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KATHY RICH

Monday, April 16th, 2012

You probably never knew my friend Kathy Rich. You really missed something. A good way to find out what is to read Margalit Fox’s obituary for her in the April 7 New York Times (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/07/health/katherine-russell-rich-who-wrote-of-cancer-fight-dies-at-56.html?hpw). I’d bet all my socks that Fox knew Kathy, partly because she captures so much that’s crucial about her and […]

AUSTIN HOPES AND DREAMS

Monday, April 9th, 2012

I wrote this for Rock & Rap Confidential, the (now online) newsletter about music and politics I’ve edited with Lee Ballinger for thirty years–we started right about this time of year, too, I think. I’ve said very little at RRC in recent months, and this topic (suggested by Lee) seems a good place to get […]

A Letter to My Daughter on the Nineteenth Anniversary of Her Death

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

Dear Kristen, Can I tell you a secret? It’s ridiculous but I didn’t even know it was a secret until I heard Lady GaGa’s “Hair” this morning and then I realized that I’d kept it even from myself. In my ears, it’s a record where I always find you. “I’ve had enough, this is my […]

MIGHTY MIGHTY, SPADE AND WHITEY: Clarence and Bruce, Friendship and Race

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Clarence Clemons, said both my daughter and Bruce Springsteen this week, passed through his life doing exactly what he wanted to do. Bruce said the rest, which amounted to admitting that you can’t really do that, and the result of trying to is confusion and turbulence and discomfort and illusion. Except when it works. Then […]

Last Week on Live from the Land of Hope and Dreams

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

May 29, 2011 on “Live from the Land of Hope and Dreams.”

100 Years of Robert Johnson

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

[This item appeared in April at the Holler If You Hear Me website: www.hollerif.blogspot.com  I added a little here.] Somebody asked if Robert Johnson ever got to Chicago. I looked for the fact in a few places and then realized that what I was going to get was somebody’s version but that it was more […]

A Letter to My Daughter on the Anniversary of Her Death

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

Every year, on January 3–the anniversary of her death at age 21, from a very rare cancer, retroperitoneal sarcoma– I write my daughter Kristen a letter. This is the 18th. The others are available if you would like to see them. Thank you for the attention you might give this. If you would like to […]

“We can catch courage from one another, sparking a New Year’s momentum to put an end to war.’

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

From my friends Joanne Landy and Thomas Harrison, co-directors of Campaign for Peace and Democracy. I hope you will join us in this simple but meaningful activity. And let’s all add a New Year’s resolution for our too often bloodthirsty nation: End the war! And don’t start any new ones. Thanks for all of you […]

Don’t Just Deplore Bullying — Fight It!

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Author/attorney/child-and-anti-abuse advocate Andrew Vachss’ latest, the graphic novel (and a half) HEART TRANSPLANT, hit the stores this week. Read it! I can’t do better in pushing you to do that, than to repeat the quote I gave the publisher: “Heart Transplant is a necessity in a country that sometimes seems to be run by bullies […]

Help Prevent War in Iran; Help Iranians Establish Democracy

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

I was one of the first to be asked to sign this statement, and did so eagerly. Things like this might not seem very important, organizations like CPD might seem out of the way of the main stream of events. But I can remember how important it was that names I knew, and names I […]