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Charles Waters
 
1. How have you been spending your days?
I have been back to work. The company I work for was immediately relocated to the main offices in midtown. Its been very good to share experiences with other people that survived the attack.

2. Have you been exercising and doing yoga, or drinking and smoking?
I have combined the two of these. I' ve been out for some long bike rides, but I have also been partying more than usual to relieve the stress. With the bar to person ratio climbing every day in Williamsburg, it seems only normal that some drinking would be involved.

3. What books, music, or videos have helped you escape the bitter reality of the news?
Ancient texts seem to help. I've been reading St. Augustine's "Confessions" and Horace's "Odes". I have an increased appreciation for Cummings - he is very insightful about the paradoxes of death and beauty. Lincoln's Gettysburg Address has also resonated very deeply. Literally minutes before the attack, when I was on the subway. I had finished reading the bawdy 12th century French tales of Marie de France - kinda like olde tyme "Sex in the Castle" stories!

I have been reading the New York Times voraciously, esp. the short bio' s about the missing, very intense. And my regular wed-reading, Salon, Mcsweeneys, Mrbellersneighborhood - they all have had very interesting perspectives on this tragedy.

4. What should readers do to have fun in the upcoming days?
Best advice from a friend: Pray and party. Really, I think people need to laugh and experience the beauty throughout the city. Art is great vehicle for transforming pain into healing. And I think we should save items (newspapers, diaries, photos, etc.) from this event to help future generations understand the need for peace and tolerance.

5. Recommend a tourist attraction, gallery, museum, park, music show, or whatever else you know about going on in New York City.
New York has amazing beaches. Even in October a trip to Coney Island is always a cheap getaway. Brooklyn Library is great plus you can stroll through Prospect Park. For an all day cheap fun in the city, the Met is great; too much to see, always something new. I suggest getting lost in the plate room for a few hours with someone who is into semi-private PDA. Also the instrument collection is superb.

6. Too stressed for sex?
Yes and no. I think most people are having a lot of trouble sleeping and there is nothing like a good roll in the hay to send you off to sleep. But there is a lot of liberated psychic and sexual energy floating in the air right now that might cause problems. Take it from a Scorpio, chill the hormones!

-Charles Waters
Williamsburg Artist


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