Monthly Archives: March 2012

Going On The Account: Hatches Battened Down

Rich Benjamin’s piece in today’s New York Times gives a new perspective to the Treyvon Martin case that deserves attention.  Yes, there is an unavoidable racial component, but the equally important bunker mentality held by George Zimmerman cannot be dismissed.


The last time communities gave up on trusting their neighbors and having faith in society’s institutions, Europe was dotted with castles.  And do I really need to draw parallels between the run up to the Dark Ages and the current project?

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Going On The Account: RED JENNY Fifty Six

Part Fifty Six of RED JENNY AND THE PIRATES OF BUFFALO in now up, and may be read here.

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Going On The Account: More Heartless Than Blackbeard?

So word comes in today from two different articles on the Gawker sites regarding Dara Lynn-Weiss, a socialite who wrote an article in  Vogue about how she put her seven-year-old daughter on a diet in the worst possible way:

* Berating her daughter for her choice of foods, in public before her friends

* Keeping her from social activities based around food

* Screaming at her kid for accepting snacks and treats offered by other kids’ parents

* Belittling and berating her at every turn


Nope, no potential  long term psychological scarring here;, no negative body issue reinforcement coming out of this, no sir…

And after a year of doing this to her child, she not only gets an article in Vogue but a book deal at Ballantine.

A book deal, for being a complete out-and-out so-n-so.  What the fu…?

Sure, there are plenty of heartless folks who get the chance to write books, but usually for showing  depraved indifference in a position that affects whole populations.  In order to understand why such leaders showed depraved indifference at the helm, and in the hope of preventing this from happening again, we give these folks a chance to speak (what passes for) their mind to learn from that.  So it makes perfect sense that we’d give, say, Dick Cheney a book deal to understand how that all went down.

Giving him a new heart, on the other hand, not so much sense.  Some folks might ask when they read the news, “He had a heart to replace?”  but well…

An abusive parent, however, I can’t see rewarding with a book deal.  Did she get her daughter to lose weight?  Sure she did.  So too did Carlotta Brett-Pierce, who starved her four-year-old daughter Marchella in 2010 to death.  She’s facing a murder charge for the death of her daughter, though I doubt that if Marchella had lived that her mother would be getting a book deal.  Likewise, if Bea Lynn-Weiss had not survived her mother Dara’s bullying, it would be hoped that Vogue and Ballantine would not have been that quick to offer her ink and paper.  We can thank David Berkowitz for something, all said…

Still, how is it all right to laud  some truly horrible behavior like this?  What parent would give complexes to such young children, and how do we keep such bad parenting from being rewarded with a book advance?  If she met our expectations and did things the way they have always been done, then Dara Lynn-Weiss could not be given a forum unless she’d starved every child in Darfur (which is sadly no joke); the fact that she can now get published for only abusing her own kid is a development I’m not sure we really want to see in our bookstores.

Excuse me for a moment while I make sure my son’s OK…


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Going On The Account: Dropping Anchor Downtown

I’m pleased to announce that I’m going to be doing a personal appearance at Bar 82 this coming Monday, April 2nd at 8:15 PM (give or take) as part of the We Three Productions reading series.

For this live event, I’ll read the opening of Red Jenny and the Pirates of Buffalo, and be available afterwards to discuss the work, other writings, anything in general you want to talk about.

Again, that’s this Monday, April 2nd at 8:15 PM (give or take) at the following:

Bar 82
136 2nd Avenue
New York, NY, 10003


Hope to see you there!


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Going On The Account: Coming To Take Me Away, Take Me Today…

Well, if you ever wanted to hear me discuss the craft and some of my past work, now’s the chance.  Especially as that Borders signing I dreamed about holding ain’t gonna happen…

This Saturday, March 24th,  I will be a guest on a panel at the Fest for Beatles Fans, in Seacaucus, NJ, to discuss some of my past work for the  webzine Rooftop Sessions.  I’ll be on according to the program at 9:15 PM in the Crystal Ballroom.  If there’s time and the panel indulges, I might be able to discuss some of my other work, though the first topic will be why I got an invitation to make a reservation, which I discussed earlier on here.


Mind you, there’s plenty else going on all weekend otherwise, so if listening to me ain’t at the top of the agenda, there’s enough good reasons to come to the event at

NJ Crowne Plaza

Meadowlands Hilton

2 Harmon Plaza

Secaucus, NJ   07094


If you do come, hope to see you there.

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Going On The Account: RED JENNY Fifty Five

Part Fifty Five of RED JENNY AND THE PIRATES OF BUFFALO in now up, and may be read here.

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Going On The Account: Hear Ye Anything About Pirates?

It’s been a little time since I’ve focused on pirates here:

*  Apparently you can make as much going after ships with the Somalis as you can teaching at a New York public school.   Yeah, the piece is a little flippant, and some of the data is interpreted in a frivolous manner, but the fact that they have enough data to build a piece like this around it says something.


*  Apparently, Somali pirates pulled in $60 million more last year over 2010.  Which could well be exceeded this year considering how corrupt Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government has become, making them more a part of the problem than of the solution (if not the biggest problem).

*  There’s a series on Somali piracy the folks at GlobalPost are hosting, which covers most of the main points discussed elsewhere and brings a few things up to date.

In short:  It still sucks over there, no one’s doing a damn thing ashore to fix the issue, the pain continues.  A story about pirates without a lot of heart-swelling moving passages, in other words…

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