“I appreciate the atmosphere they put on the other night. We haven’t given them much to celebrate at home. It was really refreshing to give them a real game that we could reward them for coming out. And we’re going to need them down that home stretch for three games.”—
I came down from Boston for the first home game and saw Benny and his family walking out of the Diner in Adams Morgan the day of the game. He was nice enough to stop and talk to me for a minute. Maybe I will see him at breakfast again when I am down for the last game of the year. Vamos United.
"The greatest short short of all time is, of course, Hemingway’s: “For sale. Baby shoes. Never worn.”
There is a whole life and death written there. The art of the short short is to compress yet not lose narrative power.
It is closer to poetry than it is to fiction. Everything matters. Just a simple paragraph break can have enormous narrative consequences. This is not a Twitter game. This is the search for a white star of language.
Entries must be 78 words, in honor of Esquire’s 78th birthday. We’re calling these short shorts Aspens.”
Above is Esquire’s latest fiction contest. Mr. Jeremy Wade and I came to the consolation that getting right to 78 words is quite hard. My submission is below.
A Record Player, From 1988
He sat back in his chair with a beer and put his feet up. It was unnerving to have her back in the house after such a prolonged absence. The place had surely gone to hell – it looked like his old frat house, with empty bottles and mostly eaten pizzas all over the place.
What she took was mostly hers, but that record player was his. She bought it for him in 1988. He took another long sip.
I’ve scratched out about four stories for this, but it is mighty hard to get exactly 78 words. I have one that I like that clocks in at 78 that I like, but a few more weeks to work out something better. I will post what I submit in a few weeks.
"If you are asked why you favour a particular public-house, it would seem natural to put the beer first, but the thing that most appeals to me about the Moon Under Water is what people call its “atmosphere”."
The Boston Phoenix (Boston’s Alt weekly) has an article about a band that I don’t know, but I already think I’m interested. Apparently there is a revival of early 90s college rock and I could not be more excited.
I have considered more than once just moving to Canada so I can see The Weakerthans play live. These dudes come to the states on a far too infrequent basis. However, in December they are playing four shows at the Bowery in NYC. While this is not easy for me to get to I am pretty sure I will be there for at least one if not two of the shows.
Empty of cars, the streets were turned into playgrounds for street artists, performers and exercise instructors.
Cars and buses were taken off the streets of Bolivia as the country held its first “National Day of the Pedestrian”.
All motorised vehicles, including public transport, were banned in cities across the country on Sunday.
Bolivia’s government says it wants to raise awareness about the environment.
It comes at a time when President Evo Morales’ government is facing criticism over plans to build a highway through the Amazon rainforest.
The recent protests against the highway have been an embarrassment for Mr Morales, who is a prominent advocate of indigenous rights and the protection of “Mother Earth”.
Two million cars
Two million cars were taken off the streets on Sunday in nine cities, according to officials cited by Reuters news agency.
In Bolivia’s main city, La Paz, the BBC’s Mattia Cabitza was engulfed by a sea of young people taking part in a marathon, and the usually congested streets were instead occupied by street artists and other performers.
Exercise instructors taught tai-chi to passers-by while some Bolivians were seen dressed up as zebras, playing hopscotch in the road, Reuters reports.
President Evo Morales, an avid sportsman, was up early, jogging, and joked that his vice-president could not keep up with him.
“Children and young people should take over the streets to do sports. But I’m sorry that our vice-president was left behind,” he said.
Mr Morales has faced resistance over plans to build a highway through the Amazon.
The government says the route will promote much needed development, and says it will take measures to protect the rainforest.
Activists say the construction of a road through the Isiboro-Secure National Park, a rainforest reserve, will encourage illegal settlement and deforestation.
The Bolivian Vice-President, Alvaro Garcia Linera, said the government wanted to achieve a balance between development and conservation.
“Here is an unwavering commitment to protect the environment. We have 17m hectares, that is an area bigger than Belgium, that are reserves.
“We strive to protect Mother Nature but we also want to create mechanisms for the integration of people. This is the balance we seek,” he said.