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Month: November 2011

Sneezes come and sneezes go, but I will always be sick and tired

Thanks very much, Auggie. It was great seeing Adrian and having that really nice message, as well as the plug for the book. Please give Adrian our best and tell him that all the labels Shiela put up on things before he came—the little tags on things with their Spanish…

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When the brain tumor came to town

Dear Rocky, You know, Rocky, your note comes at the right moment. I just now received another reminder of how important little things are. A note. A phone call. A thought. My good friend and brother, Andre Jefferson, has gone to the hospital and won’t return home again. He found…

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Exposing the heart of our society

Billy, I keep obsessing on a work of art, an instillation. Signs, each big enough to read at several hundred feet. Each sign will have one word. That one word will be a racial, gender, sexual, or ethnic epithet. Haunky, corncracker, peckerwood, whitey, spic, wop, n-word, coon, darkie, bitch, whore,…

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