Monthly Archives: July 2012

End of July snapshots

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“The Fish Tank” by Lydia Davis

I stare at four fish in a tank in a supermarket. They are swimming in parallel formation against a small current created by a jet of water, and they are opening and closing their mouths and staring off into the … Continue reading

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“What’s goin on?”

I was on a roll, cleaning the house. I had just begun to mop the floors when the mophead flew off. It had totally rusted through and disengaged itself from the long handle. JB asked, “What’s going on?” when he heard … Continue reading

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Context is everything

Marcel Duchamp, whose birthday it is today (1887), created the most influential piece of art of the 20th century- Fountain (pictured above), signed “R. Mutt,” created when he was 29. It is a urinal and was placed upside down on … Continue reading

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Furniture alive

Lila Jang, Korean artist and designer, creates playful and anthropomorphized furniture, riffing off of classic French Baroque. She is interested in pushing the limits of practicality and entering the realm of whimsy while still maintaining at least a sliver of … Continue reading

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Birthday Princess

Today is my mother and her twin’s birthday. 85 years old. My mother has had Parkinson’s for some time now. She has lost her independence in the world. Now she is confined, for the most part, to a wheel chair, needs … Continue reading

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Amelia Earhart speaks to Sally Ride

Sally Ride died two days ago, the day before Amelia Earhart’s birthday 115 years ago (July 24, 1897). Ride was the first American woman in space. Earhart was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic. A year ago, Emily … Continue reading

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November’s choice

I am no expert at critiquing political campaign ads, but I was so comforted by the clarity  in this Obama one. It’s a minute long, twice the normal length of such spots. It doesn’t beat up the opposing candidate. It … Continue reading

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Don’t Tell Anyone by Tony Hoagland

xxxx xxxx xxxx xxxxx xxxxxxxx xxxxxx xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx We had been married for six or seven years when my wife, standing in the kitchen one afternoon, told me that she screams underwater when … Continue reading

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