In Brief

vic fortezza
2 min readSep 20, 2023

Manhattan photo taken by Mavis CW, courtesy of the

Let’s try some musical captions: 867–5309 (Jenny) (Tommy Tutone, written by Alexander Hughes Call / James Irwin Keller), Don’t Hang Up (The Orlons, 1962, Dave Appell & Kal Mann); Hanging on the Telephone (Blondie, 1978, Jack Lee); Hello (Adele, 2015); “Hello Central, what’s the matter with this line…” (Hesitating Blues, WC Handy, 1915).

Bureaucracy in action, Keystone Cops headline from “FBI lost count of how many paid informants were at Capitol on Jan. 6 — later performed audit to figure out exact number: ex-official.” Soon government will be beyond satire.

I’ve always been intrigued by the underground economy. From NYP: “Hell on wheels: Tidal wave of migrants in NYC sparks black market for food delivery workers.” Quid Pro Joe has created jobs!

If only, from NYP: “Iran is on edge of full rebellion — West must stop aiding the regime.” I’ll believe it when I see it, although I agree with second part of the statement.

It looked like the floating book shop was going to be disappointing on this gorgeous day, then a young cutie came along late in the session and took out my SAT prep inventory. I love when people know value. My thanks and best of luck, and to the woman who bought a kids’ book in Russian.

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vic fortezza

I was born in Brooklyn in 1950 to Sicilian immigrants. I’ve had more than 50 short stories published world wide. I have 13 books in print.