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Nov.22.2012
"Until something really happens, nothing's really happened."  Pau Gasol.  New York Times November 21, 2012. For roundball-related profundity, I think this ranks with Darryl Dawkins's "When everything is said and done, there's nothing left to say or do." Happy Thanksgiving to all who read...
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Nov.16.2012
The captioned volume has re-printed my classic -- if ignominiously ignored -- "Bob Dylan:  The Man; the Moment; the Italian Meats Sandwich" (KARAMU Spring 1996).  Other contributors include two Danes, a professor of pediatrics, a  Brit, two English professors, one of Asian studies,...
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Nov.14.2012
So I'm heading down Vine, turning left on Shattuck, aiming for the cafe and two women are crossing north-to-south in front of me and one of them is saying "...but the other point guard was John Stockton."  They are  both cute, early twenties; one is carrying what looks enough like a law...
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Nov.08.2012
The editor of the on-line journal for whom I wrote this turned it down.  So here is a Red Room exclusive!     Bob Dylan: October 2012    The two Asian-American women to our left had come from San Jose to Berkeley’s  Greek Theater because the brother of one,...
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Oct.22.2012
My take on the first debate just went up at First of the Month.  You can read it here: http://www.firstofthemonth.org/archives/2012/10/choosey_beggars.html It opens like this: The author sent in this (prophetic) comment a few hours before the second debate. Barack Obama’s sleepwalk through the...
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Oct.16.2012
My latest piece is up at THE BROAD STREET REVIEW.  You can read it at: http://www.broadstreetreview.com/index.php/main/article/my_life_as_a_pornographer_a_memoir1 It begins:  An investigative journalist at gawker.com has revealed that the film that recently set Islamist critiques de...
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Sep.16.2012
My latest piece is up at THE BROAD STREET REVIEW. It begins:      On September 30, the New York Film Festival will celebrate the 40th anniversary of  “The King of Marvin Gardens.” This dark, quirky, cerebellum-banging, criminally critic-savaged film, directed by Bob...
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Sep.11.2012
For those of you who followed my journey through cardio-infarctland -- near fatal heart attacks in January and March 2011, near fatal open heart surgery a year ago -- I have an update. On last week's visit, my first in six months, my cardiologist, the sainted Dr. Munoz, handed my wife and me the...
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Sep.05.2012
    Conventional Thinking    The presidential nomination convention season always reminds me of tripping over Governor Lawrence.    David Leo Lawrence, the 71-year-old governor of Pennsylvania, headed the state’s delegation to the 1960 Democratic...
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Aug.04.2012
My efforts on behalf of Adele's and my favorite restaurant (See:  Blog of July 12, 2012) attracted as much interest from the San Francisco Chronicle, East Bay Express, and Berkeley Daily Planet combined, as they apparently did at Red Room (zilch).  However, an intrepid reporter at feisty...
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Jul.25.2012
Hard core Bob Levin fans may wish to check out www.BerkeleyPlaques.org where I have two contributions posted (Don Donohue and Greg Irons).  Others may wish to post contributions (text and photos) of their own. The Berkeley Historical Plaques Project is creating a "virtual Berkeley" on-line,...
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Jul.23.2012
My latest piece is on line at The Comics Journal.  You can read it in full here: http://www.tcj.com/reviews/flannery-oconnor-the-cartoons/ It begins:     Mary Flannery O’Connor was born in Savannah, Georgia, on March 25, 1925.  She grew up there and in Milledgeville, a...
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Jul.21.2012
Here's a copy of a "Press Release" I sent earlier this afternoon to three local players.  Maybe some of my on or two hundred loyal readers know somebody who knows somebody who can help stop the further yuppification of North Berkeley.  I see it as a plucky immigrants versus rapacious...
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Jul.12.2012
My blog about Robert Kennedy, "The Unfinished and the Unknown," which went up here January 9, 2012, has been published on-line athttp://www.firstofthemonth.org/archives/2012/07/the_unfinished.html.  It's been slightly revised -- but one entirely new, cantankerous paragraph has been added. It...
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Jul.09.2012
My latest piece is up.  You can read it here: http://www.tcj.com/to-hell-and-back/ It begins:     Having to write a story twice means you couldn’t write it once.  So pronounced the first novelist to teach me, inveighing against those who sought careers in the safety of the...
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