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Michael BettencourtWalkabout ThoughtsI'm walking down the street and I'm talking to myself. And the thought I'm having is this. First of all, it's not about me as the writer, not about a career as a writer. It is about something else. It's about taking what I write to create value.
Arthur MeiselmanSingers of SongsA continuous dimension I travel through is music. It is the balance to my visual world and a purveyor of intimate and relentless privacy. In that dimension, of all the singers I have ever heard, seen, enjoyed, opera, theatre, jazz, pop,only two linger and hover aboveall the other voices. Both are American. Nathan ThomasWhy Don't You Speak Better? In America, we haven't quite found a way to embrace the various dialects of American English. We hold out as a model a region-less, dialect-less speech. This kind of speech is very American – "I come from nowhere and will disappear ultimately like the will o' the wisp." We do not use the dialects of our country. And some dialects we actively dislike.Les MarcottThe Santa Claus MonloguesThere's no red carpet treatment this year Santa. No helicopter arrival. No band. No parade. No fanfare. No grand entrance. It's the year of lowered expectations. You'll simply arrive in a rusty Olds 98 pushed by volunteers. You'll come through the back way and make a brief statement. You'll then sit down with the kids, read a story, take a few pictures, and walk back to the rusty Olds and be pushed away. Santa simply can't promise more than he can deliver.
Claudine Joneschocklit KleenI forget why, but I did update my passport somewhat recently (oh yeah, went to Guam. Oops, blocked that out) & so had to get a new photo. It has to 'look' like you. No smiling and no scarves or hats either. I took some trouble to appear 'natural'—not to run afoul of the *shudder* TSA—and yet now less than a year later, the hair is not behaving...yag. I know I've said before that with me it's all about the hair, but really. I'm serious.
FILM (reviews)The Ides of March, Margin CallBoth films feature dream casts and long stretches of high-intensity dialogue, but only one persuades us of the overwhelming, poisonous importance of the skullduggery it portrays.Miles David Moore
THEATRERed MotherUsing Brecht's "Mother Courage" as a jumping off place, Muriel Miguel of the Spider Woman Theater Ensemble embraced the war torn, twisted reality of a native woman worming her way from one war to the nextNed Bobkoff
POETRY Richard Cory's Untold StoryMuch envied by the "people on the pavement" he went home "one calm summer night" and "put a bullet through his head." David Alpaugh
OPERAXerxes by HändelSan Francisco Opera may have already reached the zenith of this season with Händel's one and only "comic" opera.Renate Stendhal
Should the Steiny Road Poet call 2011 the year ofGertrude Stein?Karren Alenier
Holy Holidaze, Batman!Five Gift Ideas for Starving Poets and Other Lesser MortalsIf you're like me, life is more scary now than it was this time last year, even though then we wouldn't have thought this was possible.Kathi Wolfe
POETRYA World ElsewhereDavid Alpaugh
Letter HeadsWhen was the last time you received a letter, either hand-written or typed, through the postal service? I'm talking about a personal letter, not an appointment reminder or a birthday card from your dentist.Lia Beachy
COMICSMy Old Man!Bakky Nakky SakiAn ongoing series by Scene4's resident mad cartoonistElliot Feldman
WRITINGThe Former Future: The U.S. Writings ofMika OklopA writer of legendary stature in the former Yugoslavia, this is the first publication of Mika Oklop's longer expatriate writings.Lissa Tyler Renaud
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