February 3rd, 2007

Chris Keeley

Sienna Miller as Edie Sedgwick in "Factory Girl."

she died of a barbiturate overdose a year later at the age of 28



How do you discover the inner life of people determined to live so fast and hard that they can outrun their demons?

Clinical terms like “narcissistic disorder” may be applied to such people.

Fueled by speed, its denizens willfully extinguished their inner lives with pharmaceuticals and put their fantasies on exhibition. In those days mother’s little helpers enjoyed a vogue as relatively harmless, energy-producing psychic rocket fuel for naughty boys and girls to stay up and party all night.

Warhol’s Anointed Starlet, Drowning in the Glitterati
By STEPHEN HOLDEN

It’s not entirely inappropriate that “Factory Girl,” George Hickenlooper’s biography of Edie Sedgwick, the most glamorous of Andy Warhol’s so-called superstars, should suggest a magazine layout masquerading as a film. The world through which Sedgwick blazed and burned out was one that lived and died by the camera. It existed to be seen and drooled over. But God help you if you actually lived in it.

Fueled by speed, its denizens willfully extinguished their inner lives with pharmaceuticals and put their fantasies on exhibition. In those days mother’s little helpers enjoyed a vogue as relatively harmless, energy-producing psychic rocket fuel for naughty boys and girls to stay up and party all night. We know better now.


Collapse )“Factory Girl” is rated R (Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian). It has nudity, sexual situations and drug taking.
Chris Keeley

A new book on the Cubana bombing, called “Terrorist of the Bush Family,” by two Venezuelan journalis

Mr. Bosch was eventually cleared by Venezuelan courts and lives quietly in Miami, having been spared from deportation in 1990 by the administration of President George H. W. Bush, who was the C.I.A. director at the time of the bombing.



A new book on the Cubana bombing, called “Terrorist of the Bush Family,” by two Venezuelan journalists, Alexis Rosas and Ernesto Villegas, has not helped either.

Bomb Resonates With Diplomats, Not With the Bomber

CARACAS, Venezuela

THERE are not many places where a man convicted in the bombing of a commercial airliner that killed 73 people can be found roaming the streets. This city, home to Freddy Lugo, is one of them.

Mr. Lugo, like an uneasy memory from the cold war, is tucked away here, obscure to most of his countrymen but not completely forgotten. He was one of two men sentenced to 20 years in prison for placing explosives on a DC-8 jetliner flown by Cubana Airlines in 1976.

The plane blew up in the sky above Barbados, killing everyone on board, including two dozen members of Cuba’s national fencing team and a 9-year-old Guyanese girl. That explosion, considered the first act of midair terrorism in the Americas, poisons relations between Havana and Washington to this day.

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Chris Keeley

Uri Avnery Brilliant As Usual--2/3/07

Uri Avnery
3.1.07

               Fatal Kiss

IT SOUNDS like a promo for a second rate soap opera: a 21- year old
woman appears with a much older celebrity, who grabs her, forces a kiss
on her and pushes his tongue into her mouth.

This scene has been occupying the attention of the Israeli public for
months now, more than any other topic, except perhaps the allegation
that the President of the State sexually assaulted several of his
employees. The war and its consequences have been pushed aside.
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