Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds


That’s not actually the USPS motto, but an inscription on a building in New York, sort of a monument. There’s supposedly a Carly Simon song based on it. And I think of James Taylor. But I am here trying to juxtapose it (and I riffed on it during an exchange with the MMW archivist, below) with the news that someone vandalized a statue on campus here, about the grieving angel i.e. the tribute to Leland Stanford, who died young.

Credit LA Cicero / Stanford News Service Angel of Grief at Stanford, from 1908 to six days ago, in honor of dead brother of Jane Lathrop Stanford

Credit LA Cicero / Stanford News Service
Angel of Grief at Stanford, from 1908 to six days ago, in honor of dead brother of Jane Lathrop Stanford

In Palo Alto, meanwhile, am I have been trying all morning to work this in somewhere, or trying to repress such, a building directly across from City Hall which once housed the mail service is soon to be the single-tenant home of Palantir, a defense contractor and privately held $20 B startup whose name references Lord of the Rings but to me is more Orwellian. And we have a beautiful post office building that the idiots in Washington want to sell off for scrap.

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About markweiss86

Mark Weiss, founder of Plastic Alto blog, is a concert promoter and artist manager in Palo Alto, as Earthwise Productions, with background as journalist, advertising copywriter, book store returns desk, college radio producer, city council and commissions candidate, high school basketball player; he also sang in local choir, and fronts an Allen Ginsberg tribute Beat Hotel Rm 32
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