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Herein, thoughts, comments, notes and letters on a variety of matters with nothing in common except my opinion, (wit) and whimsey . . .

See the SF Chronicle article here. Photo: Santiago Mejia / The Chronicle

. . . once again, I wonder what city Weiner lives in. SF streets are already car unfriendly and the traffic is untenable. Parking spots have been removed to create what are essentially private seating areas by cafes in public space; Van Ness is nigh impassable--no left turns, blocked lanes, ridiculous; in many critical streets, Pine for example, a lane has been reserved for busses and taxis--but it is often empty; Market Street? You've gotta be kidding. Meanwhile bikers ride with impunity, ignoring signals and stop-signs and busses rarely pull over into designated bus zone when stopping--they just block traffic (while if a car is parked in one, a hefty ticket is given). While drivers are not blameless, many pedestrians can hardly be bothered to look up from their cell phones when crossing the street (with the signal or not)--no wonder there are accidents and deaths. We do not need more legislation--traffic and safety would be vastly improved if drivers and pedestrians paid attention to what they are doing and followed the laws. Leave Caltrans out of this and stop trying to turn the legislature to some sort of politburo regulating local issues from afar . . .

See the NYT article here. Photo: Rebecca Smeyne for The New York Times

As a painter and someone who appreciates art and artists, the persistence of the question of “who has the right to tell certain [or any] stories” is depressing and demoralizing. Characterizing the debate as a “wake-up call” for the art world," is fatuous. “To what degree do you take for granted your own perspective?” is always a valid question, but in this context, one step away from the thought police (although I heartily endorse all people—artists and others-- investigating their own perspectives and assumptions). Artists are in the business of creation and creativity. Censorship, overt or otherwise, has no place in this process whether the expression is painting, literature, music or otherwise. For me, the very act of creating is an interrogation of my own perspective (I do not think I am unique). I may have an intention in creating a painting, but the perception of a particular individual may or may not correspond to that intention. I have been surprised by interpretations of my paintings when they have nothing to do with my intention but I cannot and do not want to police that (sometimes these interpretations have revealed aspects of my own paintings I did not realize were there—the subconscious will out!).

The painter creates and offers that creation to the world. A worthy creation catalyzes an experience in the the perceiver that is beyond the control of the artist, an artist can only hope that the experience is, in some way, an illuminating one.

See the NYT article here.

“It is a dark equation. . . In Hollywood, unlike at other Fortune 500 companies, the one-on-one meetings take place in hotel suites and bars. . ."

Tim Robbins is more accurate: "it’s every business.”

At conferences and other gatherings, the life blood of any industry is

the meetings (which you must attend to succeed) that occur in bars and other places (this is NOT about private office meetings between men and women. For the men who are confused about that, please . . .) This behavior may be most blatant in Hollywood and Weinstein may be the most egregious perpetrator, but fundamentally this is about power and it is pervasive: in the legal profession (I speak from personal experience), in Silcon Valley (see Ellen Pao), in business, in politics. And often, to call it out is to be ostracized subtly or overtly. And up until now it has been not only condoned, but rewarded ("locker room talk" indeed). And while Trump's behavior was not in a business setting, his very occupation of the White House despite his documented criminal assaults of women; despite the testimony of brave women who came forward to attest to his unwanted and humiliating pawing implies an unsettling social acceptance of such treatment of women.

Although it implicit in this long overdue conversation, we must specifically connect all of these dots. When are men (and so many women) going to finally understand the depth and nature of sexism and its emotional, psychological and economic consequence.

Living With the Genie
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