William Gibson

As a big fan of William Gibson, I have just ordered his latest novel.  I offer this video to tease you — perhaps you will check it out.  The narrator of the video is a little eccentric, but he is enthusiastic.  And enthusiasm for anything in today’s world is difficult to find.

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Wassily Kandinsky

 

By Christopher Zoukis

Bordering the western edge of Paris is the suburb of Neuilly.  Desirable and fashionable because of its rich and famous residents, nevertheless, and quite indecently, Neuilly has a cemetery, which is called a Community Cemetery.  Officially known as Neuilly-sur-Seine Community Cemetery, it houses a number of once upon a time famous individuals.  Now though, for the most part, they are forgotten.  For death, like God, is no respecter of persons.  No matter whom one was in life, no matter how famous, no matter how illustrious, no matter how ample one’s bank account, once dead, well, you’re dead.

Despite the term ‘community,’ Neuilly-sur-Seine Community Cemetery is anything but common.  This is France, remember, not some suburb in Kansas City.  Neuilly’s cemetery is glamorous, well-tended, and hosts magnificent tombs and mausoleums byronically punctuated by shrubs, flowers, and majestic old trees.  It is beautifully serene.  Unfortunately, while the cemetery floats like a foam sea of green and white, it is surrounded by an industrial park – steel and glass kitsch, which is deader than the citizens of the cemetery.

Beneath a white slab, which has now dimmed to gray due to the ravages of time and sunshine and weather, rest the dense bones of a man who was born in Moscow, who later took up residence in Munich, and finally settled in France. 

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Here Lies A Man – 2

Patterson, who was black, had decided that the world champion of boxing must be moral as well as a skilled boxer. 

Even then role models were in vogue.  And Floyd Patterson, when he looked in the mirror, saw a worthy role model.  Whereas Sonny, when he looked in the mirror, saw a snake coming out of the darkness.  His self-perception was modeled after those around him, the way they perceived him. 

So much for role models.

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Here Lies A Man – 1

Las Vegas, Nevada.  Sin City, it used to be called.  Now it’s glimmer and glitz, plastic flesh and plastic credit cards.  Where America, and most of the world for that matter, goes for fun.  But fun, I have discovered, can be a very passive program. 

In the summer months, it’s hot in Las Vegas.  And bright, because the sun glares down as if through God’s magnifying glass.  Sitting in the midst of convection waves, as the heat bites the white dust and then shimmers back up, is Paradise.  Paradise Memorial Gardens, a cemetery.

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Social Justice Advocate Interviews Transgender Federal Inmate about Abhorrent Healthcare

Sangye Rinchen and Christopher Zoukis PETERSBURG, Va., Oct. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Social justice advocate, author, and inmate, Christopher Zoukis, recently met with Sangye Rinchen, a transgender federal prison inmate incarcerated for bank robbery at FCI Petersburg – a medium-security federal prison in Petersburg, Virginia. What he learned was frightening. Since 2012, Rinchen has tried […]

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Don Winslow: Author

Don Winslow is the New York Times bestselling author of thirteen crime and mystery novels as well as short stories and film screenplays.  What I like about him is his writing style, which is cheekily funny.  His best known book is probably Savages because it was made into a movie.  But some of his earlier […]

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Consider The Lobster: DFW

This video contains an excerpt from DFW’s breathtakingly delightful book — Consider the Lobster.  Originally published in the August 2004 issue of Gourmet magazine, this review of the 2003 Maine Lobster Festival set off a firestorm of controversy among the readers of the culinary magazine.  The essay is concerned with the ethics of boiling a creature alive […]

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