Seattle, Washington, USA
"Often this poet, strolling through the noisy splintered glare of a Manhattan noon, has paused at a sample Olivetti to type up thirty or forty lines of ruminations, or pondering more deeply has withdrawn to a darkened ware- or fire-house to limn his computed misunderstandings of the eternal questions of life, co-existence and depth, while never forgetting to eat Lunch his favorite meal..." Frank O'Hara Lunch Poems, 1964. This site is dedicated to the spirit of the man who wrote "I am ashamed of my century for being so entertaining, but I have to smile." Different century than the one we are all now inhabiting of course, and he did have the ill-grace to check out early, before the 1960s ended and America's contribution to that century’s ill-conceived wars, brutal assassinations and betrayals had changed our graceful, fond and confident smiles to the currently fashionable smirks, sneers, snickers and grimaces seen nightly on the news and political talk shows. But still. I hope to "limn" my own "computed misunderstandings of the eternal questions of life, co-existence and depth" on these pages, while never forgetting to eat Lunch, and always, always searching for those rare moments of grace -- when whatever it is that this century is clicks more clearly into view.


Esmense's Links
APRIL 26, 2014 5:39PM

What the Bundy Mess Was Really About

"Libertarians," like Conor Friedersdorf of The Atlantic, are scrambling to salvage some useful point from the Bundy dust up, while condemning Bundy himself. But in labeling Bundy as a villain, as merely the wrong spokesman for legitimate concerns about "government overreach," civil liberties and defe… Read full post »

MAY 2, 2012 2:26PM

Gun Play


I'm a pretty conventional woman in her early 60s who, although I’ve spent my adult life mostly in cities – LA, San Francisco, Seattle, New York and, in the mid-70s, Tucson, Arizona -- has never been the victim of a violent crime.




And yet, my life,… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
APRIL 29, 2012 10:47AM

The Radical Elite

"The GOP has become an insurgent outlier in American politics. It is ideologically extreme; scornful of compromise; unmoved by conventional understanding of facts, evidence and science; and dismissive of the legitimacy of its political opposition." Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein, in The WashinRead full post »

APRIL 28, 2012 5:20PM

Romney's Glib Economic Advice

“Take a shot, go for it. Take a risk, get the education, borrow money if you have to from your parents, start a business,” Mitt Romney to students at Otterbein University in Ohio.

As Romney suggests, many entrepreneurs can and have borrowed from family. Some can even, like Mitt himself,… Read full post »

In the arms race of outrage required to gain attention and be successful in the modern arena of political commentary, Breitbart time and time again chose the nuclear option.

Today my sympathy is for his family -- but, in fact, I always felt sad for him. He was so painful to watch -- his… Read full post »

"If this election is decided on the basis that 40 million Americans lost their chance of being president on the day they were baptized, then it is the whole nation that will be the loser." JFK 

When John F. Kennedy spoke those words in the last century could he have imagined that in… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 30, 2010 11:13AM

A Modest Proposal

The President has proposed and the Republicans are applauding a pay freeze for federal employees.

But they really shouldn't stop there. I'd like to suggest another  even better economically pointless, but PR rich, gesture that is guaranteed to  elate ALL t… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 5, 2008 8:28PM

Dancing in the street

It strikes me that last night we celebrated as if it was the end of a war, rather than the end of an election. Which, in historic terms, it was. But the celebration also said a lot about how hard the last eight years have been.

I don't remember Americans dancing in the s… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 3, 2008 3:24PM

A little patience. A lot of courage.

"A little patience and we shall see the reign of witches pass over, their spells dissolve, and the people, recovering their true sight, restore their government to its true principles. It is true that in the meantime we are suffering deeply in spirit, and incurring the horrors of a war andRead full post »

While obsessed blog and beltway denizens have been applying frenzied energy to solving the mystery of; “Sarah Palin: Who on Earth is this Person?” another mystery has gone unexamined and almost unnoticed in the nation’s capital.


Ann Coulter has disappeared.


Disappeared,… Read full post »

OCTOBER 31, 2008 8:20PM

Studs Terkel dies

I loved Studs Terkel. I loved his books, his voice, his curiosity, his humor, his fascination with and love for his country and its people. I loved the stories he told, the incredible respect and humanity with which he listened, and, most important, the amazing breadth and variety of people… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
OCTOBER 24, 2008 3:01PM

My Life as a Blond

I’m an urban, half Italian cynic with a life-long affinity for black clothes and ethnic jewelry. Blond hair and pink ribbons have never been my style.

That’s why the woman in my profile photo seems as much a stranger to me as she is to you.

For instance, those aren’t… Read full post »

OCTOBER 19, 2008 8:29AM

It's the end of the world! I hope.

Or, more correctly, the end of the world as we've known it. 

I may be the only American to be, despite the losses to my retirement account, the new caution of my customers, and the flat-lining of my home's value caused by our current financial crisis, inspired to feel hope andRead full post »

How else to explain the attention poured on "Joe the Plumber" after the last presidential debate? He didn't express one idea you wouldn't find in the most tendentious essays on the Wall Street Journal's editorial page, or spouted on air by faux populist like Limbaugh and O'Reilly. In otherRead full post »