I have been using Storybird  as a platform for writing stories for my family and as an educational platform for my students for several yers now. I decided that I would try to experiment with it and I have written an experimental short love story called Variations of Interpretations A Quieted Love. It was interesting and fun to use a platform dedicated to young readers and writers to create something a little different. Below is the result of my fast paced experiment: A 10-page short story written in less than an hour.

 

Jai Alai: An Aesthetic Appreciation
Jai Alai' (say hi-li) world's fastest sport, Biscayne Fronton, Miami, Florida Boston Public Library

The history of Jai Alai is somewhat murky. Some claims are made that it may have been a Mayan export to Spain and was taken up by the Basques. Others claim that it simply originated in Northern Spain within the Basque population as a derivative of popular handball games known as Pelota. Roughly translated from Basque Jai Alai comes to mean Merry Festival. It was a game played on the weekends and during festivals among the Basque population of Spain and France within and around the valleys of the Pyrenees mountains. Even if we don’t know its exact origins, we can make the claim that the sports popularity was a result of its Basque heritage and evolution.

The Economy of Music or The Music Economy: Deculturalization and Musical Imperialism
Johnn Cage - Concert for Piano and Orchestra,1957-58

I detest audiences. Not in their individual components but en masse I detest audiences, I think they are a force of evil.

Glenn Gould

Music for entertainment … seems to complement the reduction of people to silence, the dying out of speech as expression, the inability to communicate at all. It inhabits the pockets of silence that develop between people molded by anxiety, work and undemanding docility.

Adorno

Song elevates our being and leads us to the good and the true. If, however, music serves only as a diversion or as a kind of vain ostentation it is sinful and harmful.

The Metaphysics of Doors

I have what could be considered a mild, although likely to most, dry and banal, obsession with doors. What has always drawn me to them is not only the mystery of the other side, but the meaning of the spaces that they divide, both imagined and physical. Doors certainly stand in the way of physical space, but in no way do the impede imagined space. They force one to ask what is beyond them, or to ponder what the exact purpose it is that they are serving. An inquisitive mind might draw certain conclusions based on design, architecture, adornment or general aesthetic to identify their purpose or what is beyond them, but lacking a key or the appropriate access, what is behind a door will remain a mystery.

Lost & Found Latin America: a Moment With Hilda Mundy the Bolivian Avant-Garde

A tempting neckline is the hall of a great hotel where the notes of a delightful jazz band can be heard, coming from the discrete and harmonic noise of necklaces of fantastic stones

It is one thing to note that Latin American literature and poetry is underrepresented in North America and elsewhere. But it is a whole other thing to note that Latin American woman in literature and poetry are completely and almost violently underrepresented globally. Heavier hitting countries such as Mexico, Chile, Argentina and Brasil have found some acclaim in history for producing talented writers who breach the surface of international success. But there are many Latin American counties whose writers deserve our recognition and respect. One such writer is Hilda Mundy. Her bibliography is perhaps as scarce as her reputation beyond the borders of Bolivia; however, what she did produce was certainly remarkable.

Information and Opinion Fatigue

If you are anything like me you feel it. We are inundated with a seemingly infinite amount of information and opinion. I suffer daily from too much input and too little output. I am a research hound, or at least I was. But now the amount of information I have at the touch of a finger is almost paralyzing. I spend much of my time sifting through articles in a haphazard fashion absorbing what I can of them, which is often very little. If the information isn’t academic in nature or relating to the news it is social information. Scores and scores of social information filtered down by Facebook. Social Media algorithms have pinned me for what I am: A Gin swilling political harlequin, drunk and unheard amongst the clamor of his digital peers. I am bombarded by information and in turn I peddle it back at the webosphere in an endless tactless dance of pseudodialectical “communication”. And inevitably, as I sift through my daily dose(s) of information, I stumble upon the generic humdrumity of public opinion. Like a terrible accident on the highway seen on a bus speeding by, I can’t help but look in concern. I am addicted to reading that which pains me: the comments section. Between the amount of information that I pretend I can even come close to processing on the daily and those latent opinions just waiting for me to discover I feel incredibly fatigued. An insomniatic fatigue that could really only be the result of an addiction.