December 19th, 2006

Chris Keeley

A Place in the Sun: Photographs of Los Angeles by John Humble at Jan Kesner Gallery

A Place in the Sun: Photographs of Los Angeles by John Humble at Jan Kesner Gallery

http://www.jankesnergallery.com/jkgartists/humble-john.html



John Humble... 10425 Venice Boulevard (Los Angeles, 1997). From A Place in the Sun: Photographs of Los Angeles by John Humble at Jan Kesner Gallery. "...John Humble has lived and worked in the Los Angeles area for 30 years. During this time he has created a strong body of photographs inspired by architecture and its surrounding natural environment, often focusing on the incongruities and ironic juxtapositions of the Southern Californian landscape. This two-gallery exhibition features approximately 35 color photographs, many of which were acquired by the Getty Museum in January 2006, with the generous assistance of the Getty Museum Photographs Council, which also underwrote the accompanying publication. Both the exhibition and book celebrate Humble's distinct view of Los Angeles. From the concrete channels of the Los Angeles River to brightly colored commercial buildings, his photographs of the built environment capture that which is instantly recognizable yet very often overlooked." Also... more Works by John Humble at his personal site.

Chris Keeley

NYTimes op-ed on promoting "freedom"--12/19/06

NYTimes op-ed on promoting "freedom"--12/19/06

December 19, 2006
Guest Columnist


 God’s Gift?

By ORLANDO PATTERSON

One of the more disquieting aspects of the Iraqi occupation is that the
president’s final rationale for it is a cherished, though groundless,
liberal belief about freedom. As we now know, the war was motivated less
by any real evidence of Iraqi involvement with terrorism than by the
neoconservatives’ belief that they could stabilize the Middle East by
spreading freedom there. Their erroneous assumption was a relic from the
liberal past: the doctrine that freedom is a natural part of the human
condition.
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Chris Keeley

The United States cannot achieve its goals in the Middle East unless it deals directly with the Arab

From Bolivia to Baghdad: Noam Chomsky on Creating Another World in a Time of War, Empire and Devastation

Tuesday, December 19th, 2006

http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=06/12/19/1433244

World-renowned scholar and linguist Noam Chomsky spoke this weekend at an event titled, "What's Next? Creating Another World in a Time of War, Empire and Devastation." Chomsky spoke about the Iraq Study Group report, recent elections in Latin America, the current situation with Iran and much more. [includes rush transcript - partial]

 


World-renowned scholar and linguist Noam Chomsky spoke this weekend at an event sponsored by Massachusetts Global Action. The event titled, "What's Next? Creating Another World in a Time of War, Empire and Devastation" was held at the Emmanuel Church in Boston. Chomsky, who is a professor of Linguistics at MIT, returned from Latin America in October. He talked about the recent elections in the region, which have brought leftist, governments to power that are challenging U.S foreign policy. Chomsky also spoke about Iraq and Iran in the context of Latin America.

In this excerpt, he begins by analyzing the recently released Iraq Study Group report that was chaired by former Secretary of State James Baker.

Chomsky begins by talking about the recent South America Summit meeting, held earlier this month in Cochabamba, Bolivia.

 

  • Noam Chomsky, professor of linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology speaking last weekend at an event sponsored by Massachusetts Global Action.
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possession of a controlled substance and driving while intoxicated-drugs in Whitehall, N.Y.

possession of a controlled substance and driving while intoxicated-drugs in Whitehall, N.Y.

Anastasio booked
Anastasio booked
Former Phish frontman, guitarist Ernest J. Anastasio, was arrested on Dec. 15 and charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and driving while intoxicated-drugs in Whitehall, N.Y.
(AP/Whitehall Police)
Chris Keeley

Running with Scissors

Augusten Burroughs's 

Augusten Burroughs, with his French bulldogs, Bentley and the Cow.

Augusten Burroughs
http://www.vanityfair.com/fame/features/2007/01/burroughs200701?printable=true&currentPage=all

Ruthless with Scissors

Running with Scissors, Augusten Burroughs's memoir of a shattered childhood, has spent more than two years on the New York Times best-seller list, spawned a Hollywood movie, and earned him literary stardom. It has also drawn a lawsuit from the Turcotte family, with whom he lived, and who are challenging the truth of his brutal, shocking portrait of them.

by Buzz Bissinger January 2007

In the summer of 2002, when Theresa Turcotte found out that Augusten Burroughs had written a book that was already a best-seller, she was happy for him.

They had grown up together as teenagers in western Massachusetts, in the 1970s and 80s, and Burroughs had spent a great deal of time at her family's house. It was no secret, to either Theresa or her family, that parts of his childhood had been wrenchingly difficult, that he had been caught in the middle of his parents' volatile marriage and subsequent divorce. She also says she knew of Burroughs's obsession with fame back in those days, so she assumed that the success of the book, a memoir called Running with Scissors, must have made him especially pleased. Critics all over the country were hailing Burroughs as a genius. Carolyn See, writing in The Washington Post, suggested that his book might well be the best modern memoir ever, and it hit the New York Times best-seller list shortly after it was published.

Her curiosity piqued, she went in search of the book on the Internet. It was then that she got her first inkling that it contained enormous amounts of information about her family. She would ultimately discover that her parents, herself, and her four sisters and one brother, renamed the Finches, were actually a major focus of the book. And, she says, Burroughs had never told her he was writing it, despite his phone calls to her in the late 1990s.

She went to a bookstore in Springfield, Massachusetts, where she lives, to buy a copy of Running with Scissors. As she thumbed through it, she could feel her anxiety heighten. But because she still had obligations that day at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where she works as a public-health practitioner, it wasn't until that night at home that she began to read it.

The character based on Theresa is named Natalie, and in her first appearance she is described as a "ratty" 13-year-old. In the next reference she has "long, greasy stringy hair and dirty clothes." In the next five pages she is described "spilling crumbs down the front of her striped halter-top" from a tube of Pringles and wiping "her hands on her bare knees" and using the word "cunt."

As she continued to read, Theresa says, she found it difficult to fathom the book's malice toward her and her family. It was filled with things that she believed were categorically false or had been wildly embellished. She also could not believe that Burroughs had revealed details about events in her life that had occurred 20 years earlier and had been horribly painful for her—so painful that she had spent years in therapy trying to overcome them and had never told her own daughter about them.

She continued to read that night, occasionally stopping because she simply could not bear to read anymore, she says, only to pick the book up again several minutes later. Sometimes she had to stop to run to the bathroom and vomit. "I have never vomited so much in my life," she says.


Chris Keeley

Catpower

Catpower

http://www.richardavedon.com/editorial2004/newyorker/catpower.php



I was so drunk I could barely stand up [...] My organs were so messed up from drinking I was in physical pain. I couldn't zip up my pants because my stomach was killing me. I didn’t even realize I wasn't wearing underwear until the magazine came out. [...] I had to explain to my grandmother that this was the definitive photographer of the 20th century." - Chan Marshall about that infamous photo by Richard Avedon.
Chris Keeley

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Yungkuktoi Fetish panoramic fashion shoot.

http://www.willpearson.co.uk/panoramic_photography/yungfuktoi/index.php

Yungfuktoi virtual tour and panoramic photography

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http://www.willpearson.co.uk/panoramic_photography/yungfuktoi/index.php

 








Chris Keeley

MilitaryIndustrialComplex

http://www.militaryindustrialcomplex.com/

Since October 30th, 2006, MilitaryIndustrialComplex.com has recorded a total of 360 publicly-reported defense contracts given to 172 companies. The total net worth of those contracts being $25,924,717,115 - an average of $86 per every member of the US citizenry and growing.

A total of 5 publicly-reported defense contracts were handed out totaling $2,122,781,179 with the largest contract (valued at $2,000,000,000) awarded to McDonnell Douglas Corporation of Long Beach, California.

http://www.militaryindustrialcomplex.com/