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January 2008 – When Jack Kerouac Came To Venice

By John Thomas Jack I didn’t know.  Never met him.  Only saw him once — not much more than a glimpse, then.  And he surely wasn’t at his best that night. What night?  Back in 1959 — late summer, if memory serves me.  In Venice.  I was running the Gas House and cooking free meals...

January 2008 – Swami X Speaks

By X Swami X,  People who don’t know how to listen should be restrained from writing books.  People who don’t know how to listen should be restrained, and…made to watch television. I’m not against genocide, I just wish they would stop calling it war.  I’d like to be in a position to select the next...

January 2008 – Ocean Front Walk Ordinance Still Being Debated

There is no ordinance regulating the west side of Ocean Front Walk. The old ordinance was thrown out by the Los Angeles City Council as the result of a lawsuit brought by ACLU Attorney Carol Sobel on behalf of Venice vendors and activists, including Food not Bombs. At a court hearing last month, the judge...

January 2008 – Beachhead Poll

What should be done with the Venice Circle? Mark as many choices as you like. __ Fill with water __ Leave the Circle as it is __ Closed to traffic __ Add a fountain __ Add more statues __ Remove the present statue __ Other:  __________________      To vote, go to www.freevenice.org. If you don’t have...

January 2008 – An RV Fairytale

By Erica Snowlake Against my friend’s better judgment, I don’t drive, have never owned and am loathe to even entering nasty, metal, polluting obsessions in which one miraculously floats while seated above asphalted earth at high speeds weaving humanity’s frenzied chaos group mind death wish, blithely deluded about the importance of getting somewhere, no thank-you,...
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