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wSaturday, January 15, 2005


My central website is http://hometown.aol.com/stewa/stew.
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
Most of 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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Deep Freeze

Ice aging process
is freezing dreams
of light and sun,
even in warm house
there is chill

rain falling,
a passing glimmer on the ground
painted make up on the dead,
an exquisite corpse.

It's been a long time since fire.

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TDA 67 -- I'm trying to sort out what negative changes that took place in my body during the past year were not due to chemo. Arthritis seems worse -- but chemo stimulates arthritis and then there are some spine problems. Who knows? I suppose what goes away was chemo and what remains wasn't chemo. We had a very nice evening last night. Judy did a great chicken root vegetables tomatoes dish for dinner. Then we watched a few great short films on the tube and then The Wild One. And in conclusion --sex!! Earlier a friend of mine called. He's in poor health and is contemplating suicide. I've had so many friends who have bumped themselves off. I suppose I'm an expert on the issue.

The Wild One remains crazy brilliant after all these years. Released in 1953 and produced by Stanley Kramer the film is in the art as prophesy tradition. Within the first ten minutes Marlon Brando, by means of his amazing facial expressions and body language (he would have made a great silent movie actor) presages the coming 1960s rebellion. The film is about a motorcycle gang's take over of a small sleepy town and the violence that ensues. Both the bikers and some town's people turn very ugly and there is a hint of fascism in the air. The night time camera work is framed in gothic noir and is magnificently frightening. Brando's portrayal of absolute alienation from existing society and all its authorities is stunning and is certainly one of his greatest roles.


posted by stew at 10:28 AM


wFriday, January 14, 2005


My central website is http://hometown.aol.com/stewa/stew.
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
Most of 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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Going Gently

Living in the middle of no where useful
nothing to do
but watch us go sadly sliding down
a slippery slope
of some kind of fascism
that comes stinking up our souls

I'm screaming
do not go gently into that putrid blight
but no one can hear my rage.
Ruling silence makes so much fright.

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TDA 66 -- If you check my blog's archive, you'll see I began a day by day account of the Hep C chemo treatment (in early December '03) and when it was over I began a record of my recovery from that treatment. I'm thinking of putting my notes all together, perhaps as a book. It might help people who are considering or on the treatment. But I wonder if the final results of my treatment will frame the book. And if it turns out that my Hep C has come back (I'll know in four months) and I am uncured, will it make the book an unworthy bummer? Clearly this question requires thought.

Star Ship Trooper 11 is a futuristic Heinlein based seemingly pro war but really anti war movie. The human governments are imperialistic and home front commercials peddle the war as great fun and adventure. But up close the war against giant bugs is certainly a grotesque Hell. The film is shot in dark interiors with grim results and the action strongly imitates the plot of Alien as the bugs come up with a new and highly effective tactic. Perhaps the film could now be renamed "Why We Are In Iraq."


posted by stew at 9:50 AM


wThursday, January 13, 2005


My central website is http://hometown.aol.com/stewa/stew.
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
Most of 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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Blitzed Out

Prince Harry
of Buckingham Palace
went to a playful party
dressed in Storm Trooper attire
his swastika photo was front page tabloid.

He kind of apologized.
Some say he should visit a Concentration Camp
others opine
he should stay there.

Heil Harry!

or do you prefer this verion?


Blitzed Out 11

Prince Harry
of Buckingham Palace
went to a costume party without malice
dressed in Storm Trooper attiring
alas his front page photo wasn't retiring.

Although he kind of apologized.
some say he should be homogenized

Maybe he should visit Concentration Camps
to see how Nazis made lamps.

Others opine
from royalty he should resign
find a wife to marry
Let her shout Heil Harry!

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TDA 65--- I'm feeling a bit more energy in my walking legs. Perhaps my dumbbell exercises are rebuilding my chemo insulted body? My muscle tone is certainly coming back.

Last night Judy and I saw "The Butterfly Effect." Its story line is dynamically framed by chaos theory which proclaims that the universe is beyond control because any tiny event that happens anywhere can totally effect what happens everywhere. A college student learns this lesson when he time travels back to his childhood and attempts to repair his damaged life and those of his friends and girl friend. He keeps going back and trying mightily but he always makes matters worse. The student finally decides to simplify his quest by making a great sacrifice. But will his new plan succeed?


posted by stew at 8:38 AM


wWednesday, January 12, 2005


My central website is http://hometown.aol.com/stewa/stew.
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
Most of 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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Tantrum

Jon Stewart
got very angry
when, she next to me
was snoring so loud
the TV turned itself off.


The Searchers

Calling off Iraqi WMD search
after finding a few fire crackers
plus assorted Red Ryder BB guns
smuggled from Al Queda Ohio.

Evangelical spin clergy claiming
Bush-Christ
walk on heavy water
magic
made Saddam nuclear weapons evaporate.

Cheney will declare:
Not finding them
proves they exist.
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TDA 64 -- One of the oddest side effects of the Hep C chemotherapy was the straightening of my hair. I had lived a life time of curly hair (see photos on my web site) and now in my 65th year, it is straight. I have been assured by the doctors that the curl would eventually come back. But what to do in the mean time, since my long stringy confused hair looked terrible. Yesterday I got a short (for me) hair cut. Judy and my hairdresser think it makes me look younger, Judy stresses handsome and a friend told me that I look professorial. Judy and I will be going to Berkeley at the end of the month -- I hope our friends from the old days recognize me.

We saw The All New Adventures of Laurel & Hardy: For Love or Mummy, a very unexpected South African film which tries to remake a Laurel and Hardy classic and presents two guys who actually do resemble our favorite genius duo. The film is OK on the Pharaoh Mummy rising from the dead claiming a modern woman as his wife theme, but the imitation of Laurel & Hardy is too forced artificial and predictable. There is no zany spontaneity and after a while it becomes a bit trying. A giant special effects unpredictable snake shows up at the end and provides some good cheer.


posted by stew at 11:02 AM


wTuesday, January 11, 2005


My central website is http://hometown.aol.com/stewa/stew.
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
Most of 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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Menu

Rove-ing dervishes of spin
giving us
this day
our daily lie.

The Earth is flat,
just like a pancake
at the International House Of Breakfasts
which is paying for this plug.


Another View

Over her sweet Belgian Waffle
she gazes way up
at our back windows,
a stranger in a strange cafe
wondering.


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TDA 63 -- Strange dreams last night of impending executions -- who put that codeine in the cough medicine?

No movie but we saw the third and fourth episodes of 24. The new terrorist vs. anti terrorist thriller which offers the views of the CIA faction that wisely maintains the Iraqi War offers us no protection against domestic terror. Plot surprises continue to happen but the immense increase in commercials is a dramatic bummer. Six or seven minutes of plot followed by 4 1/2 minutes of advertising, devastates the story line's emotional impact.


posted by stew at 8:25 AM


wMonday, January 10, 2005


My central website is http://hometown.aol.com/stewa/stew.
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
Most of 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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Update

Only getting by on bupkis
the world
running out of reason.

Realism now against the law,
government constructed
by ancient horror movies
of parasitic thoughts
featuring parliamentary werewolves.

Nightmare visions
painted on digital pulpits.
Gold plated words
proclaiming apocalypse sometime soon
after much more money is made.

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TDA 62 -- In evaluating Hep C chemo 11 month treatment (and whether it is worth the price) we must consider the effect of the treatment on those closest to the treated. I know of no study on this topic. I do know how my chemo treatment effected my wife. She works as a fund raiser and is tops in her field. It is a profession that requires a good deal of outer directed and stage managed activity. Her home life with me was her relief and opportunity for spontaneity and inner expression. But this opportunity was experienced as non-existent during my treatment. I required care and managing, the opportunity for free soul activity was significantly reduced. This laid considerable damaging stress on her head. After chemo it is not just the patient who requires much time for recovery. This is not a pleasant price. There is no small amount of guilt, however undeserved.

Judy and I didn't see any movies last night but we did catch a showing of two episodes of 24, the new TV series starring Kiefer Sutherland. It's all about the war on terror. It's unbelievably fast paced and by implication, it demonstrates the irrelevancy of the Iraqi war in protecting America against terror. I withhold judgment over whether its portrayal of Islamic terrorists will promote racism. They seem to be an ordinary middle class family living next door, Ozzy and Harriet from Hell. Let's see how the series develops.



posted by stew at 9:29 AM


wSunday, January 09, 2005


My central website is http://hometown.aol.com/stewa/stew.
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
Most of 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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Killing Time

Just killing time
in the Coney Island of my Mind
waiting for the second shoe to drop
in a forest of amusement parks & shopping malls
everyone will hear the crash.

Being Bush
means never having to say
you're sorry.

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TDA 61 -- Judy and I went to an anti-hate rally at the Mulnomah Art Center. About a 1,000 were in attendance and the event was motivated by Skin Head/Nazi plans to hold a rally in Portland and distribute hate literature. The speakers included Portland's new Mayor, Tom Potter and a host of clergy and community activists. They said the usual predictable nice things (but with unusual passion). Shariar of the Bilal Mosque stole the show and won a standing ovation when he pointed out that the next American Attorney General was a bigger threat to our freedom than a handful of Skin Heads. He got a standing ovation when he declared that it sometimes seemed like the only non-Muslims who care about protecting Muslim rights were Jews.

Friends who hadn't seen me for a while remarked how much better I looked now, than, while under the Hep C chemo treatment. And I got a very happy hug from a Muslim friend.

We saw Wholly Moses, a highly unauthorized romp through the bible starring Dudley Moore, as Herschel the idol maker who comes to believe he's a prophet under God's protection and under his orders to go down to Egypt and get old Pharoah "to let my people go." Problem is God was really speaking to Moses and by the time Herschel gets to Egypt, the Jews have already split the town and the Red Sea. But it's worth his effort because Pharaoh played by Richard Pryor is just great at being a psycho monarch who needs to be constantly entertained. Laraine Newman is sexy fun as Herschel's wife who misbehaves in Sodom, runs off with a Giant and is turned in to a pillar of salt. At movie's end, Herschel asks if God is really necessary and a pissed off God replies in a very deep voice.



posted by stew at 10:07 AM