Thursday, February 20, 2020


I like this photo taken several years ago (I don't remember when or by whom) not for the way I appear (not crazy about that) but for the books. I'm still a book lover (and writer, always have at least four or more prose and poetry books I'm working on and a dozen or more I'm reading) and these are the two bookcases that contain my favorite and/or most valuable books (not written by me) in one corner of my bedroom/office.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020


Elizabeth and Bernie are still my top choices of those left, and I can't help still liking Joe. Mike is a mirage and Pete presents as amiable as Howdy Doody but the strings are visible. And Amy, a fighter who can land some punches but can't get a knockout.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020


There's almost no women in the cast of this film except, thankfully, Irish actress Caitriona Balfe (the star of the cable series OUTLANDER), whose presence alone made seeing this buddy flick worth it. Why isn't she in more movies? As for the men, a lot of fine actors, starting with the two leads, Matt Damon and Christian Bale. Two of the best, who make all the buddy-movie tropes much more palatable and even fun. Watching them work is like watching any great artist perform their art: delightful.

One of the many good performances is by Tracy Letts (the playwright/actor who made an impact in LITTLE WOMEN as well) as Henry Ford II. He has a scene with Matt Damon in a race car that is also worth the price of admission. All in all a pretty entertaining experience, despite the sometimes hyper masculinity and jingoism.

Monday, February 17, 2020


There's lots of poems in my books that mention or are about or dedicated to Rain Worthington. We lived together in downtown Manhattan of the late 1970s where I witnessed her early development as a composer of unique genius (in my opinion then, and still). Yesterday her music was performed at Carnegie Hall, an event I could not make but wanted to. I highly recommend seeking our her music and reading this article about her: