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The Bill

REAGAN, BUSH & CO. Purveyors of Fine Public Policy for the Gentry Since 1980 Our Motto: “Life is unfair” It’s Jimmy Carter’s quote, but Reagan, Bush & Co. owe him a debt of gratitude for setting the right tone in his final years as predecessor proprietor. Thanks, Jimmy. From 1971 to 1988, the income of […]

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Lucky Man

THE HERO’S JOURNEY: THE POETRY OF RAYMOND CARVER City Lit Theater Company I had a baffling dream a few weeks ago. I found myself waiting for an airplane with Raymond Carver and his lover, the poet Tess Gallagher. We chatted a bit, she made a little joke, and I woke up wondering what on earth […]

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Howard Johnson

The nature of American society is such that Howard Johnson will always be best known as “that guy who plays the big saxophone on Saturday Night Live”–despite the fact that his virtuosity on the baritone sax has been employed by Taj Mahal and Paul Butterfield, Gil Evans and Dizzy Gillespie, Jack DeJohnette and Abdullah Ibrahim […]

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Sway

SWAY Demon Life Productions at Angel Island Ever since Samuel Beckett proved in Waiting for Godot that you could take dialogue modeled on the patter of music-hall comics and use it to create a play far darker and more disturbing than any comedy had a right to be, it has seemed quite natural for serious […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Story After much criticism, the police department in Naples, Florida, canceled its latest campaign against drug dealers in October. The department, which has one black officer (out of a staff of 75), had dressed undercover white officers in blackface and “colorful” clothes because, said one official, “sales are made predominantly by blacks.” Government in […]