Monthly Archives: June 2011

Note to Congress: Beware the Jabberwock

From all sides, or at least from the right and left, comes advice to congress on how to solve the so-called national budget crisis. Amidst the advice are a smattering of dire warnings. Rather than add to or further agitate … Continue reading

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Mexican Detective Cabrera Listens to Cumbia

In the fictional world created by Martin Solares: Detective Ramón Cabrera parked his car and walked into the Paracuán police headquarters. He went directly to the chief’s office and opened the door. As soon as he entered the office he … Continue reading

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Gay Tales from San Francisco

It’s nice living near San Francisco, but sometimes the SF presence is overpowering. The city becomes so full of itself that it seems to pulse and glow in the northwest sky above my home in Palo Alto. The latest world … Continue reading

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Celebrating Hemingway—Cuba leads the way

July 2, 2011 will mark 50 years since that day in 1961 when a self-inflicted shotgun blast ended the life of Ernest Hemingway. He died at his ranch outside the small town of Ketchum in the Sawtooth Mountains of Idaho. … Continue reading

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Books to look at—no reading allowed

A historical photo of the B&M Copper Smelter in Great Falls, Montana forms the backdrop for the illustration DeadFall in the handcrafted book Nature Morte by Peter Koch. The book is now on display at the Cantor Center for the … Continue reading

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Vive la France—Carla Bruni sings Emily Dickenson

If you have ever sat with friends in your living room and listened while guitars played and someone sang a soft melody then you know the feeling, hard to express, of shared warmth and compassion. Welcome to the album No … Continue reading

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Noir Buenos Aires, A Homophobic Taxi Driver

“A shoemaker!” thinks Mareco. The thought is more that the homophobe can stand, “A shoemaker!” Mareco’s life is a disaster; he can’t sleep at night so he drives a cooperativa (taxi) until dawn—not the safest job for an inept and … Continue reading

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