Beer Mystic Chapter 33: Furman’s mom visits his East Village apartment by bart plantenga

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bartMnemoheaderHappy birthday/mother’s day, mom, 2015

The decline of my mother, now 90 on 14 May, has been a slow, long descent since I was a teen. In my youngest youth, she was beautiful and loving. But as I turned 13 or so, her inability to navigate her way through reality became more evident. Things, jokes, music began to bug her. Her loving was replaced by a kind of obsession with the formalities of mothering, the rituals, the cleaning, the forbidding – the mechanics. This has increased over time and even while me and my brother were growing up, neighborhood kids would mock and tease my mom and call her Crazy Tina.

I never tried to analyze it until about 10 years ago, when I realized that her life had probably been more adversely affected by World War II than we thought. She was a teen in Amsterdam and had her best years confiscated by circumstance and any hopes she had for using her artistic inclination toward something satisfying in life somehow became secondary to survival and recovery.

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Remote Life by Edward Anki — review by Mark McCawley

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Remote Life

by Edward Anki

 

review by Mark McCawley

 
 

Remote Life by Edward Anki​Remote Life
by Edward Anki
BareBackPress, (November 24, 2014)
ISBN-10: 1926449029
ISBN-13: 978-1926449029
$8.00 US pbk | $10.06 CDN pbk | £4.97 UK pbk
46 pages, 5.25″ x 8″, Poetry

 
 
Remote Life is Edward Anki’s debut poetry collection, published by Hamilton-based independent publisher, BareBackPress, whose aim to publish “writers who aren’t afraid to take off their gloves and bare themselves, giving the world honesty. Truth we may not like, but are forced to accept…providing readers with an entertaining emotional elevator ride.” Read more

Bad Karma: a short film by Jim Spring — based on Ron Kolm’s story by Mark McCawley

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Bad Karma:

a short film by Jim Spring

 

based on Ron Kolm’s story

 

by Mark McCawley

 
 

 
 
Bad Karma, directed by Jim Spring, dates from the mid-90s. It is taken from a short story written by Ron Kolm, first published in Michael Carter’s Redtape magazine. Jim Spring and Elana Fisher produced it, and the film was edited by Andrea Newhouse. The director of photography was David Morabito and the art director was Soraya Rashid. Patricia Dunnock played Jill, and Max Mankind played Duke. The two main characters sell magazines, etcetera, on the streets of the East Village. Kim Gordon’s band, Free Kitten, plays in the early part of the film, and Thurston Moore, of Sonic Youth, pushing a stroller in the crowd watches them. The film — much like Kolm’s Duke and Jill stories — captures a time and place in New York City that has all but disappeared. Read more

Kali’s Day by Bonny Finberg — review by Mark McCawley

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Kali’s Day

by Bonny Finberg

 

review by Mark McCawley

 
 
Kali'sDayKali’s Day
by Bonny Finberg
Unbearable Books/Autonomedia, (January 14, 2014)
ISBN: 978-1-57027-272-1
$15.95 US pbk | $17.69 CDN pbk | £11.99 UK pbk
234 pages, 8.3 x 5.5, Fiction

 
 

New Year’s eve he shows up at my door in black Prada, I’m in velvet. We’re dancing with his thigh between my legs. He lifts his shirt, revealing pierced nipples. He kisses me and a tongue stud knocks against my teeth. The rest of the night we’re dancing, kissing and laughing, drinking champagne at the bar. “Hello—” he says, giving me a lap dance, sliding his hand up my leg. He reaches into his pocket and takes out a lipstick. “I bought this today. Can you put it on me?”
“Hmm…Cinnabar.” I slide the lipstick over his mouth—“Impish leather boy,” I say, outlining one leaping cheekbone with the tip of my finger, “Crow morphed into man, creature of bark…You’re attracted to women who wear your dress size.”
That grin again.

 

(Prologue, Kali’s Day, p.9-10)

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Steve Dalachinsky — in conversation with Mark McCawley

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Steve Dalachinsky

in conversation with

Mark McCawley

 
 

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