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September 1, 2010

Labor Day Sidebar: Why we got a day off

Labor Day was adopted in September of 1894 to try and ameliorate nationwide hostility towards the administration of President Grover Cleveland. Cleveland had ordered U.S. Marshals and 12,000 federal troops into Chicago to break a wildcat strike by 3,000 employees of the Pullman Palace Car Co., maker of the eponymous railroad sleeper cars. The strike was ignited when, due...

New Book by Venice’s Poet Laureate – REVIEW: The Collected Poems of Philomene Long

By Jim Smith Philomene Long is back. The works of Venice’s poet laureate, who died three years ago, are more accessible than ever thanks to the publication in August of The Collected Poems of Philomene Long. This epiphany-inducing book of hundreds of her poems is a must-have for poetry lovers, students of Beat culture and...

Miss Jessica and the Sugar Shack Attack

By Suzy Williams Sept. 1 – Now it’s….Sugar Shack time at Danny’s Venice. Miss Jessica Long is dolled up in blue-green, end-of-summer, empire paisley skimpiness and the highest, daintiest of sparkly shoes, too delicious looking to be true. Johann on guitar is paying sweet, subtle homage to Motown. “Baby, baby, I love you.” Peter Marshall...

Ibrahim and Diane

By Greta Cobar Ibrahim and Diane, two of the most enduring performance artists on the boardwalk, who have been here longer than most of us have been around, are going to leave a void on OFW and Dudley while they embark on a vacation to Maryland that could last as long as a year. “I...

Swami X Speaks

In my own humble way I have concluded that God, Life, Existence is an eternal mystery that inspires the soul to solve, absolutely; because they are One. You may find me mystically presumptuous, while I find you philosophically retarded. Welcome to the ladder of spiritual evolution. We’re all on one rung or another, looking forward...

Poetry

keepin’ the BEAT – Shanna Baldwin Moore Love, For Tina Catalina Corcoran – Mary Getlein Starbucks – Chance Foreman Panties in the Trash – Joy Buckley Pigeon Tower – Majid Naficy Prison Bunk – Hal Bogotch On First Looking into the Collected Poems of Philomene Long –  Jim Smith Venice People – Cosmo ————————– keepin’...

Who’s the Boob?

Women – and Men – have nipples!!! Why should Women have to hide theirs? … Said the sign on the Boardwalk last week held up by a man with his own impressive pair of breasts. Not Man Boobs either … straight-up, ladylike boobs. The police presence was overkill, per usual, and gave me the idea...
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