Arts History Update for very late October 2012

19 Oct

Arts History Update for very late October 2012 by David Cummins


For several years I have warned people who were about to enter the reverse mortgage market in order to gain a lump sum or additional revenue on which to live, and suggested other options as alternative strategies. It was no surprise to read this story:


Jessica Silver-Greenberg, A Risky Lifeline for Seniors is Costing Some Their Homes, New York Times, October 14, 2012 What is truly alarming to learn from this article is that some of the very entities that engaged in the sub-prime residential lending market debacle that surfaced in December 2007, migrated thereafter to become brokers in the reverse mortgage market so that once again they could engage in despicable immoral unethical business practices. With lack of regulation by government and the rigged laissez faire business system in place, known miscreants just bounced to a new scam.


While it is no surprise to learn of repeated perfidy, it is sad to watch gullible vulnerable people become chaff in the mill of the larcenous.




Jerry Seinfeld, rich and bored, is now touring a solo stand-up comedy show, returning to his roots, the New York City boroughs. He played the Beacon Theatre in Manhattan October 4 and Lehman Concert Hall in the Bronx October 11, and will play Colden Auditorium at Queens College [his alma mater] October 18, St. George’s Theatre on Staten Island November 1, and Walt Whitman Theatre at Brooklyn College November 8. His first appearance, last seen on stage in 1998, earned rave reviews. He was born in Brooklyn, as he would say, “sometime in the 20th century”.


To oldsters like me, Seinfeld reminded one of Jack Benny because he often would simply freeze into a quizzical stance and let the line sink in for the audience. Maybe it’s just that I needed a few extra seconds to catch on, as out of town dullards might.


Jason Zindman, On Stage, a Comic’s Still at Home, New York Times, October 14, 2012


How does one persuade such a New York icon that he would be well-appreciated in Lubbock? Or does he know that, and chooses not to hit the hustings as George Strait would, one last time on January 18?




Societal opportunities and explorations have been teaching us something. One phenomena is the open access use and return on your honor technique.


Some entities have placed open access computers at Community Centers and then watched how people use and benefit from them, and begin certain usages that expand opportunities; e.g. searching for a job.


Some have placed open access bicycles at key locations; e.g. on college campuses, to encourage low-cost fast easy transportation over difficult to walk spaces.


Some have brought recycling depositaries to neighborhoods at scheduled dates and times, to encourage folks to save their items and deliver them in their own neighborhoods.


This is the opposite of the Field of Dreams technique where one builds something and then expects people to come to it. The open access concept takes something to where people are and invites them to use it without cost, controls, or supervision. It trusts people to use innate skills, to explore their own self-interest, and lets people use the item in a way that reflects their own desires and needs. It has quickly proven to be a win-win situation.


Some hotels in San Francisco California have noticed the concept, and been aware how difficult public transportation including taxicabs, is for their guests, so the hotels have taken to providing small electric cars in their parking lot that hotel guests may use to zip over the city to wherever they’d like, without charge. Open access [to hotel guests] to borrow a car for local use.




The Gaines County Historical Museum in Seminole is the recipient of a beautiful sculpture Wind Spirit donated by sculptor Jammey Huggins depicting several Comanche on horseback and their remuda. Dedication is Saturday October 20, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. A re-enactment of historical events by Charles and Linda George will take place. This is a free event. Charles is author of The Comanche (Gale Group 2003) 48 pages for children $27.50 at Charles George is also author of Seminole (Arcadia Pub. 2012) at Lubbock Public Library 976.4 GEOR that reveals much of the history of the area and city.




Cambridge University Press announces that it has published nine short stories by Joseph Conrad in better than previous translations, and has much literary criticism within the two volumes to set the pieces within Conrad’s overall oeuvre. They are $125 each so only academic libraries and serious scholars will purchase. Conrad, Tales of Unrest (March 2012) and Within the Tides (May 2012) These stories were chronologically interspersed with the novels for which he is known including Heart of Darkness (1899) Dame Margaret Drabble writes a fine review in the London Times Literary Supplement, September 28, 2012 at page 3


The nine short stories are:


Karain: A Memory

The Idiots

An Outpost of Progress

The Return

The Lagoon


The Planter of Malata

The Partner

The Inn of the Two Witches

Because of the Dollars




In the Land of Whispers: a trilogy by George Robert Minkoff, published by McPherson, includes The Weight of Smoke (2006) The Dragons of the Storm (2007) and The Leaves of Fate (2011) all historical novels about the ill-fated Jamestown Virginia colony 1607 – 1630. The story is one of intertwined illusions: alchemy, tobacco as miracle drug, and the Elizabethan mind. Trilogy $68.86 new at or in good condition at ABE Books $28.20.


I did not like ye olde idiom, forced Jacobean language. It stultified what otherwise could have been an easy read.




———————– Just learned of this litany of resources for those faculty and staff engaged with Core Curriculum students who have read The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan. Wow. This would be very helpful to get into discussions on a deep level.




Dog walking and athletes running with their dog are two different activities. Throw in Halloween and putting an animal in costume, and the possibilities for bizarre behavior and fun in West Texas expand.


Three events compete for our attention:


  1. Haven Animal Care Shelter has an annual fund-raiser on Saturday October 20, 2012 at Higginbotham Park on 19th Street and Vicksburg Avenue. Owner or borrower of an animal can pay $25 and walk the owned or borrowed animal for 1.5 miles. Registrations before or at 9:00 a.m. Walk is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. The event is called Strut for the Mutts. Haven is located north of Lubbock at 4501 North Farm to Market Road # 1729 and its care is not limited to dogs. Haven is a private company. The City of Lubbock operates a newly constructed Animal Shelter Facility at 3323 South East Loop 289. You might wish to visit both locations.
  2. 7th Annual Dog Day Howl-o-ween Dog Walk and Costume Contest is a City Recreation Department event at Maxey Park Community Center free to the public. Register a dog for costume competition and prizes for $1. The scheduled Dog Walk is 10:00 a.m. Saturday October 27, 2012.
  3. First Annual Howl-o-ween Dog Run at Canyon Lake # 6 [Dunbar Lake] Jim Bertram Canyon Lakes System is for athletes who occasionally like to run with their animal in tow. Registration per runner is $27 and if the animal is costumed, the contest will occur around 8:30 a.m. The run begins at 9:00 a.m. Saturday October 27, 2012 This event is sponsored by an athletic organization West Texas Endurance based at Cardinal’s Sports Merchandise Store on Slide Road and South Loop 289 in the former Albertson’s grocery store building.





Ken Ketner announced that Paul Krugman, New York Times columnist and professor of economics at Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, will appear in Lubbock and speak on The Crisis: Year Six at Texas Tech University’s College of Human Sciences auditorium Room 169 Thursday October 25, 2012 at 5:00 p.m.


His website is His latest book is End This Depression Now! (W.W. Norton & Co. April 30, 2012) $14.71 hardcover $9.48 Kindle at He won the Nobel Prize in Economics in 2008.




Sculpture Objects and Functional Art Fair SOFA was held annually in the New York City Park Avenue Armory for the past fifteen years. It just folded. SOFA Chicago will continue.




Early voting in the statewide election Tuesday November 6, 2012 begins Monday October 22 and extends through Friday November 2. You may vote in person at one of the polling places. Here are the early voting locations in Lubbock County by day


The last day to apply for a ballot by mail (received, not postmarked) is Tuesday October 30, 2012. Here is the application form If you live in Lubbock County complete and mail it to Election Administrator Dorothy Kennedy, P.O. Box 10536 Lubbock TX 79408 or fax it to her at 806-775-1380. Any registered voter who is 65 years of age or older, is disabled, or will be out of the state on election day, may vote by mail. Of course you can hand carry the application to the County Elections Office at 1308 Crickets Avenue [former Avenue G one block south of Broadway].


If you’ve forgotten exactly who is on the ballot for which position, here’s a sample ballot for Precinct 60 Be careful to gain the ballot for your precinct. If you have questions about voting or eligibility phone Ms. Kennedy’s office at 806-775-1339 or email at


































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