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May 23, 2018

Tom Wolfe ... Philip Roth

Two of my favorite writers gone in one week. Oh my. Thanks for enriching my life.

This is the artist, then, life's hungry man, the glutton of eternity, beauty's miser, glory's slave. Tom Wolfe

Everybody else is working to change, persuade, tempt and control them. The best readers come to fiction to be free of all that noise. Philip Roth

March 24, 2018

At War with Myself

Today::: is a big day:::
the March for Our Lives will take place in hundreds of cities, besides Washington, where it will be massive, historical. NRA, find a hole and crawl in. Then pull the hole in after you.

the lights go off at 8:30 pm for the Worldwide Earth Hour, an hour of darkness to raise awareness about environmental problems and solutions. Energy companies, we have the switch.

poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti turns 99 years of age in San Francisco. He is a movement for good and a light in the dark.

so where's the war?

in Europe, among the million horrible things Trump is doing, one stands out -- the trade war. I know he later said he'd make exemptions, basically contradicting himself as usual, but leaders here have to take it seriously until further notice. He said he'd do it, he signed it, we believe it's coming, so unless we're well-behaved kiddies, we're next. Tariffs on steel mean no Levis, no peanut butter, no Harleys. Over here they say that a trade war is a real war, you declare war on us, we are now enemies, we fight back, it can only get worse before a truce is declared. I am a citizen of the EU and the US, hence today's title.

i'm so tired of this shit. I want to get off of facebook and twitter, stop watching CNN and BBC, stop letting this sicko dominate my days. I want to get back to writing and music and my quiet homelife, get my sanity back, find my smile again, wake up rested and let all the difficulties of the day just slide away. Yet I feel like I'm constantly in combat mode without the adrenaline of battle. Yet I can't just opt out, that's irresponsible, there's no room in the sand for another head. Yet keeping up on everything has worn me down and worn me out, which is exactly what Trump wants, and, although I tell my friends that his days are numbered, he's winning against me today. I can't keep up the fighting without some amphetamines (isn't that what he uses?). Thus the lack of polit-blogs of late.

and then I see the Parkland survivors, and I am inspired and refreshed. We all have a connection, all been touched by the ripple effect of school shootings. Mine is Cleveland Elementary in Stockton, 1989, a guy hid behind a building and picked off little kids playing during lunch hour with a semi-automatic rifle -- five dead, 32 wounded. I used to teach at Cleveland. This was after I'd been in Italy for ten years, but the guy who did it had gone there as a child, about the time when I substitute taught there, maybe even in one of my classes. So, yeah, enough is enough. Make it stop. Make it stop. Politician, do your job to protect us all against gun violence; you were not elected to sell more guns for your buddies.

i may be old and weary (or maybe I'm just faking it for the pathos effect), but the teenagers that are marching today are YOUNG AND STRONG and the hope for a better tomorrow. It chokes me up that they are so passionate and articulate and savvy and right. Right on! You make us old warriors proud! When I was your age, I marched regularly against the Vietnam War, nuclear weapons, nuclear power, other causes, now it's your day. Thanks for your courage. hashtag Never Again.

happy trials, Martin

Mutt and Jeff are on assignment in the nation's capitol.

February 3, 2018

Caged Bird by Maya Angelou


Caged Bird
Maya Angelou

A free bird leaps
on the back of the wind
and floats downstream
till the current ends
and dips his wing
in the orange sun rays
and dares to claim the sky.

But a bird that stalks
down his narrow cage
can seldom see through
his bars of rage
his wings are clipped and
his feet are tied
so he opens his throat to sing.

The caged bird sings
with a fearful trill
of things unknown
but longed for still
and his tune is heard
on the distant hill
for the caged bird
sings of freedom.

The free bird thinks of another breeze
and the trade winds soft through the sighing trees
and the fat worms waiting on a dawn-bright lawn
and he names the sky his own.

But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams
his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream
his wings are clipped and his feet are tied
so he opens his throat to sing.

The caged bird sings
with a fearful trill
of things unknown
but longed for still
and his tune is heard
on the distant hill
for the caged bird
sings of freedom.


January 8, 2018

In Memoriam 2017

Musicians:
Al Jarreau
Alan Jabbour
Bobby Freeman
Charles Bradley
Chester Bennington
Chris Cornell
Chuck Berry
Eddie Kamae
Fats Domino
Glen Campbell
Greg Trooper
Gregg Allman
J. Geils
James Cotton
Jim Fuller (Surfaris)
Jimmy Dotson
Jimmy LaFave
Joni Sledge
Junie Morrison (Ohio Players)
Katie Lee
Keely Smith
Larry Coryell
Maggie Roche
Malcolm Young
Pete Kuykendall
Pete Moore (Miracles)
Ric Marlow (songwriter)
Ritchie Adams (songwriter)
Rosalie Sorrels
Rosie Hamlin
Sylvia Moy (songwriter)
Tom Paley
Tom Petty
Tommy Allsup
Valerie Carter
Walter Becker
Wayne Cochran
William Melvin Kelley

Writers:
Anthony Scaduto
Dolores Kendrick
Gladys Hansen
Henry Mathews
Jack Collom
Joanne Kyger
John Ashbery
John Schultz
Kay Byer
Kevin Starr
Mari Evans
Nat Hentoff
Peter Sears
Richard Wilbur
Robert M. Pirsig
Roger D. Abrahams
Sam Shepard
Sir Derek Walcott
Thomas Lux
Thomas Meehan
Tullio De Mauro
William H. Gass

Others:
Adam West
Barbara Hale
Bill Paxton
Dennis Banks
Dick Gregory
Ed Lee
Harry Dean Stanton
Jean Moreau
Jerry Lewis
Jim Nabors
Lillie Mae Bradford
Martin Landau
Mary Tyler Moore
Professor Irwin Corey
Roy Halladay
Shelley Berman
Sir John Hurt
Sir Roger Moore


December 26, 2017

Season's Greetings


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