Category Archives: My Blog

I have cranky opinions about most things, and hope to share the most useful ones with you. Thanks for reading – your comments appreciated.

People’s Choice: Ai Weiwei or The Highway?

“Ai Weiwei Wraps the Columns of Berlin’s Konzerthaus with 14,000 Salvaged Refugee Life Vests!” I’m generally against aestheticizing human suffering (pace Picasso) in the name of politics: efforts other than revolutionary slogans scrawled by proletarian artists on alley walls seem … Continue reading

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HEINZ KETCHUP

I love Heinz Ketchup. I grew up near Leamington, Ontario, once home of the world’s largest Heinz factory. In summer, you could smell the ketchup and pickles for miles down wind, and most teenagers in the area found vacation employment … Continue reading

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Tired of the Phoney Debate?

CHARLIE HEBDO: “Racist!” or “Not Racist!”? I’m tiring of the so-called debate. I learned long ago from the civil rights/anti-racism and feminist consciousness-raising groups I attended, that if victims of racism or misogyny say I’m guilty, then I probably am, … Continue reading

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My Brother, Ivan Clifford Williams

My 69-year-old brother, Ivan, died of heart failure in his sleep a few weeks ago. Hospitalized for pain, he underwent tests: kidney failure was imminent. He had been blind from birth, but as he wound down, he told his caretakers … Continue reading

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Tough Times for The God Squad

“Jesus was frankly a big disappointment to me,” said God in a recent interview. “I hated his faggy friends, there was too much turning water into wine when the going got tough, and his bitch Mary Magdalene was a fuckin’ … Continue reading

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THE CRASS STRUGGLE Excerpt From A Television Director’s Diary

Written by Douglas Williams (under pseudonym Bill Douglas) Published in NOW Magazine, November 9th, 2000 (slightly abridged) “Clutching my groceries, I deftly circumvent the spittle.” I am carrying a bag of groceries along Danforth Avenue on a Saturday afternoon. Ahead, … Continue reading

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TIME/LIFE and Historical Memory

ANECDOTE RECEIVED BY E-MAIL: “Mrs. Clare Booth-Luce, the wife of Henry Luce, the founder of TIME magazine, was a well-respected and highly-informed writer and journalist. “It must have been in the late ‘60’s that she said, at a gathering of … Continue reading

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Dumb Fucking Killers and The “Family Gun”

22nd October Nevada school shooting 911 call: ‘I got a kid down who’s been shot’… Monday 6th of May FLORIDA 13-YEAR-OLD FINDS FAMILY GUN, SHOOTS 6-YEAR-OLD SISTER//4-Year-Old Kills 6-Year-Old Sister in Kentucky, 5-Year-Old Shoots Herself in New Orleans, 24 October, ’13: 11-Year-Old … Continue reading

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Movie Review THE MERCHANT OF VENICE directed by Michael Radford

Michael Radford’s disturbing film adaptation of William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice (2004), starring Al Pacino as Shylock, Jeremy Irons as Antonio, Joseph Fiennes as Bassanio and Lynn Collins as Portia, is a barometer of contemporary social attitudes: it ambiguously … Continue reading

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To Thufir Hawat, abusive fool

As you may know, bloggers, like publishers, are under no obligation to reveal comments from abusers or fools. I took your initial comments seriously, and responded to them respectfully, until I realized that you fit both undesirable categories. Here’s a … Continue reading

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