Nice Guys Finish Last…Unless You’re Reading

The first book that ever obsessed me, that changed my reading life, was  ‘Nice Guys Finish Last’ by Leo Durocher.  I was 12 when I purchased it with birthday money, from a bookstore in Rochester, New York, where I grew up. What first caught my eye was its bright yellow cover, which reminded me of… More

Albany Journal – 8/17/12

As we sit here in the present, either in our own homes or rented apartments, among relatives and roommates, with cars and SUVs, or at least a few cigarettes to smoke, it is sometimes a unique difficulty when we find nothing to be grateful for in this life.  It seems that in the high schools… More

Albany Journal – 8/9/12

There was a feeling in the air when it happened.  I sensed that everything was going downhill, as many items in my humble apartment here in Albany were either falling apart or broken.  For the last few days I had worn a pair of swim trunks and a tee-shirt for clothing.  It wasn’t until my… More

Albany Journal – 8/5/12

We all fall sick from time to time, and without a doubt there is a certain troubling but soothing spirituality about falling sick – both physically and mentally.  The hope for the one who is sick is to leave sickness behind for once, however, there can be little or no question that sickness is within… More

Albany Journal – 8/3/12

Gore Vidal has expired, and so we are left with his great works, most of which I haven’t read, but I intend to read them at some point.  Right now, the dominating force in all coumminication for me is the visual image, which, I suppose, factors into the equation for those well-enough to constantly watch… More

Albany Journal – 7/30/12

Rick Moody, when he read his short piece about the Irish rock band, the Pogues, the other night at a public reading at the Writers Institute up in Saratoga, came to the conclusion that an artist’s work doesn’t necessarily benefit when that artist relies upon drugs and alcohol in his writerly life to create more… More

Albany Journal – 7/29/12

What may be the best remedy for those poets and writers who are struggling to get published or want to make a little bit of money by selling their own work is to find a good community of poets and writers instead of shooting for the moon and trying to woo publishers by sending them query letters,… More

Albany Journal – 7/28/12

I can claim no expertise in my realtionships with women, but what I can say is that courting a woman is much like a game of sorts.  We at least try to see who needs the other more, and while this is a very immature game to say the least, such gaming is usually commonplace… More

Albany Journal – 7/26/12

When I hear the author’s name, Rick Moody, I am reminded of the snippet of news in the New York Post proclaiming that this millionare socialite who has traveled extensively to salons in both America and Europe somehow found his way to winning a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts – a place… More

Albany Journal – 7/25/12

I’ve just returned from a two-day trip to Allentown, New Jersey where my relatives live.  They live in a retirement community that is gated with too many security precautions and a beautiful clubhouse with two swimming pools – one indoor and one outdoor.  It’s interesting to see how well my family has done over the course… More

Albany Journal – 7/23/12

I have been seeing these signs lately – something that 1960s musicians sometimes call “the writing on the wall,” I suppose, and things really don’t look very good as far as how the country is going.  I’m glad that this is an election year, even though I lost the right to vote due to a… More

Albany Journal – 7/22/12

A fellow of the New Surrealist Institute, Lee is his name, lives in the Denver area and is deeply affected by the shooting that took place at a movie theater in Aurora.  While he mentioned that no one near or dear to him was in the movie theater at the time, I do recall him mentioning… More

Albany Journal – 7/20/12

Having recovered from my losses at the Turning Stone casino the other day, I was glad that God put me back on the road of making my life more sensible than the extravagance of losing $200 at the blackjack tables.  I don’t mourn my wasted money, as I have been wasting money all of my… More

Albany Journal – 7/19/12

I decided yesterday that I wanted to get out of Albany for a little while and check out the rest of the world beyond it.  That’s when some stroke of genius came to me, as I organized my friends and checked out the Turning Stone Hotel and Casino on Native American soil about two hours west… More

Albany Journal – 4/17/12

It has been a wonderful week for poetry here in the Capital Region, and it kicked off this weekend with two of the great Albany street poets: Don Lev and Don Levy, both of whom spoke at the Robert Burns statue in Washington Park on Saturday night.  The venerable Donald Lev, already a certified master… More

Albany Journal – 7/14/12

Albany has plenty of places where one can do his or her grocery shopping.  Just beyond where I live, only a couple of blocks away, is the local Price Chopper.  Some of us use the title of “Price Gouger” to describe this place, as not too many people in the area ever get out of… More

Albany Journal – 7/13/12

There is so much burnt grass on the lawns of homes that it seems like the big Northeast is in a drought along with the rest of the breadbasket of the Midwest and Texas.  We haven’t seen a drop of rain in days – to the point where the weather man on television says that… More