But first:


. . . “may well be one of the saviors of the Great American Songbook” — NY Arts Review.

They keep inviting him back to 54 Below, Manhattan’s supper club, newly booked for May 2 and June 8. Buy tickets here.  It’s very fun, as described, for example, here.  Great songs, great singing, a great band, great drinks, and, if you’re hungry, great food. I like the shishito peppers.

If you don’t want to fly all the way from San Francisco for this, Feinstein’s flying him out to you, here, June 16.


In response to my suggestion that you listen to One More Thing . . .

Carl G:  “I’m an audio books addict.  Audible is an even better deal than you think because for $225 you get 24 credits —  less than $10 a book.  They often have specials which makes it even cheaper.  And the best part?  You can try the book and if you don’t like it, return it and get your credit refunded.  Two recent favorites of mine have been Sapians: A Brief History of Humankind and Sex at Dawn: the Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality.  Both blow your mind and change your view of the world.  As gripping as any thriller.”

☞ In all these years, I didn’t know about the refunds.  I just went and return a couple of unread books for credit and “bought,” free, a couple of others in their stead.  Thanks, Carl!


One of you asks whether to hang on to this stock, suggested here at $11, now $9.50, so I asked Guru for an update.  “The fundamentals are great.  They just won a patent battle with their lead competitor, FGEN, in Europe, so that sets them up for a nice partnership in Europe soon.  These pills are the wave of the future for anemia and they and FGEN are the leaders.  However, FGEN is a year ahead and AKBA will probably remain in their shadow.  I don’t see any obvious advantage for AKBA.  The drugs won’t be on the market for a numbers of years.  AND we are in a major bear market that won’t end for a while.”  He sees the stock “in the 20s or 30s within 5 years, maybe sooner.”


(Not original with me) . . .

A man walks out to the street and catches a taxi just going by.

He gets into the taxi, and the cabbie says, “Perfect timing.  You’re just like Frank.”

Passenger:  “Who ?”

Cabbie:  “Frank… he’s a guy who did everything right all the time. Like my coming along when you needed a cab, things happened like that to Frank Feldman every single time.”

Passenger:  “There are always a few clouds over everybody.”

Cabbie:  “Not Frank.  He was a terrific athlete.  He could have won the Grand Slam at tennis.  He could golf with the pros.  He sang like an opera baritone, and danced like a Broadway star.  And you should have heard him play the piano !  He was an amazing guy.”

Passenger:  “Sounds like he was somebody really special.”

Cabbie:  “Oh well there’s more.  He had a memory like a computer.  He remembered everybody’s birthday.  He knew all about wine, which foods to order, and which fork to eat it with, and he could fix anything.  Not like me – I change a fuse, and the whole street blacks out.  But Frank, he could do everything right.”

Passenger:  “Wow, some guy then.”

Cabbie:  “He always knew the quickest way to go in traffic and avoid traffic jams.  Not like me, I always seem to get stuck in them.  But Frank, he never made mistakes, and he really knew how to treat a woman and make her feel good.  He would never argue back, even if she was in the wrong; and his clothing was always immaculate, shoes highly polished too.  He was the perfect man !  I never knew him to make a mistake !  No one could ever measure up to Frank.”

Passenger:  “An amazing fellow.  How did you meet him?”

Cabbie:  “Well, I never actually met Frank.  He died, and I marrried his wife.”



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