Category: Personal Stories

The Living World of Art on the Street

The Living World of Art on the Street

At a gallery show of a noted street artist a few years ago, an attendee explained to me how he would acquire pieces he'd find on the street. He was clearly proud of his clever technique for stripping away the works with minimal visible damage. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-u3SpZ3jy4&w=360&h=510&r=0 The changing seasons alter a work of public art. … Continue reading The Living World of Art on the Street

Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and the Mythical Marvel Bullpen

Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and the Mythical Marvel Bullpen

"Best wishes to Ken -- Stan Lee, Jack Kirby" The website for the Jack Kirby Museum, which honors the legendary comic book artist, somehow came across a scan I made of a page with two autographs. It's a sheet of mid-1960s Marvel Comics stationary that says, "Best wishes to Ken" followed by the signatures of … Continue reading Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and the Mythical Marvel Bullpen

Lyrical Resonance, Reinterpretation, and Renewal

Lyrical Resonance, Reinterpretation, and Renewal

Bruce Springsteen, March 29, 2012 In the introduction to his song Jack of All Trades last Thursday at Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Center, Bruce Springsteen noted -- as he had on previous nights -- that the song was penned before the explosion of the current debate about the 99% versus the 1%. "I wrote this when there was … Continue reading Lyrical Resonance, Reinterpretation, and Renewal