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A New Edition of Essays from Gore Vidal, The Last Living Literary Lion

Originally published in the San Francisco Northside newspaper in July, 2008 The scene is Beverly Hills, Ca., autumn 2005: Gore Vidal is lecturing at a local bookstore to a hushed audience. He takes questions, and many of them revolve around the 2004 election. At the time, the Bush Administration indictments and the Scooter Libby affair…

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The Jesus of Cool Cometh

Originally published in the Northside San Francisco in April 2008 The Jesus of Cool Cometh-Nick Lowe’s classic album re-released after thirty years by Sharon Anderson This is a story of indulgences. Every six weeks, I spend a day in my favorite beach town and I visit the spa. My last beach day started with a…

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The Life of Robert Rauschenberg

First published in the Northside San Francisco in June 2008 On Sunday, the 11th of May 2008, I was visiting the new contemporary building that houses the Broad Collection at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. While walking through the exhibit, I saw a girl around six years old sitting on a bench, quietly…

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The Suggestion Series

My new series of paintings is entitled “The Suggestion Series”. This is a subcategory of my ongoing “Fragments” series that I have previously discussed. I started working on this project a year ago, and it’s become quite an adventure. I asked fifteen people for ideas, verbally or in writing, that would become the basis for…

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Neil Innes Concert

Time to go see Neil Innes in concert at the Magic Bag in Detroit! On the way to Detroit, I was reading the complete short stories of Truman Capote, published in honor of what would have been his 80th birthday on Sept. 30. I read The Headless Hawk and part of A Christmas Memory.Hang on; we’ll come back…

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NPR Interview

On April 23, 2004, I was interviewed by National Public Radio concerning an exhibit at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The exhibit was entitled “Inventing Race”. The genre was familiar; 18th century Spanish painting. Each painting featured a man, woman and a small child. The Spanish words painted directly on the canvas described…

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Gerhard Richter: Retrospective

—Chicago, IL Sometimes a painting seems to be observing the viewer instead of the other way around. The Gerhard Richter Retrospective seemed to contain alert representatives of some other world instead of a collection of paintings created over the last forty years. As an artist, I admired such a diverse and plentiful assortment of work….

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