhammad Ali and Martin Scorsese.

…Moondog was so prolific and eclectic. Working in Braille, often composing under his cloak on the sidewalk, he wrote in an impressively wide range of styles: percussion-driven exotica (he made his own triangular drum-and-cymbal instrument, the trimba), avant-garde jazz, folkish madrigals, Bach-like neo-Baroque rounds and canons for chamber orchestra, symphonies for full orchestra, and a layered minimalism that influenced his young collaborators Steve Reich and Philip Glass.

He released more than a dozen recordings, and his music was used in films and television commercials. His songs were sung by Janis Joplin (on “Big Brother & the Holding Company”) and Julie Andrews (a children’s album); he once shared a bill in a Greenwich Village club with Tiny Tim and Lenny Bruce, and much later performed on a festival stage in London at the invitation of Elvis Costello.

More here

good thing about scienceFound at Sign of the Times in Nyack, NY

As the political and physical landscapes heat up, Noam Chomsky offers a prescient observation:

…there are some pretty stable elements of (Trump’s) ideology….One of them is: “Climate change is not taking place.” As he puts it: “Forget it.” And that’s almost a death knell for the species – not tomorrow, but the decisions we take now are going to affect things in a couple of decades, and in a couple of generations it could be catastrophic.

So goes politics…so goes the planet…

© Bill Israel

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