December 2008

Christmas Elders’ Lunch – Apache Gold Casino

December 29, 2008

The second annual Christmas “Elders Lunch” of the San Carlos Apache Tribe was held on Wednesday, December 24, 2008 at the Apache Gold Casino on the San Carlos Reservation. The luncheon is a gesture of appreciation for tribal elders initiated last year by then new Tribal Chairman Wendsler Nosie, Sr. Nosie, who is a spiritual [...]


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The Personal and the Historical

December 28, 2008

One of my continuing interests is the intersection of the “ordinary” individual life and the historical moment. My own father, Meyer, or Mac, had many. Born in a small shtetl in Ukraine before the Russian Revolution, he emigrated to the United States, arriving, still a teen, in 1927. In the early Thirties, at the height [...]


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History

December 24, 2008

February 17, 2009 marks the one hundredth anniversary of the death of Geronimo at the Fort Sills reservation after 23 years of incarceration by the U.S. government in Florida, Alabama, and, finally, Oklahoma. Geronimo has mostly been portrayed in popular lore as a savage and murderous renegade who needed to be hunted down and caputured [...]


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Ocean Poem

December 24, 2008

Ocean’s End Along the coastal Atlantic at summer’s end the Caribbean’s hurricane mood looms over the waters north to New York, the Cape and beyond. The season’s swells deliver you from the human traffic toward the sun while the locals remain to neighbor their brooding god. In fishing villages, the perennial change in weather forces [...]


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Knucklehead Truth and Reconciliation Commission

December 24, 2008

As a Jew, what better activity for me to engage in on Christmas eve than to provide frivolous and potentially entertaining blog posts that won’t be read until our readers are long since disappointed with their presents . To wit, this link to Paper Cuts, the New York Times blog about books (sounds enthusiasitically alliterative: [...]


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The Story to Tell

December 22, 2008

“I – don’t – speak – English – so – you – have – to – speak – very – slowly – to – me.” Robert Howard, the young administrative assistant to Wendsler Nosie, the Tribal Chairman of the San Carlos Apache Tribe, and a former vice chairman himself, is staring me very soberly in [...]


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This Time, Shop with Meaning

December 22, 2008

Books Blog tells us how shopping, for Emma Bovary and others, not only busts bank accounts, but expands horizons. It is a dream of the cosmopolis. Now it’s true that Madame Bovary’s racking up of credit and her consequent response when the bailiffs come knocking should be a dire lesson for us all. But for [...]


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Feel Flows

December 22, 2008

PhysOrg.com reports that two Finnish scientists have published a study in the International Journal of Astrobiology entitled “Why Did Life Emerge.” Son and father Arto Annila of the University of Helsinki and Erkki Annila of the Finnish Forest Research Institute conclude,”The most important idea in our study is that there is no distinction between animate [...]


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Larkin Speaks

December 22, 2008

Long forgotten recordings of the the late English poet Philip Larkin reading from his work are to be published next month by Faber and Faber. A taste of his bracing poetry, sans illusion, here and here. AJA


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Sic Transit Gloria Mundi, or Let Them Eat Five Year Plans

December 22, 2008

The Guardian, UK, reports that locals and communists who opposed the renaming of a Moscow road Solzhenitsyn Street in memory of the Nobel Laureate and chronicler of the Soviet gulag are tearing down signs and demanding the old communist name back. AJA


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Death Map 2008

December 22, 2008

NewScientist maps the likelihood of death by weather across the country. Julia and I are afraid. We’re very afraid. AJA


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Saturday Night Parade of Lights; Globe, Arizona

December 15, 2008

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Genocide Means Never Having to Say You’re Sorry – or Recompense Anyone, Anyway

December 14, 2008

“Indigenous leaders from North and Central America recently gathered to discuss the significance of governmental apologies involving historical injustices committed upon Natives.” AJA


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It’s Something

December 14, 2008

“Wizipan Garriott, 28, has been appointed First Americans Public Liaison, a newly created position in President-elect Barack Obama’s transition team.” AJA


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The Deadly Jester

December 14, 2008

Adam Kirsh’s dead on, well-deserved critique in The New Republic of the well-deserving academic-intellectual darling, Slavoj Zizek. Did I say he deserves it? AJA


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Didn’t You Love the 70s?

December 14, 2008

According to Pascal Bruckner, who advocates a boycott of the second UN Conference against Racism (which should have been done to the first): “In a nutshell: Anti-racism in the UN has become the ideology of totalitarian regimes who use it in their own interests. Dictatorships or notorious half-dictatorships (Libya, Pakistan, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Cuba [...]


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Bailout THIS

December 14, 2008

RedClout suggests a different bailout. As if the government ever would. Which is the point. AJA


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Repressed National Memories

December 14, 2008

The San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation was established, as a concentration camp, on November 9, 1871. The intent was to remove from land coveted by the U.S. government and local settlers various Apache bands – originally, among the “Western Apaches,” the Pinal, Aravaipa, Apache Peaks, Tonto, and San Carlos bands – and concentrate them on [...]


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The View from Our Window

December 14, 2008

On the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation JD


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Bordello Rooms

December 10, 2008

The way I do it is I stand in the middle. I’m in the desert this time, gazing at the landscape as the dogs chase rabbits and roadrunners around me. My back is turned to Highway 80, to RVs and the other signs of post-nineteenth-century life, though they aren’t that plentiful. Before me, almost all [...]


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It’s a Dog’s Life

December 9, 2008

Penelope is pleased to hunt in the tall grass. JD Willcox, Arizona; December 2008


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