- A MOSAIC of MINDS JOURNEY
by Anthony Antek
Recent excerpts from Bipolar Buffalo -
Mosaic # 39 as it relates to recent news
Betsy with Card Games
On September 20, 1965, Hurricane Betsy,
a category four hurricane, hits New Orleans.
topography of New Orleans
appears like a laid back coffee cup saucer,
with the center of the saucer resting below sea level. Now it’s a swirling,
inundated, mad hatter tea cup ride. Winds
reach up to 160 miles per hour. Water reaches the tops of telephone poles;
people become trapped in their attics as floodwaters rise. Buildings are
smashed, moved off their foundations. Power lines are destroyed and drainage
plants are made inoperable. Boats, rigs, trailers, homes, cars and cattle are
strewn helter-skelter. There are many deaths.
As I navigate my
way through New Orleans, the first thing I do is look for the Red Cross office
to see what help I can be. The National American Red Cross hires me on the spot
as a disaster worker to provide emergency services. Probably because I have my
own car, I am assigned to the distant Plaquemines parish, a long stretch of
delta south of New Orleans, which extends to the mouth of the Mississippi.There, high winds force tidal waves over the river levees, flooding both the
east and west banks of the parish. The wall of water causes floods and
devastation up to twenty miles inland.
(long break in story here)
.... As I drive south
along the levee, I see large boats stuck in trees that are rooted well inland, on high ground. A few homes have
been thrown to rest in the highway that parallels the main levee, requiring a
short detour over mud-caked branches and other debris on the muddy bypass.
I hear that Blacks
who live along the delta are being denied public shelter and have to walk, in
some cases, nearly twelve miles to New Orleans to find it. .... I notice people every so often, walking
north towards New Orleans. Strangely, each time I stop my car and offer one of
them a ride, I am turned down. Their polite refusals puzzle me. Finally, an
attractive black woman accepts my offer. She looks fearful when she gets into
my car and I ask her why.
“I’m taking a
risk doing this. If a white person sees me riding in a car with you I might get
beaten up.” .....
Personal note for Web Followers
The sudden death of Robin Williams has had some impact on me (obvious because of my and the book's nature.) For those seeking more insight about R.W. , the Entertainer, see the excellent Charlie Rose interviews from the 2002 - 2009 period and his memorial program a few days ago. For further insight into Robin, the Human Being, see the illuminating 2006 interview with Terry Gross on NPR ( National Public Radio) web site(NPR.org).
I expect to return to some mental web work soon. Book is low or out of stock in some Buffalo area bookstores and museums (replenished at Buffalo History Museum & DisAbility Museum -see web page 4).
Been away from computer and book stuff for much of summer. New developments coming early September. Thanks.
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.
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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
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