In 1954, sixty
years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court, in the famous “Brown vs. Board of Education”
decision, ruled that a previous court’s decision that race relations must be
“separate but equal” was unconstitutional. The effect of the ruling was that
segregation was no longer legal in public places including, of course, schools.
I’m from New
York where, although de facto segregation existed – and to a certain extent
still does – it was not condoned by law. As far as I can remember, there was no
black child in my elementary school. White kids went to the schools in white
neighborhoods and black kids went to the schools near where they lived. In
Erasmus Hall High School however, located farther downtown and nearer to a
black neighborhood, a small minority of black children attended.
A Journey back to Real Segregation in the U.S.- A Yankee, a Jew and
a Negro in the South before the “Brown vs. Board of Education” Decision by Frank Thomas Smith
Being good Mexicans I know
your parents taught you that although Columbus came from Italy, the
Spanish crown commissioned his voyage to El Nuevo Mundo and so his
three ships sailed under a Spanish flag. And then, a bit later, Spanish
conquistadors and missionaries with names like Hernando Cortés and
Friar Bartolomé de las Casas and Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca came and,
as that son-of-a-bitch Cromwell did to the Irish, the Spanish liberated
the native people of their "barbarian" pagan beliefs and gave them
Catholicism. Or so the Spanish conquistadors and missionaries thought.
The Plumed Serpent of Los Angeles by Daniel A. Olivas
The Old Man,
the Indian and the Picture by Gaither Stewart
The old man needed to piss. Much as he tried to return to ruminations about the Roman Empire, he couldn’t think of anything but piss. Binu should have long since been
back. Probably downstairs at the coffee bar while he sat here maybe about to
piss in his pants again. He seldom knew for certain. He wondered if old Roman
emperors like … like, uh, the one he could never remember, a name something
like giallo, the color of proper piss. Si, si, that’s it, Caesar Giallo. Oh Cristo, no, seems like only yesterday everything
was still clear. Now all time is today. Time and everything is like a foggy yesterday
become today … when I didn’t have to piss in my pants or think about piss and
diapers and my own stink. Ecco! Of course! I mean Caesar Galba, the
oldest of Roman emperors. I wonder if he too had to wear those disgusting
diapers they put on me at night that by morning stink worse than Galba’s Legions’
Tango by Luisa Valenzuela
I was told:
in this dance hall you have to sit close to the bar, on the left near
the cash register; order a glass of wine, nothing stronger because it's
not becoming for women, don't drink beer because beer makes you want to
piss and pissing isn't for ladies either. They talk about a kid from this
neighborhood who ditched his girlfriend when he caught her leaving the
ladies room: I thought she was pure spirit, a fairy, it seems the kid
said. The girlfriend was left flat, which in this neighborhood still has
connotations of loneliness and spinsterhood, something frowned upon. For
women, that is. So I was told...
Ven, Nena and Elizabeth Taylor by Victorino Cristito Briones
Every year, on their wedding anniversary, surrounded
by her closest friends, Nena would recount the morning she was married in 1956,
during the early days of March to avoid the tropical cyclones that frequently ravaged
the Philippine archipelago. As always, she highlighted the story of the small, gray,
single engine plane that circled the church tower three times on a cloudless
day before spitting out a wreath of white flowers. It was an antiquated ceremony
performed by the Air Force for weddings and funerals, though the practice had
fallen into disfavor with the public because of the obvious danger of injuring,
if not killing, unwary bystanders. The wreath, aimed at a bright orange X mark painted
in the middle of the lawn, rolled and twisted in the air until a sudden gust of
wind blew it toward the grotto fountain where it plunged into the water,
sinking under green moss and water lilies...
A Sword Fell on the Mountain by Frank Thomas Smith
we play at sums, Dad?” Nicolás said.
his father answered. “Do you want to play too, César?
didn't which game it was, but he said yes, he wanted to play.
said his dad, “nine plus six.”
Nicolás said, almost immediately.
César! Three plus three.”
looked at Nicolás beside him in the back seat of the Ford
Falcon, which seemed more like a palace than a car to him. He was
just as good as Nicolás in basketball, maybe even a little
better, but when it was his turn at arithmetic, it was harder for
Una Espada cae sobre la Montaña
a sumar, Pa? –dijo Nicolás.
–le contestó el papá.– ¿Querés
jugar también, César?
no sabía de qué juego se trataba, pero igual contestó
que sí, que quería jugar.
–dijo el papá– nueve más seis.
–dijo Nicolás casi sin dudar.
César! Tres más tres.
miró a Nicolás que viajaba a su lado en el asiento
trasero del Ford Falcon, que más que un auto le parecía
un palacio. En básquet César andaba a la par de
Nicolás, incluso quizás un poco mejor, pero cuando le
llegó el turno a las sumas, la cosa se puso bastante difícil...
Features by Rory Fanning
You for Your Valor, Thank You for Your Service, Thank You, Thank You,
Last week, in a quiet indie bookstore
on the north side of Chicago, I saw the latest issue of Rolling
Stone resting on a chrome-colored
plastic table a few feet from a barista brewing a vanilla latte.
A cold October rain fell outside. A friend of mine grabbed the issue
and began flipping through it. Knowing that I was a veteran, he said,
"Hey, did you see this?" pointing to a news story that
seemed more like an ad.
It read in part: "This Veterans Day, Bruce Springsteen, Eminem,
Rihanna, Dave Grohl, and Metallica will be among numerous artists who
will head to the National Mall in Washington D.C. on November 11th
for 'The Concert For Valor,' an all-star event that will pay tribute
to armed services."
Men, Women and Computers… by Valdemar W. Setzer
To examine the question "why do men behave differently than women
their use and interest on computers?" one has to begin by observing what
are the essential differences between genders. As I am not a psychologist,
I am not going to cover the abundant traditional psychological theories
about the subject, as for instance the one by
Jung which takes into consideration the differences between "animus" and
"anima". Rather, I will base myself on my own and my wife's (a medical
doctor) observations and common sense. The considerations written below
apply to differences in general. They cannot be applied to particular individuals,
unless as a basis for further observations...
...And we have already heard what the Guardian of the Threshold speaks
to the one he wants to lift up, how he points, on the one hand, above, where a
battle is taking place between the light and the dark powers in the realm from
which the force of our thinking streams into our humanity. The Guardian of the
Threshold thinks that we need this image. We need – if we wish to feel in the
right way, by seeking knowledge, the origins of our thinking, the force of our
thinking in our humanity – to look up to that realm from which our thinking
comes, where however a terrible battle rages between the powers of light, the
light which wants to guide thinking along the right track, and the powers of
darkness, who want to divert thinking from the right track and lead it along
paths of aberration. Our thinking is rooted above. We must know it to be so
rooted if we want to be knowledgeable in the battle between light and darkness...
Lessons for the First Class of the School for Spiritual Science at
the Goetheanum - Volume Three, Lesson Four by Rudolf Steiner
A Contemporary Theological Anthropology of Two Jesus Children by Mark Diebel
This paper will examine Jesus' genealogies in Matthew and
Luke from the perspective of a transracially adopted bi-racial person. It will argue that the two genealogies refer to two different people and that the identities of the two children are
transculturally significant. This paper will also be concerned with knowledge and what we allow in respect of gathering information of the kind that situates us in the world so that we achieve our
own perspective upon it and upon our existence. The perspective adopted here will presume a reincarnational anthropology that contextualizes the significance of bloodline and biological
inheritance. Jesus Christ will be shown to be a complicated person from the perspective of his origins and to have an identity not defined from bloodline...
A Review of "Rudolf Steiner, Schriften über Mystik, Mysterienwesen und Religionsgeschichte by David W. Wood
An exciting new development in
Steiner research is currently taking place with regard to the publication of
his written works in German. The first volume of a critical edition has
appeared, edited by Dr. Christian Clement, associate professor of German
studies at the Brigham Young University in the United States, and published by
the respected frommann-holzboog publisher in Germany. This publishing house is
renowned among others for its long tradition of critical editions and collected
works of thinkers such as Jacob Böhme, Johann Valentin Andreae (the author of
Rosicrucian texts), F.W.J. Schelling, J.G. Fichte, and G.W.F. Hegel. Considering
the philosophical, cultural and spiritual roots of Steiner's thought, it is a
perfectly appropriate venue for an edition of his works...
Karmic Relations, Volume III, Lecture One - The Karmic Relationships of the
Anthroposophical Movement by Rudolf Steiner
For those of you who are able to be here today I wish to give
a kind of interlude in the studies we have been pursuing for some time.
What I shall say today will serve to illustrate and explain many
questions that may emerge out of the subjects we have treated until now.
At the same time it will help to throw light on the mood of soul of the
civilisation of the present time. For years past, we have had to draw
attention to a certain point of time in that evolution of civilisation
which is concentrated mainly in Europe. The time I mean lies in the 14th
or 15th century or around the middle of the Middle Ages. It is the moment
in the evolution of humanity when intellectualism began — when people
began mainly to pay attention to the intellect, making it the judge of what shall be thought and done...
ON WOMEN AND
I call 'em
complaining machines. Things are never right with a guy to them. And man, when
you throw that hysteria in there...forget it. I gotta get out, get in the car,
and go. Anywhere. Get a cup of coffee somewhere. Anywhere. Anything but another
woman. I guess they're just built different, right? (He's on a roll now.) The
hysteria starts...they're gone. You go to leave, they don't understand. (In a
high woman's screech:) "WHERE ARE YOU GOING?" "I'm getting the
hell out of here, baby!" They think I'm a woman hater, but I'm not. A lot
of it is word of mouth. They just hear "Bukowski's a male-chauvinist
pig," but they don't check the source. Sure I make women look bad
sometimes, but I make men look bad too. I make myself look bad. If I really
think it's bad, I say it's bad -- man, woman, child, dog. The women are so
touchy, they think they're being singled out. That's their problem...
Interview with Charles Bukowski by Sean Penn
First Fax Poem by Charles Bukowski
forgive me For Whom the Bell Tolls,
oh, forgive me Man who walked on water,
oh, forgive me little old woman who lived in a shoe,
oh, forgive me the mountain that roared at midnight,
oh, forgive me the dumb sounds of night and day and death,
oh, forgive me the death of the last beautiful panther,
oh, forgive me all the sunken ships and defeated armies,
this is my first FAX POEM.
It’s too late:
I have been
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