It’s the birthday of author Henry Miller, born in New York City (1891). He’s best known for his novel Tropic of Cancer (1934), in which he wrote:
"It may be that we are doomed, that there is no hope for us, any of us, but if that is so then let us set up a last agonizing, bloodcurdling howl, a screech of defiance, a war whoop! Away with lamentation! Away with elegies and dirges! Away with biographies and histories, and libraries and museums! Let the dead eat the dead. Let us living ones dance about the rim of the crater, a last expiring dance. But a dance!"
Maf is (and was in real life) a Maltese bichon… he is scooped up by none other than the actress Natalie Wood’s mother, Maria Gurdin (in Maf’s words, “a fan of fandom”), who often picks up dogs in England on her visits and brings them back to Hollywood, where she distributes them among her daughter’s famous friends. Maf is intended as a gift for Wood’s boyfriend, Frank Sinatra, who in turn gives Maf to his other girlfriend, Marilyn Monroe. Monroe names him Maf, short for Mafia Honey…
Maf sits at Old Blue Eyes’ table at the Copacabana; listens to Lee Strasberg’s poeticized lessons at the Actors Studio; and watches as his “fated companion,” so desperate to be taken seriously, navigates the highs and lows of being Marilyn Monroe in the last two years of her life.
Have you found a good/easy way to convert vinyl records to mp3 format? I was going to buy an Ion Audio Profile LP Turntable, but the reviews are uneven. I’m looking for something very automated because I have way too many LPs!
My favorite part of the article is the advice on how to deal with a coyote. Having grown up in Irvington, I learned this at an early age - though there were no coyotes there.
However, if encountered by a coyote, Hajna said residents should not run. “When you run, you initiate that prey instinct in the animal,” he said. Instead he advised residents to let the animal know it is not welcome by acting aggressively by “yelling, waving your arms, stamping your feet, or throwing stones” until it leaves.