Tag: Vietnam

Oct 03

Vietnam Not Remembered

[Translate] Ken Burns’ Vietnam War: An Object Lesson in the Failures of the Objective Lens  REED RICHARDSON Reposted by permission from Fair.org  In Ken Burns’ introduction to The Vietnam War, bombs fly back into airplanes and flames leap off of houses into flamethrowers. If journalism resigns itself to being a “first draft of history,” Ken Burns’ …

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Jun 08

Waiting outside the haircutter’s shop (Poem)

[Translate] Waiting outside the haircutter’s shop Waiting outside the haircutters’ shop For the women to come open up A little tabby cat homed in on me Seduced my hand with perfect trust Yielded to my thumb in her ears Permitted herself to be picked up Purred when I scratched her belly Oh, how lovely the …

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Oct 12

San Francisco 1968-1973

[Translate] (Continued from Simon Fraser) At a distance, San Francisco in late ‘68 still glowed from the “Summer of Love” festival the previous year.  But that glow was like the light that continues to travel in space after its source  burns out.  My friend in San Francisco — the noted Marxist economist James O’Connor — …

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Sep 30

Hell No I Won’t Go (1965-1969)

[Translate] (Continued from Viet-Report) At Brandeis that fall (1966) a student dive-bombed and crashed a light airplane into the center of campus, killing himself and his female passenger.  Rumors swirled that it was a love pact, a Romeo-and-Juliet affair, but in the background there was the Vietnam draft.  With the massive escalation of the ground …

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Sep 16

Viet-Report (1965-1968)

[Translate] (Continued from Mississippi Winter 1964-65) We left Jackson in April 1965.  My molars were rotting away.  A dentist in Pittsburgh PA who was a steadfast supporter of the civil rights movement offered to work on my teeth for free.  Getting my molars fixed for free, with novocaine, felt like advanced socialism, by contrast to the Cuban …

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Sep 16

Mississippi Winter 1964-65

[Translate] (Continued from Cuba 1963) In the summer of 1964 the civil rights movement launched a major campaign, Freedom Summer, to bring voter registration and other basic civil rights to the Deep South, centering on Mississippi.  Viki and I spent the summer in New York, working. I had a summer job with a branch of …

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Sep 15

Mississippi Newsletter February 19, 1965

[Translate] 1208 Trinity Jackson, Miss Feb. 19, 1965 Dear Friends, We enclose this time a flyer which we wrote for distribution to Jackson students, but which we thought you would find interesting.  Last Tuesday we travelled to Issaquena county to get first-hand information — the press has blacked it out completely — and came away …

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