“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.


“Drink, Don’t Think”

Emotional Investment in Militarization for the Millions

1. Colloquially, is excessive bias in judging one’s own country as superior to others — an extreme type of nationalism.

2. is a psychological phenomenon that occurs within a group of people in which the desire for harmony or conformity in the group results in an irrational or…

Sorry, the jacket is currently not available online. Photo by AleXander Hirka

Which 9/11 Are You Not Forgetting?

For everything there is a season, And a time for every purpose under heaven.
A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak.
— Ecclesiastes

A time to write short stories, A time to rant truths.
— Hirka

“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…

“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…

“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. …

The befuddled author and his mother, Zena, at East River Park, New York City

Non-linear Drips From A Memory Like A Sieve

Yesterday, coming across the word Mnemonic

Sunset over our corner — 112th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue

It’s A Bird, It’s A Plane, It’s . . .

Most of the time as I walk around the city my focus is on people.

I have been granted a limited time visit to this planet and humans are my favorite—and least favorite—aspect to examine for my reports to send back home.

And—when I’m not busy watching my step—I look up at the sky! That amazing ever-changing canopy of clouds that often blanket this city.

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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