Tuesday, December 16, 2014

I Want


When I want nothing, I am happiest.

Of course, when you say you want nothing, the vacuum creates a state that is joyful.

And then the joy tells you what you really want.

At that point--you have to tell discipline and vanity to back off.

You just do.

There is a lot to be said for holding on tight, discipline, keeping it all together.

But there is much more to be said for not that.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Something for the Ladies

I have been trying something lately.

You know how there is all this unconscious misogyny out there?

Or at the least, a certain second class citizenship that women face in our culture?

I got to thinking.

Ever since I was a kid (and before that of course), there has been all this bifurcation of the sexes, simply due to differing pronouns for each sex and also, different proper names for each sex. Certainly different curse words for each sex. Etc.

So I have been trying this. When I see a woman who is scowling on the subway...I don't think to myself, "What a horrendously unpleasant hag. I bet her name is Witchywanda."   Instead, I think, "That person looks unhappy."

In general, I am trying to use the word person instead of any pronoun or any gender specific word at all.

So it might not be long before someone asks me, "How was the interviewer last night?" and I will respond, "A fine person, in a brown coat with black boots. An up disposition. I would be happy to see the person again."

And with that... I have remained completely gender neutral.

People are just people.  No more identifying them by genitalia for me. Call me a crazy bitch, but that's what I am trying for a while. See what it does to my experience with everyone. This could be empowering. Or confusing. But confusion is good.

There are so many ways out there--to feel like you can't breathe.

Thursday, December 11, 2014


New York Tendaberry: Songs of Laura Nyro

Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 8PM


Brooklyn Reading Works Presents: New York Tendaberry: Songs of Laura Nyro 
Produced by Louise Crawford with SINGERS Lauren Fox, Amy Burton, Grace Cosgrove, Erika Amato, Ina May Wool, Janie Barnett, Nancy Graham, Jennifer Lewis Bennett, Don Cummings, Louis Rosen and Debbie Deane

New York Tendaberry: The Iconic Songs and Life of Laura Nyro on January 15, 2015 at 8PM
Performance Date: January 15, 2015 at 8PM

Location: The Old Stone House in Park Slope (336 Third Street, Brooklyn, NY) or possibly The Bell House (149 Seventh Street, Brooklyn, NY) –if it just gets too big.

Audience Tickets: $25

This event will be sold out quickly. So please, if you want to come, jump on your ticket purchase today.

The show will include a very smart Nyro-Know-It-All who will give you some finer points of her life. But mostly, it’s the songs. The great songs.

This yearly event in Park Slope where tribute is paid to a great singer songwriter is always a large enjoyment.