Travel Writing: Chiang Mai, Thailand

[Article by Robbie Fraser] It’s not easy to interview a city, but I’ve done my best. Two months ago I touched down in Thailand and soon made my way up north to Chiang Mai. This wasn’t my first trip to the country. I’ve been through the insanity that is Bangkok, a city that is home […]

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An essay on “Gravitational Art” by Erik White

Gravitational Art is God’s not Pollock’s It is true that I use Jackson Pollock’s painting technique to create Gravitational Art.  The mechanization of the body creating fractal patterns on the canvas mimics forms found in nature, and looks much like looking up at the sky through tree branches.  His process is truly inspiring, but Jackson […]

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Poetry by Bruce Roberts

Tiny Bubbles/Tiny Tears The text message arrived As we watched the tiny dancers, Half-pints who hula, Sparkling cuteness Swaying hipless- And sometimes in harmony- To scratchy music Onstage surrounded By parents proud and corn dogs delectable, Baby ducks and bunnies and the mechanical bull just next door. “Old acquaintance, high school years, Facebook friendly, arrested: […]

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Poetry by Dave Douglas

Nothing to Write I see starving towns and big money I see blood and false-testimony … And if Paul Simon was President In a world when no one repents To a god they say does not exist On the forgotten list He may have nothing to write In moments when I can only scream For […]

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Poetry by Tatjana Debeljacki (Croatian and English Translation)

NEŠTO MOJE Reci mi kako sačuvati čistim ovo što imamo, jer znaš, zaboravih ti reći, ja uništim zaista sve što dotaknem, a moram ti reći, volim kada me gledaš onako krijući, misleći da ne vidim, volim kada pričaš, čak i nekom drugome, onako preglasno, da te mogu čuti i kada nisam u blizini, i odem, […]

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Whose Brain Is It? [Sept 2011 – Leena Prasad]

Whose Brain Is It? by Leena Prasad She turns on the CD player in her car and “When I’m 64” streams out over the speakers. Mona starts to cry. She is on Highway 280, driving down to Palo Alto to see her brother Michael. She’s flooded by memories of her childhood with Michael. She can […]

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Yerba Buena Center for the Arts presents Ophelia: A Musical

[Reviewed by Bruce Roberts] Hamlet’s Ophelia, a New Tale In Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Ophelia is a tragic figure. Spurned by Hamlet in his feigned madness over the death of his father, she goes genuinely mad after Hamlet mistakenly kills her own father. Grief-stricken, heart-broken, possibly pregnant, she falls in a stream and drowns, whether by suicide […]

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