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Lee Kottner
New York, NY
I'm a writer, agitator, educator, editor, and book artist living in Brooklyn.
Interests: Art, Marine Biology, Physics, Astronomy & Cosmology, Literature, Writing, Politics, Buddhism, Non-Violence, History, Human Rights, Feminism, Science Fiction, Artist's Books, Poetry, Education, Travel, Food, New York City, Labor History, Social Justice
Recent Activity
Marcy, I'm sorry for your breakup too; that's a long time to be with someone and that's gotta hurt. But I know what you mean about how it changes us. That loss of confidence is everything, and the hardest thing to bear. I hate that I don't still go charging through life the way I used to. Still thinking about what to do to regain that. Kim, I think we share a taste for being alone, and how right it can be, and it impresses me that you've already grasped that bit about transience and impermanence. I'm still working on that. I've always welcomed change, though, so maybe that's a start.
Toggle Commented yesterday on Catching Up, Starting Over at Dowsing
Thank you so much for the encouragement. You have always seen me and seen me more clearly and honestly than anyone I know. I love you so much, my friend.
Toggle Commented 3 days ago on Catching Up, Starting Over at Dowsing
Okay, so it's been a while. The last thing I actually wrote, as opposed to just posting some graphic, was in 2015, about a year before I lost my summer teaching job at NJCU and things started to change. I promised in the last post that there would be a... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Dowsing
I haven't been back here in a while, due to various circumstances I won't go into here. If any of Rob's class is watching this space, I just want to say hi. Hope you enjoyed the essay of mine that he assigned. Anyway, I woke up this morning thinking about... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2019 at Dowsing
2018. Twenty days and it will be a year of your pillaging, rape, and burning of the economy, citizens, and our Constitution. Your bilious shadow hangs over our heads like a toxic cloud we watched roll in from the election-night horizon in horror, its momentum seemingly unstoppable, hope gasping in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2018 at The Perfidy Report
Hard to talk about the effects of poverty, old age, and disability or the state of the nation under Trumpacabra and his minions when you can’t say the word Vulnerable. Hard to talk about either the need for Social Security (though it’s not one, dammit. We paid for it.) or... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2017 at The Perfidy Report
We wonder how it can even be close, the choice between a man who “courts” young teenage girls when twice their age and a man who prosecutes their murderers; one who’s been removed from the bench not once, but twice, for disregarding Federal statutes and one awarded for pursuing justice... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2017 at The Perfidy Report
1. Animal Farm In the morning, Mueller catches a big fish, one that’s been fighting for a long time. Finally, exhausted by the firmly set hook he pleads guilty to a much lesser charge and turns from fish to foul, singing like a canary. His former boss Tweets Who? Who?... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2017 at The Perfidy Report
It’s like a lover’s tryst, this meeting in Vietnam. First you say you won’t see each other for clashing schedules then—surprise! There you are!— together in matching blue, hulking over his small frame, shaking hands, looking adoringly at him, this ex-spy with his sinister smile. And you’ve asked him point... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2017 at The Perfidy Report
Almost a year since the election and the time has taken its toll:... Lost sleep, lost dreams, lost hope, broken hearts and bodies drowning in fear and tears. Around us, the world gets dirtier, nastier, dumber, devolution and decay outstripping even common entropy. Tearing down is always easier than building,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2017 at The Perfidy Report
“But let justice roll down like waters And righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.” –Amos 5:24, New American Standard Version The avalanche begins with one pebble, the torrent with a raindrop, Trumpacabra’s fall with one indictment. Who will it be? There are so many likely candidates to choose from: Good Guy... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2017 at The Perfidy Report
“Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?” –Joseph Welch to Senator Joseph McCarthy, Army-McCarthy hearings, 1954 You’re no Joseph Welch, Mr. Flake. You talk a good game about sacrificing your career for principles but you cannot condemn the monster in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2017 at The Perfidy Report
This is a couple of days late because it originally went to my personal wall, sparked by the death of my friend and colleague, Miranda Merklein, who was an adjunct, organizer, badass, and shitkicker who took no prisoners. And now she's gone. this is for her. ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ “There's a time... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2017 at The Perfidy Report
“We are going to bury them with our words.” –Rebecca Solnit First, the beloved Father, Cosby, not convicted despite our testimony, image overcoming his own admissions. Then the not-so-beloved fuhrer, SCROTUS, who also admits he likes assaulting women, thinks he has that right, and whose sychophants threatened the one brave... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2017 at The Perfidy Report
It’s a first, all right, one only you could revel in: being asked to speak... for the fourth time to an officially designated hate group that thinks the deaths of homosexuals might be a good thing, and don’t know what to do with the fact that het and homo ain’t... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2017 at The Perfidy Report
“Drink a can of Fuck Those Guys and keep going.” –@Ali_Davis It’s all gone downhill so quickly, water running from a sieve. SCROTUS has alienated our allies and inflamed our enemies. His screwball North Korean counterpart, like another third of the Three Stooges, threatens to shower us with radiation, while... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2017 at The Perfidy Report
Fire in West. Earthquakes in Idaho. Hurricanes in Texas; southeast. Trump wants to cut disaster aid. FEMA running out of $. It’s September. –@sarahkendzior Houston’s as far underwater as you are and all you can say is it’s been great for the world to watch the city suffer. You autograph... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2017 at The Perfidy Report
In T-Rump’s America, we wake to the news of a mass shooting worse than any other... until the next one and no talk of how the perp got weapons of war intended only for soldiers, or how they were hidden in a hotel room because what happens in Vegas stays... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2017 at The Perfidy Report
No one says it anywhere in Washington. One tells an untruth. One has misspoken. One’s words are misleading or one is misrepresenting the facts. But we heard it yesterday in public testimony from a private citizen a month out of his job as head of the FBI, in the halls... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2017 at The Perfidy Report
Nine solo meetings in three months with the third president you’ve served under. Only two in eight years with the last, one to discuss policy and one to say goodbye. But this one— nine meetings alone to discuss his scandals and the poor choice of minions tarred with another country’s... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2017 at The Perfidy Report
Did you think it was okay —just business— you know, just the two of us to ask the head of the FBI, the CIA, and National Intelligence to just fahgettaboudit, that little matter of your Security Advisor being on the Turkish payroll and pals with the Ruskies? That Mike Flynn,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2017 at The Perfidy Report
By now, fifty percent of the country thinks you’re doing an awful job. They’re not wrong. Scandals and violations follow you like stray cats, pissing in your footsteps crapping on the White House lawn: your minions colluding with Russians and possible treason to fix an election you couldn’t win, the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2017 at The Perfidy Report
“Those people” are the two most dangerous words in any language. Any two people from anywhere can create a child together, who combines the best and worst of both into someone not seen before but wholly familiar if only we do not pronounce those words, do not call them Other.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2017 at The Perfidy Report