This bird has flown: A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence

The title comes from a scene in which a teacher asks a girl to recite a poem onstage for parents night. Instead, the girl synopsizes the poem, line by line, to the amusement of the gloating teacher. Insofar as A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence has a narrative, it’s shaped by the… More This bird has flown: A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence

The stigma of sounding gay

Ignoring “gay-sounding” voices on dating/sex profiles happens often. I read these profiles every day. The binary: gay-sounding vs straight-acting. The former doesn’t sound like the latter. Acquiring credit in the straight world adds to your desirability; “passing off,” according to gay men who hold these noxious views, means not being “limited” by one’s sexuality. For… More The stigma of sounding gay

‘No other program has changed so many lives of our families, our friends, our neighbors’

The truest American film about aging shows no quarter. In 1938’s Make Way For Tomorrow, Barkley and Lucy Cooper endure the indignity of becoming impositions on their children. The only alternative is for Bark to work – a man at his age. In the final scene the couple say goodbye, each knowing it’s for the… More ‘No other program has changed so many lives of our families, our friends, our neighbors’

‘And paintings are one thing we never seem to run out of’

Yesterday was John Ashbery’s birthday, and I missed it. I wanted to post the title poem of “As We Know”; Ashbery was good at title poems. On a friend’s Facebook wall this morning I wrote that it’s hard to distinguish a great Ashbery poem from a good or average one; they’ve got the same ratio… More ‘And paintings are one thing we never seem to run out of’

Christie: ‘I will enforce the federal laws’

Chris Christie has a message for you tokers who take it where it’s legal for recreational or medicinal purposes: If you’re getting high in Colorado today, enjoy it,” Christie, a Republican campaigning for the 2016 presidential nomination, said Tuesday during a town-hall meeting at the Salt Hill Pub in Newport, New Hampshire. “As of January… More Christie: ‘I will enforce the federal laws’

Flag removal would ‘hurt and deeply offend’ some Floridians

Meanwhile in my state capital this debate persists: “It’s not a memorial. It was put up there in defiance of integration,” said Sheila Grimes, 61, of Santa Rosa Beach, an insurance broker. “It’s malicious. It just makes you tremble. It needs to come down.” Grimes vividly remembers what life was like, growing up black in… More Flag removal would ‘hurt and deeply offend’ some Floridians