Morningside II: Five Great Teachers

Moving uptown from NYU’s Washington Square College in Greenwich Village to Morningside Heights and Columbia was more a matter of cultural than geographical relocation. NYU turned out to be the right place to sort out, debate, and eventually establish one’s lifelong political and philosophical leanings. This process occurred mainly in the school cafeteria, known as […]

The Intelligent Indexer’s Guide to YouTube

For some time I have known that while doing certain kinds of work I have what I would call “excess attention.”  Unused or possibly unusable passive mentation.  My first responder brain cells are fully engaged, you understand.  It doesn’t matter whether I am writing or editing indexes or, in olden times, typing from hand-written index […]

Shakespeare’s Notebook

The current Broadway production of Hamlet is another reminder of its reputation for theatrical trouble making.  The play defies classification.  It is Shakespeare’s longest play and infamously difficult to edit.  It is like a jigsaw puzzle with either too few or too many pieces.  It has “superfluous and inconsistent scenes,” complained T. S. Eliot writing […]

Paul Blackburn: Letter from a poet

During my first year at NYU, I joined a group of university wags who thought it might be fun to satirize the “little magazines” of the day with a mimeographed production of their own. We called it Shades probably because we were unable to think of a more pretentious title. But it wasn’t long before […]