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wSaturday, February 26, 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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Jews Just Want To Have Fun

On Friday night
coming to Tel Aviv
driving an hour from Jerusalem
from one Jewish century to another.
The "Holy City" is on ancient lock down
of nothing happening
except in the Arab east
Don't go out to eat
cause all restaurants, bars and and clubs
are closed
law forcing them,
to honor a Sabbath moon.

Skipping out to noisy Tel Aviv
where everything opens
and happens
when the City of David closes,
you can always get what you want
cause an angry Rabbi
isn't looking over your shoulder.

The killers who came to Tel Aviv
knew they were blasting
Israel's good time Jacobs
who wouldn't be caught dead
in a religious settlement
but in a night club?

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Day In The Life -- I'm reading Robert Reich's book about his time in the Clinton administration. It's slightly crazed and wildly ironic but perhaps it offers a more revealing truth telling portrait of the Clinton's in power -- than put forward by Clinton himself in his massive autobiography.
When I was on Chemo the non-Chemo world became increasingly unreal and unknowable. Now the reverse is happening. Chemotherapy seems like an increasing vague bad dream, But I do have the blogs to remember. We dined on Trader Joe's pot roast (brisket?) last night it tasted a lot like old time Brooklyn.

Hep C Generation News (an occasional feature)....Scientists have just reproduced the Hep C virus in a lab...A new Hep C cure drug is being tested in Egypt where 20% of the population suffers with the virus. Here's hoping it produces, a better cure rate, reduced side effects and costs a lot less....A study is being conducted of those who are being treated for Hep C but are receiving half the customary Interferon dosage. Doctors want to know if this will produce the same cure rate with significantly reduced side effects...

We saw Catwoman. Its a sympathetic fun version of Batman's female nemesis (the Bat isn't in this one). The uber feline female starts out as a shy insecure commercial artist who discovers a plot to sell a dangerous wrinkle cream that destroys faces, naturally the evil doers murder her. But she is brought back to life by a kindly Egyptian pussy cat and given all the powers and instincts of that dangerous breed. Halle Berry looks great in leather and swings a mean whip, but are you surprised? Kudos to Berry, for Catwoman's uncontrollable mood swings. The newly emancipated woman unpredictably swinging back to her former frightened self and then with tears on her face returning boldly, to her new ferocity.


posted by stew at 9:57 AM


wFriday, February 25, 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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Oregon Dreaming

Sun burning clouds
becoming
memory remembering
before glacial-global warming,
I'm now eating outside
in the middle of discontented winter,

day brightness shining like crystal
of powder blue sky
too much light
blinding
questing eyes
can't see subtlety in the sneer
that governs.
--

Thieves

Storm Troopers
on the Information Highway
hijacking our minds.

We stumble naked
on broken hopes
repeating their mantra
without ending

"Have a nice day
the corporations love you."

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Day In The Life -- I'm trying to figure out my theme on Hep C treatment writing project - it's shaping up as an existential tale of putting up a good fight in Hell-no matter what the odds or the pain. You do it, because otherwise, you are choosing against yourself.
It was so sunny and warm yesterday I ate my lunch (black beans, plantinos and rice) on the deck and flowers were flowering. Paul K will be coming to town at the end of April.

We saw Anything Else. A Woody Allen written directed and acted movie with a big difference. In this effort, the aging Woody, wisely gives up the effort of trying to be a romantic lead, chasing a woman half his age. Instead he advises a young man about how to handle his young sexy but impossible girl friend, an actress who eats too much, and no longer has sex with him. It's all classic Woody Allen ironic humor with an extra special emphasis on Jewish paranoia. And the young guy played by Jason Biggs does a great job of seeming like a junior version of his know it all mentor. There are numerous great shots of Central Park, amazing Billie Holiday vocals, and a fine cameo of Stockard Channing as the girl friend's even crazier coke snorting mother.


posted by stew at 8:45 AM


wThursday, February 24, 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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Woke Up This Morning

1
Night time dreams
of once hearing the Chair's hum,
facing it again
unperturbed
not knowing why
they give me the run of a friendly place
while I patiently wait,
the warden prepares
a patriotic speech,
the Chair is warming up.

2
Panther Big Man once brought gallons of ice cream
and joints
to craving hippies,
at midnight
but the Big Man's
grown small in time.
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Day In The Life --Pun Plamondon's memoir LOST FROM THE OTTAWA; THE STORY OF THE JOURNEY BACK, will soon be available. I knew Pun as a White Panther hippie Maoist and very cool likable guy back in the late 60's. He's walked down many roads since then and he's beaten many raps, including terrorist allegations, pot dealing accusations, and booze. But he came out of his trials on top and is now a highly respected Native American story telling elder. Some old friends go down and some rise to the top. Congratulations Pun.

I saw The Devil's Daughter. It's a 1939 all black movie. A bunch of very low budget black films were made back in the 30's that were only distributed in black neighborhoods. They were the only films in which black actors could play parts other than maids and porters. In this one, a woman returns to Jamaica and her jealous half sister tries to scare her back to New York City by employing extreme Voodoo rituals. I think that only one camera was used in the making of this film and the script is absolutely predictable but both the dancing and Voodoo ceremony have a much more authentic feel to them than can ever found in the Hollywood movies of that era. No whites in black face here.


posted by stew at 8:40 AM


wWednesday, February 23, 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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Waiting To Take You Away

College kids blowing Hash
on Saudi Arabian magic carpet.
getting totally blasted
on blasting Bush,
but one of the stoners is a Narc,
and
it's a bummer man!

Two years of worshipful whippings
terrible torture
confessions of whatever
and an Allah-American kid
stands in an All-American court
with a massive indictment
about plotting to burn a Bush,
it's a bummer man!

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Day In The Life -- I got an e-mail for a high school girl in Baltimore who is writing her Junior thesis on the Chicago Conspiracy Trial. She asked me some questions which I answered. But she called me Mr. Albert (which was my father's name) and she referred to Paul Krassner as Mr. Krassner. I'm 65 and Paul must be at least 70, so I suppose such salutations are a required form of respect. Ah, the indignities of age. Remember I used to be called a "youth leader."

I just finished reading The Brothers K by David James Duncan. It may not be "the great American novel," but it certainly is, the good one. It's about a large American family living in the State Of Washington and colliding head on with the 60s and it's about baseball, fundamentalist religion, Zen, sexual abuse, sin, love, forgiveness and redemption. You will find here some very Americanized Dostoyeksky, combined with a bit of Twain, Dos Pasos, Kesey and Heller. It's a big fat well written book that never lets up and always manages a few surprises. And it has some of the best writing about baseball, ever.

Last night on the tube, Robin Williams said they were combining Viagra and Ex-Lax, so they could get you coming and going.


posted by stew at 8:22 AM


wTuesday, February 22, 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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Death Valley Daze

CNN poll finds Americans
think that Reagan was the best President
probably
cause he opened a refrigerator
better than Jefferson
while playing football for Notre Dame
when
FDR never got out of a wheel chair.

Poll finding
a low opinion of George Washington.
Greens condemning him
for chopping down a cherry tree?

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A Day In The Life -- I feel bad about Hunter T doing himself in. Giving up and feeling pointless. He represented wild rebel energy that proclaimed itself undefeatable. I suppose one thing we all know now is that anyone can be defeated. The silver lining is that George Bush is not exempt from this possibility. I wrote a poem about Hunter's circumstance (see yesterday's blog) and it appeared in CounterPunch and other places and lots of people visited my web site. More bad news -- I learned that an old friend of mine, who was an underground journalist in the 60s and who began making it big time in the 80's, was busted for having possession of a lot of child porn. He's been down on his luck for some time, and now faces ten years in prison for his mad fantasies. He does have a very good lawyer -- who is also an old friend of mine. Thus, the world turns.

We saw The Statement. It's about a former French collaborator with the Nazis, who murdered seven Jews. Now an old man with a serious heart condition, he is guilt ridden and on the run from appropriate French justice and mysterious hit men who might be Jewish revengers or hirelings of a secretive French establishment that along with the Catholic Church, has protected him since his crime. But now he may be a man who knows too much. The war criminal is played by Michael Cain, who succeeds big time in giving his character both a sense of humanity as well as ruthlessness. There is also lots of nice shots of the French countryside and its Churches. This film puts too much emphasis on Church complicity with fascism to be made in Bush America. It was financed by Canadian, French and British capital.


posted by stew at 8:27 AM


wMonday, February 21, 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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Fear and Loathing

1
Did Hunter know his time was over?
How could he exaggerate
the venality of George Bush?
while drifting over circus tent surrealism
of screwball entertaining insight
cause Dubya's his own caricature
who wears lies
without disguise.
with painful vibrations of loss
Gonzo once proclaimed,
"I miss Nixon."

2
Abbie, Phil Ochs
and others,
has Hunter revived
the tide
of suicide?
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Day In The Life - We went to the Ridgefield Preserve in Washington. It was my first time at that wonderful place without being under the influence of Hep C chemotherapy. What a difference bad chemicals make! I was able to experience so much beauty in its limitless details and feel so unseparated from its promise. My vision was clearer and my feelings flowed. The highlight of our journey was a Heron eating a snake just a few feet from our car. The snake was clever and fought bravely but the Heron was determined and patient. It took the Heron a few minutes but he finally enjoyed an excellent meal. The other big attraction was a very young Eagle perched on a tree branch checking it all out and trying to figure his place in the universe.

Last night Boston Legal provided all the best arguments for torturing suspects and their friends. I suppose you were supposed to be horrified, but I suspect that many of the viewers (like the jury) were persuaded by the gouge and burn position. In the era of Bush is TV reviving the "talk out of both sides of its mouth" All In The Family approach?


posted by stew at 8:34 AM


wSunday, February 20, 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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Read Your Bible

Bush's last tape
in 1998
talking in confidence with his pal
Judas the Christian
about smoking pot and fucking Forbes,
he's sounding like an opportunist politician,
a hard right wing politico with some moderate edges
of ordinary sanity
of deals with wheels,
who was once humbled
when visiting
Israel's
Jesus preaching place
on the famous Mount,

but that was before 9/11
when it dawned on Dubya
that he gave the sermon.

George on the Mount
proclaiming,
the world will suffer unto him
or else.



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Day In The Life -- Judy and I visited the Reed College Black Panther photo exhibit. It offers a great collection of images from 1968-70 that include revealing studies of both that party's leaders and its rank and file. The only thing the photographs do not reveal are Panthers with smiles. In those days even the most fun loving of Panthers put a very tough look on their face whenever a camera drew near. There is a splendid group photo of Panthers leaving a noon rally on the Berkeley campus in 1968. If you look to the left of Eldridge Cleaver and slightly back, you will see Judy and me holding hands. After all these years, Judy still looks great in the leather mini skirt. Former Panther leader Kathleen Cleaver commented in an e-mail, "The photographs are beautiful, aren't they? Proof that better times existed." Indeed.

We saw Lackawanna Blues, a film (adapted from a play) about Blues people living in upstate New York, in the late 1950s and early 60's. They are all African-Americans living in segregation's twilight zone The central protagonist is a character known only as Nanny. She runs a wild boarding house of down and out very eccentric and colorful individuals who have done everything in their lives and nothing. She is their advisor and protector. She is also selflessly raising a child who she has informally adopted. Everyone is unhappy a lot of time (except the kid) and fortunately there is an incredibly talented Blues singer living in the boarding house who provides appropriate musical backup to their despairing moods. Nanny is grandly played by "Law and Order's" S. Epatha Merkson. My only mild objection to this HBO made movie is that it gives short notice to the civil rights movement and slightly implies that Black communities may have been slightly better off in the days of segregation.


posted by stew at 12:42 PM