Monthly Archives: July 2009


IN DEFENSE OF BABEL by Okla Elliott During Barack Obama’s presidential campaign, he once discussed immigration by saying that we ought to be less worried about immigrants learning English and more worried about whether our children are learning Spanish. He … Continue reading

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Cover of Marcuse’s Collected Papers, Volume 4, published by Routledge, 2007. THE RETURN OF THE REPRESSED: HERBERT MARCUSE’S ONE- DIMENSIONAL MAN by Anthony Torres I recently came across an old copy of Marcuse’s One Dimensional Man. That find give me … Continue reading

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THE BIG LIE OF AFGHANISTAN by Malalai Joya My country hasn’t been liberated: it’s still under the warlords’ control, and Nato occupation only reinforces their power In 2005, I was the youngest person elected to the new Afghan parliament. Women … Continue reading

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Nocturne by Matt Gonzalez, paper collage, 2006. ARCHAEOLOGY OF THE GOOD LIFE A Manifesto for the San Francisco Collage Collective by Paul Occam Few people can tolerate a long silence in the middle of a conversation these days. It is … Continue reading

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Photographic negative of Charles Baudelaire by Félix Nadar, 1862, Musée d’Orsay. PRODDING BAUDELAIRE by Eve Toliman These days find me hunting through my books, searching through the past, tracking down the random bits that have survived time’s unrelenting sedimentary procession … Continue reading

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Graveyard of tanks, Afghanistan. DESERT WINDS by George Evans It’s too early to weigh the efficacy of Barack Obama’s administration in a practical way (putting aside personal feelings about vampiric bailouts), if only because six months is merely an eighth … Continue reading

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A GRAND TOUR: WALKING LOS ANGELES by Sesshu Foster In February I hiked 9 miles (18 round trip) from Eaton Canyon Nature Center in Pasadena about four thousand feet up the old toll road to Mount Wilson, arriving four or … Continue reading

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Tom Schultz, c. 1961, oil on canvas. BENEATH THE DAMAGE AND APOLOGY by Eve Toliman I spent a hot morning in Ukiah reading a book of Kay Ryan’s pristine, turn-me-inside-out poems. “Carrying a Ladder” knocked a little hole in me. … Continue reading

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Gustavo Ramos Rivera, “En vez de silencio”, oil on canvas, 2003. THE PERSONAL IS POLITICAL by Anthony Torres I view my curation and art criticism for the popular press as an educational cultural interventions aimed at addressing how art and … Continue reading

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The first publicly supported secondary school in the United States, the Boston Latin School, founded in 1634, in its current location in Boston’s Fenway neighborhood. HECKUVA JOB, ARNE Why is Obama continuing the failed conservative & corporate-driven “education reform” policies … Continue reading

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