• Jamin' the Jive

    Mingus Cutting Brubeck

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 25th, 2016

    With great artists gathered for Festivals entrepreneur George Wein liked to match them up for impromptu jam sessions. They didn't always work like when Charles Mingus on bass joined pianist Dave Brubeck for a hilarious cutting contest. Brubeck would lay down a lick which Mingus then took apart and reassembled like a bop crossword puzzle.

  • Trump's Name Game

    Have You No Sense of Decency

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 30th, 2016

    A master of marketing Donald Strumpet has devastating zingers for those who oppose him. Naming is knowing in this game of dirty tricks.

  • Greylock Greenhouse

    Planting Annuals

    By: c - May 30th, 2016

    Brutal hot on Memorial Day. Picking up annuals at the greenhouse. Conversation resumed where it left off a year ago.

  • Fear Itself

    Feel the Pulse of a Divided Nation

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 03rd, 2016

    When we rallied to defeat Nazi Germany President Roosevelt assured Americans that "We have nothing to fear but fear itself." Threatened with the rise of another demagogue fear again takes hold in the hearts and minds. A hate spewing billionaire with no prior political experience aspires to rule the world in his free wheeling, insulting, gun slinging manner. For those who have lost jobs and hope his jingoism has seductive and perhaps devastating appeal. It positions our nation on the edge of global disaster. The Donald has trumped even Nixon's notorious enemies list.

  • John Hancock

    Big and Bold

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 03rd, 2016

    John Hancock, the wealthiest citizen of Boston was the first to sign the Declaration of Independence. His signature was big and bold so that George III, the imbecile King, would not need spectacles to read it. Had they lost it was a death warrant for the Founding Fathers. Yet again it is time to sign an enemies list denouncing a grave threat to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

  • Montezuma’s Revenge

    Don't Drink the Water

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 07th, 2016

    When turning on the tap do you trust the water? That used to be a problem for other nations. Like Mexico or even Europe as we discovered back in the day.

  • Rain Check

    My Heart Belongs to Dada

    By: Benno Friedman - Jun 09th, 2016

    With regrets I turned down an invitation to lunch with fellow Berkshire resident Benno Fiedman. We knew each outer as art majors at Brandeis University in the 1960s and have been friends ever since. Evoking Duchamp's famous urinal as art his remarkable response waxed poetic.

  • Encyclopedia Britannica

    Dumpster Diving

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 15th, 2016

    Once treasured today you can't give away a full set of Encyclopedia Britannica. Forced with consolidating a glut of books with heavy heart our set was tossed into the dumpster.

  • Philip Kampe

    Days of Wine and Roses

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 17th, 2016

    Food and wine guy, Berkshire buddy Philip Kampe, grew up in New Orleans. All that rich food from cheese to prosciutto nearly croaked him. An artery totally clogged with the good life. His body created a natural bypass. Talk about living on borrowed time which at our age is worth a lot more than money.

  • Modern Lovers

    I Luv U

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 18th, 2016

    I luv u 2.

  • Art Works!

    Commodity Trading

    By: Benno Friedman - Jun 20th, 2016

    An outraged artist comments on the trend of collecting art as commodity. Too often works go straight to storage there to ebb and flow as the market rises and falls. It is time to drive the money lenders out of the temple of art.

  • Before and After

    Race Against Time

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 22nd, 2016

    In the land of nip and tuck it's against the law to get old in America.

  • Basta

    Frowns of a Summer’s Day

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 27th, 2016

    In the Sistine Chapel's Last Judgement the artist Michelangelo included himself as the skin of St. Barthlomew who was flayed alive. It was a metaphor for his all consuming art.

  • Here and There

    Where the Grass is Greener

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 28th, 2016

    Bhutan then India she said for winter next year as usual. "I can't stand another Berkshire winter" she explained. Actually we like those long months of hibernation with projects that never get done.

  • Then and Now

    World at War

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 29th, 2016

    Growing up in the 1940s, the greatest generation, the world was at war. There was hope for a brighter future and better tomorrow. That day is now.

  • Ups and Downs

    Union Jack Off

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 01st, 2016

    Panic, greed and opportunity prevailed as Britannia once ruler of the waves sailed off the cliff. Or so it seemed.

  • Hot or Cold

    Playing It Cool

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 01st, 2016

    Like the three bears papa's was too hot. Mama bear's was too cold. But baby bear's was just right.

  • Red Scare

    Trump Rallies Brown Shirts

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 30th, 2016

    Thoughts on Memorial Day remembering those that gave their lives for democracy. The menace of Trump recalling McCarthyism and the Red Scare of the the 1950s when I was a kid. He is striving to make America greatly divided again.

  • Gloucester Poet Charles Olson

    Maximus to the Max

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 27th, 2016

    Dealing with my ancestral Gloucester heritage Charles Olson and his Maximus Poems are a hard act to follow.

  • Vacuum Cleaner

    Vibrant Medicinal Cocktail

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 27th, 2016

    Worn out from Holiday traffic at the end of the road I needed a stiff one. End of season, the summer move next week, the stash was just about gone. Just a bit of rum from egg nog season and for a mixer, yikes, the only option was prune juice. But what the heck this new concoction, The Vacuum Cleaner, was not bad and good for what ails you.

  • Curioser and Curioser

    Chumping America

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 07th, 2016

    Scorched earth campaign The Donald has divided and conquered leaving his party and presumptive nation in tatters. What stands between him an making American great again is Hillary, who nobody seems to like, and another stint of a Clinton White House. Just when it couldn't get worse it is by a long shot.

  • Yo Muthah

    You Be Cool Man

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 08th, 2016

    Yo man happy muthah's day. Layin' back in the hood.

  • Reasonable

    Sisyphus at the Super Market

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 12th, 2016

    Starting a transaction tne cashier, waiter, telemarketer asks "How are you?" It is not an invitation to discuss day to day challenges and miseries. We utter good or fine with no sincerity. It is meant to be reassuring. I'm ok and you're ok. Not I'm in debt up the wazoo or recovering from surgery. Often my response is "reasonable." It conveys coping as best I can under the circumstances. Now and then it initiates an actual human interaction.

  • Topsy Turvy

    What Goes Up Must Come Down

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 12th, 2016

    Watching the nest egg boom and crash is a sure ticket to terminal agita. Best to walk the beach and fuggeddhaboutit.

  • Common Irish Values

    Them's the Breaks

    By: Melissa de Haan Cummings - May 12th, 2016

    In show biz they say Break a Leg. But for our Annisquam poet it was an arm. We welcome her back after a winter of discontent.

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