Second Chance Mantra

Violet-tailed Sylph If reincarnation were to be true (alas, it is but a children’s fable), one could become a violet-tailed sylph, which is a snazzy blue-green hummingbird flitting on western…

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When the vacuum is full

by Kevin T McEneaney Empty American Letters: the Bulgarian novel by Thomas McGonigle. Spuyten Duyvil Press. 316 pages, 2022. Pub. Oct 6, 2022. There is nothing empty here in McGonigle’s…

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Double Play

by Kevin T McEneaney Watching baseball is like writing a poem. There are exciting hits or vivid lines…. Minutes may elongate into boredom for the fan, or poet not scribbling…

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Watching The Clock

by Philip Brady What am I? A computer to think, An engine to go, A windmill to trap And convert C 2 0. An incinerator designed With its own gastric…

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The Big Cave

Bill and mansion by Bill Schlesinger America is the land of the big—Big Houses, Big Cars, Big Macs, and Big Dreams. The average new house in the U.S. has 1000…

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The Harlem Quartet: Eclectic & Beyond at Hudson Hall!

From left: Ilmar Gavilán, Melissa White, Paul Laraia, Felix Umansky Sometimes concerts are impressive and superlative when musical wit explodes; Saturday night’s concert at Hudson Hall displayed superior musicianship accompanied…

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To Sing

by Kevin T McEneaney One might amass financial wealth in life, or strive to compete for fame in a sport, indulge in bizarre sexual affairs, train one’s children to live…

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Gustav Mahler & Joan Tower at Bard Sosnoff Theater

Leon Botstein conducting The Orchestra Now by Kevin T McEneaney Last weekend there were two performances of Gustav Mahler’s Fifth Symphony; this master of narrative symphony, inspired by Dante’s Alighieri’s…

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Baseball and religion

by Kevin T McEneaney After hitting a home run or double, I often see batters make a cross sign, thanking the Creator for the big hit. Do they think God…

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