94Re: [Unmuzzled Ox] Re: CITIES TO INHABIT
- Jul 6, 2005Hi Steven, This was very helpful. I looked it up.
Where was the kid with the IPOD killed? This was in E. Flatbush I think
they said. So north of Prospect Park is ok and south of it isn't?
I like Prospect Park. Has everybody on this list seen the Camperdown Elm
outside of the Aududon Bathhouse? It's a strange little warped tree that
Marianne Moore wrote a later poem about trying to save it. It's still
there. It must be the ugliest tree I've ever seen. It's so ugly it's almost
Almost. She compares this tree to the massive elms in the Asher Durand
painting set in Kaaterskill Falls which is worth a visit. She must have
been joking to compare such a stunted tree to such a massive canopy of elms
and other stately trees.
Definitely worth reading the poem and scheduling a day around its visit.
Bring a weird lunch of odd Asian crackers that smell like fish just to
complete the weirdness.
East of the park were a string of nice stores and restaurants. West of it
is the Brooklyn Public Library and so on. I'm told by my multicultural
students that the best place for a white dude like myself to get killed
would be Flatbush. So I went along Flatbush in the car to investigate. For
some reason there were a lot of young black men weaving through the traffic
on tiny bicycles -- barely children's bicycles. It made a neat effect.
I was in lower Harlem at 126th St. and a nice older black fellow in
Morningside Park told me to get out of the park before I was killed.
Imagine someone telling Oprah to get out of Hermes or else she'd be killed.
The double standard just kills me. Well, not literally. My students say
that they are just as likely to be killed in the same neighborhoods so I
shouldn't take it personally.
I think the problem is that if one out of a thousand people is violently
racist or just plain violent then in a community of 20,000 there are 20
people who will hurt you. In a multicultural tapestry like Brooklyn this
means always watching your back esp. if you are sporting an IPOD. There
used to be a Norwegian American community somewhere in East Brooklyn but for
some reason Robert Moses killed that community by putting an elevated
highway right through their main street and wiped out all the businesses but
that could be more tendentiousness by Robert Caro his demented biographer.
I used to like living in Seattle. I liked living in Portland. Prices
quadrupled there. I hate the south. I live in the Catskills and it's
somewhat isolating but my 5 bedroom house cost less than 200 grand and
overlooks an untouched mountain and a beautiful river which fills up with
fog every morning and then slowly lifts and my kids are very safe here (the
last murder in this county that wasn't solved was some 40 years ago, but of
course friends and lovers do kill one another). There were more people in
this county the size of Rhode Island in 1800. There are now only 40,000.
There is one bookstore. Mostly it's a nature park for the New york City
water department. Giant straws reach from here into Manhattan and tiny
unmanned submarines patrol the huge cement straws looking for cracks.
I only make about 46,000 here but I think if I went to a larger area I could
get 60, possibly, if I really tried. What about Providence? What about
Hey, who's on this list, and where do you live? I need your information.
-- Kirby Olson
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