Apologies to my loyal readers (both of you)

April 17th, 2011

There has been a bit of a hiatus in posts to this blog, mainly due to a delightful event in my personal life.  My daughter, a student in the film program at City College of New York, asked me to appear in the movie she is making as her senior year project.  Apparently it is difficult to find middle aged male actors in New York City who are willing to work for free and who also can be relied upon to show up for filming sober.  Having had some stage experience in high school and college, only forty years ago, I gulped and said yes.  The shoot was last weekend, and the week before was occupied with learning my lines and frantically seeking advice on how to adapt from stage training to an acting technique that wouldn’t result in immediate embarrassment on camera.  (The best advice I got was, “Don’t act.”)  Mustering enough concentration to write anything even remotely interesting that week was out of the question.

Then came the shoot.  I don’t think I am ready to write about that yet, except to say that if life has anything better to offer me than a weekend engaging in a serious, collaborative creative effort with my daughter, that’s nice, but I’ve been to the mountaintop, I’ve seen the promised land.  The problem is coming down.  To put it bluntly, returning  to normal life this week has been a bummer.  Or, as my friend Stephen Kottler put it, “Hamburger helper sucks when you’ve been eating pheasant.”

So, inspiration flags, for the moment.  I have an idea for a post about pegging income tax rates for the wealthy to the poverty rate, so that a reduction in poverty would trigger a reduction in tax rates for the upper brackets, thus giving the rich an interest in helping the poor, but having stated the premise I can’t find the words to say much else about it.  There are some interesting things to say about the Burlington open mike poetry scene – the motor-mouthed youth movement hosted by Dug Nap at Burlington City Arts, which seems to have decided once again that literature is part of its mission, and recent uproarious goings-on at the Flynndog – but they haven’t gelled yet.  I could use some prompts.  Is there something that you out there might like to have me write about?

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4 Responses to “Apologies to my loyal readers (both of you)”

  1. GreG Dennis Says:

    More on the income tax idea, please.

  2. Jane Says:

    What you see in your yard as the snow melts, revealing winter’s left-overs, and microscopic bits of green or red poke up out of the soil.

  3. Don Rosenow Says:

    Wndered over here from Mary Fahl’s site. I like your writing, although I’m not much for poetry normally. I don’t find your political musings to be particularly persuasive, so I’ll happily skip your pontifications on tax policy. Thanks anyway!

  4. Tim Says:

    Oh my goodness Seth! Are you daring to be … controversial?  As any real estate tycoon  knows, controversy is exceedingly bankable.

    I liked the hamburger/pheasant analogy, but my dear man, it is flawed: you simply cannot shoot a hamburger.

    Good luck on your mountaintop, I hear it’s an excellent place for a poet.

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