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wSaturday, December 11, 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
All my movie reviews written during the period of my Hep C chemotherapy appear at: http://www.emptymirrorbooks.com/thirdpage/stewreviews.html
Thank you Third Page
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The Preserve

Crazy loves wild
that's why New Yorkers fell in love
with the Red Tale Hawks
nesting on a millionaires co-op
just opposite Central Park
a happy hunting ground
brim full of tasty pigeons and rats.

The rich guys just tore down their giant nest,
the Feds
giving permission
reversing previous prohibition
cause the Hawks would never cave to the rich
vote Republican or lay off the rats.

Now they are homeless drifters
in New York's mean skies
drifters denied welfare.

If they turn criminal
cutthroats and thieves
remember they were once strangers
in a strange land
just looking for a nest.

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TDA 32 -- I seem to be in a holding pattern. I'm waiting for another recovery from chemo breakthrough. The recovery doesn't happen evenly -- it moves in starts and stops -- steps forward and back. The big thing this week was noticing that my Anemia must be going away because I didn't get nearly as out of breath when I went up the stairs as under the harsh rule of chemotherapy. Last night we went to J & S's for dinner and ate the first Chanukah latkes of the season. Oy to the world!

Because we came home late last night, we didn't watch a movie, just caught a Monk repeat. They will start showing some new episodes in January.




posted by stew at 10:48 AM


wFriday, December 10, 2004


My Lunch With Dubya

Come one and all
to Dubya's Innauguration Ball
also chow down
at the Republican White Party's
Lunches For Millionaires,
it's priced fixed
and including tip
you can be dining with George All Mighty
for only $250,000.

The Republicans boast
that funds raised at the feed
will contribute much
to making this Inauguration
the most solemn ever
just like a depressing church funeral
only it's a joyous celebration.

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TDA 31 ---- Felt sad yesterday morning. Was it the remaing chemo chemicals or me reflecting on 11 hard months of poisoning myself? I was a lot better in the afternoon and really enjoyed Judy's famous Crab with Black Bean Sauce for dinner. I finished Bill Clinton's very fat autobiography My Life, it can go on at times (and you can skip over endless lists of names), but he offers a fine portrait of Arkansas and it politics and also of the theories and practices of his Presidential administration. He is particularly effective when skewering the fascist cabal that tried and failed to bring him down. Bill Clinton is a moralist and a rogue, he also has a sense of humor, it makes for tasty reading.

We watched Burn, staring Marlon Brando and directed by Gillo Pontecorvo, who also created the legendary Battle Of Algiers. Brando plays an early 19th century aristocratic British version of a CIA agent who arrives at a Caribbean Island that still practices slavery and is ruled by Portugal. He stirs up the Black masses to revolution, selects and mentors their leader and then steals their triumph by giving power over to a wealthy cabal of pro-British plantation owners. But slavery is abolished and the Island is freed from Portuguese rule. It seems like a net gain. Ten years later Brando returns, this time working directly for the sugar companies and charged with capturing and killing his former Black pupil who is now leading a people's rebellion against sugar capitalism. Burn offers a great score and fantastic visual portraits of the oppressed, especially their smoldering faces of rage. Brando does a great job creating an opportunist with some humanistic streaks, who degenerates into a full blown mass murderer but is also honest enough to admit his crimes. I last saw Burn in a 1970s Harlem movie theater. As the screen brutality against the black rebels grew increasingly brutal, I could hear considerable girding of loins and gnashing of teeth from the all Black audience. I am very blonde so at movie's end, I left the theater quickly and before the lights came on.


posted by stew at 9:09 AM


wThursday, December 09, 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
All my movie reviews written during the period of my Hep C chemotherapy appear at: http://www.emptymirrorbooks.com/thirdpage/stewreviews.html
Thank you Third Page
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Heavy Metal

What idiot thought that Rummy
could raise morale
among soldiers begging for body armor?

Rummy sent them into war and death
fueled by lies
promising them Iraqi greetings
of love and flower power.

The troops ask him why
they are fighting a Wall-Mart war
getting what's called
"hillbilly" help,
by scrapping up scrap iron
left rusting in the desert.

He replies:
"You go to war with the army you have"
But what was the big rush?
Why not wait six months?

Was Rummy afraid
Saddam might launch
a mushroom cloud attack
on the red states?

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TDA 30 --- I've noticed a cycle. I wake up feeling various Hep C chemo complaints -- about mid morning I start feeling better -- by the afternoon I feel good (I declare the chemo is over) but by the evening I may be feeling feverish or anxious or arthritic. I don't understand why this happens but the bottom line is that for the better part of the day, I'm feeling OK, amazingly better than on the chemo. I started rereading my original chemo blogs for the first three weeks of treatment. Many of the side effects were already present (not the Anemia) but I had both good and bad days and on the good days I thought I would soon get used to the chemicals and feel a whole lot better. Obviously when I entered Hell, I neglected to read the sign about "abandoning all hope."

Watched West Wing instead of a movie. Did magicians Penn and Teller burn a flag in the White House?





posted by stew at 9:14 AM


wWednesday, December 08, 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
All my movie reviews written during the period of my Hep C chemotherapy appear at: http://www.emptymirrorbooks.com/thirdpage/stewreviews.html
Thank you Third Page
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Fashion Statement

Everyone departing from Bushland
but the ruling monsters remain.
Blackula, Dracula, Frankenstein, Dr. Caligari
and all the neo-con
Gollums & Golems
are still tearing flesh, drinking blood
& washing American brains.

Bush now going for military chic
a custom tailored marine jacket
with its own little
Commander in Chief death cult insignia.

A born again war hero
who dodged the National Guard.

Get the name of his tailor.

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TDA 29-- New post chemo energy continues to hold. No steps backward yesterday. I woke up with a slight headache but it will be gone by noon. I still get the odd e-mail wishing me a happy birthday. Thanks Everybody.

We saw Calendar Girls, it tells a true story about a bunch of bored Yorkshire club women who get an exciting idea. To raise some money in honor of a recently deceased and beloved husband of one of its members. The middle aged women will distribute a photo calendar tastefully and somewhat shyly displaying themselves in the nude. All profits will go to buying a comfortable waiting room sofa for the hospital in which the husband passed away. The town goes wild and so do the rulers of the women's club and some of their husbands but the calendar is a great popular and financial triumph and the women are headed to Hollywood and an appearance on the Jay Leno Show. Will success spoil them? Calendar Girls is witty, insightful and touching. The aging women turn out to be very beautiful indeed. The film also contains some magnificent views of the equally beautiful Yorkshire countryside. The famous calendar raises enough money to buy a sofa and a new cancer wing for the hospital.


posted by stew at 8:31 AM


wTuesday, December 07, 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
All my movie reviews written during the period of my Hep C chemotherapy appear at: http://www.emptymirrorbooks.com/thirdpage/stewreviews.html
Thank you Third Page
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Happy Pearl Harbor Day

On December 7
study Tora Tora Tora
the first time since Sitting Bull
that people without any white,
humiliated Caucasian chemistry

Death Samurai in the sky,
unfortunately
their Emperor's rising sun
gave fascist salutes.

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TDA 28 -- We went out to a spicy Cajun restaurant. I haven't been able to do that for a year because of my poisoned chemotherapy chemistry. But it was really great, offering a very pleasant after glow for my birthday party. Taking a recovery step backward I had some chills and fever as we watched a movie on the wide screen television.

We watched The Ripper. Did you know that the Victorian serial killer known only as Jack The Ripper caused quite an anti-Semitic uproar in London? This version of Jack's story shot in Melbourne offers a realistic view of old London, its street scenes, hideous class society and obnoxious racism. The Ripper killed prostitutes in the East End of London which was densely populated by Jewish immigrants who were blamed for the killings but a cop who grew up on the East End suspects the killer is a member of the Royal Family. There's also some interesting romantic choices which determine on what side of the class barrier this upwardly mobile police Inspector will live.


posted by stew at 9:01 AM


wMonday, December 06, 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
All my movie reviews written during the period of my Hep C chemotherapy appear at: http://www.emptymirrorbooks.com/thirdpage/stewreviews.html
Thank you Third Page
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Death Never Takes A Day Off

Sunday bloody Sunday
and every other day
renaming an ancient land
Operation Endless Cemetery

A mandated civil war
fear and loathing
is its pathos and patriotism

just what the Angel of Death
ordered
or was it a Brit Colonial General
His WarLordship
Divide And Rule?

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TDA 27 -- Continuing my recovery from Chemo I gave a talk at Reed as part of a commemoration of Fred Hampton's murder (Panther Billy X also spoke). Dom was the very effective organizer. Hampton was killed in Chicago on my birthday and I was in Chicago observing the great Conspiracy Trial. The Reed event drew a goodly turnout. I gave a strong talk and had the energy I needed to pull it off--despite my great and demanding party of the day before. Perhaps the speed of chemo recovery is increasing?

We saw The Life And Death Of Peter Sellers, which tells the old Paliachi tale of a happy comic genius clown who is almost always crying on the inside. But Sellers is much more than unhappy, he is a borderline near lunatic of almost limitless insecurity and childish cruelty who hurts everyone around him. The film does a reasonably good Sellers (also Closeau) and has a great score.It's an interesting but somewhat tiresome tale of the blending of brilliance and insanity.


posted by stew at 9:15 AM


wSunday, December 05, 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
All my movie reviews written during the period of my Hep C chemotherapy appear at: http://www.emptymirrorbooks.com/thirdpage/stewreviews.html
Thank you Third Page
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Party Building

Being with friends
who are lighting the light.

Chemo needles turned to sculpture
in Styrofoam
with hilarity and laughter
replacing endless pain
at last
suffering ends

we sing Happy Birthday
as the icing of the cake's
large America Flag
catches candle fire
and burns in our eyes.

Chemo ends
and so will Bush.

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TDA 26 --- What a great birthday party -- so much fun and great people and abundant kindness. My mood was fantastic and my State Of the Stew speech was hilarious. My post chemo self fully returning to myself. Everyone loved my Hep C chemo 90 needles in a Styrofoam head sculpture called Stew's Passion minus two. Named in part after Gibson's anti-Semitic film The Passion Of Christ. My best line of the evening "the sculpture proves Jesus wasn't the only Jew who suffered."

And much thanks again to Judy for giving me so much support during the chemotherapy.


posted by stew at 2:17 PM