Night Music: Joe Cocker R.I.P.

December 22, 2014

BBC is reporting that Joe Cocker has died.  He will be missed.

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Scoop!

December 22, 2014

I just spent the last couple of days gorging on Evelyn Waugh’s wonderful late-1930s comedy, “Scoop“, which is all about sensationalist news gathering in the Third World and speaks directly to the way things are today with “celebrity” reporters.

A wonderful read!


Poem: Grandmaster

December 22, 2014

The plush vermillion drapes

were pushed aside momentarily —

a passing shoulder, perhaps,

or a microphone cord —

and a brindle shadow fell

across the hushed room.

He looked up from the false ivory,

looked out through the frosted glass,

and one tiny corridor

of his labyrinthine mind

wandered at the sudden, shrill, iridescent glow

of life outside.

Moments passed,

and this moment passed;

the drapes fell back,

and his full deliberation returned

to the quickest kind of death

he could inflict

on his opponent’s queen.