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Backers of the “horseless e-carriage” were at the New York Auto Show yesterday to present their electric (‘homage to the Brass Era’) vehicle that they hope will replace the horse-drawn buggies in Central Park.

It’s common today for people to try to make what is old look new, and what is new look old. The cult of realism has led to a culture of deception, and the absurdly unreal, with the result being disorientation and mental illness.

The maker of the horseless e-carriage engaged in intellectual somersaults in attempting to make a case for his vehicle being an “organic reality-based tech successor” to the horses in Central Park.

If deception contributes to mental illness, and truth contributes to mental health, then the horse-drawn carriages in Central Park are probably a healthier option for everyone, including the horses, than the horseless alternative.




MustangSallyMustangSally5.0Mustang5.0To help celebrate Mustang’s 50th Anniversary, Ford provided nail treatments for bloggers at the New York Auto Show. The nail polish colors matched up with their car’s paint palette.

The 50th Anniversary (limited edition) Mustang 5.0 which will be priced around $50, 000 was on display (bottom photo).

NYAutoShow2014cThe New York International Auto Show runs through April 27, 2014 at the Javits Center.


5Pointz041414The Bible is filled with stories of people being saved from oppression—passing from death to life; old to new. Today’s exile is often self-inflicted, caused by egoism. The only exodus from egoism is to overcome ourselves, be filled with the spirit and live.

RendellKenneth W. Rendell, the venerable Upper East Side purveyor of autographs, historical letters, and documents, is no more.

SalvationArmy2014The universe of those interested in historical U.S. documents is getting smaller, just as the number of establishments willing to take U.S. $50 & $100 bills (Grant & Franklin) is getting smaller.

AyanoSudo2014a (2)Japanese art photographer Ayano Sudo at the AIPAD Photography Show. She is represented by Picture Photo Space from Osaka, Japan.

Ms. Sudo’s work oscillates between the Japanese ‘kitty’ and the Western ‘pussy’ ways of being (and non-being).

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AIPAD2014JacksonFineArtThe Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD) is at the Park Avenue Armory through April 13 with eighty-four fine art photography galleries from around the world.

AIPAD2014Turbeville (2)Of special note is the work of Deborah Turbeville (who passed away last October) at the Staley-Wise Gallery.

LeahKoenigJTSNoted food writer and author Leah Koenig provided a cooking demo at the Jewish Theology Seminary, as part of the new JTS Ethics program — which includes food ethics. Her Modern Jewish Cookbook will be released in 2015.

Ms. Koenig’s Chocolate-Caramel Matzo Clusters and Chocolate-Dipped Figs are likely new classics for the Passover table.




Stephen B. Wise


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