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THE ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT Wednesday, September 24
The “trendy” 25hours Hotel Bikini Berlin, beside the Berlin Zoo and with some of the best views of the city from its floor-to-ceiling windows, has famously positioned the restrooms of its Monkey Bar in front of the windows, also, and those heeding nature’s call are clearly visible to gawkers. Guests are merely warned, by the Trip Advisor website and by the hotel itself, with the admonition, “Please be careful. Not only the monkeys are watching.”
NEW FRONTIERS IN VACUOUSNESS Wednesday, September 24
In August, WE cable network disclosed it ordered a nine-episode adaptation of a British series, “Sex Box,” in which a couple enters a large opaque chamber on stage and has sex. The pair, pre- and post-coitally, are clothed and seated before a panel of lesser celebrities, and will respond to questions and comment on their feelings and techniques (likely enduring praise and criticisms about their “work”).
A DAY ON THE GREEN Wednesday, September 24
California neo-hippie Nicki Bluhm has performed with such musical heavyweights as The Dead’s Phil Lesh and Bob Weir, The Avett Brothers and Grace Potter. With her band The Gramblers, …
ARIES: September 24-30 Wednesday, September 24
It’s no secret. The population’s wealthy 1 percent has been getting progressively wealthier as the poor become steadily poorer. I’m worried there’s a metaphorically similar trend in your life. Do all you can to reverse it. Borrow energy from the rich, abundant parts of your life to lift up neglected, underendowed parts.
PISCES: September 24-30 Wednesday, September 24
For a long time, Illinois writer ArLynn Leiber Presser didn’t go out much. She had 325 Facebook friends and was content to get social needs met in the virtual realm. Then she embarked on a year-long project, seeking face-to-face meetings with all of her online buddies.
AQUARIUS: September 24-30 Wednesday, September 24
Alan Moore, the British author who wrote the graphic novels Watchmen and V for Vendetta, is nearing completion of Jerusalem, a novel he’s been writing for six years. It’ll be more than a million words, almost twice that of Tolstoy’s War and Peace, and 200,000 words more than the Bible. “Any editor worth their salt would tell me to cut two-thirds of this book,” Moore told the New Statesman, “but that’s not going to happen.”
WORD UP Wednesday, September 24
Whether you’re a published author or think it’s time to finally expand on that 3,000-page Veronica Mars fanfic opus gathering dust in the closet, you can always use some pointers from experienced …
CAPRICORN: September 24-30 Wednesday, September 24
Congratulations. Your current dilemmas are more useful and interesting than any you’ve had for a long time. If you can even partially solve them, the changes set in motion will improve your entire life, not just the circumstances they immediately affect.
SAGITTARIUS: September 24-30 Wednesday, September 24
“You can exert no influence if you are not susceptible to influence,” said psychologist Carl Jung. Extrapolating from that, we can hypothesize the more willing and able you are to be influenced, the greater your influence might be.
SCORPIO: September 24-30 Wednesday, September 24
The English verb “cicurate” is defined as “to tame or domesticate” or “to make mild or innocuous.” It once had an additional sense: “to reclaim from wildness.” It was derived from the Latin word cicurare, which meant “to bring back from madness, to draw out of the wilderness.” Make cicurate your theme now, concentrating on these definitions: “to reclaim from wildness, to bring back from madness, to draw out of the wilderness.”
 
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