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Friday, April 8, 2016

The Writer's Life 4/8 - Tasty Morsels

That's British makeup artist Lisa Houghton, who painted her own face with makeup. There are several pictures of her remarkable works available online. A simple search of her name will bring them up.

I'm going to do something I would never have expected -- laud Bill Clinton. While campaigning for his wife, he was heckled by advocates of Black Lives Matter, who cited a tough 1994 crime bill as having been devastating to the community. Slick Willie did not back down, saying: "...You are defending people who killed the lives you say matter." The incident manifests humanity's fickleness, as Clinton was once dubbed "America's first black president." If I believed in karma, I'd say it was payback for all the pandering the Clinton's have done through the years, but I don't. Still, he is on the right side of the issue.

The NY Post's Page Six reports that audiences for the Broadway adaptation of Brett Easton Ellis' American Psycho have been complaining about being splashed with fake blood. I guess the production can't be accused of not being realistic. Measures are being taken to rectify the problem.

A 1623 edition of the Complete Works of William Shakespeare has been found in a gothic mansion on the Isle of Bute off Scotland. It is valued at $2.8 - $3,5 million. There are now 234 known copies in existence.

Hondo is back with his baseball betting column, which always includes droll asides on current events. Today he mentions that the Russian Communist Party is trying to copyright its big red star symbol so that the likes of Macy's and Heineken can't use it. He also says there will be an exemption for the political campaigns of comrades Bernie Sanders and Bill deBlasio. Welcome back, sir.

The media loves negativism, the "How the mighty have fallen" angle, and the Post is no exception. Yesterday at the Masters, future Hall of Famer Ernie Els faced a three-foot birdie putt on the first hole. He missed it -- and his next four as well. A potential three became an eight. The caption on the back page reads: "What a Putz." Els doesn't deserve such treatment. Dubbed "Easy Ernie" by his peers, not only has he been a great golfer, he has been the epitome of class. If it had happened on the back nine Sunday and cost him the tournament, I could see it, although the commentary would still be too harsh. But on his first hole of the event?

Too much wind, not enough sun and no sales -- not a fun session of the floating book shop. My thanks to Eddie, one of Atlantic Towers supers, who donated a batch of excellent children's books. I had a visit from Occupy Jack, who was on his way to a Bernie Sanders rally at the Vermont senator's alma mater, James Madison H.S., not much more than a mile from where we were standing. Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Chuck Schumer are also alums.
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