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wSaturday, February 05, 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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Free Elections

After relentless Rovian campaigns
of brilliant brainwashing
even some Jews
might dye their fingers purple
while voting for Hitler
in Auschvitz.

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TDA 88 -- Still nursing a slow simmering Cold. Yesterday, I reread all my TDA blogs and discovered that many of my days since ending the Hep C chemo treatment have been spent fighting off Colds. I guess my post chemo immunity system still isn't playing with a full deck. Judy and I went out with EL and MZ last night -- (restaurant and movie) it was great fun.

We saw Guerilla:The Taking of Patty Hearst, it's a documentary about the rise and fall of the Symbionese Liberation Army and its most famous feat, the 1974 kidnapping and ultimate recruiting of newspaper heiress Patty Hearst. (A sort of Taming Of The Shrew?) The film's strongest moments take place when the interviews and narratives are interspersed with old footage of Errol Flynn playing Robin Hood. It effectively makes the point that the SLA was oh so mythologically American. Former SLA member Russ Little's ironic running commentary adds to the insight. The film's biggest problem is that it lacks a point of view and this flattens its drama. Guerilla does a good job of documenting some amazing events but why did it bother?


posted by stew at 9:28 AM


wFriday, February 04, 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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Fun Time

An American General
talks publicly about what great fun
he has
killing Arabs
and the self righteous roof falls in
cause its OK to blow away
lots of camel jockeys
as long as you don't enjoy it
in front of an audience
cause killing is Godly,
it must hurt you
as much as it hurts them

but give the general a break
Bob Hope is dead
what's he supposed to do
for laughs.
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Good Night Irene

Hating a time of growing darkness
creeping over my kind light

nothing stops a slouching
whose moment has come.

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TDA 87 -- A nice visit from LG, first in 10 years. I really am returning to myself, recovering from the Hep C chemo it's reassuring to know my self and soul hadn't gone away forever. My still uncurly hair and continuing skin problems are side effect hold outs.
Rereading my daily account of 11 months on chemo was very hard -- like reading a dark existential novel that hurts too much but you can't quite generate the will to throw it away.

We saw People I Know, a film about a New York liberal publicist, played with extraordinary craft, by Al Pacino, the guy once marched with ML King but now walks hand in hand with the greed freaks and hypocritical power brokers who run the city. Pacino witnesses the murder of a starlet who knew too much and now he knows way too much -- but he tries to make use of it by blackmailing key power players into attending an anti racist benefit that he is organizing. Pacino's character is walking a tight rope and he is working without a net.


posted by stew at 8:10 AM


wThursday, February 03, 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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Looking Backwards

Bush believes
in science of Devolution
wanting to go back before the 20th Century
maybe even before French revolutionary omelets
were made
by breaking aristocratic eggs.

Walking backwards
faster faster
the past is just ahead
sitting down at the Last Supper
with Mel.

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TDA 86 - I'm fighting off a cold but feeling very much more like my pre-chemo self. Every so often Judy and I see obits about middle aged people who die of liver disease. And we wonder if it was Hep C. Alas, Hep C is still what the old Jews called a "zug nisht" illness -- not something you talk about for what it may reveal about your past. But how is any support going to build up for a real cure, if the dying is kept a secret?

We didn't see any movies last night but we watched three TV dramas where murder was a central theme. Killing people has become a form of mass entertainment. How Bush appropriate.



posted by stew at 8:02 AM


wWednesday, February 02, 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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Random

State of the Union?
Hardly any Americans belong to unions
anymore.

What will make an Irishman happy
if not despair?

Is the Pope dying?
What about the Papacy?
What about Brit Monarchy?
What about America's Constitution?
What about the Planet?

Crawling over injected Hell
I know a cure would not pay the price of pain
but a purpose of the soul
might pick up the check.

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TDA 85 -- According to yesterday's NY Times medical scientists are concerned about the phenomenal current popularity of tattooing turning into a spreader of the Hep C virus. Are the needles clean? Research has been underfunded, inadequate and showing contradictory results. But it's plausible that today you might be getting a beautiful rose tattooed on your ass -- and thirty years later you will be feeling its thorns.
Today I'm joining Judy in feeling a California cold.

We saw Secret Window a film based on a Stephen King novella. It's presents a terrifying portrayal of murderous and implausible psychopathology but Johnny Depp's wonderfully eccentric performance might turn you into a very frightened believer. It's all about a writer who has lost his wife, his talent and possibly his mind. The poor guy is visited by a weird bumpkin from Mississippi who falsely claims the Depp character has plagiarized his book. He gives the author three days to prove otherwise or there will be extreme retaliation. A dog and a number of human beings are promptly murdered. Who and what is behind the terror?


posted by stew at 9:15 AM


wTuesday, February 01, 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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Only A Test

Oregon's boss of the Bureau
proclaims trained Muslim Jihadists hiding in his State
Fed says
the bad characters hung out in bad neighborhoods
learning bad things
but he can't prove it
yet.

Local Muslims ask what can they do?
Insinuating top cop remarks provoke hatred.
Their scarf wearing children
are picked on
and scarf wearing wives abused.
FBI hasn't answered
yet.

Hope they don't demand
a pilgrimage to sunny Guantanamo
and the sacrifice of first sons
as proof of patriotism.
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TDA 84 - Morning Oregonian informs us that Hep C is being put on an official list as a cause of liver Cancer. That Hep C could have this effect has been long known but for some reason the list has concentrated on environmental causes. Aren't dirty needles part of our environment? Maybe now more bucks will be spent on developing a more certain and less hideous cure.
Judy has a California cold and I feel a bit sniffly and run down. I hope my immunity system does a better job this time --and I hope she quickly gets well.

We saw Lord Of Illusion. It's about a super evil magician who was murdered 13 years ago by his former best student. The wicked one is now trying to rise from the dead to take vengeance and destroy the world. Perhaps (this is pure speculation) he will even seek a post in the Bush administration. Lord Of Illusion is a good bad film. The plot is silly and the acting mediocre but the palpability of evil is nicely evoked and the film is fun to look at because of frighteningly dark sets and eerie desert shots.


posted by stew at 8:52 AM


wMonday, January 31, 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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The Road Again

Highway 1 to Stinson Beach
still curving like an acid trip
inner space booking
on the Jefferson Airplane,
a road to lost American soul

but everyone now looks way too geometrically perfect
in body and its delicate language,
all ancient dirty hippies
must be living 20 feet under Marin County.

a note on the cafe bulletin board
declares "no politics."

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TDA 83 -- Our trip to the Bay Area was great fun. Seeing Jessica was at the head of our list followed by a reunion dinner at King Tsin Chinese Restaurant of mostly old pal 60's vets. Judy and I and friends once celebrated in the same restaurant the night I got out of Santa Rita Prison in 1969. My post Hep C chemotherapy body held up at about 2/3 energy. I was able to do everything, but I did it slower and I also got more tired than normal. I still need a few more weeks to get it all back. I gave a little talk about Hep C and chemo at the restaurant and someone who did chemo for Cancer said she couldn't imagine suffering chemotherapy for 11 months (the Hep C sentence).

We saw Hellboy, it's another film based on a very offbeat comic book superhero. Hellboy was brought out of Perdition by evil Nazi magicians but was rescued by a kindly American scientist who raised the little devil and proved the power of nurture over nature. Hellboy now fights in a unique and brutally eccentric manner against all the evil demons of darkness who have never known a kindly father. But he's likably shy and reticent, especially with his fiery (literally) girlfriend. The film is very low on plot, but well acted and its sets are great to look at. Lots of mysterious dark tunnels and great explosions.


posted by stew at 8:54 AM