IN CASE YOU WEREN’T THERE

Here’s a dub of my March 6 FIT talk.

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REPUBLICANS NOW OPENLY ENDORSE DOMESTIC TERRORISM

Trump pends a love tweet to the AR-wielding thugs who descended on the Michigan capitol, as does Michigan COP leader Shirkey…and McConnell doesn’t breathe a word.

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WHEN DEMOCRACY WAS IN FLOWER

Chris Hedges writes: “The foundation of Athenian democracy rose out of the egalitarian social and political reforms of Solon, including his decision to wipe out all of the debts that were bankrupting Athenian citizens.”

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AND THEY SAID IT COULDN’T BE DONE

Right before the pandemic hit here, an acquaintance of mine was in Jericho, Long Island and happened to see for sale a pair of socks he thought would be just my thing. And they are: they’re printed with Woodstock Festival iconography. Now. . . where are the Monterey Pop ones?

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THE TRASHY, SLOVENLY TONE OF EVERYTHING AROUND TRUMP

The Washington Post has just put together a devastating video dub of White House something-or-other Katie Price hectoring and hog-calling the press.

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THE TRUMP ECONOMY WAS A SHAM, ANYWAY

Lower rate of job growth than under Obama, but Obama’s economy was part smoke and mirrors, too–the jobs being created were/are minimum wage. The recent slight rise in wages does not compensate for decades of flat wages. America is not prosperous when half of the country lives paycheck to paycheck.

Any half competent Democratic candidate should have been able to challenge Trump on the economy even before the pandemic.

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MAKING LOVE IN 1982

Arthur Hiller’s “Making Love” holds up a lot better than so much slick silliness from that dreadful, regressive decade. How sad and ironic that it actually set back the careers of Kate Jackson, Harry Hamlin, and Michael Ontkean. They are so good in it. But only Hamlin is even discussing it now, it seems. Ontkean has all but renounced it, which is doubly ironic given that it’s probably his best performance. There actually hasn’t ever been anything on screen quite like his role and characterization. But two men kissing drove people screaming out of theaters back in 1982.

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HECKUVA TIME TO BRING OUT A BOOK

But what very satisfying as well as hard work as Lisa and I give the final goings-over to Red Star, White Nights: The Life and Death of Yuri Soloviev.

The book has over 100 photos–we picked each one and worked with designer Kara Gray at Culture Pilot in Houston. I don’t know if I could ever do another book without having, if not these many photos, at least this degree of control.

It’s been slow: a “three elephant pregnancies” duration, as Lisa likes to call it.

Pub. date is June 15 from Ballet Review Books.

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WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS, START A CIVIL WAR

As Trump’s poll numbers go down and his madness ramps up, he is inciting insurrection.

Call it a bonne bouche to himself–reopening without testing will certainly create enough carnage on its own.

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IN REAL TIME

Trump is shambling and stumping through a declaration of genocide against the American people.

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