IKON VI: Malcolm X

FOUND ARTIST: Antonio Mancini – 15 Minutes 100 Years Later

This afternoon: “Boldini and the Italians in Paris” show at the Chiostro del Bramante. We went to see the Boldini’s and, while we were certainly not disappointed, it was the work of Antonio Mancini, experienced for the first time, that left me reeling with admiration and surprise. This is art that is radically, transformatively beautiful, […]

Residual Power of Fascination

Letter from Rome (I)

I suppose in these grim days no news is good news and mine is not particularly noteworthy. In general, I’ve been feeling fine, most of the aches and pains of the autumn have seemed to moderate and my foot is healing quite nicely. I’m able to tromp across the cobblestones for a fair long distance […]

IKON V: Jim Morrison

Some “Texts from Last Night” – I

TEXTS FROM LAST NIGHT (209) she met some random, took his vcard, peed in his bed, left, and then requested him as her boyfriend on facebook (405) I think in growing up..I’ve been having a hard time masterbating to fictional character. (770) I just sat in the Taco Bell drive-thru waiting for a trash can […]

Teen accused of strangling mother and sexually abusing corpse

(from The Johnson City Press) A 17-year-old boy accused of killing his mother last week intentionally strangled her to death and sexually abused her corpse before dumping her body in a trash can, according to a juvenile court document released Monday. Johnson City Juvenile Court Judge Sharon Green ordered Codey Wayne Miller, 17, held at […]

Appreciation: Skot Armstrong

I’ve known artist Skot Armstrong from what now seems like infancy and he remains one of those people who is literally indispensable to my own sense of well-being in the world. Over four decades, he and I have collaborated on a number of projects, making our own fair share of mayhem and wonder together. As […]

IKON IV: Dean Martin


(from an e-letter to R.D.) Thankee very much, but I think I’ll avoid being famous for the nonce, taking a leaf out of the book just completed by the late, deeply lamented J.D. Salinger. I’ve been thinking a lot about “Catcher in the Rye” and it strikes me with great force just really how good […]