Author Archives: JMN

About JMN

I live in Texas and devote much of my time to easel painting on an amateur basis. I stream a lot of music, mostly jazz, throughout the day, and watch Netflix and Prime Video for entertainment. I like to read and memorize poetry.

Surrealism’s Daughters

The creature with a “cow’s head” in Carrington’s “And Then We Saw the Daughter of the Minotaur” looks like the minotaur bred a doe, which of course is surreally plausible. The French capital was alive with Surrealism and its contagious … Continue reading

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Guide by the Perplexed — Kentucky-Fried Crow

I’m due a serving of KFC for asserting in the last chapter of GBTP that in guitar tuning the Major Third between strings 3 and 2 punctuates a sequence of Perfect Fifths. I should have said Perfect Fourths. For me, … Continue reading

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Parting Looks — Buck Schiwetz

Edward Muegge “Buck” Schiwetz, 1898-1984, born in Cuero, Texas (c) 2019 JMN

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Little Fresh Meat

It’s diverting to see how evolving styles of masculinity in China can flummox the patriarchy. Redolent translations bubble up from the fascinating goo of rhetoric around the matter. … “little fresh meat,” a nickname, coined by fans, for young, delicate-featured, … Continue reading

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Suffer the Sugar Ants to Come Unto Me

The Divine in ant-drag is having a micro-tiny romp on my kitchen drainboard to remind me how wholly life expresses itself. Sugar ants go everywhere at once in some inscrutable order, regroup around the task of tugging a crumb this … Continue reading

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An Unsocial Medium

Farhad Manjoo is a favorite journalist of mine. I’ve read him from when he wrote about tech on Slate before joining the NYTimes. He touts in this column an “unsocial” digital diary app called “Day One,” describing it as “a … Continue reading

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The Un-Rosie Side

Twenty-five-year-old Guy de Montlaur was a heroic French commando in Normandy on D-Day. Having studied before that for a promising art career, he evoked his war-time experience on canvas until his death in 1977 at 58. The National World War … Continue reading

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