around the horn…

my cousin eddie is leaving for iraq…this is his second tour…he’s been doing what he does for a long time…he’s well trained…and battle tested…i’m not worried about him…yet…i wish him well…

he’s part of a deployment that some are speculating is in preparation for an attack on iran…iraq, iran…this is an example of how mr bush…and his cohort…do business…weeks…even months…before making a case to the american people…the descision has already been made…and the order executed…they don’t care about the will of the people…this is about bush’s so called legacy…the whole crew of them are the picture perfect definition of the word…hubris…

i’ll be keeping an eye on this…

in completely unrelated events…

most of you have already heard that this year marks the 50th anniversary of kerouac’s on the road…there are events planned all year to commemorate it…last weekend ms scribe and i went to see the scroll and attend a tribute to hunter s. thompson at the library…who was influenced by kerouac…

as tributes go…i don’t know how well this one went…i don’t go to these kinds of things very often…and this event reminded me why…

in attendance…the usual gathering of hiperatti…coffeshop bohos…barstool philosphers…and slumming academe…including myself…surprisingly, not the only black face in the crowd….

there were readings by hunter’s son juan, anita, his wife and his 8 year old grandson will…

with musical accompaniment by david amram…whhaaat…you wouldn’t dress up a picasso with disco lighting…mr amram is accomplished in his own right…buti’m not confident this is something mr thompson would stand behind…

in case you couldn’t make it to the cannon scatering of hunter’s ashes…or can’t get enough of that kind of memorilaizing…
there was plenty of it on display here…the whole thing was a morbid sort of wake…

things managed to liven up…or as anita thompson put it…upped the fun factor…whenever any of thompson’s work was read….

which is why i tend not to go to things like this…you want to pay tribute to an author…buy and read her work…

when it comes to H.S.T. what a lot of people forget…it’s not about the partying and drugs…it’s not about the guns, or the violent speed of fast cars and motorcyles…it’s certainly not about the celebrity…it’s about the words…the words…the words…

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