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wSaturday, July 24, 2004


My central website is http://hometown.aol.com/stewa/stew.html
For information on Stew Albert's new book --"Who The Hell Is Stew Albert?" go to http://www.redhen.org/stewalbert.htm or Amazon.com. If you want a signed copy get in touch with me at stewa@aol.com
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It Isn't Surprising

Heat building invisible walls
of silent stop signs.
I wasn't pushing or pulling,
movement
can be over rated.

Energy doesn't exist.
In this thick shvitz,
it is forgotten.

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Day 218 -- JR visit picked up the threads of an old friendship. Heat wave sucks for Hep C chemotherapy responses. Interferon's Friday night needle and 105 heat do not mix.

Before Hollywood starts making crazy Iraq vet films. It's good to see a crazy Viet Vet movie that's a bit more humane than Rambo. "The Park Is Mine" features, a young and exciting Tommy Lee Jones as a vet of Vietnam who inherits a plan to take over Central Park, by frightening people off with well placed explosives and then broadcasting commentaries that expose the unyielding cruelty of every day capitalist life. He plans to leave the Park on Memorial Day. By some interesting plot quirks that make it seem sort of plausible, he winds up shooting it out with his old pals -- the Viet Cong.

The new Yippies are presently seeking to use Central Park for their anti-Bush Republican convention demonstrations. They are being denied permits. Perhaps, The Park Is Mine would make a useful training film for the rebels?


posted by stew at 9:37 AM


wFriday, July 23, 2004


My central website is http://hometown.aol.com/stewa/stew.html
For information on Stew Albert's new book --"Who The Hell Is Stew Albert?" go to http://www.redhen.org/stewalbert.htm or Amazon.com. If you want a signed copy get in touch with me at stewa@aol.com
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Have And Have Not

It's an Orwell Friday
Congress says we are safer
adding
we are not safe.
Scholars will research their 9/11 report
for insight of concept

politicians received their slogans on a silver platter.
We are safer.
Thank Bush
We are not safe
Thank Bush.
We are cosmically alone.
Thank God.
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Day 217 -- Recent blood tests show my hemoglobin is holding= -not rising but not falling. So I continue to be anemic but not dangerously so. JR is visiting. We went to our local Cuban Restaurant. JR like me, was recently depressed by antidepressant Wellbutrin and very harshly so. He stopped taking it. He feels better.

Remember when Liza Minelli was creative and Joel Grey was alive? We watched "Cabaret" last night. It's a perfect film. A perfect adaptation of the play "I Am A Camera" about the culture and politics of pre-Nazi Berlin. It portrays the rise of Nazism in segments interspersed with portraits of personal relationships and highly entertaining and telling Cabaret numbers. Likable but superficial decadence is portrayed as well as honesty and commitment. The frightening storm troopers seem to become part of the Cabaret.

Most amazing scene takes place in the outdoor south German restaurant. A sweet looking kid, at first you just see his face, is singing what sounds like an innocent sweet song titled "Tomorrow belongs to me." The camera pans back. The kid is a storm trooper and as everyone rises and joins in, the song turns very ugly.


posted by stew at 8:07 AM


wThursday, July 22, 2004


My central website is http://hometown.aol.com/stewa/stew.html
For information on Stew Albert's new book --"Who The Hell Is Stew Albert?" go to http://www.redhen.org/stewalbert.htm or Amazon.com. If you want a signed copy get in touch with me at stewa@aol.com
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Go Fox Your Self

900 dead Americans
in Iraq
and they were buried
in a story about kidnapped Kenyans.

Fox Network
orders its robots
not to mourn America's dead
probably believing we filled our sadness quota
on 9/11.
Is the remaining media
instructed
to overlook the newly armless and legless
and count corpses
only in the fine print.

Our dead soldiers
need a good agent
getting them equal billing.

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Day 216 -- Had routine Hep C blood tests yesterday. Dom came over and we had a good talk. I was glad to see him and we spent the afternoon together. He gave me the new David Gilbert book. After he left I slept for a few hours. J R is visiting today from the Bay Area -- he's a friend from my ancient Algerian adventure. Friends make the difference.

Saw yet another piece of amazing Japanese animation last night, Cowboy Bebop. It's about a group of bounty hunters who seek their prey in an amazing Martian City. It looks a lot like NYC but its neighborhoods are settlements from many different Earth nations. The colonies look exactly like their original counter parts. Naturally this makes for exciting artistic opportunities and the animators really do the job -- in a style more pop art than surreal. As usual the plot is a mess. It's all about a depressed villain who wants to destroy the city so it will make him feel better. Sounds like the NeoCons and the job they did on Baghdad.






posted by stew at 8:18 AM


wWednesday, July 21, 2004


My central website is http://hometown.aol.com/stewa/stew.html
For information on Stew Albert's new book --"Who The Hell Is Stew Albert?" go to http://www.redhen.org/stewalbert.htm or Amazon.com. If you want a signed copy get in touch with me at stewa@aol.com
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Rotting

It's soul shrinking
when a giant tree
of great accomplishment
rots like an ordinary garbage can.

It's finally taken down for fire wood.

In old age
losing our gravity and gravitas
we tend to become caricature
of our earlier selves.
It happens in the best communes.
Imagine Ralph Nader running for President
and Republicans running for Ralph?

It's some kind of absurdist nightmare
waking me in the early am
obviously unreal
cause even doomed giants
won't lower themselves
to grotesque burlesque.

Tell me, it's just a dream.

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Day 215--- I had a modest revival of energy. I took the Hep C treatment needle on Friday night -- so by now its effects might be easing up. Although the fever did come back last night. At least, I'm getting a little used to the routine.

Last night we watched S. W. A. T. What we saw was a contemporary remake of an old TV program. It's filled with nonstop super macho action, including a few plot twists, and some interesting betrayal thrown in. What's really surprising is that the film makers saw no need to offer an excuse for militarizing an American police force. I guess in an age when civilians are taught how to spy on other civilians -- who cares if cops want to dress up like soldiers.






posted by stew at 8:20 AM


wTuesday, July 20, 2004



My central website is http://hometown.aol.com/stewa/stew.html
For information on Stew Albert's new book --"Who The Hell Is Stew Albert?" go to http://www.redhen.org/stewalbert.htm or Amazon.com. If you want a signed copy get in touch with me at stewa@aol.com
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The Good, The Bad And.....

1

French Jews Out Of France Now!
A Zionist or Terrorist slogan?
Sharon won't be getting fatter
on Paris pastry
or arguing against deconstructionism
in the Raspail cafes.
Chirac banned him
for advising frightened French Jews

they would be much safer in Israel
where Arabs and all Jews
are practically kissing cousins.

2

Linda Ronstadt won't be entertaining
at the Aladdin Hotel anymore
punished for speaking
from the stage
praising Michael Moore.
Booed and fired
Ms. Not Just A Pretty Face
was ordered out of the hotel
not even allowed to go to her room.

The Casino president
claimed his response wasn't political.

If she said
God Bless President Bush
that would have been religious freedom.

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Day 214 -- Sleep and more sleep - I can't believe how low my energy can go. My fever got high last night but I certainly didn't. Positive side -- Back pains easing up.

I have an old friend visiting in a few days. I hope he's a stim.

Film of the night was Black Samurai - a 70's flick featuring Jim Kelly and his considerable martial arts skills and athleticism. Black Samurai frees a damsel in distress, she's actually locked up in a Mexican tower, and takes on the evil white Warlock. Samurai looks a bit like Huey Newton in his prime and Warlock looks a lot like George W. Bush on his bad days.


posted by stew at 8:51 AM


wMonday, July 19, 2004


My central website is http://hometown.aol.com/stewa/stew.html

For information on Stew Albert's new book --"Who The Hell Is Stew Albert?" go to http://www.redhen.org/stewalbert.htm or Amazon.com. If you want a signed copy get in touch with me at stewa@aol.com
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Saturday Night Dictator

Big Arnold
playing out fantasy
repeated as farce
denouncing political opponents
as girlie men
its not really a Mr. Olympia rooted put down
strictly speaking it's Saturday Night Live.

Will he be the first fuhrer
rising to power
by cracking a joke?

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Day 213 -- Went to a picnic yesterday but everyone was playing Bingo. I translated it into Yiddish and had some fun. Felt horrible last night, Saturday Night Fever on Sunday. And so another week entered the record books.

"What To Do In Case Of Fire" is a German film about a former group of anarchist film makers and bombers. Now some of them are rich and right-wing, some are middle class respectable liberals and others are bitter, poor and feeling betrayed.

They have nothing in common anymore except that when Rip Van Winkle like, a bomb they planted a long time ago, wakes up and blows up -- the group has to join together once more and carry out a concluding bit of militant business. They have to destroy evidence against them by blowing up part of a police station. It all sort of like The Big Chill only its about a bomb and not a funeral. There is an incredible amount of dramatic tension and anger within the group but they do finally remember the good old days and put their bodies on the line. What do you do in case of fire? Ah my friend, you let it burn. Will they ever make a film like this in America? Sure, right after I'm elected President.


posted by stew at 8:35 AM


wSunday, July 18, 2004


My central website is http://hometown.aol.com/stewa/stew.html
For information on Stew Albert's new book --"Who The Hell Is Stew Albert?" go to http://www.redhen.org/stewalbert.htm or Amazon.com. If you want a signed copy get in touch with me at stewa@aol.com
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Giving Up The Ghost

Catholic Church acknowledges
it's bankrupt in Portland.
The distribution of sacred funds and promises
will now be decided
by Judges of Caesar
not Bishops or Bingo big shots.

All metaphysical claims are being seized
as artistic property.
A Jewish lawyer will later be named
Vicar Of Christ.

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Day 212-- Went to the movies. Good distraction and I slept less during the day, and more soundly at night. I wasn't stumbling to the bathroom at 2am. Met a guy at the theater whose wife died a couple of months ago. A wife also dies in the movie -- perhaps, for him, it wasn't a good selection?

The film was De-Lovely, another and much better Hollywood telling of the great Cole Porter's life -- the first time around in "Day And Night," he was played by Cary Grant -- this time Kevin Kilne does the job in a masterful, energetic and honest way. After all, who can picture Cary Grant playing a gay guy?

The film fulfills its requirements. It tell us what in Porter's life produced his dark, mysterious and joyous lyrics of love, pain and liberty. There may be some quibbling about whether or not he was bi-(like the film portrays) or homosexual but after hearing his revealing song "Experiment" a few times, you won't care.



posted by stew at 10:37 AM