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wSaturday, September 18, 2004


My central website is http://hometown.aol.com/stewa/stew.htmlFor 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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L'Shana Tova

Down by the river side
casting away my sins
honoring the Jewish New Year
rocks of remorse bouncing downstream
bright sun interrupting the rain
new trees growing high on logged stumps
nature never giving up on old growth
for five bright and shining minutes
I was optimistic about next year.

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Day 273 ---- Oregon countryside was rainy and sunny yesterday -- it was beautiful. Took another needle last night. Taking medication for anemia, not to cure it, but to cause it. Figure the world is going nuts I might as well finish out my Hep C treatment as a fun loving fruitcake. I saw bumper stickers -- One man, One Woman -- Yes ON 36 - (against Gay marriage) I wish I could I would write in One Man, One Woman, One Sheep. That would show what these bigots are really about.

We watched the amazing Kundun. It's Martin Scorcese's visually delicious account of the Dalai Lama's life and Lhasa's Mean Streets, from his being discovered as the previous Lama's reincarnation to his escape into India with Mao Tse Tung and the Chinese Red Army hot on his trail. Scorcese brilliantly simulates the look of Tibet with its mountains and holy places and his portrayal of its Buddhism stresses the magically exciting and ritualistic over the scholarly. The account of the Tibetan Chinese conflict is one sided, Mao seems like Bela Lugosi playing Dracula, Kundun presents the official Tibetan version and it must be one of the most accomplished and brilliant propaganda films ever made.


posted by stew at 9:39 AM


wFriday, September 17, 2004


My central website is http://hometown.aol.com/stewa/stew.htmlFor 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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Streets Of Memory

Back in Brooklyn
when Jackie Robinson was stealing home
you didn't wear muscle shirts
strutting the pectoral sidewalks
calling out the community
for muscular admiration
If you had a glass jaw
if you lived in a glass house,
you knew better than to throw stones
cause plenty of terrible tough guys
knew your address
having iron jaws and fists to match.

But Bush struts the global village anyway
his jaw of glass blinding in the sun
constituted in colors
by 9/11, crazy Iraqi War, collapsed economy, Osama, and daddy keeping him off Kerry's boat.
He struts the stupid street
preening and pretending
a sucker for a left hook
but everyone is afraid of glass.

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Day 272 --- I'm feeling very run down today -- the treatment has a month and a half to go -- but my anemia is coming on hard -- let's see who makes it to the finish line --I think if my anemia gets any worse they will cut back slightly on my medication. Nurse Mary Jane said she would do it now if I had a long way to go on the treatment, but it's almost over so she wants me to stick it out. I learned that finishing the treatment with no Hep C in your blood, doesn't improve your odds for six months later -- its still 50/50, on whether you will be cured.

Judy and I viewed Emma, a very pleasant adaptation of Jane Austen's novel. How the Brit rich and super rich lived in the early 19th Century. They lived very well indeed, in magnificent palaces of fine food, music, furniture and great gardens. Emma is the daughter of commanding wealth, a very beautiful and benevolent busybody who tries to arrange a good marriage for her best friend and instead makes a fine mess of everything. When she herself falls in love, she loses emotional control and discovers the ruling class can't rule everything. There's some highly genteel and witty Taming Of The Shrew In the mix. And while it hardly has Marxist rigor, some interesting Austenesque commentary about social class.


posted by stew at 9:25 AM


wThursday, September 16, 2004


My central website is http://hometown.aol.com/stewa/stew.htmlFor 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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Need A Weatherman

Comrade Ivan Hurricane waging war
on the Gulf Coast
'Bama boys blown away in the wind.
Ivan ignored Havana and New Orleans
got his eye of the storm
looking for Jeb.

Blood always flows in Baghdad
its so routine, its not news, no more
even the CIA knows Hurricane Bush
is starting a civil war
chaos theory in command.
Cruel tyrants are toppled,
that cruel wars may visit.

Sharon raining 40 days and nights
driving drunk on pulverizing power
discards peaceful road map.
His jeep is heading
straight for the West Bank wall.

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Day 271---- We went out to Bread & Ink last night and I had a great New Orleans style browned shrimp dish --we came home and I fell deeply asleep for an hour and a half- I eventually dreamt that the Berkeley City Council conferred on me their "best citizen of the world" award. The Hep C treatment must be making me nuts or at least absurd. Judy and I managed to go to the Jewish New Year's services today. It got me reflecting on how difficult the last year of Hep C treatment was and how glad I am, that it is ending. Just received news that my hemoglobin is down again no wonder my energy is so low.

I slept too much when we returned from the restaurant last night and wasn't able to see a full movie.


posted by stew at 4:28 PM


wWednesday, September 15, 2004


My central website is http://hometown.aol.com/stewa/stew.htmlFor 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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Deja Vu

More beheadings/bombings
from fierce machine skies
also explosions
spreading from automobiles
suicide/murder on the best of terms.
Death is getting boring
it's unreported.
An embarrassment to Bush,
till the election
it will be low keyed in the best media circles.
A week ago,
NY Times declared
we passed the thousandth American corpse
this morning after much more massacre
Times only re-announces that thousand mark
like that number was forever,
guess they think it's a better story.

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Day 270 ---- Tom Hayden was in Portland, EL and I organized an event for him at her house--where he spoke to a bunch of radical young people about the recent demonstrations at the Republican Convention and the upcoming election. I can remember 35 years ago Tom doing almost the same thing and back then, he was just a year or two older than his audience.
I really drained near the meeting's end and had to pass on seeing Tom doing a book reading at Powells.

We saw Hitchcock's legendary spy thriller, The 39 Steps. The hero, played by Robert Donat, is trying to break up a dangerous spy ring while dodging the coppers on a false murder charge. A great chase transpires in London's Music Halls, on terrifying trains, in an exciting bed handcuffed to a beautiful woman, and through Scotland's mysterious countryside. Plenty of great vignettes along the way, including the famous scene where our hero has to give a speech before an audience, and he has no idea what his subject matter is supposed to be. Talk about a bad dream. As usual Hitchcock builds great suspense, but it's quite softened by brilliant comedy and sophisticated romance.



posted by stew at 9:33 AM


wTuesday, September 14, 2004


My central website is http://hometown.aol.com/stewa/stew.htmlFor 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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Nothing Left To Lose

Newspapers talking about
how the US might lose support in Iraq
if it goes bombing and blasting its neighborhoods
but you can't lose what you never had
they never threw flowers at the invaders
just grenades.
If you're homeless
stop worrying about burglars.

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Comrade Hurricane

Fidel publicly thanks Ivan
for going easy on his Island,
better treatment
than during the Russian missile crisis

It's about time
somebody didn't punish Cuba for just being there.

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Day 269 ---- I read over my earliest blogs on the Hep C treatment, from Day 1. I really did have a good sense about how to handle the hell of what was coming -- but I was a bit too optimistic about "getting used to it." I never expected to be feeling this sick so close to the end. We went out to a restaurant last night. You do get used to having fever and feeling lousy but that doesn't make you feel any better.

We saw For Richer Or Poorer last night. It's a formula comedy about a wealthy and spoiled husband and wife who get caught up in a tax fraud case and go underground hiding among the Amish. Predictably the strong communal life they encounter and the difficult farm work they must perform turns them into very likable people. Despite its cliches, the film does have its moments of likable sincerity, especially those among the once unhappy wife and the Amish women. It's nice to believe that somewhere in America, even if it's only Hollywood's version, a fugitive stranger can still encounter kindness and support.


posted by stew at 8:39 AM


wMonday, September 13, 2004


My central website is http://hometown.aol.com/stewa/stew.htmlFor 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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Questions And Answers

Behind frozen visions
How do you stay warm,
in the ice age of democracy?

How many hurricanes
blowing in the wind
when too many trailer camps have died?

Looking down from a helicopter
Iraqi kids and Arab reporters
are a duck shoot of racist joy.

Mushroom cloud
in the North Korean sky
brings fear.
Maybe its only a soup recipe run amuck?

Crazy Christ sucking Christians
getting drunk on lamb's blood
dreaming of four more years.

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Day 268 -- Strong post-Friday night Hep C treatment needle symptoms came on last night. I was glad to fall asleep. A friend made a good point. It's not likely that any new side effects will develop from the treatment between now and when it's over for me in November. Yes, that's true and comforting but I also won't be getting any better either. It's over when it's over.

We watched Dark Man. A murderous gang of major real estate developers disfigure a geneticist who survives being cooked in chemicals and plots his revenge. He develops genetically based Phantom Of The Opera type disguises and makes the once proud gang of sadists regret they ever messed with him. Dark Man touches lightly on how even the revenge of good people may disfigure the human soul. An all time great line from the film, "if you're not going to kill me, I have things to do."




posted by stew at 8:45 AM


wSunday, September 12, 2004


My central website is http://hometown.aol.com/stewa/stew.htmlFor 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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Critique Of Pure Criticism

Kerry's liberal critics
are cutthroat brilliant
hacking and slashing
his sometimes embarrassing efforts
at Bush removal,
they assault shortcomings
with metaphoric details
of movie scenes and literary lounging
but what are they saying?
What should he do?
It's the economy stupid?
Where's the beef?
Bring The Boys home?
End The War Now?
His critics seem confused
as any antiwar/war hero.

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Day 267 ---- Surprisingly good energy yesterday. I was able to attend a night time Planned Parenthood event featuring West Wing's Stockard Channing. There was a second event this morning. I went, but alas, deflated. Drained again.

We watched Robin Hood. Kevin Costner robs from the rich and gives to the poor, playing Robin Hood, the western world's most famous social bandit. Nothing much different happens in this version, although we are given a more honest sense of violent peasant rebellion and the tyrant's even more violent efforts at total suppression. Burning peasant villages remind us of Vietnam and Iraq.



posted by stew at 1:13 PM