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wSaturday, February 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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After The Ball Is Over

Post Modern Jews
joining fascist party in Belgium
founded by pro Nazi collaborators
now targeting
Muslims beating up Hasidic Jews in Antwerp

as categories collapse
everyone's in disguise,
if Harry can go to the ball
dressed as Nazi
so can we all.
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Day In The Life -- I'm reading The Brothers K, a very Americanized version of Dostoyevsky. It contains some of the best writing about baseball. My cold is still around but yesterday it seemed to be lessening its grip. I cooked a chicken in beer with curry raisins and pineapple, an Anglo Indian delight. The actor Ossie Davis died and the obits pointed out that he knew Langston Hughes, Paul Robeson, WEB DuBois, Richard Wright and Malcolm X. Does any one of this stature live today in America of any race, sex or ethnicity? Perhaps all current giants are on steroids.

We watched Troy, naturally its about the beautiful Helen and the pretty Paris running off together and thereby causing a monstrous war that kills off both the noble Hector and the great Greek warrior Achilles (played with modest passion by Brad Pitt) and culminates in complete tragedy. The film is filled with lots of beautiful and undressed people of both sexes. The battle scenes are photographed with brilliance both in the long shots revealing the massiveness of the combat and in close-ups demonstrating its gruesomeness. But what is the film's point of view? It offers a documentary, "not taking sides" approach, but it implies that while war may create its immortal heroes, it is ultimately and hellishly futile. Best line in the movie is "Hellen has left with a Trojan." With all the sex she is going to engage in, that was a wise act and perhaps her only one.


posted by stew at 10:37 AM


wFriday, February 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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Bush Legal

Convicting an attorney
for aiding a client
in presenting his harsh message,

they went after lawyer Lynne Stewart
because Bill Kunstler
is dead and unindictable
because others,
once mouthpieces of his breed
now protect their wealthy clients.

Bush Inquisition asking
why terrorists should have lawyers
inspecting Republican racks and whips?
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TDA 94 -- We went out and celebrated what we are calling the three month end of my chemotherapy recovery period (ordering a flat wide pasta lamb ragu). Judy read off a list of my chemically induced angry and unpleasant behavior patterns and said that I had fully returned to being me. From a scientific point of view I probably still have some poison in my system. People who take the Hep C treatment are told not to have children for at least six months after its conclusion (being ageing hippies, Judy and I have no such plans) and my nurse Mary Jane told me the complete purging of chemo poison could take a year. But I really do feel fully like myself again and that's an excellent definition of recovery. In three months I'll find out if the Hep C is staying away.

Kill Bill: Vol 2 -- The Tarantino sequel moves from Japan to American and Mexican deserts and from Yakuza-Samurai heroic style to Spaghetti Western anti-epic. The photography is menacing and paranoiac but Kill Bill's limitless cruelty is generously mellowed by the films arch absurdity. And we are even treated to an ironic ending when this tale of deadly revenge turns out to be a great romance brought down by a lovers quarrel. David "Grasshopper" Carradine is perfect as the terrifying but vulnerable Bill and Uma Thurman continues to succeed as the vengeful bride.


posted by stew at 9:40 AM


wThursday, February 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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Mountaineers

Walking into lies
blowing at 150 miles per hour
on a freezing Mt. Bush
we keep going backwards
blinded by white out power,
but
searching for worm holes in the wind,

our money and our lives
are blowing away

but
we keep looking for the sun.

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TDA 93- This is the day we set a few months back for my full recovery from the chemo. Aside from my immunity system and hair problems I think, (seesaw and two steps forward and then one back) I made it. Feeling myself again I realize that at some point in the chemo I forgot what it was like to feel like me. So to some extent my ordinary condition comes to me now as a complete surprise. I slept better last night. Maybe it was due to the codeine in the cough medicine. Both Judy and I are getting hair cuts and then by way of celebrating recovery, we will dine in a good Italian restaurant. The chemotherapy was a year in Hell. It will take more than even a Hep C cure to make it worth my while. Something larger is necessary, maybe like me becoming a better and more decent human being.

No movies last night but we watched Smallville and observed Superman giving up playing football because it's unfair to other players to compete against him (even if they take steroids). And President Jed Bartlet was a real mensch last night when he handled a crisis situation with Iran. I'll bet West Wing isn't a Bush favorite.


posted by stew at 8:53 AM


wWednesday, February 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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Lovely As A Tree

After much money robbed for the rich,
Bush budget now cutting throats.
Slashing funds, for
health
poor people
veterans and the environment.
Only no-sex programs are getting financial boost.

No more compassion from conservatives,
if a tree wants to make its way in the world
it better earn a living as wood
and avoid lascivious hugs.

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TDA 92 -- I continued working on the editing of the hep C chemo blogs and coughing. I'm going to get another haircut tomorrow, this represents a frank admission on my and Judy's part, that my hair has not yet recovered from the Hep C chemotherapy.

We saw Crossworld, a very low budget bit of science fiction fluff. An aging adolescent discovers it's time to get serious about life when he is visited from a variety of good and bad characters from another dimension. The young man has a very special key which the bad guys want. They have already conquered their own dimension and the key will allow them to also rule this one. Imagine ruling two worlds! What a George Bush daydream. The plot is made easier to take by the fact that one of the good other dimensionists is a beautiful woman, a rebel against tyranny who always wears a mini skirt.

Very Random -- Is nothing sacred? The neo-Pagan always kinky, bare boobed and drunken, New Orleans Mardi Gras is having its worst attendance ever. Can this be the power of Red State Christian moralism?

Rumors persist that the liberal West Wing TV show is going to give us a Republican President in their next fictional election. I certainly hope this doesn't happen. One Republican president in the real world is quite enough. West Wing is famous for providing us with an alternative daydream.


posted by stew at 9:12 AM


wTuesday, February 08, 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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Curtain Call

Sometimes the light
does not surrender silently
at sunset

making a blazing show of cold colors,
heroic geometry
in varied stripes and explosions
warning that things are not so simple
as darkness will suggest.

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TDA 91 -- I just heard a friend of mine has a very serious illness. I guess this goes with the territory of my being 65. Lots of my friends get very sick.
Another close friend came over to explain why she didn't see me during the chemo. I guess it came down to having problems of her own. I understand.
I'm running a slight fever and a continuing cold but happy at the extent of recovery from chemo. I now have three months to go before finding out if the chemotherapy cured me -- or as the doctors say, if I am having a sustained response to the chemo.

We saw Surviving Picasso. The great artist is portrayed not through his work, but through the impact he has on his lovers, wives, family and friends. The film focuses on the relationship between the artist and the painter Francoise Gilot, whom he met during the early 40's, seduced and then had two children with her in the midst a long and complex relationship. Anthony Hopkins does a good job of catching Picasso's clownish playfulness as well as his authoritarian cruelty and the film beautifully evokes the French countryside. In the end for all his mental abuse, Gilot believes she learned and grew from living with a genius.


posted by stew at 9:18 AM


wMonday, February 07, 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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Nothing Is Real

America winning its laurels
on UnReality TV
fighting its crusade against Islam
by installing Islamic governments
against which it will stage a coup d'etat

and I have a restless night of many coughs
rolling around in mild fever
employing ancient Kabalistic meditation of repeating words
like White House propagandists
at a Press Conference.
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TDA 90 -- No recovery from cold -- maybe I should trade in my chemo beaten up immunity system for a new model? I understand the latest immunity systems are completely computerized and much lighter to carry around. Judy and I went to the movies yesterday in preparation for a Jewish high holy day, the granting of the Academy Awards.

In Million Dollar Baby, director Clint Eastwood has created a brilliant new genre of film, the manly chick flick. It's female in its vulnerability and sentimentality but it's masculine in its upholding of rugged boxing values of competitive courage and craft. Hilary Swank plays a 30ish woman who walks into a gym and asks a trainer (performed with masterful understatement by Eastwood) to teach her the sweet science of destruction. The Eastwood character resists but the would be fighter has her charms, endurance and natural skills. She becomes a top contender for the women's title but tragedy intervenes and her trainer faces the greatest challenge of his life. Swank is extremely believable as someone with nothing left to lose and a world to win. And as a bonus, the portrayal of her greedy, insane and cruel lumpen family is a cameo masterpiece.


posted by stew at 9:07 AM


wSunday, February 06, 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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Democracy

Gloomy Sunday morning rain
and a vague light
shining on NY Times
bringing news of
Islam in Iraq
triumphant in elections.
Allah gonna be writing a new Constitution
permitting polygamy.

Take note America
this is why,
blown and blasted by bombs
your sons and daughter die,
so rich Iraqis can have lots of wives,

it's all in the faith based family.

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TDA 89 -- Even though my Cold continues in its annoying never ending ways (Judy's Cold lasted only a day) I am certainly over most of the Hep C chemo side effects. I woke up this morning, looked into the mirror and my newly short hair was insane -- sticking in strange directions, like a comic book version of some guy who had just been struck by lightening or seen a ghost. Is my chemotherapy wasted hair returning to its great curls? We'll see.

We saw The Prisoner staring Sammo Hung and Jackie Chan as inmates of a hellish Hong Kong prison. When the finger prints of a supposedly executed murderer are found at the site of a fresh killing, a Hong Kong cop assumes a gangster identity and infiltrates the jail house of supposed execution pretending he's just another guy doing time. There's not much Kung Fu in this film, though Sammo and Chan have their moments, but there is a powerful portrayal of officially imposed prison brutality and some good acting and character development, the cons are actually portrayed as human beings.


posted by stew at 10:19 AM