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Feb25

JOY IN THE MIDST OF HAITI’S ELECTION

October, 2015  “Know that joy is rarer, more difficult, and more beautiful than sadness. Once you make this all-important discovery, you must embrace joy as a moral obligation. André Gide It is 7 AM on Monday October 19th, and I am in Port au Prince...
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Jul01

SEE THE MOVIE CESAR CHAVEZ . .

… and catch it on the big screen if you can.  Or Netflix.  Wherever.  This film is worth your effort. There are clips of old newsreels that are fascinating in themselves, but it’s the made-up scenes that linger. The stunning visuals evoke California’s...
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Jun22

Havana Racism …

    …contained in Havana Red, by Leonardo Padura.  Padura is a contemporary Cuban author whose writing has not been censored, and who has never been punished by the government.  His work includes a quartet of mysteries that features...
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Jan20

A reading odyssey–How words can take you down, then bring you up again…

Ever been behind on your New Yorkers?  I race through to catch up.  First I find “By Fire,” by Tahar Ben Jelloun.  This brief tale brings a transparent clarity to the Arab Spring. Fiction can be a short cut–often more meaningful than...
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Oct25

The Immigrant Experience, inside and out…

To experience the fabric of a particular immigrant’s life,  try The Walking, by Laleh Khadivi.  You can read it in an afternoon.  A Kurdish man chooses  to leave Iran after he is forced to participate in a massacre of his own people.  He saw...
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Jul21

Haiti in Fiction and Fact

This from Che, of course: “At the risk of seeming ridiculous, let me say that the true revolutionary is guided by a great feeling of love.” Ben Fountain does not even mention the famous quote in his wonderful short-story collection, Brief...
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Jul09

You left-wing pinko rebels who question the established order…

HERE IS A MOVIE, STILL IN THE THEATERS, FOR YOU! The East, which refers to the name of an anarchist collective whose members work to insure that various corporate wrongdoers experience the effects of their damage in the most direct ways possible.  As...
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Jul06

Mature women and lovers therof, add this to your list …

The Good House, by Ann Leary.  A fine and funny and readable portrait of a sixty-something single psychic-descended-from-witches real estate agent in New England.  She vies with corporate brokers, her grown children, her friends and neighbors, new and...
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Apr22

Barbara Kingsolver’s “Flight Behavior” soars!

The title  is perfect on at least three different levels: 1)  behavior of the butterflies; 2) behavior of Dellarobia Turnbow, who wants to flee her marriage; and 3) behavior of the media, and for that matter most of the human community, which prefers...
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Apr21

Two good movies about progressive politics from times still fresh in memory:

1.  No, starring Gael Garcia Bernal.  Remember the 1973 U.S.-sponsored coup against Chile’s President Salvador Allende, the first and only elected socialist at the time in Latin America?  Pinochet, the military strongman who came into power,...
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