Nick Weber

Nick Weber
Milwaukee, Wisconsin,
September 18
Once: Jesuit Priest, Circus Producer, Clown, Actor, High School Performing Arts Teacher. Currently: Sometime connector of certain Dots...........(er, Gifts)


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SEPTEMBER 17, 2014 3:42PM

What a Difference a Book Makes

Of course I’ve been to the Strand Book Stores in Manhattan. So of course I’ve probably stood on the very aisle where Gary Shteyngart had his vision-psychological epiphany- emotional breakdown while looking at a photo plate of a literally iconic church from his Jewish childhood in LeningraRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 3, 2014 5:03PM

Prophets in the Body Shop

For decades, car advertising has featured and hyped everything but a product’s driveline. Each model has a model trumpeting its personality, its comfort zones, its gadgets, even its sexuality.

But here in Milwaukee at least, we have enjoyed for some years a working automobile outrightly condemRead full post »

AUGUST 7, 2014 11:40AM

It's All Done with Wires

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Abstract expressionism awaiting . . .

There’s a new excitement in my seldom-drab neighborhood manageing quite a distraction for an old guy taken to writing and books. And most of this imported adventure is visible from my apartment window and balcony.

First the surveyors arrivedRead full post »

JULY 30, 2014 8:43PM

Time's Exchanges

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Presence . . . 
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and absence

                        My aspens dear, whose airy cages quelled,

              &Read full post »

JULY 24, 2014 10:43AM

Lessons From the Little Ones

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Our audience one day long ago: There is no way they could have imagined how their energies fed those of an entire circus.

What is this thing with little kids? All day long on our chance encounters they crack me up. They charm and amuse meRead full post »

JULY 16, 2014 5:35PM

Ritual Revisit

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 A couple of cups of birthday coffee

A simple elevator ride can take you more important places than just another level in a building.

A neighbor I have known for years was next to me as we rode toward our ground floor. After the usual innocuous pleasantriesRead full post »

JULY 6, 2014 5:11PM

Tardy Holiday Reflections

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 Explosive crime scene!

From my tenth story apartment window I watched a couple of college-aged guys with explosives in a back parking lot. They were minor explosives but it was a major holiday: last Friday, the Fourth of July, Independence Day 2014. They were independent enough tRead full post »

JUNE 25, 2014 4:29PM

A Missed Deed

Saturday began with fog near Milwaukee’s lakefront. While there was a brightening by early afternoon, visibility was limited enough that the Blue Angels air show was cancelled. But not before thousands of folks were still migrating toward Veterans Park, folding chairs and coolers of beer in towRead full post »

JUNE 18, 2014 4:02PM

Books and Buildings

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Milwaukee Central Public Library. Glory from floor . . .

There seem to be four different prompts in my reading of a book that will cause me to lay it aside. The first one I recognized was that of tears of sadness. A congruence of tragicRead full post »

JUNE 11, 2014 4:43PM

When Everything Goes Right

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Circus is an escape, but you have to work at it.
[Eric Wilcox performs the aerial straitjacket release
on the Royal Lichtenstein Circus, 1982]

The recent Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey aerial accident dramatically moved a broad sector of the news-watching public. TheRead full post »

JUNE 4, 2014 6:31PM

Down, Dirty and Direct

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Never would I have guessed. A tall, spry gentleman, his close-cropped gray hair and clean-shaven face bespoke some grooming. He seemed absent-mindedly to flex and extend his fingers as if unkinking arthritic joints. But as he approached the corner of Brady and Humboldt,Read full post »

Library balconies 
The elegant balcony facing Milwaukee Central Library's Rotunda 

 Reading two novels in immediate succession with similar settings and issues has set me thinking about why I enjoy fiction. More than a matter of enjoyment, there is nutrition at stake. At times I caRead full post »

MAY 21, 2014 8:17PM

Curiosity Quickens a Cat

It began with a knock on my door. I didn’t answer. Within the hour the knock was repeated. I didn’t answer. After one more try with no response, the experiment stopped. But an important self-query had begun.

At first an easy meditation emerged on my reactions to fear. But fortunatelyRead full post »

MAY 14, 2014 12:14PM

Circus Mom


Watch that face; this horn is destined to be a clown prop.

 As I write this, it’s Mother’s Day, and I’m wondering where Shakespeare and his dad would have bought the champagne for Mary Arden on such a day. I’m also thinking about the gathering around aRead full post »

MAY 7, 2014 9:48PM

One Thing and the Same

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Well, I planted the seeds. Now the wait.

We all recognized a far better day than those we’d endured these past few weeks. It was warmer, we could see the sun and it could see us. The comings and goings and passings-by of commonplace living had traded the graveyard black,Read full post »

APRIL 30, 2014 6:16PM

Going in Circles

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Jens Larson and Nick Weber, a couple of circus guys chatting; in the argot of the trade, they're "cutting up jackpots"

It was a rough beginning for my first walk of last Saturday. On the front door of my building I had to pass the offensive police photo and attachedRead full post »

APRIL 27, 2014 5:31PM

The Ears Have It

It is near impossible for us to imagine any theater production whose limits were as bare or minimal as Shakespeare’s. We have inherited centuries of production technologies, blessings mixed, since visual images so favor our eyes and distract us from the heady menu of language.

One afternoon beRead full post »

APRIL 23, 2014 9:46PM

An Old English Teacher's Purgatory

Media then and now 

Editing tools, then and now.

I started school in 1945 and finished graduate work in 1970. I was in school all of those years except for four when I switched sides of the teacher’s desk to learn teaching itself. Most of my efforts at pedagogy were in English literature andRead full post »

APRIL 16, 2014 5:03PM

The Mind's Eye

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My neighbor's imagination soars . . .

In a large senior residence such as mine, there aren’t many surprises that delight. Even the ear-shredding arrivals of emergency vehicles or police are sadly commonplace. Fourteen floors of mostly single seniors who either have—or thinkRead full post »

APRIL 9, 2014 6:03PM

Adam and Eve and Their Westie


Seamus slept through all my Shakespeare classes and . . .


his successor, Luigi, left after one class.


It helps if you know that for two years I seldom went to bed without patting the cheek of a two-ton rhinoceros and wishing him “Goodnight.” His  na/Read full post »

MARCH 30, 2014 3:43PM

The Humanity of Trade

An old art surprised me anew in a recent phone interview with a publishing representative. It was the ancient and care-filled art of trading. Encounters with such agents and retail clerks are daily for most of us, and our degrees of satisfaction vary dramatically. My publisher rep--self-described asRead full post »

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I, Polonius. One of the nastiest eavesdroppers Shakespeare ever invented. [Nick Weber, 1998]

There is an absurd conflict between the isolation a person achieves through involvement with a cell phone, and the very public intimate revelations the same person makes while speaking over Read full post »

MARCH 18, 2014 3:02PM

Seniors Sharing Shakespeare

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Nick as Juliet's Nurse in 1998--C'mon friends. The first person to try this role was male.

 My recent energies have managed to structure a fifteen-year-old hobby of mine which began back in 1998 with my cobbling together a one-man theater piece, “Shakespeare, Just for Fun!&rdRead full post »

FEBRUARY 2, 2014 11:09AM

A Tale of Three Tags


It was my morning trudge and sludge through the latest Milwaukee snowfall. Mercifully I hadn’t yet heard that the groundhog saw his shadow. I was miserable enough. And residually bitter about the weather we’ve been having.

At least the sky was clear and the sun bright as I pulled uRead full post »

DECEMBER 2, 2013 11:04AM

Ride Backward and Meet the Present

I was attacked by a tiger while southbound on Chicago’s Red Line Thanksgiving night. It wasn’t a crowded train but boasted the usual mix of ages, races and genders variously dozing, chatting, idling, or “not present” (my current label for folks occupied with text conversationsRead full post »