Monthly Archives: August 2009

THE PAUCITY OF HOPE?

THE PAUCITY OF HOPE? by Horatio Guernica “I’m not opposed to all wars. I’m opposed to dumb wars.” – Senator Barack Obama, “Anti-war Speech,” Oct. 2, 2002 This should have been an early warning sign to progressive voters. In his … Continue reading

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SUPER POWERS

1970s era Green Arrow action figure by Mego. SUPER POWERS by Gabriela Barragan A year ago I began putting together a storyline for a graphic novel. With shyness in one hand and full-blown curiosity in the other, I asked some … Continue reading

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WITNESS IN PALESTINE

The Israeli colony of Ariel overlooking the Palestinian village of Marda. THIEVES IN THE NIGHT by Anna Baltzer Last night at 10 p.m. a friend in Marda called to say the army was uprooting trees near the road. My colleague … Continue reading

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BREATHE AND BE SUNG

BREATHE AND BE SUNG by Eve Toliman I had been anxious for two days.  It felt like glass in my blood.  It wasn’t just repairing the old house that was wearing us out.  We’re gypsies at heart not homeowners.  The … Continue reading

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WALTER BENJAMIN

PROTOCOL IV: WALTER BENJAMIN: 29 September 1928. Saturday. Marseilles. Translated by Scott J. Thompson After long hesitation, took hashish at 7 o’clock in the evening. During the day I had been in Aix. I am taking down notes of what … Continue reading

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PHOTOGRAPHY & OTHER MODES OF CRYING AT YOUR OWN FUNERAL

1865 photograph of Lewis Powell who stabbed US Secretary of State William Seward repeatedly in an unsuccessful assassination attempt. Powell was executed along with three other Lincoln assassination conspirators. PHOTOGRAPHY AND OTHER MODES OF CRYING AT YOUR OWN FUNERAL by … Continue reading

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WALTER BENJAMIN

Paul Klee’s 1920 watercolor, Angelus Novus (once owned by Walter Benjamin and now part of The Israel Museum, Jerusalem collection). PROTOCOL I: HIGHLIGHTS OF THE FIRST HASHISH IMPRESSION [by Walter Benjamin:] Written 18 December [1927]. 3:30 a.m. Translated by Scott … Continue reading

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