chicago vs. new york @ yankee stadium


The last of a very fortunate set of tickets for the year.  I was able to see another one of my team's thoroughly dull 86 losses in person. Oi. 

brooklyn book festival

Attended Paul Holdengräber and Salman Rushdie in Conversation and met and spoke with the author afterward.  

start of the new studio renovation

I have lived in New York for 5 years and have had 4 different studios.  This new space in the Brooklyn Navy Yards hopefully may be my last here.  I couldn't be happier to finally have a studio that I can dig in to. Click the image to see what was found inside the walls that were torn out.

a lovers discourse: fragments

Written by Roland Barthes   c. 1977

“It is not true that the more you love, the better you understand; all that the action of love obtains from me is merely this wisdom: that the other is not to be known; his opacity is not the screen around a secret, but. instead, a kind of evidence in which the game of reality and appearance' is done away with. I am then seized with that exaltation of loving someone unknown, someone who will remain so forever: a mystic impulse: I know what I do not know.”

ecstatic cahoots: fifty short stories

Written by Stuart Dybek   c. 2014

Story One, "Misterioso"

"You're going to leave your watch on?"                                                

"You're leaving on your cross?"


the paper machete @ the green mill

The Paper Machete is a free, weekly “live magazine” covering pop culture, current events and American manners.  Part spoken-word show, part vaudeville revue, The Paper Machete features comedians, journalists, storytellers and musical guests performing in the back room of north side bar.  It’s a salon in a saloon.

bughouse square debates @ the newberry library chicago

Bughouse Square is the popular name for Washington Square Park. Just south of the Newberry, this park was Chicago’s most boisterous and radical free-speech space from the 1910s through the 1960s. Bohemians, socialists, atheists, and religionists of all persuasions mounted soapboxes, spoke to responsive, vocal crowds, and competed informally for attention and donations. The square’s core contributors, however, came from the Industrial Workers of the World union members whose radical views and wit made them perennial crowd favorites. In the park’s heyday during the 1920s and 1930s, as busloads of tourists ogled the scene, thousands of people gathered on summer evenings. World War II and a post-war crackdown against socialists and communists led to Bughouse Square’s decline and, by the mid-1960s, it had all but ceased to exist. The Newberry and community activists officially revived the spirit of the park with the Bughouse Square Debates in 1986.


east, west

Written by Salman Rushdie c. 1994 

sideshow goshko @ kgb bar

An evening of storytelling featuring Blaise Allysen Kearsley, Joey Novick and Mike Amoto 


Dali n Disney

In 1945, Walt Disney and Salvador Dali decided to work together on a cartoon entitled “Destino” (Destiny).  Dali worked with Disney’s studio artist John Hench to storyboard the concept over an eight-month period, however the studio decided to shutter the project.  

58 years later, Roy Disney discovered the storyboards and an 18 second short and decided to revive the project.  By bringing in a team of animators and working off Dali’s storyboards, the 18 second short and also Dali’s wife Gala’s diaries, Destino was reborn.

Set to music by Mexican composer Armando Dominguez and performed by Dora Luz.