Bishop Timon High School and Dannybonics

I have many fond memories of my four years at an all-boys Franciscan prep school in Buffalo (NY), Bishop Timon (St. Jude) High School. Located in the heart of (conservative) Irish Catholic South Buffalo, Timon was ground zero of youthful Irish pride. Many of us were (are) what some might refer to as “Danny Boy Micks”: Fiercely proud to be … Read More

RIP, All forms of D

Not long ago, I posted a piece in this blog about my liberation from my cumbersome (music) CD library (as well as my DVD cache), followed soon after by a piece on the death of the printed word. I was reminded on my AM commute today (BBC World Service via satellite radio) how rapidly the processof the death of physical … Read More

Art in Perspective

I came across this email I had written to my friend, Richard Wicka, after being told about Greg Sterlace’s quitting his cable access talk show (to which after a long absence he has since returned): Richard (and Greg), I have been mulling this one around for a few weeks now and wanted to add my reflections. Some months ago, fellow … Read More

Would You Like to Be Modified?

… “I want more life, fucker.” Any devoted fan of science fiction can tell you that this exchange is from the famous movie “Blade Runner.” With technology advancing at a dizzying pace, I am one willing techno whore – particularly when it comes to the area of cybernetics.Just the other day I heard about scientists implanting some sort of I … Read More

Favorite Third Party Wisdom

No small art is it to sleep: it is necessary to keep awake all day for that purpose. – Nietzsche (This one was needed levity for me at one time: I was a hopeless insomniac for many years.) To live is to war with trolls in heart and soul. To write is to sit in judgment on oneself. – Henrik … Read More

Wikipedia: The Death of the Printed Reference Book?

Anyone remember “Cultural Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know “? This 1988 national bestseller by E. D. Hirsch, Jr. sparked a flurry of debate in educational and intellectual circles about the quality of our education system. Shortly after Hirsch’s tome came “The Dictionary of Cultural Literacy” (co-authored by Joseph F. Kett and James Trefil), a hard cover coffee table … Read More

And we’re gonna DESTROY Lincoln High this weekend, riiight?!!!

The first sentence of an article from the NY Times: “Frustrated by decades of watching friends and family flee New York’s second-largest city for warmer climates, healthier economies and sunnier images, a group of Buffalo boosters gave a party this weekend…” A party in Buffalo?! No….. (sarcasm here) The Queen City may have the distinction of having the most celebrations … Read More

Middle Age, Maturity, and Materialism

A second trip to Rasputin Records today confirmed that I am ready to shed the material excesses of my prolonged 40 year childhood. I walked in with a second full paper shopping bag and returned an hour later to claim my $75+ in cash. I haven’t owned a stereo in over 3 years. In fact, in retrospect, I think I … Read More