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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The Writer's Life 2/2 - Bits & Pieces

What do seven foot tall NBA twin brothers do in their spare time? Brook Lopez, who plays for the Brooklyn Nets, and Robin Lopez, who plays for the NY Knicks, are collaborating on books. Brook is handling the prose and Robin the illustrations. The Stanford men are keeping the content secret. It will be interesting to see what they come up with. Here's a pic of them squaring off against each other:

I'm late to this story, which was in the NY Post January 26th. Here's an excerpt, pared and edited by yours truly: "A decision by Italian officials to cover up ancient nude statues to not offend Iran’s visiting president is drawing ridicule in Rome. Ahead of a news conference Monday with Premier Matteo Renzi and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, wooden panels were erected around some Roman statues in the Capitoline Museums. When images of the cover-up made the Italian media Tuesday, politicians from across the spectrum decried and derided the decision."
Why didn't they simply use another venue? What nonsense. Renzi fits the WWII stereotype of Italians as "surrender monkeys." He's brought pandering to a new low.

The rapidly-spreading Zika virus has claimed a non-human victim, an Indian car-maker, which will rename its soon-to-be-launched hatchback Zica, short for Zippy Car, after the mosquito-borne virus was declared an international health emergency. That's amusing. What's not is that the virus can be transmitted sexually, as one of the most recent cases has proved.

Hundreds of southeastern Mississippi citizens received a jury summons that instructed them to call for instructions. The number led to a sex hotline. What fodder for opening monologues.

There may have been chicanery among the Democrats in the Iowas caucuses. As the oft-quoted Claude Rains said in Casablanca (1942): "I'm shocked -- shocked..."

The floating book shop was rained out today.
Vic's Short Works:
Vic's 5th Novel:'s 4th novel:
Vic's 3rd Novel:
Vic's Short Story on Kindle:
Vic's Short Story Collection:
Vic's 2nd Novel: Kindle:
Vic's 1st Novel:

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