Archive for the Arts & Private Life category

January 5th, 2011

Wikileaked: Israel told US it would keep Gaza on brink of economic collapse

Out of the darkness thanks to Mssrs Bradley, Assange & co:

Israel told U.S. officials in 2008 it would keep Gaza’s economy “on the brink of collapse” while avoiding a humanitarian crisis, according to U.S. diplomatic cables

Arabs in rubble. That’s the policy.

Meanwhile Netanyahu calls on Obama to release from prison the Israeli spy Pollard.

January 4th, 2011

Wikileaks

“The whole universe or the structure that perceives it is a worthy opponent, but try as I may I can not escape the sound of suffering. Perhaps as an old man I will take great comfort in pottering around in a lab and gently talking to students in the summer evening and will accept suffering with insouciance. But not now; men in their prime, if they have convictions, are tasked to act on them.”

– Julian Assange, 2007 blog entry

Having looked into the Wikileaks a bit, one sees that Julian Assange is a new-age hero, and reaffirms that the American republic is dead.

New Yorker profile of Assange from earlier this year — must read.

Ron Paul’s reaction on the floor of the House — hear, hear him.

The great cache of pieces at The New York Times

Hackers of the World Unite in attacks on corporate and other sites in reaction to harassment of Assange

An overview of the American Empire’s lying machine

Upcoming data dump will focus on one of the big banks, perhaps the great zombie Bank of America:

“It will give a true and representative insight into how banks behave at the executive level in a way that will stimulate investigations and reforms, I presume,” Assange said in the November 2010 interview with Forbes. “For this, there’s only one similar example. It’s like the Enron e-mails.”

November 28th, 2010

Seven Beauties

Posted in Death, Goodbye to All That, Movies by ed

For files and dark nights:

Lina Wertmuller’s masterpiece with Giancarlo Giannini.

The entire film — in Italian with English subtitles (the only way to see it — don’t ever watch the dubbed English version, it’s a horrible, destructive scandal) — is on YouTube in twelve clips or so.

Porca miseria — what life does to you !

November 3rd, 2010

Michael Moore
talks turkey Election Night

Wow. The gosh darn truth, it seems to me.

He’s talking late night election night (November 2010) at Democracy Now, with John Nicolls and Laura Flanders in the studio with Amy Goodman.

He touches on the blackout, during the autumn campaign weeks, on the wars — indeed, foreign policy in toto. This was the first thing that came to mind as Jon Stewart concluded his interview with Obama two weeks ago. Not a word about Pakghanistan, Iraq or Israel. Not a fucking word. Clearly Obama demanded that silence in exchange for the appearance.

It’s also noteworthy, when he speaks of the Left’s guilt for its early support of the Iraq war, 2002-04, and names a few names and nods at institutions, that what he’s pointing to are prominent Jews of the Left, who supported the war persuaded in good part that it served Israel’s interest, and then recanted.

But Michael daresn’t say that to Amy. Not right out.

The recantation of Tom Friedman of the Times suddenly comes to mind as one of the most spectacular. But he was nothing like alone within the New York media. The New Yorker itself, of Remnick and Hertzberg. Perhaps I’ll find links.

Most broadly, the so-called Left here will never mount the kind of power challenge its constituency needs until it faces the huge ideological chaos within its ranks.

I mean, in nutshell: Identity Politics vs (marxian!) Universalism.

This came to mind again yesterday watching a group of three at Busboys & Poets Cafe in DC on Democracy Now. Nothing but racism. Seeing everything thru that narrow lens. Calling themselves Progressives even yet, after 30 years of getting fucked in the ass by the rich.

But … their ideas are so rooted in Academia, where so many people of lefty persuasion retreated after the assassinations, Vietnam, Watergate, that what seems necessary also seems all but impossible. At least in my time.

But … it’s no wonder the Left is so powerless. Most Americans listening to the guys at Busboys & Poets would just shake their head and vote no.

Laura Flanders, following Moore, is also good. Maybe go buy her book (she gives the website during the chat — not available at Amazon etc):

And here’s something re his most recent — and, he suggests, his last — documentary, Capitalism: A Love Story.

October 31st, 2010

Note to Files: Cat Stevens / Yusuf Islam gets Peace Prize from Gorby after Bush-Cheney bounce him off an airliner

Posted in American Gestapo, Music, Russia by ed

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Note to Files after seeing Yusuf Islam aka Cat Stevens on stage with Jon Stewart at the Sanity rally in Washington yesterday.

But first — here’s a blog entry re the 60s he wrote earlier this month.

And one from today re the Sanity affair. Pretty cool.

Mikhail Gorbachev’s foundation awarded a Peace Prize to CS/YI in November 2004, months after the singer-songwriter was bounced off a jetliner by the Yanks, his name having appeared on the chaotic Bush-Cheney No Fly list.

But of course it was more than that. He wasn’t merely barred from boarding. He did board. Then the Yanks sent up fighters and guided the plane to an emergency landing and … Ludacris crap.

Gorbachev himself awarded the prize at a ceremony in Rome. Two of my favorite people on the planet.

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October 30th, 2010

Wall Street Warrior on Ice

Posted in Money, Movies, The Great Recession by ed

Guy Chimay, featured across the 2007 season of Wall Street Warriors as the Genius Hedge Fund Manager, has spent most of 2010 at Rikers Island jail off the tip of LaGuardia Airport, facing facing 30 years plus for securities fraud, grand larceny and what not.

October 27th, 2010

An obscure David Lynch?

Posted in Music by ed

Wow.

John Daker is something else. And me, sometimes.

Just joking re David Lynch …

October 24th, 2010

The eBook Cometh

Nice bit from the brit Prospect:

Do writers need paper?

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Let me eblaborate if I may:

Does the technological civilization need books?

Modernity and the novel were coeval. (Hamlet was the first novel, I like to say.)

What happens to that civilization when the novel is cut off like a dead limb?

Will it still be able to walk and talk? Will it go mad?

The 21st century in America so far suggests no, no and yes.

October 17th, 2010

Google blacklists documentary
about need and means of
change we desperately need

Curious. But Google won’t link to the website for 2012: TIME FOR CHANGE, a great documentary about, in a word, environmentalism, and the need for and possibilities for civilizational change.

Here’s the URL that Google won’t give you:

http://www.2012timeforchange.com/

The film is showing in Los Angeles and New York. Go see if you can, or put it on your rental/stream que.

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October 13th, 2010

John le Carre:
Big Banks & Money Laundering
The Iraq War, etc

October 4th, 2010

Allen Ginsberg Moment:
An old cool interview
and a magical new film
about the Genii of the City

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Recollections and thoughts about the new film HOWL are on the way.

Meanwhile peeps can comment on the man and the poem and the movie — and a very local interview from 1988 — here below.

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September 25th, 2010

Curious George Goes
to the War

Curious George Goes to the War

I don’t want the war
Don’t want the war I
Want the war I know
The war I know what
War I know what wars
I know what wars are
Know what wars are like.
I know the destruction and
Know the destruction and death
The destruction and death that
Destruction and death that comes
And death that comes with
Death that comes with them.
I am the one who
Am the one who has
The one who has to
One who has to comfort
Who has to comfort mothers
Has to comfort mothers and
To comfort mothers and widows
Comfort mothers and widows of
Mothers and widows of thee
And widows of the dead.
Of course for us that
Course for us that would
For us that would be
Us that would be the
That would be the best
Would be the best solution.
Besides it would save us
It would save us fifty
Would save us fifty billion.

September 22nd, 2010

Warhol was able to collapse

Posted in Painting, Reading, Writing by ed

Warhol was able to collapse
Was able to collapse high
Able to collapse high serious
To collapse high serious art
Collapse high serious art and
High serious art and low
Serious art and low pop
Art and low pop culture
And low pop culture making
Low pop culture making the
Pop culture making the art
Culture making the art of
Making the art of painting
The art of painting into
Art of painting into a
Of painting into a part
Painting into a part of
Into a part of pop
A part of pop culture
Part of pop culture he’s
Of pop culture he’s an
Pop culture he’s an incredible
Culture he’s an incredible genius
He’s an incredible genius but
An incredible genius but he’s
Incredible genius but he’s the
Genius but he’s the devil.

September 10th, 2010

Counsel
from Nissim Ezekiel

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COUNSEL
For Shri Hariji, Who Said It

Whether you believe or not
Think as if you do
Stop the blind effort

Ask yourself what you need
Success as the moment
Is not in your interest

Turn to silence, nothingness
Where you are
Is where you have to be

Know, you are not wise
This is difficult
Grasp your folly

And you grasp yourself
What you have eaten
Is merely unripe fruit

So, now, learn to fast
Do without, be absent
Keep the eyes closed

Keep the mind steady
What you will see
You will also understand

No visions, except in darkness
Listen to the voice
That is not your own

Then move again
Without remorse or guilt
Love is more concerned

About your fate
Than you have ever been
That is why you have survived

Express your gratitude
By giving what you have to give
You may get nothing in return

And bear your restlessness with grace

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Nizzim Ezekiel
Latter-Day Psalms, 1982

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Nissim died in 2004. Here are two brief memorials.

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September 4th, 2010

Amazing color photos from Russia 1910

Posted in Arts & Private Life, Russia by ed

See more at the Boston Globe.

September 2nd, 2010

Down by the riverside and study
war no more

As part of the protracted transition back to Manhattan, I just sold all my Avalon Hill war games to an enthusiast, cutting a tie to passionate childhood, wishing to lay burdens down by the riverside and study war no more.

August 25th, 2010

The Gadfly
January 23, 1980
St John’s College, Annapolis

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Came across this while spring cleaning, and the author of a deeply felt piece on the state of student-body politics therein suggested scanning was in order.

Here are legible scans. (Enlarge once they open in yer browser.) Eight pages cover to cover.

Page One

Page Two

Page Three

Page Four

Page Five

Page Six

Page Seven

Page Eight

August 25th, 2010

Notes for DYING DAYS

Posted in Bosnia et al., Movies, Writing by ed

When things get too confused on the screen, go to paper.

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August 22nd, 2010

August 21st, 2010

A terrible thing to waste

This new ad on the NY subway (like Starbucks) seems asking and aching for a stencil campaign.

The old NAACP (if memory serves) motto comes to mind: “A mind is a terrible thing to waste.” I see it stenciled, shouting, across this wannabe actress’s face.

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The caption up top (clipped as I snapped the photo) reads in full: “Education for the Real World.”

Indeed:

– The world of Arne Duncan, our Secretary of Education, who spent the first decade of the New American Century turning five public schools in Chicago into ‘military academies.’ No need to even begin going through the motions of education. Just teach’em how to spit and shoot and salute and send them off to patrol the mideast.

– And the world of our First Lady — who a few weeks ago explained that America’s kids need to lose weight so they qualify for military service.