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Malice Aforethought

Summer 1979

Cup-Cakes in Court Throughout history, sugar has been the morbid cause of distorted reason and emotion in all who partook of it. Marie Antoinette was only one of many who was forced into a profligate life of wealth and misuse of absolute power because of the enormously high sugar-content of her diet. The people of… Read more »

Of hermits, hedonists and related narcissists

Fall 1979

In the melting pot ghetto of East Los Angeles where I grew up during the Great Depression, everybody seemed to know that the only way to keep things from getting worse was to organize to make them better. Everyone was involved in some group bent on improving some facet of social arrangements. What outfit you… Read more »

Freedom Socialist Movie Review: Manhattan

Fall 1979

Woody Allen’s latest comedy-drama, Manhattan, opens with a spectacular black and white study of the New York skyline and harbor, replete with fireworks and a soundtrack of George Gershwin classics. And after this loving tribute out of Allen’s fantasies, another less innocuous fantasy unravels. Though he brings to Manhattan his usual skill at condensing humor… Read more »

FS Book Review: Surrogate Proletariat: Moslem Women and Revolutionary Strategies in Soviet Central Asia, 1919-1929

Fall 1979

One of the great travesties against the international movement for the emancipation of women has been the systematic repression of its history and the lessons of its struggles. All feminists, radicals and historians, therefore, should hail Gregory Massell’s fascinating work, Surrogate Proletariat: Moslem Women and Revolutionary Strategies in Soviet Central Asia, 1919-1929. The book documents… Read more »

Gay Resistance: The Hidden History — Part V

Fall 1979

After the destruction of the European homosexual rights movement by the Nazis and Stalinists, compounded by the social, economic and political disruption of Europe during and after World War II, international gay political activity dwindled until it picked up steam in the U.S. in the late forties. But even before this rebirth, U.S. gays had… Read more »

Malice Aforethought

Winter 1979

The visit of Pope John Paul to America was bound to have some repercussions. I followed news accounts of his trip from corporate headquarters in Rome to various U.S. cities and read with wonder his opinions on life after death, life before birth, and the role of women in his organization. Where will it all… Read more »

Sexual Economics

Winter 1979

We’re having dinner at her hotel and rushing the conversation because she’s speaking on campus that night. She loves to talk and question and ponder over people arid ideas. She is suffused with the Iranian revolution and grateful for her opportunity to play a role in it. She is at one with the tens of… Read more »

Movie Review: No revelations in Apocalypse Now

Winter 1979

Apocalypse Now is a masterfully crafted, wrenching and evocative film gorged with the horror and insanity of America’s war against Vietnam. But this martial super-spectacular dead-ends in confusion and mystification despite director Francis Ford Coppola’s avowed intention to explore the experience so Americans could “put it behind.” Coppola’s recreation of modern warfare is technologically and… Read more »

Malice Aforethought

Spring 1980

We sophisticated watchdogs of the national press are distinguished from the snobbish, the sectarian, and the inexperienced by our comprehension of details to which they are wholly insensitive. I refer, naturally, to those glimpses of American mood and changing political perspectives to be gleaned from the lines of Ann Landers’ column. It is here that… Read more »

Movie Review: Kramer vs. Kramer vs. Women

Spring 1980

Hatched from Avery Corman’s anti-feminist novel about a child custody battle, Kramer vs. Kramer tries feebly to be fair and “liberated.” But the film’s superb acting and contagious humanism are corrupted by a calculated message: today’s young mother cannot cope with both child and career — but Superdad can! Experience with a wrenching custody battle… Read more »