- A MOSAIC of MINDS JOURNEY
by Anthony Antek
Personal Response to Web Followers (7/31/14):
Been away from computer. Have spent most of summer with wife visiting our 3 daughters and our 3 grandchildren. Also recently returning from visits to Lake Tahoe, California area and journey to London and Newcastle, England. Upon return found "Word" part of machine not working. Will fix soon. For now See 7 images from book near page bottom.
New developments coming in August.
In 52 stories and 29 works of original art & photos,
the struggle of a steel-city, working-class youth growing up Bipolar in Lackawanna/Buffalo,New York
during the mid-20th Century is dramatically revealed.
- Mosaic of Minds Journey
is the search for for love & being loved,
finding the inner self & an authentic meaning to life.
52 "Mosaics" (true stories)
29 Original Works of Art & Photos
52 Epigrams relate to & preface all stories
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MEANING of "BIPOLAR BUFFALO" BOOK TITLE:
"This is a superbly written and very interesting and emotional book. But why did you decide on the "Bipolar Buffalo" title when it offers so much more than the bipolar encounters?"
(Asked by a person named Alan via the social media)
Yes, there is much more - stories on Dick Shawn, Steve Allen, Bill Cosby & O.J. Simpson, Father Nelson Baker, and inventor Willis Carrier to name a few as well as the drama of numerous personal, cultural and historical events.
Moreover it is a love story that drives the book, it's central theme, it's "need" is the search for love and to be loved in return. The book's Set-up, Confrontations & Conflicts, and Resolution are directed towards that theme.
In brief, the meaning of " BIPOLAR BUFFALO" is a metaphor that refers to how we see things. Its meaning is ontological, metaphysical - searching for what is real, the essence of things.
The title (developed from story #34 –Black Ribbons of Highway) goes back to a conversation with Native Americans in Oregon during the 1960s. How early white people saw the American Bison compared to how seen by early Native Americans. There is nothing innate, nothing intrinsically "good" or "bad" about the animal but how humans make judgments upon that "animal”.... or person or event with the limited personal/cultural baggage we carry.
Following this conversation I write .... " I didn't reflect on this polarity right then, but it did begin right there, the first inkling I had of the buffalo as a bipolar animal—bipolar from a human perspective.."
So the metaphorical title and implicitly, an intended measure of the book's contents are about judgments and pre-judgments (prejudice). How those being Bipolar, or Black, Jewish, Polish, working class, or any other stigmatized person or "underdog" group judge themselves and are judged.
Although the book gives hope to those inflicted with the struggles of being bipolar and insight to others, it was written not as a "How To" or "Self-Help" book but as a work of literature.
The author's journey is a search for inner self & an authentic meaning to life - and more specifically, a struggle to find love and being loved in return.
Some Images from Book
(captions found in book)
See DICK SHAWN INFO on Page 2
SEE "ANATOMY of BOOK" page 3
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University of Buffalo, Lockwood Library
has acquired Bipolar Buffalo book
One story gives an intimate feel of poet Charles Olson
and what his persona at U.B. was like in the 1960s.
For More READ :
Mosaic 33 -The Energy Flow of Charles Olson
or see: Charles Olson, Human Universe and Other Essays
Book is also available at numerous
Buffalo area bookstores, museums, businesses and regional Public Libraries.