Renaissance Man

larry celebrityAside from baseball, bridge, collecting blues and jazz autographs, and having taught me to cook many years ago, before he tiptoed out of the kitchen for several decades, Larry is also the publisher of hit & run press, and has an extensive collection of broadsides–poems printed on oversize sheets of paper for display, often with graphic ornamentation.  He has published many of these.

He also collects others’ broadsides. His most recent acquisition was of three broadsides done of original calligraphy by Gary Snyder, Philip Whalen and Lew Welch–three of the “beat poets” of the West Coast. They had all studied calligraphy with Lloyd Reynolds at Reed. Steve Jobs also studied with him, and Jobs’ study of calligraphy led to the wealth of fonts he introduced to the computer. Continue reading “Renaissance Man”

Callista, Zeeko, and Burma Shave

I keep politics off these pages, but this morning over the Sunday Times, Larry said:

“I don’t usually read the Style section, but I have to find out what Callista’s hair style means.” Apparently, it means that she is more interested in control than beauty. I was intrigued, because I can’t remember Larry’s ever opening the Style section before. He’s not alone. Search for Callista Gingrich hair if you doubt me.  This was from The Stir, via Robin Givhan of The Daily Beast:

“Already, media estimates have put Mrs. Gingrich’s hair-care time at anywhere from 45 to 90 minutes a day.”

And that doesn’t include the time everyone spends thinking about her hair.

Callista’s process and hairspray are the subject of many articles, no need to link them here.

As for Larry’s hair, he has it cut by the Ukrainian barber, Zeeko, who finishes the process by turning Larry to the mirror and saying, “Now you are movie star again.”

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