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Letters to the Editor

(July 12, 2010)


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Michael Doliner's Response to Susan Julia's Comments: June 28 Letters to the Editor.

To the Editor:

In regards my use of the nickname "Satchmo," I intended, along with the illustration of the point in the essay, to point out that there is no justification for the stereotype. Although the sentence is in the form of a question, I thought it pretty clear that there was no criterion for thinking the generic Jane had no rhythm when Satchmo did, except prejudice against her -- that is, our "feelings" for rhythm.

Michael Doliner
Ithaca, New York, USA - June 28, 2010


Kenneth Rexroth on San Francisco 50 years ago -- from the Bureau of Public Secrets

To the Editor:

(Kenneth Rexroth's columns for the San Francisco Examiner)

As many of you know, during the last five months I've been posting Rexroth's weekly Examiner columns from the 1960s, each on the 50th anniversary of its original appearance. I haven't bothered you by announcing each new posting, but at this point I'd like to call your attention to what is there so far and to remind you that a new column is being posted each Saturday. Many people have told me they've been imagining being back in that period, at the very beginning of the legendary sixties, looking forward to finding out what will be happening each new week and what (invariably unpredictable) things Rexroth will say about it. Here are the columns that have been posted so far:

31. Here I Am [introducing himself]

07. New Forms of Art and Culture?
14. New Forms of Politics?
21. A Night Out in the City
28. Merits and Faults of the San Francisco Ballet

06. Beckett and Ionesco
13. Ferlinghetti, Ginsberg, and the Modern Jazz Quartet
20. Drama and Community [on the Jewish oratorio Esther]
27. In Praise of Amateur Shakespeare [with an unorthodox interpretation of Hamlet]

03. Two Questions About Modern Life
10. Signs of Change in the South [remarks on the Civil Rights movement]
17. Conversations with Southerners
24. Flagstaff versus Phoenix

01. New Orleans versus Pittsburgh [his conclusion is not what you might expect!]
08. Jean Genet and Ornette Coleman
15. The Execution of Caryl Chessman [denunciation of capital punishment]
22. The HUAC Riot [the now almost-forgotten kickoff of the sixties]
29. Signs of a New Youth Revolt

05. New American Poetry and Jazz
12. San Francisco Theater and Chicago Architecture
19. Pirandello's Six Characters in Search of an Author
26. Slum Clearance? [critique of urban renewal]

03. Three Poet in the News [Pasternak, Frost and Supervielle]

Coming up next week: Kabuki Theater. Check for a new column each Saturday at http://www.bopsecrets.org/rexroth/sfe/

As a preview of things to come, you can also explore my earlier selection of some of the more interesting columns: http://www.bopsecrets.org/rexroth/sf/

Ken Knabb
Bureau of Public Secrets
Berkeley, California, USA - July 2, 2010
"Making petrified conditions dance by singing them their own tune."


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