IMMINENT. Today (10/28): Night of 100 Pumpkins. Downtown Catskill celebration. Pumpkins available for carving (especially by Halloween-costumed kids) at Hose Co. 5 on Main Street from 5:30 pm., followed by parade down Main Street, with creativity applied to modes of non-motorized transport of carved creations…. Sponsored by Begnal Motors and HOCA.
*Saturday (10/29). Race for Rayann. Fund-raising foot races ($15 entry fee) of 19 kilometers and of 5 kilometers, from Creekside Farm,
PREMATURE DEATH STORY? Maybe the Daily Mail is not on brink of extinction after all. The company is advertising for two reporters to replace departed Chris Smith and Deborah Travers. But one successor, Andrea Macko, already is working. And another new by-line, Alvaro E. Alarcon, appeared under a local story in today’s paper (10/28). Editor Raymond Pignone invites submissions to email@example.com or 943-2100 ext 3326.
MAUL NOTES. Inserted in all organs of Hudson Valley Newspapers last Thursday (10/20) was a supplement entitled, in big bold letters, “Fall Care [sic.] Car [sic.] 2005.” One of the headlines says “Check Engine Light Nothing to Ignore.” The publication was an advertising supplement not only in the sense that it contained display ads from local companies, but also in the sense that its editorial matter, offering advice on vehicle maintenance, was chock full of explicit product-touting. The standard pejorative label for this odious practice is advertorial. *And on pages A3 (“News”) and again on A8 (“Business”) of the same issue, the same story (from Associated Press, on Republican gubernatorial hopefuls) appeared. *According to a picture caption on page A1 of Monday’s DM (10/24), “Town of
Democratic [sic.] Party Chairman Dan Howard, left, presents the Greene County Republican [sic.] Committee’s 2005 Man of the Year Award to Greene County Judge George J. Pulver Jr….” Howard is Republican town chairman. They actually published a Correction of that bungle. *Not corrected so far was yesterday’s mutation of Margo Muller into Margo Mullen. *Read it and ponder (from Tuesday’s Maul): “The basis for the project is to enforce a clean-up strategy for residential properties within the village that meet property, maintenance, or building violations.” “Among the assessed problems include two or more motor vehicles, weeds or garbage in the year and general lack of upkeep.” GOV POLITICS. Who will be Republican candidate for governor of Catskill in 2006?If GreeneLand’s Republican chairman, Brent Bogardus, gets his way, it will be John Faso. That near-neighbor, former State Asemblyman and former candidate for State Controller, was keynote speaker at last Saturday night’s GOP dinner-dance at Hunter Mountain. Support for Faso means non-support for other hopefuls or possibilities, such as William Weld, the former governor of Massachusetts (New York-born and –resident); Tom Golisano of Rochester, former Independence Party bankroller and gubernatorial candidate, now registered as a Republican; Patrick Manning, Republican assemblyman from Dutchess County; Randy Daniels, Secretary of New York State; and our Congressman, John Sweeney. We mention Sweeney because he once touted himself, and was touted by some news people (using the “widely discussed” formula) as a likely candidate. He too spoke at the function, and was hailed by Bogardus as “one of the true shining stars in New York .” Not mentioned was the fact, trumpeted by the Democrats in Washington, that Sweeney was the recipient of political largesse, to the tune of $4915), dispensed by his disgraced House leader, Tom DeLay. Faso depicted himself as a “reform” candidate who would do something about Washington taxing and spending. According to the report by Jim Planck in The Daily Mail, 10/23), Faso also characterized Eliot Spitzer, that scourge of corporate crime who is the likely Democratic candidate, as one who “stands for the status quo” and for “all the special interests who will endorse him.” As for Randy Daniels, he’s a Republican odd duck in that he’s black and that he has ingratiated himself with some upstate liberals. As secretary of state he refused to give St. Lawrence Cement Company a Certificate of Coastal Consistency for its proposal to build a giant plant in Greenport and along the east bank of the Albany Hudson River. Thanks to that crucial decision, he’ll be featured speaker at a meeting Sunday (10/30) of the South Bay Coalition (Basilica Industria, 110 Front St, Hudson, from .). At the same time, Daniels is being touted to Republican stalwarts (including some who have been dead for 10 years) as the man who can beat Spitzer. And that victory is urgent. According to Patrick B. Donohue, Esq., in a fund-raising letter for Daniels, “Spitzer has waged a cynical one-man campaign against businesses big and small and entrepreneurs whose only sin has been the pursuit of the American Dream.” Spitzer and the diabolical liberals “want to raise taxes, increase spending and the size of government, and impose regulations to a level that have [sic.] never been seen before in .” “I’ll guarantee you that if Eliot Spitzer is elected Governor, you will be shocked and appalled by the assault that will inevitably occur on the taxpayers, business community and the economy in [sic.] America .” What is more, and perhaps worse, is that “The Governor’s Mansion is the key piece in Hillary Clinton’s Master Plan of becoming President of the New York .” United States
METAPHYSICAL GAMING. In a September issue of Seeing Greene we twitted ace Saugerties writer John Thorn for opining that art, like play, “may have no purpose but itself or it becomes no longer itself.” To that blather we responded with piercing acuity that “Activities do not have purposes. They may serve various purposes, and art and play serve many.” To which John offered (via the Commentary key) the limp rejoinder that “Your inner grammarian has stifled your reason. Play and art may be compelled to serve purposes only when they are in thrall to a utilitarian power (Nazi art, Organized Baseball, and kindred oxymorons). But art and play do not serve willingly, for when they are yoked into service they are no longer marked by the very thing that defines them,independence: art for art's sake, play to no purpose.” This he boldly calls an “uncontroversial notion” that is adumbrated by Johan Huizinga in Homo Ludens (1938). To which, with devastating insight, we respond that Thorn has unwisely espoused the notorious Pathetic Fallacy. He endows inanimate objects with animate qualities. Play and art become not just activities but mobile, willful creatures who (yes: who) can be “compelled” to “serve” a “utilitarian power” (=master?) albeit unwillingly. But he asseverates contrarily that they can’t be so compelled because if they are, then they are not—alive, that is. In the meantime, John obfuscates the nature of oxymorons. Nazi art is not a contradiction in terms. Neither is Soviet art or New Masses art or commercial art. Your turn, J.T