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Feb25

LARGEST CLIMATE CHANGE DEMONSTRATION IN AMERICAN HISTORY…

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Jan21

LINCOLN AND DJANGO UNCHAINED

  are both fine movies. Two distinct commentaries on slavery.  Each enormously entertaining.  Each, due to the prominence of its director, slated for the mass American audience. Lincoln dissects the political process by which the institution was finally...
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Jan21

Seventeen Books For and About the Mature Woman

LOOKING FOR OLDER WELL-DRAWN WOMEN IN LITERATURE? A COUPLE OF CLASSICS: 1.  Passage to India, by E.M. Forster.   I read this book when I was young, yet I never forgot the middle-aged Mrs. Moore.  She understood the subtleties, and she did not approve...
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Dec03

Climate change on my mind…

Do we call preoccupation with the over-arching issue of the day–the one that may well send humanity back to the middle-ages in a conflict over resources–do we call that obsession?  Is it unhealthy?  Is there an OCD component?  Read this,...
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Dec03

The Beauty of Wild Places …

…can be captured in words. As I wound my way up Tioga Pass toward Tuolomne Meadows, the landscape enticed me to stop the car and hike down a slope to a mountain lake.  The day was crisp and fair.  I set my phone on the app for meditation chimes,...
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Dec03

What is Up with these Republicans, anyhow?

On November 6, 2012, I was driving back from Las Vegas after doing my bit for Obama (and by the way, Microsoft 2010 still defaults to “Osama” every time I write the President’s name.  Now I am no conspiracy nut, but…)   By that...
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Nov19

Cartoon as Courage–Joe Sacco as Intrepid Explorer

Joe Sacco is special!  If you are looking for cartoon in the old-fashioned sense, as in funny, cute, clever, this is not what Sacco is about.  In the tradition of Art Spiegelman’s Maus, and Alison Bechdel’s Are You My Mother?,  Sacco’s...
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Oct05

Musings of a Red Diaper Baby

My mother, father, stepfather, and an aunt and uncle from both sides of the family, were all communists back in their day.  And I  mean members of the CPUSA, though, as is typical of red diaper babies, I don’t know the exact years, or even whether...
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Oct03

Chris Rock can act!

CHRIS ROCK CAN ACT! Which might not have been too evident from the list of his movies before now.  And so can Julie Delpy.  Remember her from those two wonderfully-wordy love stories, Before Sunrise and Before Sunset? Well, it’s worth catching...
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Sep13

What do Woody Allen and Nadine Gordimer have in common?

They are both so famous that anything they do gets out to the public.  No vetting; no editing.  Yet To Rome With Love, Allen’s cinematic paean to yet another world-famous city is worth seeing.  And No Time Like The Present, Gordimer’s stream...
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