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Gag Reflex: Great Question

"That's a great question." Really?

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Flaneur: A World of Empty Storefronts

What happens to our urban built environment and the vitality of urban street life when all of us are huddling over our screens, ordering most of our goods and services on the internet in order to save a nickel?  Call...

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Bread & Circuses: A Belated Protest

A belated protest:  La La Land?  Really?

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Priam’s Daughter: Note from Weimar

A Note From Weimar:  “’Mass propaganda discovered that its audience was ready at all times to believe the worst,’ [Hannah Arendt  wrote], ‘no matter how absurd, and did not particularly object to being deceived because it held every statement to...

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Flaneur: News Bar

University Place, Greenwich Village.  There are great educational institutions spotted all around the City, but this is Ground Zero for higher education in New York--NYU, New School, Parsons, Cardozo Law School.  In the middle of it all a place called News Bar.  it...

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Praise for Tenebrae: A Memoir of Love and Death

"Max McBride is a visionary poet. His series of poems, Tenebrae: A Memoir of Love and Death, based on ancient services sometimes performed in the Roman Catholic Church, grapples with the death of his wife....I am filled with its humanity, its...

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Gag Reflex: “Speaks truth to power.”

Sounds BOLD and BRAVE and FULL OF MEANING, but isn't.  And the powerless deserve the truth too.

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Post No Bills: Trapped and Doomed

Excerpt from Max McBride's novel, Mink Eyes: “They were walking between two rows of cages that faced each other. More than half the cages were empty. From the occupied cages, small, dark creatures peered at them through the wire mesh...

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A Not So Happy Halloween

Excerpt from Max McBride's novel, Mink Eyes: “Don’t stay too close, Dad,” Kelly said, “I don’t want them to think I’m a little girl.” When she walked up to the front doors of the houses, he stood off in the darkness,...

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