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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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. No one is to be blamed for the way they laugh, of course. It is assumed to be an unconscious form of consciousness, so also a permissible glimpse of the private person. We think “Oh, of course, he laughs … Continue reading

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Weegee mounted these stairs

. Weegee mounted these stairs, steps wending up and around. Outside a March morning poured light in paschal pastels from the wine-rippling sky, but inside was the beige truth. Black and white is okay for truth, he thought, but the … Continue reading

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Bashir al Assad, Damascus, Syria

Travelling in Syria in 2009, I was struck by the number of pictures of Bashir al-Assad in public places. I had not seen any despot try so desperately to portray himself in so many roles Syria was an orderly place, … Continue reading

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Hemingway meets Peter Max

A friend of mine, two decades ago, said that she went to Peter B. Lewis’ condo — and he had Peter Max paintings in his bathroom, two of them, one in front of each commode. She thought that was faux … Continue reading

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Paul Petzoldt, New Year’s Day, 1974, Grand Teton

I was writing a profile of him for FORTUNE magazine. We first met in a bar in Dubois, Wyoming — “Where God spends his vacation!” according to a billboard on the road. A little girl came in, took one look … Continue reading

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The guards of the Kraton, Jogyakarta, Java, Indonesia

They do it for the honor, though there is small pay attached.  Elected from the neighborhood, which is populated by traditional craftsmen and tradesmen who pledge allegiance to the Sultan of this tiny kingdom within a city, they exemplify the  … Continue reading

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Gay Talese in the “Beowulf Room,” Case Western Reserve University

“I’m going to read you something that I just read,” said my journalism professor, Donald Gale, holding up an issue of Esquire. Ït’s called “Frank Sinatra has a Cold.” He spent the next hour reading Gay Talese’s simple and melodious … Continue reading

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The Pretty Girl

The first time I saw the pretty girl she was sitting on a counter in my kitchen, one in a house full of party-goers. She had the large green eyes of an anime heroine and the porcelain skin of a … Continue reading

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Sarah Gridley, “Grimoire””

Grimoire “One helped undo the rippled look of things beyond the pane. One called for writing on the pane. One seemed to aim at suffocation. One promised the end result of breathing freely. One made use of dead though iridescent … Continue reading

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