Category Archives: Anthology

My collected writings and those of family members.

Parting Looks — Buck Schiwetz

Edward Muegge “Buck” Schiwetz (1898 — 1984) (c) 2019 JMN

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Guide by the Perplexed — Mind Over Method

Pinterest thinks I’m interested in quick-and-dirty guitar: “This article will show you the best method ever of how to efficiently learn and memorize the notes on a guitar neck in the shortest amount of time.” I’ve seen the exact number … Continue reading

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Parting Looks — HJN

Harold J. Nichols (1924 — 2013) (c) 2019 JMN  

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Guide by the Perplexed: NODS & Buck-Effing

I’m not a rocker or blues man on a Gibson. I can make a long-fingered foray into the twelfth-fret region, but it’s not fruitful. When I mention “buck-effing” around the fretboard, therefore, only one B-C and E-F pair obtains per … Continue reading

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“Lay, Lady, Lay.”

“Lay across my big brass bed.” The Bob Dylan song encapsulates the entrenched American muddle around “lie” and “lay.” The victory of “lay” is all but complete. It’s obvious the song invites the lady to sexual congress, not to a … Continue reading

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Guide by the Perplexed — Crossed Eyes, Dotted Tees

Yea, though I walk through the shadow of the cloud of unknowing, I shall fear no malaise, for thy clef and thy stave, they comfort me. I pause from the demented abstraction of this serialized soliloquy, this goofy guide, to … Continue reading

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Hard to Live With

Claude Monet’s series paintings are among the few true trophies that can generate real excitement at auctions… “They’re so evocative, so romantic and so easy to live with,” Offer Waterman, a London-based dealer, said. “That was the best of the … Continue reading

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