East Side, West Side, All Around the Town


GLF members at the Gay Center event, 10/15/2023. L to R, Mark Horn, Mark Segal, Perry Brass, me, Flavia Rando, John Knoebel

I flew to the East Coast a week ago, staying with my sister Jeannette in East Brunswick NJ and with my friend Phyllis in Manhattan. In the last few days I did three readings, two in Manhattan and one in Philadelphia. Spent a lot of time driving around New Jersey, walking around the streets of NYC, and riding various buses and trains. Below I’ll link to a video of the event at the bookstore of the Gay Center–my reading, plus a presentation by six of us old time GLF members. The place was packed, crowd very enthusiastic. You can see it on YouTube.

(Also spent a lot of time talking with friends, GLF comrades, and relatives about the horrendous events in the Middle East–but you can read the news for yourselves. Everyone has an opinion. I have two. First, quoting Yeats, “the best lack all conviction/while the worst are full of passionate intensity.” I disagree with what he said about the best, but certainly agree about the worst. Second, I can’t begin to understand how a grown man can pick up a gun and shoot a baby. Yet men have been doing that for millennia, though in the old days they used swords. The Bible records plenty of such instances. More recently, we have the My Lai massacre and myriads of other unpublished, unpunished such crimes…)

Click on this link to get to the video, or watch it below. We wore masks when we weren’t speaking, as some of us have conditions that make us extremely vulnerable to Covid-19 (OK, me and my wife.) Please share it with your friends.


2 Responses to East Side, West Side, All Around the Town

  1. Esther Newton October 17, 2023 at 4:51 pm #

    No link and I wasn’t able to watch the event live either— the one at the Center, even though I had registered . Not sure if it was my ineptitude or a flaw in the system but either way I was frustrated. Please post a link to the You Tube version

  2. Martha Shelley October 18, 2023 at 11:01 am #

    I revised the post, and you can click on the link in the last paragraph, or watch the video in the blog post itself. Hope that helps.

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