Saturday, December 16, 2017


My cousin Pat Lally's punk anthem DAMN THE MAN (gotta watch the whole thing)

And my nephew Jimmy Lally (with wife Karen, also a rockin musician, they now have a band in Florida) after he was inducted into The Maryland Entertainment Hall Of Fame with his old band from that state: The Great Train Robbery.

Friday, December 15, 2017


The documentary Rachel E. Diken is making about me and my poetry needs help of all kinds including funding, here's the link to her funding page which also lists the positions open to help her make it:

Thursday, December 14, 2017


poet and friend John Godfrey NYC c. 2016
(photo taken by Bob Rosenthal)
poet and friend Rachel E. Diken reading at Beyond Baroque in Venice CA  2017
me caught reading in Terence Winch's hotel room NYC c. 2014
my oldest son Miles and his partner Hannah reading a Christmas gift at my place in Jersey 2016

Tuesday, December 12, 2017


This was a favorite record of mine when I was a kid and Sinatra was having his first flush of success, due in part to his capacity to use his voice to convey the kind of vulnerability unusual in guys back then...not the slickster we think of when we think of the later Sinatra as in the first photo (the later ones are from that earlier era...

Saturday, December 9, 2017


This GODLESS is a sometimes too dark Netflix 6-episode TV series with a lot of implausible and inconsistent plot points and scenes. But it is also beautifully acted and mostly beautifully shot and directed, so I found myself watching all of it but only feeling partially satisfied.

As is too often the case today, a lot of the actors in it were Brits, as if there aren't enough American actors. But two aging "American" once-leading-man actors—Jeff Daniels and Sam Waterston—carry the ball for our side and do a great job.

I never cared much for Waterston, and I acted with him on an episode of LAW & ORDER once. But in GODLESS, he actually does a great job, unexpectedly to me, playing an old Western lawman. I always love Jeff Daniels, but this is the darkest character he's ever portrayed and I was worried his genial looks and seemingly affable nature would get in the way, and it almost does at times, but he uses it and makes it work.

Michelle Dockery, of DOWNTON ABBEY fame, actually kicks ass as a widow with a native mother-in-law and half native son struggling on the prairie. But the great Tatoo Cardinal as the mother-in-law steals every scene she has anything to do with.

The revelation of the show, for me, was Meritt Wever playing a widow who transforms herself in the face of a husbandless future and almost manless town. The best thing about this series is their use of the usual old Western-film-genre tropes but with contemporary historic revisions based on what we now know were the much more common realities.

Especially that pioneer women were tough, out of necessity and circumstance, and pioneer communities included all kinds of people from all kinds of backgrounds from native American to African-American to gender-bending fluid Americans, and that corporate America was just as capable of evil then as it is now.