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Feb.16.2009
If one wanted to look at 1930s culture, a good way to start would be to watch two films: 1. Tim Robbins' The Cradle Will Rock  is a fun account of  the government's  failed attempt to censor Mark Blitzstein's musical- everybody shows up in the film from Diego Rivera to Orson Wells to Rockerfeller...
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Feb.13.2009
In 1980 I got a job as a writer on an oral history unit of CETA (Comprehensive Education Training Act). The Federal government during the really bad recession in the 1970s established CETA, which was a revival of the WPA of the 1930s. Both the WPA and CETA gave jobs in a variety of fields and...
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Feb.13.2009
   Heard the song "Shuttin' Detroit Down" by John Rich on the radio while driving yesterday. Rich wrote the first great song of the the economic recession. On the tune the fiddle is really good, the band sounds good, and this is a tune you can dance to.  Here's John Rich's web site where...
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Feb.12.2009
  Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose is one of the best novel of the last three decades. If a wonderful novel should transport the reader to another time and place, Eco's novel did transport me to late middle ages to a Benedictine abbey in 1327 in Northern Italy. The abbey has the greatest...
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Feb.09.2009
from Institute for Policy Studies websitehttp://www.ips-dc.org/articles/974 Arts Stimulus Plan Declaration by John Cavanagh, James Early, Barbara Ehrenreich, E. Ethelbert Miller, Marcus Raskin, Andy Shallal, Melissa Tuckey. Published December 18, 2008 12:00AM Here’s a detailed call for the stimulus...
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Feb.08.2009
Republicans With Support Of Feinstein & Feingold Eliminate Funding To Aquariums, zoos, golf courses, swimming pools, community parks, museums, theater, art centers and highway buautificationfrom Americans for the ArtsFebruary 6, 2009Breaking NewsThis afternoon the U.S. Senate, during their...
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Feb.07.2009
Last night I went Los Angeles Eco Village to hear Chris Carlsson speak about his new book Nowtopia:  How Pirate Programmers, Outlaw Bicyclers, and Vacant lot Gardeners are Inventing the Future. Carlsson has long been a leading figure in the California underground/counter-culture. If you want to...
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Feb.06.2009
James Joyce was never a favorite writer of mine. I had to push myself to read all of "Portrait of the Artist As a Young Man," which was assigned in college; Irish Catholicism was totally foreign to me, and I had little understanding of its strength. I was, however, deeply moved by the...
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Feb.04.2009
I've been enjoying reading Edward Espe Brown's cookbook Tomato Blessings and Radish Teachings. I got interested in Brown when my friend Jerry said he started baking bread after reading Brown's The Tassajara Bread Book, which turned a lot of people onto baking bread. Brown started cooking when...
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Feb.03.2009
Nadeem Aslem’s 2004 novel "Maps for Lost Lovers" is an extraordinarily book. Aslam, a Pakistani English writer, is similar to Joyce in his amazing use of the English language, his obsession with exile, and his concerns with lovers suffering from society’s repression. Aslam was born in...
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Feb.01.2009
In my previous post on "Bohemian Los Angeles" I told how I met in the 1970s the leading fine printers of Los Angeles:  Grant Dahlstrom, Ward Ritche, and Lillian Marks whom I worked for a short while. All this was a introduction to my thoughts on "Bohemian Los Angeles," a new...
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Jan.31.2009
I used to live in Silverlake district in Los Angeles in the 1970s. That was when I started writing poetry seriously. I got an M.A. in psychology, and quit that to start working as a minimum wage typesetter in the San Fernando Valley and then got a better typesetting job at Aldus Type on LaBrea...
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Jan.28.2009
After hearing Marcus Eriksen speak at Santa Monica College's excellent literary series, I  read his marvelous book  My River Home a Journey from the Gulf War to the Gulf of Mexico. His book adds to the growing list of Gulf War and Iraq War soldier memoirs. Eriksen’s book, published in 2007,...
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Jan.26.2009
What struck me first was at Burbank airport and then also returning at Oakland airport fewer people lined up to go through security; many less people seemed to be flying now. In Berkeley Saturday around 5:00 I was walking down a few blocks off Telegraph near the university when I saw about forty...
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Jan.23.2009
I’m going to Berkeley today for the meeting of the California Studies Association based in Berkeley: http://californiastudiesassociation.berkeley.edu/ I am a board member. We study California and have an annual conference In April trying to connect academics who study California, politicians,...
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