The Mirror — my first published work of fiction — has gone live at Peacock Journal. I’m grateful to the editors for including my work on their lovely site.
A medical procedure this past winter left me with some strong feelings.
As this poem was taking shape, I happened to see a call for submissions to an online poetry anthology about “the human body and the use of, connection to, and/or necessity for medical apparatuses in all their forms.”
Thought-provoking essay about the trend toward replacing human workers with automated processes. Among other things the essay discusses a new model for the hotel industry (the video embedded in the essay is worth watching). Is CitizenM really the wave of the future?
How long before people get sick of the globalized aesthetic and undifferentiated staff “hired on personality?” My guess is that the model will continue to suit a younger demographic, but that many “mobile citizens” will eventually age out of it.
Modern architecture tends to produce icons with wow factor, rather than buildings with the biophilic properties identified by theorist Nikos Salingaros, based on Christopher Alexander’s design principles. I suspect that Salingaros would hate this design for a Los Angeles cultural center, on the grounds that buildings shouldn’t lean, unless they’re a tower in Pisa or explicitly intended to cause anxiety in human beings.
Wendell Berry on “barbaric” plans to cut the budget of the University Press of Kentucky:
To destroy the University Press of Kentucky, as our governor now proposes to do, may be required to uphold our state’s reputation for ignorance, but it is not required by poverty. The sum to be withheld is a small fraction of what we pay into the salaries of university administrators.
Here’s a link to a review of a new edition of Berry’s selected verse, in The Guardian.
I’ve been reading a lot more short fiction lately than I ever did at any time in the past. It’s not nice to admit, I know, but I was always a novel person, by default.
During the decades when I wrote for the drawer, it was always “novels.”
Lately I’ve become more interested in writing short fiction, and that has sparked a reading campaign. Or is it the other way around?
I stumbled upon this website quite by accident — British author David Gardiner. His stories attest to an admirably fertile and flexible imagination, and an ability to capture many different kinds of voices. I’ve been making my way through them gradually. I find them inspiring.
Some are quite funny — here’s one about an “unconventional relationship.”
Two weeks old, in the petting zoo maintained by Beit HaTzayar High School on Kaf Tet BeNovember Street, Katamon: