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"How could I fail to speak with difficulty? I have new things to say."

I graduated from Stanford Law School in 1966 but have never practiced. Instead, I dropped back five years and joined The Movement, but it wasn't until the 1970's that I began writing serious prose. By 1978, I was too old to live on the streets and sweat out going to jail, so I got a serious job as a GS-4, clerk-typist with the US Forest Service. I retired 23 years later, as head of the regionwide Claims Program in the California Region, headquartered in San Francisco for 20 years and then moved to Mare Island, in Vallejo. (That early school training always catches up with us, sooner or later.)

I still live in the greater Vallejo area, and I still have radical politics. Last year my major project was contributing to the ending of the Iraq war, with a minor in ending the embargo of Cuba. This year, I'm a little confused, but what the hey, who's not?

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
American Apartheid: Segregation and the Making of the Underclass, by Douglas Massey and Nancy Denton (1998)* This book is more painful to read than Eichmann in Jerusalem, Germinal, or the pornographic The Rehnquist Choice by John Dean. But everyone should try.

Friday, August 14, 2009 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Nine Paintings by the Astonishing Memory-Artist Condo George Condo's investigations into portraiture are highly unconventional. Based on imagination and memory, Condo's portraiture has become a springboard for the development of an entirely new language. While drawing on traditional techniques of oil painting, Condo imbues his subjects with a psychological complexity unique in the realm of the portrait.

Thursday, August 13, 2009      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
A Review of Greek Cities in Italy and Sicily, by David Randall-MacIver "It was Christian fanatics of the first few centuries after Christ, it was the plundering kings, barons, and prelates of the Middle Ages, and their successors the money-grubbing materialists of the sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth centuries, who destroyed the great monuments of antiquity in Sicily and Southern Italy."

Saturday, August 8, 2009 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Atomic Bombings, With Reference to American Historical Scholarship Regarding Them Since August 9, 1945 On August 6, 1945, the United States Army Air Force dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, and three days later on August 9, 1945, the USAAF dropped another atomic bomb on Nagasaki, Japan.

Sunday, August 2, 2009 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Goodbye to John Donne and All That The book Time, Love, Memory: A Great Biologist and His Quest for the Origins of Behavior, by Jonathan Weiner, is a biography of the geneticist Seymour Benzer, and it raises some very disturbing questions.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Alex S. MacLean, Possibly the Finest Low-Altitude Aerial Photographer in the World Pilot and photographer Alex MacLean has flown his plane over much of the United States documenting the landscape.

Saturday, July 25, 2009 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Mediated Knowledge Displayed As If It Were a Landscape: Eleven Works by Vic Muniz "How many people know Smithsons' Spiral Jetty?"

Saturday, July 25, 2009 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
We Have All Been Disgraced By Corruption, A Review of Eric Ambler's Doctor Frigo The intrigues in Doctor Frigo take place in the early 1970's and mainly on St. Paul, a typical post-colonial island in the French Antilles in the Caribbean

Friday, July 10, 2009 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Where the Possible and the Impossible Collide: Eleven Photographs by Gregory Crewdson Another Remarkable Photographer at artnet's Artist Works Catalogues.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009 (6 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Hemingway House Outside of Havana Wins Nationwide Monument Award Finca Vigia, the Cuban house where U.S. writer Ernest Hemingway lived for almost 20 years, received the National Award for the Preservation and Restoration of Monuments in 2007.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009 (5 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
An Appreciation of the Movie The Counterfeiters "It takes a clever man to make money; it takes a genius to stay alive."

Thursday, July 2, 2009 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Miner's Canary: Enlisting Race, Resisting Power, Transforming Democracy, by Lani Guinier and Gerald Torres, et al This Harvard University Press paperback recalls Ralph Ellison's great novel, Invisible Man, because it's the best popular treatise on race relations in America since Ellison's novel of fifty-seven years ago.

Sunday, June 28, 2009 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Cityscapes in Oil – Seven Portraits of New York and San Francisco, by Richard Estes I originally saw Telephone Booths by Richard Estes in 2006 and I thought it was a photograph. In fact it's an oil on masonite. But whatever, it knocked me out. All these works by Estes are oils, with five of them painted on canvas, one on board, and the one I originally saw, Telephone Booths on masonite. I hope our New York and California readers take this opportunity to experience recognitions.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009 (7 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Me and the Great Zucchini at UC-Berkeley, in 1973. In the fall of 1974, I got a job as a clerk-typist in the Financial Aid Office of UC-Berkeley, in the Main Administration Building in Sproul Plaza, and I worked there all during the "Watergate Months" of 1975. And... what a time that was!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009 (8 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
A1-One's Street Protest Art in Tehran a Big Hit With all eyes on Iran as the country breaks out in protests over the recent presidential election, one local activist gaining an international audience is A1one, an anonymous Tehran-based graffiti artist.

Thursday, June 18, 2009 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Haunting Photography of Richard Misrach: Five of His Recent Images from Cold Climes Richard Misrach began taking pictures at UC-Berkeley in the late 1960's, and as amply demonstrated by his recent photographs, he still expresses his environmental concerns by making art out of his protest photography.

Sunday, June 14, 2009 (18 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
My Trip to Grants Pass in 1975 .

Sunday, June 7, 2009 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
My Trip to Cuba in 1998 .

Sunday, May 31, 2009 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
A Hell of a Read - The Scientist As Rebel, by Freeman Dyson Freeman Dyson wrote The Scientist as Rebel in 2006. He's the British mathematical physicist who believes in God and explained the mathematics to Richard Feynman that won the latter the Nobel (while they drove from the East Coast to California), and he wrote Disturbing the Universe. The essays in this book are wide-ranging, and wonderful, and this excerpt is from pages 133-138 of Chapter 12, The Force of Reason.

Monday, May 25, 2009 (5 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Black-and-White Photographs From Nicholas Nixon's Brown Sisters Series From 1975 to the present, Nicholas Nixon has been a Professor of Art at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston.

Sunday, May 24, 2009 (6 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Family Life in Concord, CA, 1972 .

Tuesday, May 19, 2009 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Ten Images by Four Giants of Twentieth Century Art – Picasso, Miro, Magritte, and Chagall This article was inspired by a comment posted to my previous art article at OEN, beginning: "(I) very much like Pichio's (Picasso's) collage work more than his other work."

Sunday, May 17, 2009 (6 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Damaged Animals Three Vignettes.

Saturday, May 16, 2009 (8 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
K.H. Hodicke, and European and American Art Since the 1960's This artist's talent is so multi-faceted; I've selected five of his paintings as representative of each of the last four decades of the 20th century and one for the first decade of the 21st century.