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“Aphorisms from Kosti’s Ramon” by Richard Kostelanetz

Having produced appropriate book-art homages to Guillaume Apollinaire (known to his friends as Kostro) and to Nathanael West (commonly called Pep), among others, I’d like to do likewise by another modern writer increasingly sympathetic to me—the Spaniard Ramon Gomez de la Serna (1887–1963), known even to strangers only as Ramon. More than a decade ago,… Continue reading “Aphorisms from Kosti’s Ramon” by Richard Kostelanetz

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“A Medley of Extemporanea” by Tobias Seamon

Oh, life is a glorious cycle of song, A medley of extemporanea, And love is a thing that can never go wrong And I am Marie of Rumania. —Dorothy Parker Queen Marie of Romania (1875–1938) was a statuesque beauty whose reign was notable for diligence, common-sense and decency, attributes not normally associated with Romania but… Continue reading “A Medley of Extemporanea” by Tobias Seamon