Tuesday, May 19, 2009


Yr. correspondent is no longer down for the count and has returned for the fight. Just back from Sarasota, Florida, where "NoBama" decals festoon S.U.V.s and churches open their doors to evangelical beach bums. Somehow, I prefer the novel sight of "Black Power Ices"-- yes, in Newark, NJ you can patronize a vendor whose summer treats have some affinities with Stokely Carmichael, the Black Panthers, Eldridge Cleaver, and the rest of the stalwart radicals of yesteryear. I will have to sample the goods and see what, in fact, a Black Power ice tastes like.

An event I encourage all Tempest-types to attend:

At the Strand Bookstore on Thursday 5/21 at 7pm is a cavalcade of writers and readers regaling you with the literary equivalent of swine flu. I will be in attendance both on and off the stage. From the official Strand website announcement:

"The troubador/flaneur Chris Leo responsible for giving us the novel WHITE PIGEONS as well as bands like The Van Pelt, celebrates the release of his most recent collection with readings by Eric Paul, Jon Curley, and Samuel Menashe."

Should be a toxic blast: come get exploded. J/C