Sonorexia Reunites for 15 Minutes of Infamy
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Downtown Like It Used To Be
Thursday, January 4, 10 PM
Bowery Poetry Club
308 Bowery, NYC
Pete Cherches blogs about food, travel, literary and music pursuits, the occasional dream and fugitive thoughts of all sorts.
Up Is Up, But So Is Down, the anthology that inspired my recent downtown memoir, received a rave review in Friday’s edition of the Jewish Daily Forward, which currently happens to be a weekly, despite the name. The paper, now published in English, was known in Yiddish, in the old days, as The Forverts. Reviewer Joshua Cohen graciously awarded me pride of place in his final paragraph:
The best last word here regarding such an intelligent and ironically lavish enshrining of an underground is supplied by Peter Cherches, a former performance artist and a downtown writer of fiction. At the end of his piece, Cherches writes of his relationship with a lover that might as well be mainstream, millennial New York
My maternal grandfather, Harry Posner, would be so proud. He was a religious reader of The Forverts, even if he wasn’t religious. My brothers and I called my grandfather “Pop,” and our grandmother, his wife, was “Gran.” Pop called Gran "Mama." Gran called Pop "Pop."
Gran’s maiden name was Annabelle Richmond, and she had a thick, almost brahminical
Pop and Gran were night and day. Pop was a heavy man−he weighed about two hundred and fifty pounds for most of his life and he wasn’t at all tall. He spoke with a thick Russian-Jewish accent. Though I loved Pop, I remember him as a crabby, cantankerous old man who wouldn't hesitate to say a bad word about anyone, whether or not they deserved it. He had many enemies, but he was devoted to Gran.
Gran died in a nursing home, at the age of eighty-three, when I was thirteen. Pop died about a year later, 1970, at eighty-four. He just threw in the towel and stopped eating. With his wife gone he had lost the will to live. During those final months he always had a tear in his eye, and in his voice, and a memory about Gran, “a saint.” When Pop died he weighed ninety-eight pounds, about the same weight as Gran when she died.
Hey Pop, if you were alive today you’d be 120 years old, and I’m in The Forverts.