Books as Weapons, 2016

Tragedy: The Orestia by Aeschylus and Sophocles Electra.  It was Richard Strauss’s version of the latter at the Met this spring (for me the artistic achievement of 2016) that set me off rereading classic tragic magic in light of our very American dilemmas.  The curse of the House of Atreus, also my family’s saga, has […]

Saturday Night Disappointment

A flip book in more ways than one.  Less “Uncooked” than Mad hard-boiling Negritude Noir from the Master Miller O. Albert.  A Mighty Abyss of Love Making.  Boom Akalakalaka! Saturday Night Disappointment. To enlarge click on the small screen on the left.

If I Can’t Sell It I’ll Sit On It, I Just Won’t Give It Away.

A selection from the golden era of 42nd Street XXX bookshops, so far back that they only sold print-on-paper porn.  In the 1970s and ’80s, when gender studies were a more an intimately personal interest than an academic pursuit, Times Square was where you went to find out what you still can’t learn in school.  […]