Question Of The Day by Al Katkowsky

…a book, and an app for iPhone and Android


Shaking Sandy: A View From The Ground On Long Island

On this day before Election Day, a national election, there is no talk of it whatsoever.

I am rapt, but amongst my people, it’s just not part of daily conversation. A contentious election with a lot at stake ranks as a distant concern.

To the rest of the nation and the world, forgive us for having ceased to participate in the national orgasm.

Daily conversation ranges to the mundane inconveniences brought on by spotty cell phone coverage, to thanks for warm showers, to need for food and clothes, to passing police checkpoints to reenter ones own neighborhood. I can’t turn down that road. It’s gone. A tree is in the way. A house is in the way.

Every third person you speak to has lost something. Everyone knows someone who has lost everything.

We’re living in a shocked culture, between the points of impact and recovery, dazed and reaching out. There is gas, there isn’t gas. They ran out. They’re getting more. I heard it. Where is more. What have you heard.

There is much you haven’t heard.

The view from the ground is shocking, surprising. Yes, people are coming in by boat and looting homes. Un-confirmable stories circulate that law enforcement has given the go ahead for people to defend their property on their own terms. Another story comes in detailing the unfortunate story of a pair of teens that drove through a wiped out neighborhood, videotaping and teasing the remaining residents. They were confronted and punished by the locals. Arriving police broke it up, then discovered evidence on video that this taunting had been ongoing in several locations.

That this has brought out the worst in people is balanced out somewhat by the evidence that it is also bringing out the best.

People are showing up in droves to volunteer. Charity is taking on new highs; a local restaurant has pledged it’s whole take for one night next week to go to the Red Cross, and the servers are sacrificing their tips. Down the street from them, none of the other restaurants have had power; no one has worked for a week. A random week with no income. Public estimates from the power company say repairs in the region overall will take another week. Two separate sources with unfiltered information estimate the wait will continue until Thanksgiving.

This is life on Long Island, as we continue Shaking Sandy. We hear there’s an election tomorrow.





Thanks For Listening

Welcome to those of you who have been listening to “Literature For The Halibut” tonight over KDHX in St Louis. A big thanks to Jason Braun; I hope you enjoyed his interview with me. We will be posting  the interview soon, keep an eye out for it.




Jane Friedman’s Question Of The Week

Jane Friedman has been running a feature on her website called Question Of The Week.  On Thursdays, she takes a Question Of The Day question and poses it to her Twitter and Facebook following. On the following Sunday, she presents many of the best answers, while making note of the trends and tendencies that come up.

Jane’s following is diverse, and the answers are interesting. Have a look


The New Question Of The Day iPhone App Is Here!

It’s here! The Question Of The Day iPhone App is available for upgrade and first time download (also on iPad).

This version is in full color, and features 12 new videos, bringing the total to 30.

We have now incorporated Tumblr sharing, and simplified use for Twitter. As always, the app shares through Facebook, Texting and Email. 


You can get it direct through the iTunes here.


Question Of The Day Is Released Today

The long journey from book to app and back again is completed.  
We have come full circle.

Question Of The Day is out in bookstores. Today.

Thank you, everyone.

– Al


Yay! Sunday Art and Book Event

Question Of The Day will be a featured part of the latest installment of the Art Is Hard series, which presents today, Sunday November 27 at 7:30 PM, at The Leaky Lifeboat Inn in Seaford, NY. Art Is Hard was featured last month in Newsday.



The Question Of The Day Android App Is Here!


By popular demand, Question Of The Day is now available on Android .
133 Questions, with sharing options and 30 videos.

Come and get it!


The First Event For The New Book

Publishing, some sushi, a little introspection, a few new songs, a handful of requests…sex, cocktails and rock and roll…it is go time.


Music and Question Of The Day Book Event
Thursday, November 17 at 7:00pm
Thom Thom Steak and Seafood
3400 Park Ave
Wantagh, NY
(516) 221-8022


A New Day for Question Of The Day

Good morning. We have a brand new website going up.

The new Question Of The Day is officially
available for sale today right here, at our publisher’s website.

And, we are up on Amazon.

So much more to come. Thanks for being here!