Thursday, October 30, 2014

MINUTES FROM A DIFFICULT...







MINUTES FROM A DIFFICULT..... (in Hebrew & English)
…. you’ve had it for two months what are you going to do in two days
…. You wrote a nasty email to ____ when he asked for help and now you’re here.  Where were you two months ago?
LATER:  I’m sorry I was so nasty.  Thank you for taking over a job we could not do.

דקות קשה הפגישה (בשפה העברית & האנגלית). יש לך את זה במשך חודשיים? מה אתה הולך לעשות בעוד יומיים... כתבת דואר אלקטרוני מגעיל _ כאשר הוא ביקש עזרה, עכשיו אתה פה.  איפה היית לפני חודשיים? מאוחר יותר: אני מצטערת שהייתי. כל כך מגעיל.  תודה על עבודה. אתה יכול.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Big Frog in Little Pond





Bloated old gut
Ripe, horny, round
Old beyond your penis
Open like herpes sores
Kindred spurts in your boles like        
Evil seeps from your bile

Horned, like a pricked barb
Open, like a cow’s ganglion
Licked clean by your tongue
Licked dry to your under-dermis
Inbred little pox, you
Sliced across your belly

Friday, October 24, 2014

Tolstoy: The Greatest Short Stories






Tolstoy: The Greatest Short Stories has just what it claims to have, some of his finer short works of fiction in one place.  The stories are arranged in a novel way.  There are Tales for Children, Popular Stories, Fairy Tales, Stories Written to Pictures, and Folk Tales retold, to name a few.

This collection shows Tolstoy’s immense talent.  Even when re-working an old fairy tale, he at once makes it timeless and very much his own.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Leonardo and The Last Supper






Leonardo and The Last Supper by Ross King is just what it purports to be, a detailed history of Leonardo da Vinci and his most famous painting.

In the process, King gets into the politics of the day, the details of the renaissance as a movement, a set of ideals, a frame of mind.  There is a great deal of discussion of The Last Supper, but this book definitely contextualizes the work in the time and in Leonardo’s life.

Actual time spent on the painting is fleeting, but fascinating.  The long history of its decline, catastrophic “restorations,” its near destruction by a bomb in the Second World War, and its final, definitive and controversial restoration are treated, but only briskly.

This book is much more about Leonardo and his world than The Last Supper.  But it presents a fascinating painting and a fascinating world. 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Big White Fish in a Small Pond





Just like forever and
Unlike yesterday just
Licking a dirty stick for
I dislike your white hair
Even in the soft light your
Clutches of words
And slicing double-talk are
Rat dead smell sweet and
Molted sickly as death sin
And just like
Licked and Flabby like
Tits hanging low and old