Creed of Violence: A Novel

The Creed of Violence, a novel by Boston Teran, has supposedly been made into a movie.  What’s interesting is not the movie or the novel or the fact that the novel was optioned prior to publication.  What’s interesting is Boston Teran, an author that no one knows anything about.  Very mysterious stuff.  Some people think […]

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Infographic: Most Saved Web Authors

This is a very interesting infographic.  It cites the names of the most popular/saved authors on the Web.  In other words, readers save the articles written by these authors.  However, readers may not actually ever read them.  Note that most of the saves occur on Lifehacker, which is a How To Improve Your Life site.  […]

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Hans Hoffmann

Hans Hoffmann was born in Bavaria.  In 1932, at the age of 52, he immigrated to the United States, where he lived until his death in 1966.  He taught art at the University of California at Berkeley, where he emphasized spatial illusion and color.  This emphasis was evident in his abstract paintings.  Hoffmann’s artistic theories […]

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Jack Vance: Interview (Part 1)

Part one of a lengthy interview with Jack Vance.  Vance is one of my favorite authors, ranking in my top five.  Vance passed away just over one year ago.  He lived and wrote in Oakland, California, where he enjoyed sailing when he wasn’t working.  The remarkable thing about Vance was his use of the English […]

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Napoleon: A Life

A new biography of Napoleon is now available.  And it’s quite good!  Although it must be admitted that the author, Andrew Roberts, ‘likes’ Napoleon, unlike other biographers who write from the perspective that Napoleon was a blight upon Europe, an arrogant, ambitious and evil man.  Andrew Roberts presents Napoleon as a tactical military genius, who […]

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Benjamin Bunny

By Christopher Zoukis Hasenmatz will fliegen is the title of the story in Germany, where it was first published.  It was written and illustrated by Rolf Fanger and Ulrike Moltgen.  In English the title is Benjamin Bunny Learns to Fly. It’s a story for children.  Benjamin Bunny decides he would like to fly like his […]

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The Stations of the Cross

By Christopher Zoukis

One large, flat rectangle, dark gray in color, stands like the monolith in 2001: A Space Odyssey.  In front of it, like small children who cannot contain their energy, two smaller oblongs of the same color and density lie on their heels.  All three are made of rock.  What kind of rock, I don’t know.  Perhaps granite, perhaps black marble.

They are tombstones.  The large monolith reads:  BARNETT NEWMAN.  The letters engraved in four-inch letters in the hard, polished surface of the rock, like one of the Ten Commandments. 

On the left of the smaller rectangles is engraved:  BARNETT NEWMAN.  Underneath the name it says:  January 29, 1905 – July 4, 1970.

The smaller rectangle on the right carries the name of his wife.  Obviously, Barnett gets top billing because he was the star of the family.  He dropped dead of a heart attack.

The three tombstones reside in Montefiore Cemetery, Saint Albans, Queens County, New York.  The street address is 121-83 Springfield Boulevard.

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