Category Archives: Personal

errata and correction

No, I wasn’t on the cover of the Rolling Stone and I also I didn’t get interviewed by the New York Times. That was just wishful thinking on my part which I would still prefer to hope is a sort of prescience.

Legal authorities from these two organizations should understand that I posted these ditties in the spirit of respect with the hope that I am foreshadowing an altered career. Yes I work harder at it than some people do but apparently I still have much work to do to fully understand that writing is it’s own reward.

NYT interview: Dean Heagle has a big list!

Your 4-part article about the 2016 election was recently published in Rolling Stone. Was that a big surprise? It was a really big surprise. I had already been turned down by The Nation, The Atlantic, Mother Jones and Dissent Magazine. So I submitted to Rolling Stone as a last ditch effort before I self-published. Wow!

Have you had other writing published? My writing always get published, but usually it’s self-published.

Why do you write about politics? I think it all comes from the desire to make the world a better place. I was an anthropology major for my undergrad,  so I’ve gotten some perspective on history and different cultures. In looking at our American politics, I decided that since it really is a two party system, that it’s important to throw down with one of the parties. Then it gets into a matter of values. Even though their are a tremendous amount of things wrong with the democratic party, their core values and most of their historic stands on issues, more closely reflect my own values. Ultimately it would be better to change our political system so that more voices get heard. However, change in this area is very slow going.

When did you start writing? I wrote some in college and became the publisher of a “zine” called Nowhere which was a mixture of art and politics. My personal treatise began, “Out of boredom, I became a revolutionary…” That was in the 80’s. And I really didn’t start writing again until George W. Bush became president. After 911 there was an absence of dissenting voices, so I was motivated to write about things that I felt were under-represented. In time, there were plenty of voices of dissent against the Bush administration and I also got busier with family matters so I found that I wrote less and less.

I have begun to write more again, mostly in blog form. So many things about our society seem more like distopian science fiction than reality. I find these trends both humorous and scary at the same time. So I write about them. And as a political topic, we now have Trump and that trajectory is so unfathomable that it’s motivated a lot of activism, not just writers, but a lot of other people are getting out there and trying to make their voices heard.

Were you surprised that the NY Times wanted to interview you for their Sunday Magazine? I was really really surprised.

What’s your fantasy project? I actually have several. They are not so much fantasies as things I hope to ultimately get around to doing. First, of course, I want to write the great american novel. I have a few ideas, one is just writing about the current state of the society which is almost like science fiction that writes itself. Another is a novel about moving to another country where one is suddenly displaced and has to learn everything quickly to survive. I also have an idea for a series of tween novels in which the main characters will somehow help save the world. I know that “saving the world” sounds grandiose, but hey, why should it be about anything less? I also have ideas for a few photography and coffee table books. And I’d like to get back into doing more with music.  So, I have a really big list.

What’s next? I have notebooks with lots of unfinished projects. So sometimes, I just pick something and try to see it through. Finishing often gets harder than it should be. There’s lots of unexpected obstacles. I hate that part, but I love the satisfaction of seeing something  through.


  • Dean is an award winning New York City based graphic designer who also writes about culture and politics. Besides numerous writing projects, he is also putting together his first solo photography show.
  • Age: 59
  • Occupation: Designer / Writer / Producer
  • Hometown: Buffalo, Minnesota (I have now lived in NY twice as long as I lived in MN)
  • Heroes:
    • Kurt Vonnegut
    • Carl Jung
    • Al Gore
    • Gandi
    • Thorstein Veblen
    • Rachel Corrie
    • J.K. Rowling

 

COMING NEXT?: politics, politics and more politics

Gonna see my smiling face on the cover of the Rolling Stone. But which picture? I just can’t decide…

This blog was going to be reserved for politics for the next month, as I was finally posting my longish 4 part analysis about the 2016 election.

I had already submitted these articles to a few different publishers and was universally turned down. So I was about to throw in the towel and self-publish.

But just now  realized that I hadn’t yet submitted to the Rolling Stone. So I guess  I should give them a shot first. That only seems fair.

=======================================================COMING NEXT SOON?:
Election 2016 Analysis
It’s All Your Fault! And why it isn’t.
PART 1: YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR
By Dean Heagle
=======================================================

this is getting personal

Some might say, I am in a personal crisis. At least it seems that my personal life’s issues and decisions might make better reading than much of the rest that I’m usually prone to publishing.

However, I’m not quite ready to post much about my personal life, since I feel it needs to be separated from my political and other commentary posts. This blog, is after all, something that potential employers might just happen to see.

So right now, I’m trying to figure out whether to go with a WP multi-site or just start yet another blog. (I would be happy to hear a recommend of a WP guru if anyone knows one.) Until this is decided and made so, I’m not changing the format of this blog. But in time, this is about to get much more personal.

about artemisnyc.org

the horseshoe pit in Ft. Tryon park, NYC

Artemisnyc.org originally began when I saw some +50 year old trees being needlessly cut down. Originally there was a desire to form or find a coalition of partners who could work together on various ecology issues in NYC.

When I looked into the laws, it turns out there are no protections in NYC for trees on private property. Quite simply, landowners can do whatever they want. Also in this particular case, it seemed that most people didn’t even notice the trees being sawed down or their absence. The same thing happened a year later, again with little notice from my neighbors. And so it goes. I haven’t completely forgotten about the original idea, but nothing much happened with my original web-site concept.

Recently artemisnyc.org has become the online home for the Margaret Corbin Provisional Horseshoe Pitching League, which is another pet project of mine. In time, artemisnyc.org  may expand and deal with more NYC city ecological and quality of life issues. But for now, I’m happy that the nascent horseshoe league has an online home.

May 4th is National Horsehoes Pitching Day

Practice or just dumb luck?
THIS IS WHAT WE DO!

Northern Manhattan celebrations will take place about 7:00ish at the horseshow pits in Ft. Tryon Park near the A train station at 190th St.

“National Horseshoes Pitching day” began in Northern Manhattan with the awareness that there was already a perfectly good horseshoe area in Ft. Tryon that had long been neglected and just needed to be cleaned up. Once this cleanup was accomplished, a national day of celebration seemed in order.

Be advised the “National Horseshoes Pitching day” is not to be confused with “National Horseshoes Pitching is Fun day” which is sponsored by the National Horseshoe Pitchers Association.

Questions?: admin (at) deanheagleblog.com

 

Pat Buchanan says Trump might win. Pat who, you say?

In a recent interview, citing wide-spread discontent among the white working class, Pat Buchanan said that Trump might just win this election.

You remember Pat Buchanan don’t you? You don’t?

This election has been more about the media deciding what we should be thinking rather than about the issues or even the candidates.

They have artfully succeeded in turning this race — between a pompous ass who will say anything to get attention and an extremely qualified candidate who’s main sins are her husband, that she’s a woman, and a politician — into a horse race where the pompous ass might just win.

Yet this same phenomenon is true in most elections, it’s just that this year, with Trump as a candidate, it seems even more untenable and over the top.

The media has dumbed everything down to the 3rd grade level, “Trump said what?” is on the first page.

Editor’s comments: “What Trump said is a lie.” are buried much later reserved for the small minority who are not just passing by.

Buried still further, but you really have to dig for it: “Most of what Trump says is a lie, well 80% or so at least. At least!”

And then the next day, almost the same headline. And the same buried analysis.

This is not done in the service of the public, or even to dumb us down as that already seems to have happened. What it does do is make for a good story that even a child could grasp: i.e. He said, she said with no pretense of the most rudimentary character judgments or even the facts. It grabs eyeballs. It’s easy to understand. And most importantly it sells advertising.

So who is Pat Buchanan you ask?

Pat Buchanan was a senior aid to Presidents Nixon through Reagan. He was the original host of CNN’s Crossfire. He ran for president in 92, 96 and 2000. He has been a contributor on CNN, MSNBC and now with Fox. In his hey-day he was considered somewhat of a right wing extremist, but now post-Tea-Party and Post-Trump, he seems a little less extreme, even though his views have not changed.

But how much of what Pat Buchanan says is simply to say something or say anything? Just like Trump says anything. Just like most of the rest of the media seem to just be saying anything.

So, simply stated, you should listen to Pat because he is still speaking.  He still has a platform and a megaphone. He’s been a commentator for so many years that now he’s famous just for being famous.

And he thinks Trump could win. It makes a good story. At least it got him another interview didn’t it?

see you later Rockaway 2016

Since I’ve lived on the east coast, I’ve grown fond of the Jersey shore. But this summer I was without a car and discovered that for a mere $2.75, I was able to take the A train from it’s farthest north in Manhattan, all of the way to it’s furthest southeast at Far Rockaway Queens. And I can’t believe that in almost 30 years as a New Yorker, I hadn’t done this much earlier.

This summer I spent many days in Rockaway. And I found the experience invigorating in a  “big city meets boundless nature” sort of way. Rockaway offers so many contrasts between rich and poor, industrial and residential and old and new. Hurricane Sandy destroyed big chunks and while much of it has been rebuilt, many parts have not. I wandered around extensively and found it to be a photographer’s delight. And I was very sad for the season to end. But I think I’ll be back over the rest of the year and look forward to next summer.

09/30/16
Stormy day with traces of hurricane Matthew. The beach is near empty and the only not “closed for the season” concession is having a last night of music for a very small crowd. And the Pacific Ocean is quite a spectacle as always.

why I don’t want to live on this planet any more

t-shirt
First they came for the proofreaders… (why I don’t want to live on this planet any more)

So I saw this cute shirt. Just one problem, well maybe two.

1.
First problem may seem minor but it’s actually really huge, because while the sentiments of this shirt might seem at first to be clever and cute they are actually superficial and banal, if not just poorly thought out.

I mean can’t you come up with anything better than “I don’t want to live here anymore?” What next, are you going to cry about it? Do you think you are the first one to come up with the idea of escaping reality by claiming that the current reality is somehow beneath you? Like you don’t live in an entire culture that increasingly does nothing but try to escape?

Bad show I say. Instead why don’t you get truly clever and come up with a slogan that instills in young children the need to take more civic responsibilty? Then maybe in another 20 years or so we could start to dig our heads out of our asses, take some responsibility for what’s going on and not be quite in such a mess that we find ourselves in now.

2.
Second problem, who the hell did the proofreading? Don’t you see it?

Dear “very clever shirt-makers”: if you have the audacity to put Trump and Clinton in the same category, at least give a shit about your stupid shirt enough to spell Hillary’s name right.

Which leads me to another tangent:

First they came for the Proofreaders, and I did not speak out,
Because I was not a Proofreader.

With such faith in spell check, soon we’ll all be riding in self-driving cars and then why not self-driving helicopters, drones and nuclear substations. Hey, the whole world could be put on auto pilot. And then how far off are we from having Governmentgoogle?


But I digress…


Revealing my sources…

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out,
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out,
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out,
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak for me.

three almost new things about the subway this summer

  1. Door standers
    More people who stand in front of the doors and won’t move to let you on or off.
    Not really new, it just seems more prevalent this year and they seem more brazen like standing wherever they want is a right not a privilege.
  2. Pee smell
    This really isn’t new either, but it’s still trending and the pee smell keeps moving from station to station. I guess the urinators are on the move too. I wonder if they walk while they pee.
    Tips for people who pee in the subway: Avoid the third rail.
    Tips for Riders: When a subway car is empty, there’s usually a reason and that reason is often, but not always, a pee smell that reeks to high heaven.
  3. Fans
    Still no fans on the platforms. Not even on the hottest days. Didn’t they read the memo I sent?