The Newtown Pentacle

Altissima quaeque flumina minimo sono labi

Archive for July 9th, 2012

trembling anxiety

with one comment

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Recent adventure carried your humble narrator from the noble hills of raven tressed Astoria unto the engineered environment surrounding that squamous exemplar of municipal neglect known as the Newtown Creek. Hardly an extraordinary destination, for one such as myself, and noteworthy only because of the early hour at which the visit occurred. Sleep is an enemy to me, surrendered to only when absolutely necessary, and accordingly both my waking and work habits are those of the late rising nocturne.

I’m all ‘effed up.

from wikipedia

Hypnophobia or somniphobia is an abnormal fear of sleep. It may result from a feeling of control loss, or from repeating nightmares. The prefix Hypno- originates from the Greek word hypnos, which means sleep.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Seldom have I gazed upon the Newtown Creek in such ante meridiem illumination. Tidal influence on the Creek, this far back, is a vertical affair. The horizontal movement of water is slight, but rises and falls a few feet following the patterns set by the East River, which the Newtown Creek is technically a tributary of. The mucoid slick observed in the shots above, I would offer, are fats which were carried out of the sewer outfalls which form a garland about the waterway.

Likely, these are cooking oils and congealed grease.

from wikipedia

Mysophobia (from Greek μύσος – musos, “uncleanness” and φόβος – phobos, “fear”) is a term used to describe a pathological fear of contamination and germs. Someone who has such a fear is referred to as a mysophobe. The term was introduced by Dr. William Alexander Hammond in 1879 when describing a case of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) exhibited in repeatedly washing one’s hands. This phobia is sometimes referred to as germophobia or germaphobia, a combination of germ and phobia to mean fear of germs, as well as bacillophobia, bacteriophobia, and spermophobia.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

There had been rain the night before, one of the powerful bursts which have- so far- made the summer of 2012 remarkable not just for their intensity but for providing punctuation around periods of intense heat. One quarter of an inch of rain resolves, city wide, into a billion gallons of storm water pulsing into a byzantine and often century old network of weirs, tunnels, and pipes. No engineered working of men can endure such sudden volume, and during sustained events especially, should be expected to.

Friends and associates, versed in the esoteric facets of storm water infrastructure management, instruct one not to flush a toilet during a rainstorm unless absolutely necessary- in order to alleviate some of the burden on the system.

from wikipedia

Phobophobia (from Greek: φόβος, phobos, “fear”) is a phobia defined as the fear of phobias, or the fear of fear, including intense anxiety and unrealistic and persistent fear of the somatic sensations and the feared phobia ensuing. Phobophobia can also be defined as the fear of phobias or fear of developing a phobia. Phobophobia is related to anxiety disorders and panic attacks directly linked to other types of phobias, such as agoraphobia. When a patient has developed phobophobia, their condition must be diagnosed and treated as part of anxiety disorders.


Click for details on Mitch Waxman’s
Upcoming boat tours of Newtown Creek

July 22nd, 2012- Working Harbor Committee Newtown Creek Boat Tour

Written by Mitch Waxman

July 9, 2012 at 12:15 am

%d bloggers like this: