February 20th, 2006

Chris Keeley

Dada to the Bone


All Photographs + Text Copyright 2006 Christopher Keeley

Dada to the Bone

Being a Dadaist myself for many years without knowing the true concept going to the Dada exhibit at the national Gallery was a rush. For a period of about eight years I made collages, sent out mail art receiving art in the mail on a daily basis and I considered it bad luck not to reply to everything received no matter how absurd. Collages became compulsive and I obsessively filled these books with everything that moved me, scared me, depressed me, and what gave me compassion for life.

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When she found that her three older children were leaving foster care four months early and would be

Suzanne DeChillo/The New York Times

Eugenia Phair says the 20 months she spent in prison for selling drugs taught her a

lesson about material goods and happiness.

Tribal Underworld

Dizzying Rise and Abrupt Fall for a Reservation Drug Dealer

LUMMI INDIAN RESERVATION, Wash. — For a time, Room 246 at the Scottish Lodge Motel, 13 miles south of the Canadian border, was a Shangri-La for Eugenia Phair.

With its stained carpets, its stench of vomit and stale cigarette smoke, its bathroom sink smudged with burn marks from the crack-cocaine cooks who had used the room before, Room 246 was where her drug smuggling operation began to take off, she said, the first headquarters of what would become a well-organized and lucrative drug ring on and around this reservation.

Over the next few years, Ms. Phair, 26, a Lummi Indian, and her family grew flush and dizzy with drug money, as she rocketed to the top in the ripe and cutthroat world of Indian drug trafficking, selling painkillers, she said, to everyone, including tribal officials and jobless strung-out addicts.

"It was almost an answer to your prayers," said Ms. Phair, who was released on Feb. 6 after serving 20 months in state prison. "If you came from rags and then you had a chance at riches, wouldn't you choose riches? If you lived your whole life in poverty and then you had a chance to be rich, what would you do? It's almost impossible. I never had anything ever, no new clothes, no school-clothes shopping, no nothing at all. Then you're able to have your kids go to a good school and look nice and fit in. I never fit in."

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Jimmy Carter, "Don't Punish the Palestinians"--op ed WashPost 2/20/06

Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2006 16:41:19 -0500
Subject: Jimmy Carter, "Don't Punish the Palestinians"--op ed WashPost 2/20/06

 Don't Punish the Palestinians

By Jimmy Carter
Monday, February 20, 2006; Page A21

As the results of the recent Palestinian elections are implemented, it's
important to understand how the transition process works and also how
important to it are actions by Israel and the United States.

Although Hamas won 74 of the 132 parliamentary seats, Palestinian
President Mahmoud Abbas retains the right to propose and veto
legislation, with 88 votes required to override his veto. With nine of
its elected members remaining in prison, Hamas has only 65 votes, plus
whatever third-party support it can attract. Abbas also has the power to
select and remove the prime minister, to issue decrees with the force of
law when parliament is not in session, and to declare a state of
emergency. As commander in chief, he also retains ultimate influence
over the National Security Force and Palestinian intelligence.

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even ordinary and ruined nature is endowed with an eloquence that two centuries of commercial encroa

Matthew Marks Gallery, New York, and Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco

Last Chance

Picturing the West: Scarred, Flawed, Beautiful

Inspired by the bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark expedition, the photographer Robert Adams recently spent a few years retracing the explorers' path back home: from the Pacific, along the Columbia River, across eastern Oregon, through stretches of timber cultivation and clear-cutting and past family farms, where picnic tables are parked in the shade of apple trees.

Lewis, it is said, lapsed into depression and may have committed suicide a while after he returned east in 1806. "Going east was more difficult than going west," Mr. Adams has noted, implying that discovery and progress carried the burdens of civilization.

There is time to catch "Turning Back," the pictures the photographer shot on his trip. The show, at the Matthew Marks Gallery in Chelsea, closes on Saturday. Like the book that goes with it, it needs pruning. But its gravity wins out. Exhibitions like this don't come along often, nor do photographers like Mr. Adams.

Some people who love photography have never grasped him. His métier is emptiness. I don't mean the heroic emptiness of a vast, virgin West whose prospects looked infinite to Lewis and Clark when they first passed through it in 1804 and 1805. And I don't mean the emptiness of clear-foresting and spoliation, notwithstanding that the destruction of the West is Mr. Adams's persistent worry.

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