Athesia makes D & C print endorsement!

Athesia makes D & C print endorsement!

At the Memorial Art Gallery, left to right, Brighton Town Court Judge Karen Morris, Athesia, and former Brighton Town Supervisor Sandra Frankel 1/30/16 [Photo: David Kramer] from Girl, you are WEARING the dress!

In Outside the Bug Jar, you first learned of Athesia’s election blog. There you saw the picture of her taken at the Inspiring Beauty gala at the Memorial Art Gallery.

In Millions of views and counting! , you watched Athesia’s meterioric rise as a video celebrity. In Paparazzi at the rally, you saw her in-motion montage. In Talker interviewed by Channel 8. Knowledgeable supporters back Cruz;s gold standard you saw the art professor’s provocative piece of political propaganda.


David Kramer inteviewed at the Cruz rally at MCC by Channel 8’s Chris Amato (with beautiful sign made by Athesia) 4/15/16 [Photo: Jennifer Cherelin]

Recently, the Democrat and Chronicle asked members of the 5 active campaigns in Rochester to write letters of support. Athesia was chosen to represent the Bernie Sanders campaign.

As many readers have switched their subscriptions from the D & C to Talker of the Town, we provide the print version of Athesia’s endorsement. Of notethe picture used by the D & C first appeared in Girl, you are WEARING that dress!

Athesia showed me the online version. I find its claims persuasive, its tone reasonable and its prose clear with effective illustrative examples. Yes, the best letter of all five.


“Speaking Out,” Democrat and Chronicle, 4/17/16 photo from Girl, you are WEARING that dress!

The editor in me did see just a few opportunities for further concision: follow Strunk and White’s dictum, Omit unnecessary words.

A few passive constructions shorn and some pronouns, verbs and adjectives rearranged as introductory clauses.

We agreed “callous” was anthropomorphizing, and “indifferent” better.

We both liked her concluding Bernie’s “burden” with its biblical allusion to Jeremiah. Although, perhaps better as: “Bernie’s burden — equality and fairness for all — is as obvious as his Brooklyn accent.”

In Paparazzi, Athesia promised some more from her trip to NYC. There Athesia met Spike Lee (who, alas, spiked the quality of her pic below. Spike, she’s a painter not a photographer).

She also had a bit of tiff with fellow celebrity Tim Robbins (with video forthcoming) as he monopolized a conversation Athesia was having with Jane Sanders. Athesia now sees why Sue is always moaning to her about Tim’s bad behavior. Robbins was married to Susan Sarandon.


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(L- R, Athesia, Affa, and Spike Lee at a recent Sander rally in NYC)

Millions of views and counting! Athesia makes the featured Bernie Sanders campaign video.

Athesia, Video Celeb turned Paparazzi, at the rally

On seeing my first Trump supporters outside the Bug Jar

Girl, you are WEARING that dress! “Inspiring Beauty” at the Memorial Art Gallery

About The Author

Welcome to Talker of the Town! My name is David Kramer. I have a Ph.D in English and teach at Keuka College. I am a former and still active Fellow at the Nazareth College Center for Public History and a Storyteller in Residence at the SmallMatters Institute. Over the years, I have taught at Monroe Community College, the Rochester Institute of Technology and St. John Fisher College. I have published numerous Guest Essays, Letters, Book Reviews and Opinion pieces in The New York Times, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, the Buffalo News, the Rochester Patriot, the Providence Journal, the Providence Business News, the Brown Alumni Magazine, the New London Day, the Boston Herald, the Messenger Post Newspapers, the Wedge, the Empty Closet, the CITY, Lake Affect Magazine and Brighton Connections. My poetry appears in The Criterion: An International Journal in English and Rundenalia and my academic writing in War, Literature and the Arts and Twentieth Century Literary Criticism. Starting in February 2013, I wrote for three Democratic and Chronicle  blogs, "Make City Schools Better," "Unite Rochester," and the "Editorial Board." When my tenure at the D & C  ended, I wanted to continue conversations first begun there. And start new ones.  So we created this new space, Talker of the Town, where all are invited to join. I don’t like to say these posts are “mine.” Very few of them are the sole product of my sometimes overheated imagination. Instead, I call them partnerships and collaborations. Or as they say in education, “peer group work.” Talker of the Town might better be Talkers of the Town. The blog won’t thrive without your leads, text, pictures, ideas, facebook shares, tweets, comments and criticisms.


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