Unlikely 2.0

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Maria Damon and Michelle Greenblatt
Jim Leftwich and Michelle Greenblatt
Sheila E. Murphy and Michelle Greenblatt

A Visual Conversation on Michelle Greenblatt's ASHES AND SEEDS with Stephen Harrison, Monika Mori | MOO, Jonathan Penton and Michelle Greenblatt

Letters for Michelle: with work by Jukka-Pekka Kervinen, Jeffrey Side, Larry Goodell, mark hartenbach, Charles J. Butler, Alexandria Bryan and Brian Kovich

Visual Poetry by Reed Altemus
Poetry by Glen Armstrong
Poetry by Lana Bella
A Eulogic Poem by John M. Bennett
Elegic Poetry by John M. Bennett
Poetry by Wendy Taylor Carlisle
A Eulogy by Vincent A. Cellucci
Poetry by Vincent A. Cellucci
Poetry by Joel Chace
A Spoken Word Poem and Visual Art by K.R. Copeland
A Eulogy by Alan Fyfe
Poetry by Win Harms
Poetry by Carolyn Hembree
Poetry by Cindy Hochman
A Eulogy by Steffen Horstmann
A Eulogic Poem by Dylan Krieger
An Elegic Poem by Dylan Krieger
Visual Art by Donna Kuhn
Poetry by Louise Landes Levi
Poetry by Jim Lineberger
Poetry by Dennis Mahagin
Poetry by Peter Marra
A Eulogy by Frankie Metro
A Song by Alexis Moon and Jonathan Penton
Poetry by Jay Passer
A Eulogy by Jonathan Penton
Visual Poetry by Anne Elezabeth Pluto and Bryson Dean-Gauthier
Visual Art by Marthe Reed
A Eulogy by Gabriel Ricard
Poetry by Alison Ross
A Short Movie by Bernd Sauermann
Poetry by Christopher Shipman
A Spoken Word Poem by Larissa Shmailo
A Eulogic Poem by Jay Sizemore
Elegic Poetry by Jay Sizemore
Poetry by Felino A. Soriano
Visual Art by Jamie Stoneman
Poetry by Ray Succre
Poetry by Yuriy Tarnawsky
A Song by Marc Vincenz

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Process of Elimination
A Sardine on Vacation
Episode Sixty-Six

The Sardine's disdain for Stand-Up comedy actually marks a cleansing from his life of all kinds of banal and empty matter endemic to contemporary American society and culture.

Logged-In Public: In plain English, please.

Call it a process of elimination.

L-I P:You're emptying the disdain list?

So to speak.

L-I P:This means that you won't watch the Food Network.

More to the point. The Sardine won't talk about Food.

L-I P:Weren't you a chef for several decades?

Worked on a cooking line. Broiling meats and fish. Not once did food preparation enter the work equation. The core of what the Sardine wants eliminated is never talking about the disdained object or subject. Nothing dulls his senses more than conversation generated by those disdained items. Indeed, eliminating particular types of conversation was the raison d'etre of the disdain list.

L-I P:Disdaining lists, as well?

Ideally, disdaining the disdain list.

L-I P:What the heck do you have to talk about?

Many things.

L-I P:Does any thing ever come off the disdain list?

The hope is for the absolute elimination of the disdained person or entity from the Sardine's consciousness and never to return.

L-I P:Sounds rather a severe way to attain scrap of happiness or contentment.

Actually, happiness, as something for the Sardine to want and attain, has already been eliminated.

L-I P:You don't want to be happy?

Don't want to think about. It's a non-factor.

L-I P:You don't want to make other people happy?

Another, even stronger, non-factor.

L-I P:That's the slacker in you.

The slacker in the Sardine finds the throbbing thyroid of achievement physically and emotionally fatiguing. Too many years of judging his own and others' successes and failures has taken a psychological toll. This young fish once derived great pleasure calling people losers. The world seemed so uncomplicated then.

L-I P:You never had literary or financial success. Like Jefferson refusing to speak to Congress, you shy from challenges.

The Sardine suspects all assertions of pure motives for whatever one does. Especially for himself.

L-I P:What's your beef with Mel Gibson? You won't go to his movies? Do you think Mel should have had his DUI expunged? Is he really anti-Semitic?

That's what's really bothering you. My disdain for your favorite actor. In fact, his movies can be watchable. Just don't want to talk about him. Tom Cruise either.

L-I P:You don't like them because of movie reviewers. Just like them, you are jealous of our heroes' successes.

Another object of disdain. The Sardine doesn't read movie reviews.

L-I P:You resent when they disagree with your opinions.

Worse. There was no relief from reviews of those movies I liked because reviewers got the movies all wrong. Then there's the minimal insight about a film while the reviewer discusses the actors, the director, the budget, and the potential award nominations.

L-I P:The public needs guidance for what it likes and dislikes.

The elimination process never ends. The Sardine refuses to recommend personal favorite choices to friends or to you, the digitalized public. Can't anyone think for themselves?

L-I P:That may have been eliminated from public life long before we became digitalized.

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Bob Castle is the unveiled author of A Sardine on Vacation. Check out his bio page.