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May 12
Ben Sen commented on Rodney Roe's blog post The Meanings of Words
"Then there is linguistics itself and the way language determines what we perceive as reality.  I think you'd enjoy the book about Wittgenstein and Karl Popper.  He was your classic demented genius."
May 11
Ben Sen commented on Rodney Roe's blog post The Meanings of Words
"another wittgenstein in the making.  the latest test of "words" is texting.  if you miss what you are trying to say, little demons come to visit."
May 11
Ben Sen commented on Ron Powell's blog post The Meaning of Trump Firing Comey
"It could well mark the beginning of the end of Trump."
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Ben Sen commented on James Hart's blog post Hart of the Deal (a writer's log)
"the best thing i've read on OS in years, creatively speaking and no surprise having just finished re-reading joyce Johnson MINOR CHARACTERS and the synchronicity of a kerouac voice you know he's even in my webster's 9th collegiate…"
May 9
Ben Sen commented on Ben Sen's blog post At the Crossroad Where I Live
"Thanks Boanerges for your salient comment.  We'd like to save the Lower East Side by turning it into a historical district.  The West is saved by the higher property values and the people who own the property.  We're…"
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James Hart commented on Ben Sen's blog post At the Crossroad Where I Live
"Four flights Benny?!  You've the calves of a boxer I'm sure!  I met Catfish Hunter at the Safe House one evening, that stewardess and me. And now I hear Joan's piano, and absolutely adore your memoir. Although I feel so…"
May 9
koshersalaami commented on Ben Sen's blog post At the Crossroad Where I Live
"I get the stairs. When I got married I lived in a coop in DC, Adams Morgan, that was a fourth story walk up. You stay in shape that way. "
May 8
Boanerges commented on Ben Sen's blog post At the Crossroad Where I Live
"How cool is it to be living amidst ... well, living history. Sort of what people in London and Paris must feel when they consider what's around them, just below those pavers. I admire your fortitude for sticking there. We tried big city life…"
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May 8
Ben Sen commented on Ben Sen's blog post At the Crossroad Where I Live
"Not put up two overly costly monstrosities and invested the endowment more wisely.  It was "your" board who fired him for making a "dirty job" dirtier than it had to be, and if I'm not mistaken there was some…"
May 8
Terry McKenna commented on Ben Sen's blog post At the Crossroad Where I Live
"sure they made a mistake, but so what?  the old hewitt building was a mess.  the problem was an old structural deficit. so having reached 2017, what should they have done?  "
May 8
Ben Sen commented on Ben Sen's blog post At the Crossroad Where I Live
"He overspent on construction and then tried to cover his tracks by betraying the school's mission to educate those who might not be able to afford it otherwise.    "
May 8
Jonathan Wolfman commented on Ben Sen's blog post At the Crossroad Where I Live
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Terry McKenna commented on Ben Sen's blog post At the Crossroad Where I Live
"Having gone to school at Cooper, let's accept that Cooper did not make the world it lives in.  Nor was the president fired for overstepping is prerogatives.  He was hired to do a dirty job and he did.  Cooper was caught in the…"
May 8

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At the Crossroad Where I Live

Posted on May 8, 2017 at 6:00am 13 Comments

     I live on the intersection between Third Avenue, otherwise known as the Bowery, and E. 10th Street in New York City.  I've lived here since 1978 but only learned recently that the Bowery is the oldest street in the city, dating back to the 17th century and before that it was a Native American trail.  

     Not to be outdone, Tenth Street for centuries was the link between the West side and the East side of the island.  Today it's the only side street that goes all the way…

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Listening to Race

Posted on April 20, 2017 at 10:30am 5 Comments

     Recent remarks by Tim Wise, a figure known nationally for his views on race, admonishing his audience to "listen" to people from other races is a bit discouraging given experience and the years that have gone by, but not since a president has been elected using racial baiting as a campaign tactic.

     It appears we are back to square one and the prognosis is not good.  How many outbreaks of racial violence will there be in the "Trump" era?  We have no idea what his response will…

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America Must Recognize Palestine

Posted on November 29, 2016 at 4:30pm 30 Comments

From the New York Times, Nov. 29, 2016

By Jimmy Carter, former President of the United States

     We do not yet know the policy of the next administration toward Palestine, but we do know the policy of this administration.  It has been President Obama's aim to support a negotiated end to the conflict based on two states, living side by side in peace.

     That prospect is now in grave doubt.  I am convinced that the United States can still…

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Book Review: Avid Reader by Robert Gottlieb

Posted on November 16, 2016 at 12:35pm 2 Comments

     Robert Gottlieb is a fortunate man who knows it, takes his fair share of credit but doesn't beat his chest.

     As an editor at Simon and Schuster in the 50's who "stumbled" into the job (rather than being born into it) educated at Columbia rather than Harvard, he worked his way up the ranks to become editor-in-chief of Knopf--easily one of the most prestigious and profitable publishing houses in the land and then editor of The New Yorker.  It doesn't get better…

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At 5:05am on May 12, 2017, James Hart said…

" . . .the answer my friend . . ."

At 7:08am on October 9, 2016, Ned Netterville said…

Is a pleasure to be invited.  Who knows, may even be the nudge toward writing again I've needed.  The call of the blank page seems to have reactivated.  Thank you.

At 8:49pm on November 17, 2015, SeventhSister said…

Thanks, Ben!

At 2:12pm on November 4, 2015, mary gravitt said…

Thank you for becoming my friend.  I don't always answer right away because I don't have internet at home.

Mary

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