Otterness and MAG

Otterness and MAG

9/26/18. Photo: Jonathon who was playing Pokémon at the time.

A few weeks ago, Michael J. Nighan submitted MAG Dogs, his account of displeasure at the ongoing display of the Tom Otterness sculptures on University Avenue.  The piece was provocative and I took some photos. At the same time, however, we suggested the CITY newspaper might be a better venue given the newspaper’s office is in the Neighborhood of the Arts across from the sculptures.

Nighan was skeptical that the CITY would publish his letter to the editor. Turns out his assumption was wrong as today his piece appears.

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CITY, 9/26/18

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At the sculptures, 9/11/18. [Photos: David Kramer]

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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