Monday, January 29, 2007

(Some) Details on Resolution

As I mentioned, I visited the law firm of Schartzberg, Horowitz, Rosenbloom & Auschiwtz on Friday for a high-level meeting regarding the matter of Mandery. I will discuss the outcome in a moment, but let me say first of all that the alimentary offerings were paltry. One would expect such a firm to have fine cheese danish or croissant or a fancy Matzoh, but all they offered me was a glass of water. (I pilfered a candy from a bowl on the way out, but it was one those read and white rainbow mints, which are way too tart). It is hardly surprising that Mandery went cheap on his lawyer. Typical.

Anyway, we resolved the conflict and the terms of our agreement prevent me from discussing it in any detail. Mandery's book is scheduled to be published this week so he was anxious to resolve the matter and I was able to extract some substantial concessions. As part of the agreement, my blog will be publicized on his website and I will refrain from commenting any further on the creative development of his book. That is all I can say at this time. I do think the book has merit and encourage readers to buy it.

More on evolutionary biology matter and hot dogs to come.

Friday, January 26, 2007

Resolution

we have a resolution of the conflict. I have to leave to work the midnight shift now -- details to follow over the weekend.

Stefani Summit

Mandery's attorney has invited me this afternoon to a summit meeting at the offices of his firm called, I think, Schwartz, Lipschutz, Moscowitz & Rosenberg. It is obvious that Mandery and his attorney, Shlomo Glickenstein, are worried about the havoc that I can wreak in connection with the impending release of his book (due out next week). I will attend the meeting, and pilfer as many cheese danishes as I can, but Mortimer Coleridge cannot be bought.

I should say further that I do not blame Mandery's people for their personality and choice of occupation. As everyone who knows me knows, I believe that choices in life are all predetermined. If his folk are calculating money-grubbers it is only because natural selection has dictated that they act this way. We still do not have to like them -- in the same way that nature has shaped the boa constrictor, but we still do not like it either.

A report from the pit later.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Attorney Mandery Denies His Heritage

Now Mandery is claiming that I said something anti-Semitic by referring to his heritage and lawyers. Well, I was referring to the fact that he himself used to be an attorney. But could he seriously deny that the Bar is overflowing with his people?

Latest Price Increase and Mandery Antics

This is a devastating day. I worked a 12-hour shift on Monday and returned after 6 hours sleep to work another 12-hour shift on Tuesday. To make matters worse, I learned when I arrived at work of the latest price increase from 95 cents to $1.25. Management says this is necessary to keep up with the price increase at Papaya King, Gray's Papaya and other competitors.

I don't understand the notion of a price INCREASE dictated by competition. A price cut by a competitor could create a price war, but an increase is only dictated by an increase in the costs of the factors of production. The cost of meat has not increased and the employees at Papaya Queen have certainly not seen an increase in wages.

I think the increase is a mistake. People fear change. A dollar is the perfect price. $1.25 means that people will have to deal with quarters. I personally avoid transactions where change is involved unless I need change for a parking meter.

I also had a meeting with an attorney yesterday and have decided upon advice of counsel not to comment further on Mandery's book or his outrageous posts. This matter will be resolved by our attorneys, a mode of resolution that Mandery should be familiar with given his heritage.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

The Anti-Anti-Semite is also an Anti-Frey

Mandery says that he does not understand what it means to be an anti-anti-Semite? Let me explain. It is the hypersensitivity of his people to any comment that could be construed as anti-Semitic, no matter how much of a stretch is required to construe the comment as insulting. It is hardly surprising that Mandery does not understand this concept since he is also an anti-Frey, passing off a work of non-fiction as fiction. He will doubtlessly claim not to understand this concept either.

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Mandery's Hypersensitivy

In response to my recent posting regarding his novel, Evan Mandery has begun a blog of his own in which he astonishingly accuses me of anti-Semitism (in addition to some mindless prattle about his losses in poker). This accusation is apparently based on a hypersentitive interpretation of my earlier entry regarding Dreaming of Gwen Stefani his putative novel. I defy anyone reading that entry to find any mention of Mr. Mandery's Judaism or a disparaging religious statement of any kind. Could it be that Mr. Mandery himself is an anti-anti-Semite?

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Incredulous Denial

It is beyond the pale for Evan Mandery to deny that Dreaming of Gwen Stefani is derivative of me. For goodness sake, the main character has my very same name. Reading his words, I am reminded of his condescending manner and am hardly surprised, given his heritage, at his dissembling. He is, frankly, embarassing himself with his obvious insincerity.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Dreaming of Gwen Stefani

By now many of you are aware of the publication this week of Dreaming of Gwen Stefani, a book by a man named Evan Mandery. Mr. Mandery worked at Payaya Queen briefly in the early 1990s during which period we had an association that fell something short of a friendship. Mr. Mandery worked on Ruth Messinger's mayoral campaign in 1997 and wrote a book creatively titled The Campaign about his experiences working for Messinger. It is a humorless text that has been largely ignored -- but for suspcious characterizations of it as a classic by The Jewish Press and The Gotham Gazette -- and reveals Mandery as a imagination-less fraud.

It should be no surpirise to anyone that his first novel is also derivative. It is about a man named Mortimer Taylor Coleridge (creative!) who works in a Papaya Queen hot dog stand (more creative!) who becomes fascinated with Gwen Stefani (ultimately creative!)

Some of the themes in the book are consistent with ideas that I have articulated in this blog and in private conversation, but the ostensible merits of the content of the book do not change its derivative nature. I have reviewed an advance copy of the book. If the identity of the names were not sufficient proof, it is clear to anyone who knows me that it is entirely derivative of my life. The book contains diary entires that infringe my privacy. For the record, I denounce the book specifically, Mr. Mandery in general, and am in contact with attorneys about this matter.

Monday, January 08, 2007

Sublime Escape

Here at the Stefani Institute, we have concluded a period of intense study of the newest release, The Sweet Escape. While the rest of the academic world retired for a long holiday break, we continued a period of intensive study, dissecting the new album for what insights it might offer into the current state of the philosophical ruminations of the principal.

While the album has received mixed reviews in the academy, we find that it strikingly evidences continuity in Ms. Stefani's world view. We pay little attention here to the musical choices made. The focus rather is entirely on the subsntative message delivered and the philosophy that it conveys. As much as ever before, The Sweet Escape is suggestive of a young woman struggling to establish self-control and wondering about the possibility of free will.

The title track deals with Ms. Stefani's restlessness. She wonders why she has been behaving erratically and whether she might behave differently if she could escape to a place that's her own world. In "Early Winter", she again wonders why she gives in -- it is somewhat unclear to what she is referring -- but the song seems to refer to discontent with her lover and the premature termination of their romance. The questions go to the ability to master one's emotions -- and, as always, no emotion is more prominently on her mind than love.

Love takes a central theme in the album, in a manner strongly reminiscent of its prominence in Tragic Kingdom and Return of Saturn. "4 in the Morning" refers to her being awake early in the morning, ostensibly following a significant fight, and she worries about losing the love that she has found. In "Fluorescent" she again appears to be grappling with the questions of self-control regarding love that so heavily influenced the breakthrough No Doubt albums. She speaks of remaining perhaps too long in a relationship in spite of herself -- "I must have lost my mind" she says -- but she is "in love with a dream." The theme is clearest of all in "U Started It" where she admits that she doesn't know why she is "doin' this either." "It" appears to be expressing rage.

The Sweet Escape reveals a woman as honest as ever, grappling with the tumult of human existence, and trying to make sense of the choices that individuals make and that people make in general. In so doing, it is a significant and valuable addition to the already impressive ouevre.

One typo of note: your angry in the song "The Sweet Escape" should be "you're angry." The grammar in thw album is otherwise improved.