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wSaturday, April 16, 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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Iraq Reconstructs

We invaded Iraq
destroying its army

billions being spent

rebuilding that army

for presiding over
a graveyard
of ghouls
twisted humanity
drinking poisoned water
in darkened caves of noisy desperation
and
medicine-less hopeless hospitals
of a million dead children

all that feverish chattering
uncensored hysteria
and
calling it democracy.

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Day In The Life----I received an e-mail from a cool guy living on a small island in the West Indies. He reads these blogs and picked up on my reference to the Billie Holiday festival of endless programing on WKCR FM, a small upper west side of Manhattan, radio station. So he streamed in on it and let me know how much he liked it. This represents the good part of post modern living. A small NYC radio station can be listened to (via computer) in Portland Oregon and a program tip appears in a blog which is read on a West Indian Island and someone else tunes in. If you think about it, and don't take it for granted, it can blow your mind.

Judy and I ran into Barb yesterday when we were out buying coffee. She was a pleasant surprise.

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Van Helsing --Naturally this film is all about hunting down Dracula and his super human crew. And it is a vampire film with a difference. Usually the slayer Van Helsing is portrayed as dry, boring and Brit Churchly All charisma goes to the evil vampires. But in this one VH is totally cool, good looking, somewhat dumb and has his own blood lust for killing. In addition to Dracula we get almost every monster conjured by the 19th Century mind. There are lots of fantastic looking wolfmen (are there wolfwomen?), flying lady vampires, Frankenstein's monster and even Mr. Hyde makes a cameo appearance. Most of the film takes place in a very menacing and snowy Transylvania. Van Helsing has a ludicrous and impossible plot, but who cares? It's great fun with a wild musical score and fantastic special effects, it's a little like James Bond, a comic book fantasy and a medieval painting of magnificent demons.


posted by stew at 11:34 AM


wFriday, April 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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Yippee Yai Yo

America,
rounding up 10,000 criminals
in nationally coordinated effort,
it took a couple of days
and
the bad guys
weren't just pick pockets and horse thieves
but also murdering rapist drug dealers,
makes you wonder how long
they let these guys murder and rape
waiting for the super sized
extra special
Bush approved
last round up
and
why that date was so important.

Guess the Federales
need practice
rounding up thousands and thousands
cause they might be getting rusty
cause they haven't pulled that difficult trick
since Pearl Harbor's
shock and awe.

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Day In The Life -- I sent an e-mail to LC who runs the organization that is holding the 60's event here in Portland that did not invite me to participate (see yesterday's blog). After all I do know a bit about the 60's. L is both a former big league baseball player and an accomplished novelist and a good likable guy. He replied that he had nothing to do with the specific organizing of the event, except that he has to deal with all the angry and uninvited writers. He's going to look into the matter. I don't usually complain about this kind of stuff but since L is a friend and everyone says Portland should be better represented at Portland events, I thought I would have a go at limited anger.
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We saw Top Dog, it stars Chuck Norris and Reno the terrier dog as off beat cops and partners. Reno is by far the better actor. Unlike Chuck, the flat one-dimensional human and like his ancient predecessor Rin Tin Tin, Reno does comedy as well as tragedy and his oeuvre might easily remind those of us familiar with Canadian high culture of another legendary canine-human cop team, Sergeant Preston of the Yukon and his partner, wonder dog King.


posted by stew at 8:31 AM


wThursday, April 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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Far Away Places

Feds visiting surrealialist art shows
questioning artists
about an imaginary gun
pointing at a make believe President
hiding behind fantastic Bush,

while arresting depressed high school girls
writing essays on suicide,
cause when a Muslim kid gets bummed
a jail cell is waiting.

If secret policemen
get a few judges
more sympathetic to their lot,

all unhappy artists will spend total days
painting sad Muslim teenagers
in faraway places
in permanent camps
with strange sounding pain.
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Day In The Life -- I didn't get invited to speak on a book show panel about 60s Woodstock counter culture and politics. Since the panel takes place in Portland and since I just wrote a good memoir on the 60's, I got pissed off. But then again I found out that the event was on the first night of Passover and my being there would have screwed up our Seder. Sometimes a slap in the face can be a lucky break.

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We finally watched NBC's Revelations. It's all about the end of the world and the mad Book Of Revelations predicted coming final conflict of absolute good and evil. It's Christian crap but artfully done. The pace is brisk, the characters diverse and a bit interesting. And the signs and miracles somewhat surprising. Still I much prefer HBO's Carnivale version of end times where the good people are unchurchly carnies and absolute evil appears in the guise of a fascist fundamentalist Christian minister. But then again I'm Jewish.


posted by stew at 8:41 AM


wWednesday, April 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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Time Again

Billie Holiday
sang through
an exclusive architecture
of time
and timing,
changing pace
creating
Grand Canyon pauses
of waiting
on point of needle
rethinking the world
in every possibility
and
then
with cool big bang,

a new world just happens.
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Day In The Life -- Last Sunday I was reading the NY Times over morning coffee and learned that WKCR FM, Columbia U's radio station in NYC was broadcasting an endless radiothon of everything Ms. Lady Day - Billie Holiday ever recorded. And I mean everything, not just records, but stage, radio and TV appearances. I sat there wishing that I was in NYC and could listen to this little community radio station on the upper West Side of Manhattan that probably can't be picked up in my old Brooklyn neighborhood. And then I realized, I could listen to it. By miraculous technology, I computer streamed it on Sunday and here it is Wednesday morning and as I write this, I'm still listening. I don't listen all the time, I'm not going nuts but I've tuned Billie in, a lot, and I love it. Billie Holiday's pacing did as much for the imagination of time and its possibilities as Albert Einstein. See poem above.
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Club Dread is Club Med turned into a slasher serial killer's paradise. Why is it happening, who is doing it, and why does in occur in such a goofy slapstick manner? The Club's staff investigates. My favorite part of the film is the portrait of the 20 something swingers who still keep swinging amidst the expanding bloodbath. Analogies with Bush America easily come to mind.


posted by stew at 8:44 AM


wTuesday, April 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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Tradition

Rainy day slow morning
aches and plays
with being here now.

Consistency keep me going
in the dampness of tight spine
cause cops still lie
when they arrest demonstrators
in NYC
they tell gruesome tales
of dangerous resistance to handcuffs,
they lied in 35, 65, and 05
as a matter of noble tradition
they offer imaginative scenarios of street warfare
even when video home cameras
now blow their games in the wind
and
DAs cut defendants loose,
TV images always showing
combat pacifists going quietly to lock up.

Some things never change,
a looser laughing soul
now facing a lighter day.

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Day In The Life --I did a phone interview with a young woman doing a senior thesis at Manhattan College on Yippies and their use of media. She discovered me through Google and she's also talked to Paul Krasner. She's surprised about how easy we were to get in touch with and how we are willing we are to help her. But isn't true that old time veterans always enjoy talking about the "great war?" That's true even when it's a class war. And besides, if you've made a little history, you certainly want it written your way.
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Weed is a documentary shot by Doug Wolens at 8th annual Cannabis Cup & Hemp Expo always taking place in Holland. The film lets you look at a pot trade show and it also takes the audience into the inviting Dutch cafes when grass is openly smoked and traded. Basically I was bored with the people. They haven't changed much in 40 years and they all seem to still be saying the same grown tired things about how they are a different and probably superior community. The colorful costumes that some were wearing look just like what they wore in 1965. Everyone seems a bit flat and uninspired. My favorite part of the flick were the shots of the marijuana itself. The weed has changed, it now glows with greenness and is obviously a lot stronger. Maybe it's gotten a bit too strong?


posted by stew at 8:40 AM


wMonday, April 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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Brightness

American generals
again seeing
peaceful light
at tunnel's end,
they can't fight endless imperial wars
of jam-packed cemeteries
without being guided
by
a no more darkness
no more night
light
of necessary public relations,
but as usual
its likely
an oncoming train.

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Day In The Life -- We installed our new computerized camera and photo printer and Judy took a photo of our garden lettuce and we printed it out. It's a fine camera with lots of detail. As usual computer installation was a pain in the ass. To soften the pain we went out to eat at Cafe Castanga which offers the best hamburger in Portland.

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The power struggle continues in Deadwood as Al returns to his usual venomous health and the town's folk prepare to take on George Hearst who wants steal from them the land they stole from the Indians. Who can be trusted as a friend in such a virtuous conflict?


posted by stew at 9:15 AM


wSunday, April 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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Last Acts

Long Live Death
the fascist general proclaimed
before he marched on Madrid.

Long Live Death
the Christian crazies
imply
when cheering on Christ's apocalypse,
the final Holocaust
when all their Israeli Jew friends
go to Hell.

Long Live Death
Bush screamed in his soul
when turning his thumbs down
making Texans walk the last mile
to the final injection.

We all die
my aging body thinks
but does not say,
knowing this lefty
would rather wait endlessly,
while changing the subject.

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Day In The Life -- Judy and I bought a computer/no film camera for our upcoming journey to Utah, Nevada and Arizona. It was a good deal, to hustle us in to the new technology, the store threw in a printer. Our old film camera is broken down and Judy has been known to snap a masterpiece so we would be getting a new camera in any case. Beside our daughter has one. Why not try the new technology which satisfies the modern desire to have everything immediately and then to be able to throw it all away without wasting natural resources?

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Innerspace, is a film about a nebbish guy, played by Martin Short, who gets a miniaturized macho astronaut (Dennis Quaid) injected into him and it changes his personality, he becomes a Chaplinesque version of James Bond. Colorful and ever the top villains hunt him because the technology of miniaturization has military and rule the world applications. It really gets funny when the former nebbish starts falling love with the astronaut's girl friend played by a 1987 youngish Meg Ryan, looking great in a leather skirt. The trio makes for a hilarious triangle of jealousy and genuine friendship. Also there's a lot of nice San Francisco in the background.


posted by stew at 10:02 AM