City Writes

Recently Joey3Sticks ran into an old customer from Frank Stella men’s clothing store on the UWS. Philip Roth recognized him and they chatted for a bit near the Park on the East Side. RIP. New York authors falling by the wayside. Wolfe now Roth. City benches will miss them.

Still living. Stephen King has a new book, The Outsider. In keeping with his genre. He was in the ‘hood for the 2018 PEN America Literary Awards at the Museum of Natural History and later sighted wearing a tux in the lobby of The Mark Hotel on the UES.

Silent Shatter

I hear the sound of glass ceilings shattering all over the place. Where is the celebratory reportage? Yelling yay from the balconies? Women taking over the top jobs at the most unlikely places. Gina Haspel, CIA Director. Suzanne Scott CEO at Fox News. Okay. You say Faux News. But. It still kills in the ratings. And. Stacey Cummingham, New York Stock Exchange President. The feminists’ silence is deafening. Except for Hillary’s never-ending wearisome whining.

Oh. And. Only Brainstorm. Never Green Needle.

Blush Off Rose

After reading all of the gushing articles about how Meghan Markle made America feel good again, time to return to reality. Despite the beautiful choir rendition of Stand By Me and the rousing sermon by the Chicago bishop, invoking MLK. Gotta say. Meghan wore a veil over her face. When Harry lifted it she gave herself over to his royal family structure. She had to leave her career as an actress and her country to become a British subject. Okay a Duchess. But still. She curtsied to her new boss, the Queen.

Meghan is no longer an independent American woman.

Hats Off

To Meghan Markle. Fascinators aside, hats off to a class act. Timeless wedding gown designed by the first woman to head the French House Givenchy. Simple chic. A veil adorned by flowers from the Commonwealth. Strategic chic. And. She wasn’t worried about children stealing her spotlight. Confident chic. A woman of substance it seems. Here’s to Harry’s partner in life. Here’s to a happily ever-after.

Then. At Pimlico soggy hats at a murky track. Justify pulls off another win. By a feather.

The Royal Bachelor Show

Bachelorette Meghan got the rose. An American actress divorcée (not that there’s anything wrong with that) finds love again with Harry. The exceedingly eligible cute redheaded Bachelor. An English guy. They survive the destination date to Africa. Hot tubs may have been involved. Yet. He is a prince and a Prince.

They eschew the hometown parents visit. Her family may be a little too colorful for the BBC and his dysfunctionally royal clan. But. In the finale he does present her with a ring. She says yes. The engagement is of course a very public affair with lots of rules. And photo shoots.

The wedding production is certainly worthy of weeks-long wall-to-wall media coverage on every outlet. Gaggles of anchors crossing the pond to narrate the anointed nuptials. It’ll be a ratings extravaganza! Life has become a never-ending reality show. This more than fits the bill.

Yanny or Laurel?

I hear Cilantro. One person’s soap is another’s parsley. Seriously. Never once heard Laurel on any frequency. Always Yanny. Son heard Laurel. Husband and others hear both. A metaphor for miscommunication. Everyone hears and tastes and reads the same thing yet interprets it differently. If only we all heard Yanny. World peace!

White Wolfe

Author Tom Wolfe. His books stand the test of time. No one ever coined cultures better. Social x-rays. Limousine liberals. Radical chic. The ME generation. University athletics as centers of corruption. Astronauts as heroes of a generation. Wolfe’s white suits and literary legacy live on.

I Am Charlotte Simmons. Bonfire of the Vanities. The Right Stuff. Back to Blood. All-time favorites on the Book-Treks shelf.

It seems that Tom’s first job in journalism was as a reporter at The Springfield Union, in Springfield, Massachusetts.