Venus of Overtown

Venus of Overtown
  O the mothers! The mothers of the neighborhood! Tropical goddesses of urban jungles one and all! Beyond a doubt, there was no relation in a student’s family more significant than the matriarch. She was their whole world. She was genesis. And not only a creatrix, but she was the maintainer of creation as well,... Read more »

Consumer Culture Cave Painting

Consumer Culture Cave Painting
  There’re the assumption we’re modern because we have computers in the palms of our hands and we blast ourselves into outer space and we perform surgery on beating hearts and we transport ourselves over the land on cushy seats befitting kings and queens. And it’s true. Our ancestors couldn’t have imagined such extraordinary feats... Read more »

Love and the Perils of Jovian Orbit - a Preface to the Presence of Madness

A Note on Syntax and Semantics In perusing these plethorific pages of Love and the Perils of Jovian Orbit, the reader may discover the another presence in the prose dosed to his or her glass-ball sockets, as like sounds commence to form patterns, even melodious shapes that tendeth to lendeth as verse phrased. The author... Read more »
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The Trickster

The Trickster
  Fieldtrips were a big part of our curriculum. One per week by each teacher was expected. We saw much of the city and surrounding area. The school’s only bus driver was busy all day long, often juggling drop-offs and pick-ups between two or more groups a day. It was always hectic and often chaotic,... Read more »

Crime Scene Series #2

Crime Scene Series #2
  After thinking about CSS #1, the message I was sending was contrary to what I was feeling. It wasn’t death. It was life. I wasn’t feeling the end of something. I was feeling the beginning of something. So I’ve decided to form a narrative with the outline figure and the background. Now, I’m saying it’s... Read more »

Crime Scene Series #1

Crime Scene Series #1
  A little more than a week ago I posted “Good Joseph,” which chronicled my rebirth as a visual artist when in the bottom of Al Capone’s pool I spontaneously painted the portrait of a former student. This was October of 2005. Before that date I’d hadn’t produced a legit painting in 20 years. So... Read more »
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Good Joseph

Good Joseph
  This painting is the first in the series of my former students at the academy in the inner city of Miami where I taught for 3 incredibly intense years. The series started at a low point after the closure of the school. I say it “started,” but maybe “happened” would be more accurate. It... Read more »

Missing Wendy O.

Missing Wendy O.
  Long before the theatrics of Lady Gaga there was the over-the-top operatics of Wendy O. Williams and her band The Plasmatics. The reigning and forever queen of shock rock welded punk to heavy metal with her blistering vocals and red-hot body. Her raw sexual stage performances were often nearly in the nude at a... Read more »

Missing Annie

Missing Annie
  The Deep Tour Guide has been on a deep hiatus. I haven’t posted a single blog in nearly 3 weeks. Normally, I would’ve published several in this time. I’m kind of addicted to it. I like ChicagoNow. I like being DTG. So it’s a good match and together we mate like rabbits and make... Read more »
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Like Schooling Fish

Like Schooling Fish
  For months I’ve referred to my teaching experience without providing an explanation how it came about. Again and again, I’ve put the cart before the horse. This post is the introduction for a non-fiction book I wrote in 2008 that was never published. I sent it to a publisher of educational work, and they... Read more »
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    I grew up here, but I became who I am in South Florida, mostly the Keys and South Beach. Today I'm an artist and a writer, but I've been other things before. I've been a bouncer, a roofer, a sucker, a mason, a moron, a landscaper, a sign painter, a house painter, a genius, a penis, a demolitionist, an exhibitionist, a first mate, a blind date, a graphic artist, a neon designer, a photographer, a newsman, a Tarzan, and an inner-city teacher. I liked teaching the best.

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