Monday, April 28, 2008
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Friday, April 04, 2008
On this, the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Memphis, Tennessee, I would like to share this amazing tribute video that I found on YouTube and ask that we consider the life of one of this country's greatest heroes--what was lost and what we have yet to attain to as a nation, as a "beloved community", that he hoped we would become. To slightly paraphrase another U2 song, may he "sleep tonight, and ...his dream be realized..."
Tuesday, April 01, 2008
What is your favorite word?
Beautemous-I think I made it up, I don't know when, and it doesn't seem to be in any dictionary. To me, it's a cool way of saying that something is most excellent or outstanding, like when you manage to find a parking space or something happens to you that was completely unexpected, that's beautemous.
What is your least favorite word?
Taxes. The least said about that, the better. If I could vote to avoid having anything to do with them, I would, gladly---twice!!
What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
Really good writing, in whatever medium. That's what I aspire to.
What turns you off?
Injustice of any kind.
What is your favorite curse word?
Well, this might come as a shock to those who knew me growing up in church or from going to a Christian college, but it's motherfucker. When it's said properly or in the right context(i.e. almost any Samuel L. Jackson movie or the title poem of my recent collection of poems, "Mofo' Risin'", etc.), in any number of variations, it's poetry.
What sound or noise do you love?
The laughter of children, especially babies.
What sound or noise do you hate?
The construction noise outside my window at 6:30 in the morning.
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
Jazz musician--either a piano player or trumpeter.
What profession would you not like to do?
Teacher, only because I respect the profession too much to throw my hat in the ring. Which goes contrary to what some of my friends have told me.
If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?
I think the fact that I'm at the Pearly Gates would be enough for me.