The great musician and composer Lester Young
(nicknamed Prez by Billie Holiday)
who lived a lush life and died at 49, too his-last-name
was one of the hippest human beings of the 20th century.
Prez was smooth of tone and tongue,
and coined the use of the word ‘bread’ for money
and the phrase “repeater pencil”
to describe the act of repeating one’s own past ideas.
I’ve been a repeater pencil for weeks now as I fill these social media with back-dated content.
Prez always said he didn’t want to be a repeater pencil.
To those about to light a toothpick,
the reverse end of an incense stick or
deliberating whether to forcibly divorce
a pair of chopsticks,
by lighting one on the gas stove,
in order to light a smoke
because you’ve no matches or lighter …
I salute you.
mtk 2012 Oakland
California secedes from the U.S. and joins forces with Japan to become a non-aligned, pacifist, non-nuclear-powered, green, tech-producing powerhouse in global digital and computer science.
Here’s the flag of the new most prosperous nation on Earth.
I hereby announce my Candidacy for General Secretary of The Republic of Calipan to anybody living in Aztlan or the Land of the Rising Sun who agrees Calipan exists.
I am now populating this site with data reaching back in time by using the dating facility of the posts as a means to publish work – writing and art – that has in some cases never before been on the Interwebbery.
This makes this site a comprehensive and contiguous chronological expression of the work of MTK or M.T. Karthik.
I don’t want to give this up to FBs timeline (though some of this material may appear there). Here I have creative control, but the stuff has had limited reach.
That said, that is the point of this site: a compendium, a rubric (mtk), a survey, a collection, a memoir.
please consider me and the work in context.
Renamed the Blog today and have attributed FFPTP and given self agency as Editor-in-Chief of The MTK Beacon. Subsequently adjusted the ABOUT tab.