Peck of pickled pollsters

To the far left I’m a fascist, to the further reaches of the right I’m a traitor to both my countries.

By HAIM WATZMAN
October 31, 2016 17:39
Painting by Avi Katz

Painting by Avi Katz. (photo credit: AVI KATZ)

 
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REMEMBER MY friend Frank from 59th Street, whose feelings for fairness are so fine-tuned that any abuse sends him into an ardor of alliteration and assonance that invariably infects me every time we have a heart-to-heart on Hangouts? Frank requires forbearance and a willingness to lapse into his lingo. I can talk perfectly normally, and here’s proof, but you know how it goes with people who hold powerful political perceptions – if you can’t chant their cant, they negate your notions and insist you are insipid.

I used to try to contain his cascading consonants and viva voce vowels, but then relinquished all resistance. Frankly, I was happy that there had been a hiatus – for some four fortnights my Skype had been silent, but then belatedly on my browser, just as I was autographing my absentee ballot, his avatar aparated.

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