Genius Clusters?

I just finished reading Patti Smith’s memoir, Just Kids.  It is the story of her relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe in the time of a burgeoning New York City art scene of the 1960s and 70s. They WERE kids who arrived in New York with nothing but their determination to be artists. They wandered into one … Continue reading Genius Clusters?


You’re probably thinking, here she goes again, complaining about our lack of civility.  It  really bothers me and we’ve got to cut it out before we truly become a society of beasts. This is what ticked me off this time. I am a faithful reader of the Sunday New York Times Book Review.  I know … Continue reading BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR


I just finished reading Tinkers, Paul Harding’s Pulitzer prize-winning novel.  I could not describe it better than Elizabeth McCracken (An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination) who said,  “It’s an instruction manual on how to look at nearly everything. Harding takes the back off to show you the miraculous ticking of the natural … Continue reading THINKING ABOUT TINKERS