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NY Times Letter to the Editor criticizing Trump’s proposed budget

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For link to the New York Times letters page, published in the hard copy edition of the paper on 3/18/17 and posted in the NYT online edition on 3/17/17, see: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/17/opinion/proposed-cuts-in-the-trump-budget.html To the Editor: Sean Spicer, the president’s press secretary,

Unlocking the Language Room of War

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The late poet Allen Ginsberg, who was a teacher and friend, knew that issues of media and language were crucial to our prospects for building a real and humane democracy in America. Allen was an avid reader of the alternative

2004

Nutritious for a Thousand Years: Allen Ginsberg’s “Holy Soul Jelly Roll”

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The View from the Big Woods

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By Eliot Katz About a week before leaving for a 12-day summer vacation, I sent The New York Times a Letter to the Editor, which they published on June 20, 2006. In my letter, I addressed an op-ed column by

‘News Dissector, Democracy Projector’: A Poet’s Tribute to Danny Schechter

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Recalling Allen

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Reaching Out to Adrienne Rich via a Letter to Rosa Luxemburg

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Abbie Hoffman: American Dissident and Political Organizer Extraordinaire

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Abbie Hoffman: American Dissident and Political Organizer Extraordinaire By Eliot Katz One of the most well-known and influential American activists of the 20th century, Abbie Hoffman liked to call himself an American dissident and community organizer. As historian Howard Zinn

Who Knew One Could Even Try Such a Thing?

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New Brunswick, New Jersey in the 1980s was a pretty good microcosm of America. It was a multi-ethnic city with pockets of both wealth and poverty. It hosted the state’s major public university, Rutgers. It was the hometown of the

2013

Andy Clausen and the Poetry of Reconstruction

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Introduction to Andy Clausen’s Home of the Blues: More Selected Poems By Eliot Katz   The first time that I saw Andy Clausen read poetry was in the summer of 1980, at Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado. Andy was scheduled

Liner Notes for Tom Pacheco’s CD, “13 Stones”

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To paraphrase the radical pamphleteer and world citizen, Tom Paine, we are living in times that try people’s souls. Under the disastrous administration of George W. Bush and a corrupt conservative Congress, we find ourselves in the midst of an

Preface to “The Poetry and Politics of Allen Ginsberg”

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(Book Published by Beatdom Books, 2016) By Eliot Katz In both his poetry and his life, Allen Ginsberg was one of the most politically engaged writers of his era. Influenced by such key literary predecessors as William Blake and Walt

To Declare Pre-Emptive War Is to Declare Bankruptcy of the Imagination

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