Friday, December 9, 2016

Doctor J’s Winter Fund Drive


Normally, around this time of year, we’d be fishing for our checkbooks to contribute to NPR.   (In past years, I have made mine in the name of The Big Broadcast -- the only program on NPR that was specifically aimed at my demographic.  But now Ed Walker has moved on to that big radio up in the sky …)  
Now, however, that The Don is moving to Pennsylvania Avenue (or at least sending some of his kids and minions -- he might not wish personally to move downmarket from his own fabulous properties), some of you may be wondering whether that would be … as the senior George Bush used to put it …   prudent, to contribute to the most virulently Donophobic of the MSM.
Because The Don does not like you should defy The Don.   To do that, might be to seriously annoy him.   Wouldn’t be prudent.

So -- what to do with those extra dollars, rattling around in your piggy bank, which otherwise would have been wasted on a bunch of liberal low-lifes? -- Perfect solution:  Donate big-time to The World of Doctor Justice  -- your one-stop shopping for monostichs, truthitude, penguin lore, and Trinitarian Minimalism!  All the best people are doing that this year!

Give generously --  Give often !

Unfortunately, unlike contributions to NPR or other barely-worthy causes, through some administrative glitch, cash envelopes to this site are not yet tax deductible.  But that hardly matters, since once The Don takes things in hand, there should be no more taxes anyway.   Anyway not for Winner people like you & me.

Direct all tithings to this site  care of


Gold bullion and Schweizer Franken only, please;  no bitcoins, dollars, or second-party food-stamps.


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In the temporary interests of total financial disclosure (such measures will become obsolete as of January 20, but in the meantime), here is an accounting for the proceeds of last’s year’s WDJ fund-drive.

Loot:
Contributions from people who wanted favors: $78,996.
Joke contribution from some cheapskate:  $1.
Total:  $78,997.

Expenditures:
Booze: $4,176.
Broads: $10,888.
Smokes: $400.
Unaccounted-for:  (Whatever’s left over.  You do the math.  What am I an accountant??)



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Sunday, December 4, 2016

Diego Rivera monostich (resartus)




Two    great             elongated  ellipses

crosseEd AC otHher

in the center of the wall




[--Bertram Wolfe,  A Life in Two Centuries (1981), p. 600.
Describing the mural “Man at the Crossroads”, painted 1934 in the foyer of the RCA building, then destroyed by order of Nelson Rockefeller.]

Note:  Rocky is invariably cast as the bad-guy here;  but as with most of the leftie causes-célèbres of the period (Sacco & Vanzetti; the Rosenbergs; Alger Hiss), their perspective is blinkered.   Wolfe himself -- Rivera’s primary supporter and biographer -- gently admonished the Mexican painter, who had been content to take Rockefeller gold, then was indignant when his patron objected at Rivera’s sneaking in Lenin at the last minute, as the centerpiece of the whole mural, at the intersection of those two ellipses.  “Have I not the right, as painters have always done, to paint into my mural  people I know?  To use any model which seems suitable?”
Wolfe observed:  “Yes, Diego, but the great painters of the Renaissance painted either the patron or somebody related to him… Do you think that if Pope Alexander VI or Lorenzo di Medici had commissioned a painting, he would expect the central figure to be Girolamo Savonarola?”

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Jailbreak monostich


(Opening page;  fugitives  hiding  in the tall grass):

the jew’s-harp twanging
of the grasshoppers    in the broomweeds


(A page later, the author  revises  the imagery.):

Crickets in the roadside grass
sounded like wind   in loose telephone wires.


[ -- Edward Anderson, Thieves Like Us (1937)]

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Crossing the Pyrenees during the Spanish Civil War




a road that ran

          up                                        up
first        ,   then                   then           again
                                down,

as all foothill roads do.


 
[ --Bertram Wolfe,  A Life in Two Centuries (1981), p. 661]

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Dillinger sighting!





… hiding in the Ozark Mountains  with Pretty Boy Floyd …



[ --Bryan Burrough, Public Enemies (2004), p. 380.
 The sighting proved  a false alarm.]

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Día de los Muertos, ca. 1934



   When twilight comes,
   they take their leave of the deceased,
   dragging sleepy children after them.



[ -- Bertram Wolfe,  A Life in Two Centuries (1981), p. 633]

Friday, November 25, 2016

Cosmetic-Surgery monostich



The man who was to lay his scalpel
on Dillinger’s face

was a

tall

t
h
i
n

German



[ -- Bryan Burrough, Public Enemies (2004), p. 365]