The Newtown Pentacle

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One of those days, man, one of those days.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

On this day – July 18th – in 1290 A.D., Edward the 1st of England signed an Edict of Expulsion for the 16,000 or so Jews who lived in England at the time. In 1870, the Vatican Council introduced the concept of Papal Infallibility to a gullible public. In 1925, Adolph Hitler saw his “Mein Kampf” first published to a similarly gullible public. In 1937, Hunter S. Thompson was born (to tell the public how reliably gullible they actually are) and then in 1954, gangster Machine Gun Kelly died of natural causes at Leavenworth Penitentiary after 21 years in prison.

On July 18th in 1984, the so called and notable McDonalds Massacre occurred in San Ysidro, California, during which 21 people were shot and killed (mass shootings were still fairly uncommon then).

– photo by Mitch Waxman

If everything went to plan this morning, as you’re reading this I’m returning from a mid morning photo project. I’m attempting to catch a certain angle of light, at a certain place which I’m not 100% familiar with, so it might have been a frustrating morning but hopefully I made the best of it. An educated guess is being made, I’ll show y’all what I got later in the week.

Luckily, after having a killer schedule to get through last week, a bit of time to pop my headphones in and wander about seems to be coinciding with a period of tolerable temperatures and humidity this week. Looking forward to getting a bit of work done, and getting out of the Astoria/LIC/Greenpoint/Newtown Creek neighborhood for a few day trips. Hoping to be able to maintain an early schedule for this, seeking out propitious atmospheric lighting.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

The most important thing at the moment, for one such as myself, is solitude. I really cannot stomach the thought of having to explain either myself or my actions to one more person than I actually have to at the moment, and have grown quite unwelcoming towards advice emanating from friend and foe alike. The idea of losing myself into the bowels of the City for a little while, looking at it through the isolated safety and emotional distance offered by a camera lens… is both nirvana and nepenthe. 

Look for me, scuttling along the side of the road on the eastern side of the Newtown Pentacle. I’ll be the weird looking guy with a camera.

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Written by Mitch Waxman

July 18, 2018 at 11:00 am

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  1. “In 1870, the Vatican Council introduced the concept of Papal Infallibility to a gullible public.”

    Your concern for the credulity of Catholics causing them to be apparently misled is touching. Your implied theological critique is duly noted although one may wonder why you care what any Pope teaches or what Catholics choose to believe.

    But alas for you to live in a world of gullible fools and those of lesser mind who have the temerity to ask a Humble Narrator to explain anything or offer Himself unwelcome advice. Solitude should however come easy as it has been said that it is lonely at the top.


    July 18, 2018 at 12:41 pm

  2. Can you believe it’s almost one year since the “energetic felling” of the Kosciuszko Bridge?

    georgetheatheist . . . tempus fugit

    July 18, 2018 at 2:08 pm

    • Hi George,

      The term “energetic felling” is cool but only entry level cool and understanding this is the official bureaucracy approved term. But I would take this euphemism a bit further to, you know, really make it more next level cool in technocratic (bureaucratic) super science verbal legerdemain.

      So how about “exothermic kinetic entropic disassembly”

      Sounds more sciencey and makes our rather insipid bureaucrats and politicians seem more Wile E. Coyote Soopah Genius level smart using it than simply saying blowing up the old bridge.

      If you can’t impress ’em with the facts, bedazzle ’em with bullshit.
      So whaddya think?

      Don Cavaioli


      July 19, 2018 at 1:17 pm

  3. Food for thought, Don Cavaioli. I must add that Mitch did a bang-up job photographing the “felling” (or “e.k.e.d.”) last year. His slo-mo dropping of the span was and is to die for!

    georgetheatheist . . . tempus fugit

    July 19, 2018 at 10:28 pm

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