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UFOs and Pynchon

The “f” could of course be flying, floating, fabulous… those “f” words just go on. I won’t mention the unmentionable flotsam sometimes referred to as fish of various provenance. Then, there are logs and wooden beams with hardware bobbing just below the surface that could evicerate a “go fast” fiberglass boat jetting across the harbor. […]

Names 31

Thanks to Gerard Thornton for use of these photos. Steppenwolf, or at least strutting gull.  Beneath the wheel, or at least the wheels of the cranes.  The Glass Bead Game, or at least the metal box shifting enterprise.   Journey to the East, or at least shuttling between east and west and all the other […]

Names 29

Here’s the index of previous “names.” I love surprises, but some pass almost unnoticed to most.  For example, did you know Ernest Hemingway visited the sixth boro a few weeks ago?  The Hemingway IMO 9295177.  Ditto Charles Dickens, earlier this spring.  Now I wish Thomas Pynchon would visit, given that he wrote about it . […]

Names 20

Here was 19. And this fast moving light tanker is Afrodite, shuttling Albany to St. John, NB Canada, exporting Dakota crude.  That all may sound like science fiction, but sometimes I feel like my whole life has started re-enacting science fiction.  Afrodite, she with the intriguing name, sails fast.   This foto, taken between the bridges […]

Duke Riley’s Riparian Tales

A short post . . . explained below.  If you live in reasonable travel time to the Manhattan boro, consider going to the Magnan Metz Gallery at 521 W 26th St to see Duke Riley‘s show. Scroll to the end of this post to see references to previous works by Duke Riley.  Below is Acorn, […]

Super Ads

I have deliberately declined ads on this blog, as you know.  Occasionally, I’m told, the blogging hosts runs them around the margin.  If you  see one of those, I have the same policy as bowsprite . . . posted upper right here:  “mention bowsprite tugster for 15% off your next cutter suction head purchase.”   […]

Lightbulb 2

As Fuji is a source of  unity for all  and inspiration for artists, so is our Lady.  Today I’ll purloin the words of Emma Lazarus, who wrote,  “Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,  with conquering limbs astride from land to land;  here at our sea-washed sunset gates shall stand A mighty woman with a […]

Ship-trip-tease 2

And the answer is . . . “Can’t stump me on this one either.  I witnessed this from Fort Wadsworth . . . the final departure from New York of  Queen Mary September 22, 1967.”  Harold . .  you win again.  Here’s a link to roughly corroborating evidence from videoal’s flickr stream. And  Another.. . […]

Meditations V

V . . . void is my head.  Well not entirely.  Vent . . . French for “wind” which was as abundant as rain today.  And I came up with Radio Veronica, the iconic 1960’s pirate radio station in the North Sea.  And V. and Vineland, novels written by one of my favorite writers, Thomas Pynchon, who […]

UFOs and the Sixth Boro

Over two years ago, I wrote my UFOs and Pynchon post, the sixth most-viewed out of 768 posts!  Tangentially related, by now everyone has heard  of the 747 escorted by twin F-16s imprudently crisscrossing the sixth boro yesterday, and I don’t mean to minimize the scare experienced by those who panicked.  Even the Guardian had […]