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“Perhaps I may clarify the historical background of the present situation if I say that the first industrial revolution, the revolution of the “dark satanic mills,” was the devaluation of the human arm by the competition of machinery … The modern industrial revolution [i.e., the computer revolution] is similarly bound to devalue the human brain […]

Birthday portrait by Orestis Tsonopoulos. C & Me

At the Morris-Jumel Mansion premiere of 'The Loves of Aaron Burr'.

SwEllington Swing

Rufus "Speedy" Jones Tossing the Salad!

OK, amazing solo by Rufus "Speedy" Jones, drumming for Duke Ellington, begins at :16. Hang in there for the insanity that ensues! Who is your favorite drummer who made a mark pre-1970?See more fun drumming videos from over 100 countries around the world at

Posted by Drum Talk TV on Thursday, May 14, 2015

Indubitably, with Rufus “Speedy” Jones on the drums.

The Whole Gritty City

Last week Richard Barber accepted a Christopher Award for everyone involved in the making of The Whole Gritty City, acknowledging the “higher purpose” behind it’s art. Sometimes the Maryknoll’s mission’s in just the right position. They’re the Merton-esque Catholic charity we prayed for in 3rd grade, here giving credit where it is due. Camilla and […]

A Harlem Poetry Lesson. Bruce Weber.

Grand Guy Bruce Weber brought fash’ legend David Bailey about, the hottest day of the year 2013, to take pictures around the house with not-yet-on- the-market very yellow Nokia cell phone/cameras. They were shooting the commercial that ended up an homage to local hero, Gil Scott Heron. Bruce’s been supportive of our efforts for several […]

Art in Transit


Time traveling to that once-upon-a-time without inhabitions, brother & sister looking back from Uptown today to Downtown then at Grey Art Gallery’s Tseng Kwong Chi: Performing for the Camera exhibition and blast from our Bonfire of the Vanities past.  Here was a signif’ segment of the congregation I ran with in my late 2os and […]

Film Preview, Thurs May 7, Bard Graduate Center. Film Premiere, Thursday May 14, Morris-Jumel Mansion

The Loves of Aaron Burr: Portraits in Corsetry & Binding presents artist Camilla Huey’s exhibition of striking and original corset portraits of nine literate women whose lives intertwined with the infamous Aaron Burr. The film invites the viewer, as voyeur, to peer indiscreetly into biography and personification through private lives amidst colonial politics, revolutionary and […]

Beat the Devil: Hep C, Harvoni &/or There’s HIP and there’s Hip


April 1st, 2015 Upstaging it being the cat’s birthday comes the startling news that 2 weeks into a 12 week course of Harvoni treatment 30 years accumulation of the Hepatitis C virus in me is “undetectable”.  And on April Fools!  How apropos.  A disease without symptoms cured by a drug without side effects, save its $90,000 […]

Fetishism, Pt. 2. Exercises in Ulterior Design



Intoxicology: On the Algebra of Need

From a collection by The Private Library.