“Bedazzled By This” — AleXander Hirka

Just One Short Question Regarding Everything

The house lights go down.

We move through this like we know what it’s all about.
We get the fur on top of our heads trimmed
Pick out particular clothes, eyeglass frames.
Adjust a saunter, swagger or trudge
to fit our style. To dress—
and address—who we are!
In a vast variety of adjustable…

`“Sleepless Night” — digital collage by AleXander Hirka

Restless Horizontal

He lay his head on the pillow, eyes closing to the outlines of the room created by the streetlight through the curtains.
And so his ears took over the vigilance. As his body relaxed on the bed he pulled a cool smooth sheet over himself.
They had made love. She was…

model for this little fiction: J.J. — photo by AleXander Hirka

A Heart Gone Yonder

I was frantic. I felt dizzy, disoriented. I stumbled around the living room trying to judge how concerned I should be with my state of mind and body.
I approached the turntable thinking I’d put on a record but my equilibrium was way off.
I’m not a hypochondriac — I don’t…

“Find The Logo” — image: GRID-Arendal / Tina Schoolmeester / Flickr — digital collage AleXander Hirka

Medium Is Alas The Message

I write mostly fiction (and occasionally politically/culturally driven diatribes).
It is what I have done (along with visual art) since at least age 20—around a half century ago.
After calculating my age it is easier to understand why I have reached the full blossoming of a get-off-my-lawn curmudgeon.
Additionally, these…

Out of the 130 or so we watched this year

We watched an average of 2.5 films per week. (How do people manage 4+ hours of television a day?)

We always try to keep a keen eye out for what’s new on the horizon — far and wide beyond the Hollywood promotional algorithms — while constantly continuing to explore amidst…

The Freedom Pile Project

Planting The Flags of the Freedom Pile Project

Curb Your Dog

On every single street in New York City — in every neighborhood — the signs are there, pleading with dog owners—begging them to clean up after their animals.

Meanwhile, I have seen people let their dogs go right into the little street gardens. I’ve watched them as they let Bella…

“Triumph of Consumerism” —AleXander Hirka and Pieter Bruegel the Elder

Capitalism The Crust, Consumerism The Filling

It runs deep, like the flu
thriving on days of longer darkness—
with new variants every year.

And even though it follows what could have been
the potentially life-changing lessons of COVID-19 —
the CONSUM-21 mutation of the virus is no less contagious
than every other year
when it traditionally comes around…

“Out Of The Ashes — Ten More Springs #1” (photograph: “Remains of the Man” — Burning Man 2010) —photo and digital collage AleXander Hirka

The Impetus Of Seeing The Finish Line

Half a century. A big deal. What other number in adult life could be as dramatic?
I guess 100—but then mostly for the onlookers, in awe—quite often at the wrinkled subject whose gaze has almost lost its object.


“And In Person” — digital collage Alexander Hirka

Six Decades of ‘Live’ Performances

I see far fewer ‘live’ music events these days.

Besides the ticket prices (exacerbated by the legal scalping through Ticketmaster) I am unwilling to see performers in any of the absurdly vast sports arenas. …

aleXander hirka

Writer, visual artist, philosopher, autodidact, curmudgeon. More than half of what i do is make believe. https://alexanderhirka.nyc

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