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KILLERS IN TUTUS

The best of the poems, photos, and meditations to appear on UPICTURE have now been collected in a book,  KILLERS IN TUTUS, available at Amazon.  Click here.  The cover photo appeared on November 2, 2012 in an essay on Fasching … Continue reading

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Pigneto Street Art

A wonderful off-the-beaten-path neighborhood of Rome. This is not graffiti.  These are not taggers. It is organized and, surprise to me,  adds to the community, which is home to a spectrum of socialist through anarchist views.

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ghosts of politics past

. Amazing how the battlefields of Gettysburg where 51,000 died in three days of hell attract picnickers and ‘re-enactors,’ when they could go to Iraq or Syria. Astonishing the statues of Jeanne d’Arc who threatened the Hussites with death for … Continue reading

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What could be cooler than Frank Gehry in the snow?

. I dunno, maybe Dave Brubeck in the rain? Maybe Frank Sinatra with a lime twist martini? The mist shrieking off Bridal Veil Falls at Yosemite? Icebergs floating down the Neva River, with the Hermitage in the distance? Looking at … Continue reading

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The dynamiting of Rodin’s The Thinker & the Kent State shootings – 43 years later

Forty-three years ago today, the national guard of our dear state (some of them college students themselves) shot at hundreds of students demonstrating in rather disorganized fashion and killed four of them. The meticulously reconstructed scenario is here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kent_State_shootings The … Continue reading

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She says it looks like a face but I say just leave it alone.

. She says it looks like a face but I say just leave it alone. Don’t give it any depth, I say, let it peel and decay, it’s just an old house out Chardon way, in Geauga, where that kid … Continue reading

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Haida totem pole under construction in Seattle

Maybe I thought that totem poles were just … carved? No way! Today this is a precision art, as these Native American artists in Seattle showed in late summer 2011. They use precise measuring tools, levels, and carpentry aids familiar … Continue reading

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“Boredom becomes more and more terrible”

” He smoked a cigarette, standing in the dark and listening to her undress. She made sea sounds; something flapped like a sail; there was the creak of ropes; then he heard the wave-against-a-wharf smack of rubber on flesh. Her … Continue reading

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Shaker Square Cinema

Cleveland Cinemas, the home of all that is righteous and worthwhile in Cleveland film, was founded by Jon Forman, a graduate of the Case Western Reserve University English Department. He had been a student of Louis Giannetti and he ran … Continue reading

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Paradise, fetish, hotel: Mexico City

Ah, the importance of the headline. My last post with ‘fetish’ in the title got a lot of views. But here we have a picture that, while it might be sexy, erotic or fetishistic, is actually a Case of the … Continue reading

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