Saturday, October 31, 2015

might have been the boos

Have a safe and happy holiday!

end of an eara

Friday, October 30, 2015

can you hear me now?

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

sugar cubist

Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) was only 5 years old 
as our ClockTower was being built.

He was exceptionally prolific and lived to 91, creating roughly 50,000 different works of art.

Most of us know him for his 1,885 paintings.

I also remember a selection of his 2,880 ceramics 
on display about 20 years ago.

But this time some of his 1,228 sculptures are placed on view at the Museum of Modern Art.

It is a wonderful, comprehensive show 
and it was crowded on a Sunday afternoon.

He loved his absinthe served on a sugar cube.

He was resourceful with the materials he had on hand. 

Bicycle parts as a bull.

A wingnut becomes a bird's feathered crest.

An auto of the era is the face of his baboon.

Some of his later works are more representative.

Many are thought provoking.

I think my favorite are his cubist guitars, 
from his Paris residency in the early 1900’s.

Cubism is a form of visual deconstruction: it separates form and shadow into parts and then reassembles them as if viewing from two perspectives at once.

I remember inspiration from the rusty one in an exhibition long ago.

Isn't it great? 

I know it sounds a bit unctuous to say “I like Picasso,” but I have since college days.

Through February 7th. 
I’m going back.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015


One of baseball’s Ten Commandments is 
“Good pitching beats good hitting.”

It better.

The Mets are on fire following Daniel Murphy’s lead, but they are intermittent in their brilliance and they must be on their game.

The Royals, on the other hand, are a machine. 

They routinely produce great moments, great innings and
 great outcomes.

Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Noah Synderdaard and Steven Matz, the Mets' pitching rotation, are the best in the major leagues.

Their pitch is the 99mph fastball.

But the Royals love the fastball. 

They don’t walk or strike out, either. 
They put the ball into play.

So Mets fielding has to be seamless 
and their hitting has to be as explosive 
as it was while beating LA and the Cubbies.

LA had holes in their hitting but the Royals have few outs in their line up.

And Cubs poor fielding served up opportunities the Royals will likely never offer.

So if the Mets can get out in front as they have in these last 2 series, 
they can hold the Royals and win.

But only if good pitching beats good hitting.

The Royals are a machine.