FOX NEWS’ Republican non-debate didn’t mesmerize me, but, as Shakespeare says: “he’ll be to Rome as is the Osprey to the fish, who takes it by sovereignty of nature,”* the Osprey/Sea Hawk** and William do, mesmerize that it is. (a 420 character 9-liner)

* Act IV of Coriolanus

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The 420:

Magical Powers.

Shakespeare alluded to those of the Osprey

(fish were mesmerized & so gave themselves up upon looking in their eyes);

also called Sea Hawks,

think: Taima the Seattle NON-Sea Hawk; or better still?

Think: William ( Seattle Sea Hawk fan).

I’m mesmerized by him as he sails ’round in his cape

& moves his lego men & vehicles through the ether

‘midst his complicated, epic narrative.


7 thoughts on “FOX NEWS’ Republican non-debate didn’t mesmerize me, but as Shakespeare says “he’ll be to Rome as is the Osprey to the fish, who takes it by sovereignty of nature,”* It’s the Osprey/Sea Hawk** and William that rivet my attention–sorry Donald. (a 420 character 9-liner)

      1. My (much more tech-savvy and culturally astute) daughter sent me the link. We both lost it over Pataki’s entry, given that we are survivors of 12-years of his governorship. I’m so glad you and your listeners enjoyed it. Shakespeare was prescient about a lot of things!


  1. A note from Patty. Joanne at McSweeney’s sent me a great link to what else Shakespeare says about the Republican Presidential candidates. It reminded me that alas alack! I’d forgotten about McSweeney’s. So.

    Here’s a link to McSweeney’s Facebook.

    And this letter as to what their transition to a non-profit that also gives background on what they’ve been up to. (hint: it’s all fabulous)



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    Hello Readers,

    We have very good news. Starting today, McSweeney’s Publishing will begin transitioning to a nonprofit.

    For the last fifteen years, McSweeney’s has dedicated itself to publishing outstanding new writing in a wild variety of forms, and we’ll continue to do just that. The Quarterly Concern will still feature the groundbreaking short stories and eye-gratifying design that have won it two National Magazine Awards; the Believer will still publish great essays and interviews and special issues. Our books, we hope, will remain worthy of cherished placement on your shelves.

    So why change now? We believe that becoming a nonprofit will allow McSweeney’s to sustain itself for many years to come, with the help of an expanded community of donors, writers, and readers. We want to continue to pursue a wide range of ambitious projects—projects that take risks, that support ideas beyond the mainstream marketplace, and that nurture emerging work. A nonprofit structure, with a board and members supporting our efforts alongside our staff and writers, will allow us to put new resources behind all our undertakings, and explore a number of exciting projects that, until now, were out of reach.

    How can you help? There’s no way around it—this is a big transition for us. There has never been a time when your support mattered more to the future of McSweeney’s.

    Starting today, you can contribute to McSweeney’s as a member. Better yet, most donations are partially tax deductible. We’re starting out as a fiscally sponsored project of a great San Francisco nonprofit incubator called SOMArts; next year, we’ll apply to be our own 501( c )(3).

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    Visit our donations page, and become a member. Every dollar matters, whether it’s a one-time gift of $25 or something that would keep our lights on far longer. If you’re considering a year-end gift or simply want to stand behind our efforts, we hope you’ll take the time to sign up.
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    1. Just a clarification. I am not affiliated with McSweeney’s, although I wish I were! Maybe if my poetry gets advanced enough they will publish something of mine someday. Everyone deserves to dream….


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