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wSaturday, October 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 And if you want to book me for a speech, you can contact the Yippie Speakers Bureau via http://yippie.mindvox.com
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Future Shock

After Bush,
what monsters go lurking
on the edges of our lost mind?

Who can fully fill
such a giant vacuum of evil?
Mediocre Democrats may be getting
a brief time at bat
but harsh winds of hate will have them
hiding in Hell.

A time of total tyrants then begins.
Slouching beasts with sinister Christian purpose
and
self righteous greed
hitchhiking across a galaxy
of dementia and devastation.

Bush made Hunter
sentimental about Nixon
so he killed himself.
Will future demons
get us reminiscing
about Dubya
in the good old days?

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Day In The Life -- Judy and I keep talking about our three bears in the Catskill woods experience. We are reminded that the FBI agents who watched our cabin (near Hurley NY) gave us the code name Mama Bear and Papa Bear. (We learned this from our FBI files.) I guess they identified with Goldilocks when they burglarized us. Judy and I used to tell our then three year old daughter that there were three bears living on top of hill behind our cabin, Grumpy, Grumbo and little Granola. In those days there were no real bears in those woods, but the encroachments of Yuppies from NYC building many new houses in the woods, the disappearance of natural food supplies and a ton of new garbage has brought the bears down from the mountains. Now the area is plastered with official signs warning people against creating a neighBearhood by leaving their garbage in unprotected places. So far (as much as we could determine) no humans have been eaten. But this was of little comfort when we met up with the bears -- we froze and did absolutely nothing to earn their displeasure and they responded by cutting us some slack. After executing a very rapid escape from the woods we ate lunch at the "Little Bear Cafe." Chinese food is always soothing after mental trauma. And we photographed ourselves in the arms of large wooden bear sculpture outside the restaurant. Then we phoned our daughter in SF and told her Granola had grown up.
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White Noise -- A scary film (Judy said it frightened her more than the bears) about how the dead communicate to the living through computers and tape recorders. Seeing them is a little like watching a TV station from a hundred miles away and using a very small antenna. The plot offers both good dead spirits and very bad ones and sometimes their motivation is unexplained. Michael Keaton plays a husband who makes contact with his possibly murdered wife and her possible dead killers. This is a very well shot film, with ordinary sights and sounds playing off against another extraordinary world from beyond the grave. The sense of relief that the soul doesn't die is challenged by the possibility that even beyond the grave it might have to coexist with a bunch of mean bastards.


posted by stew at 10:52 AM


wFriday, September 30, 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 And if you want to book me for a speech, you can contact the Yippie Speakers Bureau via http://yippie.mindvox.com
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42nd Street

All the one buck movie theaters
where the broken and broke
could go out on the town
also eating 50 cents of spaghetti
at Romeo's
and
a buck and a quarter steak at Tad's
are turned to Broadway Theaters
presenting revivals of revivals
for Euro-Asian tourists of favorable dollar exchange.

Giuliani was a People's Mayor,
other people.

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Day IN The Life -- Judy and I are back from our journey to the East. Highlights (besides all the great meals) -- In NYC, Matisse and his inspiring textiles show (now closed) at the Met, Russia show at the Guggenheim, although a modest censorship takes place because most of the "socialist realist" painting of the 30's and 40's is shunted off to a side room. What I did find interesting about that style is that there was more variety permitted than I thought, some of it borders on impressionism or pop art and is very good. And a big surprise was the Joan Snyder exhibit at the Jewish Museum. She's a powerful "throw in the kitchen sink" abstract impressionist of feminist inspirations. We would later visit a private gallery in Woodstock and get an even closer look at her amazing work.

More highlights - The gigantic peace march in DC. We almost didn't get there because (due to an accidental power failure) no trains were running for Penn Station. So at 6.30 in the morning we rented a car and heroic Judy drove to DC. The demo was huge, maybe a couple of hundred thousand but strangely scattered and unfocussed. I loved marching (we carried a 2 Oregonians for Peace sign and someone asked if we walked all the way from Oregon) passed the White House (we were surprisingly close) and shouting slogans. "Hey Hey Bush and DeLay, how many kids did you kill today!"
And hearing Joan Baez sing Hard Rain at the rally was mind blowing. I loved being there, but I had a sad sense, it wouldn't do much good. And sure enough, the giant event was ignored by the media and Bush. Most Americans never heard of it or think it was very small. Back in the 60's I believed every demo I went too would change the world, so my pessimistic feelings surprised me.

More Highlights visiting with many old and good friends in New York, Albany and Woodstock. Also hiking in the beautiful Catskill woods on an amazing sunny day and running into three very large black bears. We lived in the Catskills in the 70's and bears just weren't around. Now they are almost everywhere. The bears saw us but fortunately we didn't seem interesting. We watched the PBS Dylan spectacular with a very old pal of Dylan's and her insider comments added quite a bit to the experience.
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While we were gone the Bush empire took another hit with the indictment of Tom DeLay but Bush got Roberts on the Supreme Court and unless the Democrats catch fire nothing much good will happen except maybe a brief pause on the road to full fascism.


posted by stew at 8:21 AM