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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?
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
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."
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.
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)
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)
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.
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.