Twist and Shout

Twist and Shout
Life is never straight (Joey Kulkin photo)

Friday, August 10, 2012

Vignettes from Vermont: Trotsky and the Times-Pic

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BENNINGTON -- Richard from Brattleboro said the Times-Picayune in Nawlins has cut back its print edition to 3 days a week. He knows this because his brother-in-law reports for the Pic.

Welcome to Journalism in 2012. Pulp is down, Digitalia is up -- get clicks. GET CLICKS! -- and to hell with the poor folk down on the Bayou who can't afford to buy tech toys to stay informed. How do you help to keep poor folk stupid? Slash their means to stay informed. But in Journalism 2012, the ends justify the means, thank you, Trotsky and profit margins.

Speaking of which ... Richard from Brattleboro by way of Manhattan walked into the art gallery wearing divine specs. My first thought was "Bob Costas?" Richard said "It's supposed to be Trotsky." Asked to take his picture, and Richard asked why, and I told him my penchant for capturing unique moments within moments in time, and he said "I'm unique?" and it didn't take much cajoling on my end before the man who used to run the reference section at the Brattleboro Public Library stood in front of me. Click.

His wife walked to the Banned Books case by the Animation Vault while Richard and I talked newspapers. Told him I'm a newspaper guy between gigs, and then he mentioned his wife's brother who reports for the Times-Pic. Always nice to find a bond like this.

Richard joined his wife. They looked at the Banned Books. He pulled one out and walked over to pay for "Of Mice and Men" by Steinbeck. Told him it's a great book. He said, perhaps a bit embarrassed, "It's funny the things you haven't read yet." I told him that if he wants another great Steinbeck book, "Cannery Row" is the way to go. "Chapter 14 may be the single greatest piece of literature."

I gave Richard his change, and then Trotsky '12 and wife and George and Lennie walked back into the wetness of Bennington.