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Kapow! I brought down the arm of the G.I. Joe with the Kung-fu grip on top of the head of one of the other G.I. Joe’s who were the enemy guard. He made his way out of the popsicle stick fort Wesley Lemont and I had made, weaving in and out of divisions of plastic soldiers, blue and green armies facing off against each other it was an epic battle in a miniature backyard war. Everything was out of scale, but it was the scale of our imaginations. Wesley and I had been friends since kindergarten, there wasn’t a time…


A Review of Mary Trump’s Too Much and Never Enough

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Simon and Schuster

The Roman Emperor Tiberius said of his nephew, Caligula, that he had reared “a viper for the Roman people…” and as detailed in Mary Trump’s new book Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man it describes how Fred Trump created a viper for the American people in Donald Trump.

I expected Too Much and Never Enough to be a sensationalized account of a family, but I found it too be a cool accounting of her family’s history, she stood back from the personal…


From Rant’s, Raves and Rock n’ Roll Sept. 3. 2012

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For four years the republicans have been giving us dire warnings of the impending tyranny of President Barack Obama, even before he was elected. How did they know it was coming? Because the coming tyranny is being brought to us courtesy of conservative/republicans. With Presidential elections just about upon us, exactly what is the Republican vision? This election is becoming less about being one of the most important elections of this country’s history, and more for the soul of this nation.

To see an example of the future republicans, have…


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pixabay

Kyv walked out of the wilderness into a bar, he was dirty, he imagined he looked like what had once been described as a cowboy. He was dressed in dusty denim pants, a roughhewn shirt, and dirty bandanna that hung loosely around his neck. He thought of himself as a hero from a book he remembered reading as a child. There were two people already in the bar, plus the barkeep. If you could call them people anymore, they were huge gelatinous creatures that seemed to move in slow motion which were more like peristaltic oozing’s in whatever direction they…


“Break on Through: A Celebration of Ray Manzarek” trailer

On what would have been Ray Manzarek’s 81st birthday (2/12/20) I saw Break on Through: A Celebration of Ray Manzarek and discovered one of the best films about The Doors.

Break on Through is a mixture of interviews with surviving Doors members Robby Krieger, John Densmore and a Ben Fong-Torres interview with Manzarek, and live performances with such diverse musicians as Taylor Hawkins, John Doe and Exene Cervenka of X (Manzarek produced four of their albums), Warren Haynes, Stephen Perkins, representing groups like the Foo Fighters, The Stone Temple Pilots and…


The Ratifying of an American Dictatorship

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Washington, D.C. — Yesterday, January 31, 2020, the United States Senate declined to hear witnesses in the impeachment of President Donald J. Trump, and immediately took a vote to acquit the president. The vote followed party lines 52- 48 to acquit the President, with Democrat Joe Manchin crossing the line to vote with Republicans.

After receiving the news that the charges had been dismissed, the President immediately took to the airwaves in a national address declaring that he had been vindicated by the senate, and the U.S. House of Representatives had led illegal hearings…


The novels and writers that have influenced me

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In the argument of Nature vs. Nurture this article probably comes down on the side of nurture, because what do you think the result would be if you exposed a child to a world of books and art from a very early age? I’ve been reading about fifty-two out of my fifty-nine years before that my mother had been reading to me, the Brothers Grimm (not the sanitized Disney versions, but the real ones from a classic book series), I also had access to the library my grandmother left us. She died…


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James Joyce by Alex Ehrenzweig, Stephen King by Stephanie Lawton, Jack Kerouac by Tom Palumbo

I used to moderate a writer’s workshop and in the first session I told the attendees that they knew how to write and what to write because they’d been reading writers for years that have been their teachers. Here are the writers that influenced me, as well as how they influenced me.

Jack Kerouac — Kerouac developed what he called sketching, just like a fine artist creates quick studies in a carry-around notebook, so did Kerouac, creating short portraits of what he saw as he was walking along. It helps a writer break through to his subconscious, grabbing images, words…


Answering the Eternal Question which is Better the Book or the Movie?

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Book vs. Movie, the eternal question, which is better? Was the book better than movie? Was the movie better? Prevailing opinion usually sides with the book, but is that necessarily true? It may be a subjective preference for any reader or viewer. Does it matter if you saw the movie or read the book first? A good book can create pictures in your mind, but a movie is more passive supplying the images. These series of articles endeavored to answer those questions. I picked out some favorite movies…


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Focus Features

As little kids in school we all learned about Harriet Tubman, she was a leader of the underground railroad and free many slaves and there was usually a picture of an older woman, you didn’t really think about it, you accepted it, and it was filed away as history, benign facts in a dry book. Harriet fleshes out the story, gives us a full-blooded Harriet Tubman, who yes, freed slaves (estimated to be about 70) and was of the few women in the American military who led an expedition against an enemy position. Harriet Tubman was a dangerous woman.

Harriet…

Jim Cherry

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