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Comment Archives: stories: Arts & Culture: Book Feature

Re: “An Odd Anthology

You took me to meet C. Bowden in his home in Tucson back in...'93?
We sat in an "Arizona room" while you both talked.
I listened, mostly.
Encircled by cacti in a bunch of pots.
To this day, I carry in my heart his words of "perhaps everything 'just is'- no beginning. no end. no right. no wrong. 'just is.' I repeat it in my head multiple times every day, a mantra.
It's beautiful to see you writing so much.

Posted by Jennifer Gilmartin Garnand on 07/17/2019 at 8:15 PM

Re: “It’s the End of the World As We Know It

More, please!

Posted by Shannon Cain on 07/13/2019 at 6:06 PM

Re: “A Remembrance of Painful Things Past

I have the book and am looking forward to reading it. Thanks for publishing this excerpt. Remember, Etherton is having a thing for Chris on Sat 4/13 at 3pm (better check on that, I'm relying on my feeble memory).
I truly miss "Eat. Fly. Cake."

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Posted by RobertDC on 04/11/2019 at 8:04 AM

Re: “40 Essential Arizona Books

Maybe because they cover the years my parents were growing up here, but two of my favorite local History books are Letters from Tucson, 1925-1927 & Letters from Tucson, 1933-1942 by Ethel Stiffler Carpenter. Very readable, with many mentions of local friends & acquaintances & interesting impressions of a newcomer enthusiastically dealing with living in Tucson before the days of cooling or air conditioning.

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Posted by MMP on 03/01/2019 at 1:26 PM

Re: “40 Essential Arizona Books

Too bad you missed two by C.J. Shane, "Desert Jade" (about immigration and human trafficking) and "Dragon's Revenge" (about Chinese immigration in early Tucson). Both take place in Tucson and are fast-paced mysteries.

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Posted by diane4art on 02/28/2019 at 6:51 PM

Re: “40 Essential Arizona Books

A really interesting list that reminds me that there's never going to be a end to my reading list. Of course there's more than 40 essential reads - here's a couple more. "Arizona Place Names" by Will C. Barnes I personally prefer the original edition first published in 1935. A virtual tour every time you pick it up. Second is "ON the Border with Crook" by John G. Bourke. This is a post-Civil War eye-witness account of the final Indian wars that remains relevant to this day.As I type this I'm reminded of Book West by Southwest on Campbell Avenue. It was such a Tucson treasure.

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Posted by Rudy Casillas on 02/28/2019 at 8:52 AM

Re: “Read All About It

You missed a couple: C.J. Shane's "Desert Jade" and "Dragon's Revenge", both action-packed mysteries set here in Tucson.

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Posted by diane4art on 12/20/2018 at 10:07 PM

Re: “Drugs and Dishonesty

Beatle John Lennon, not Beetle!

Posted by Clancy Cavnar on 11/11/2018 at 4:38 PM

Re: “Life of Kings

I didn't know Don personally, he appears a man of community, intelligence, and integrity. Newspapers have no one to blame but their corporate masters for their continued demise. Poor research standards, manipulating truth in the interests of keeping advertisers happy, continued shallowness of the subjects, and fetishistic adherence to celebrity are only some of the reasons. It's as if Charles Foster Kane is in control of the NY Times and the Washington Post. No more Pentagon Papers or Watergate revelations, instead of critical thinking, one reads blogs that tell him what to think.

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Posted by laddderflappy on 07/26/2018 at 7:02 PM

Re: “The Pros and Cons of Being Fat

Jes Baker (she has a name) is boldly talking about her experiences as a slef proclaimed "fat woman" in this book. We read only one chapter, and I say she has done an excellent job here of sharing her experience as a fat woman. she is not mincing words. Not calling herself "plus sized", etc, nor hiding the fact, but she also refuses some things that we take for granted, like being weighed at the doctor.

I see her point overall, we are weighed for every single thing when it truly does not matter. And yet with some medications there are some issues. She takes that responsibility when she refuses a weigh in. I would not be concerned about an expected weight gain as much as I would any sudden edema. At any rate, she does bring up an interesting point. I'm not a medical professional so I don't know if it's relaly necessary, but I do now wonder why it's necessary for all visits. It seems a bit much.

That being said, overall, I give her an "A+" for taking on a tough issue publically. And that is more than I can say for the rest of you. (Oh, except just saw Socrates2, nice, agree and very well spoken!)

You have belittled her, called her names... let's see the list starts with VietnamVet2 who offered the less than elegant "Progressive, No Self Control, Over Indulent, Loud Ignorant Mouth, ... no Respect [Self} and it goes on to Narcoleptic Saxon who infers that we are celebrating her as weak broken ugly, abnormal, and degenerate". I think the moral superiority of Narcolectic Saxon is especially cruel in this case, and it rather proves Jes Baker's Point.

A shame culture really does not work well. It's one of the most damaging things psychologically that you can do to a person/group of people. Our culture has shamed, punised and belittled people to no end, and it has done no good. In fact, it often produces the very behaviour we wish to curb. I think a good example might be our overflowing prisons or a walk back in history to see what good the alcohol prohibition did.

Anyway, that's not to say that obesity is to be included in a list of things like negative social behaviors. Our bodies have not adapted fast enough to the processed foods and at this point in time more people in the US are overweight to some degree than normal weight. Obese, I don't kow the percentage. I do know that cultural norms about obesity shift and what is considered a bit much now is considered beautiful at other times. Women have enough pressure to adopt insane beauty standards and will adopt unhealthy diets to do so, or inject their asses with fat like a Kardashian, get implants, use questionable hormones and supplements. Sadly, men are feeling the same pressure to conform and are taking hormones and pushing themselves beyond what is healthy for them.

I would rather see a woman like Jes Baker who is finding peace with her size, and is beautiful and has grace and is showing us what it means to be a strong person and not cave to herd mentality, than to see a whole army of instagram clones who "baaa" in unison and conform and shame each other into being the same. More power to her!

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Posted by Kat on 05/12/2018 at 9:01 PM

Re: “The Pros and Cons of Being Fat

and while we're at it, this cover your body with tats business is shame worthy as well

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Posted by laddderflappy on 05/04/2018 at 6:01 PM

Re: “The Pros and Cons of Being Fat

You are beautiful. I feel our healthcost system fails because it makes more money on treating diseases caused by obesity.

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Posted by Grandma Suzy on 05/03/2018 at 12:06 PM

Re: “The Pros and Cons of Being Fat

This 1960s, baby-boomer "I'm ok, you're ok" claptrap is so tiresome. Yes, shame is a tool useful to enforce standards of behavior, and it should be used to enforce those standards. We should shame the addict, the alcoholic, the unfaithful wife, the violent husband, the neglectful parent, the lazy employee, the greedy employer, and yes, the obese. This is how an orderly society functions. This is how people are motivated to improve their behavior.

Sometimes, you are not ok, and it's fine to say that.

Judge, and welcome judgment on yourself.

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Posted by NarcoleptcSaxon on 05/03/2018 at 12:01 PM

Re: “The Pros and Cons of Being Fat

NarcoleptcSaxon, allow me to add a contra. The problem with our society is that, due to seriously embedded cultural delusions, we entirely misdirect shame to things not worth shaming. In case you have any doubts, shame can be used as a socio-psychological coercive force to impose serious cultural, political, and economic policies. And it's destroying us all (at least the "other" 99%).
For further illumination on this topic, I refer you to Jacques Ellul's classic, _Propaganda_.
Above all, Ms Baker remains a human being, trapped in the body of a female whose body evolution has endowed with a propensity to store any amount of sugar(s) and carbohydrates into reservoirs of adipose tissue (fat). Whether the typical male in 21st century western post-industrial culture can appreciate these simple facts beyond passing judgments of shame is for each individual to decide. Her body mass or size, either way is certainly not my business to judge... And isn't that the point of the piece? Didn't MLK remind us about "content of character?" Or is this cultural meme-phrase just more excess mental baggage to be trotted out every third Monday in January, one that leaves little trace in our consciousness once Tuesday arrives?
Be well.

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Posted by socrates2 on 05/03/2018 at 11:32 AM

Re: “The Pros and Cons of Being Fat

The problem with our society is that there is entirely too little shaming.

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Posted by NarcoleptcSaxon on 05/03/2018 at 10:20 AM

Re: “The Pros and Cons of Being Fat

Wow. Well, there ya go--you can't have a piece about being fat without some mindless fat-shaming in the comments. Thanks, folks, for proving the point!

Let me add, as a "chronic and compulsive masturbator", that I am shocked--SHOCKED, I say!--that you would associate me with fat people. How dare you! Have you no compassion? What's wrong with you??

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Posted by skinnyman on 05/03/2018 at 9:54 AM

Re: “The Pros and Cons of Being Fat

All of this self-indulgent verbiage is likely to make NO DIFFERENCE WHATSOEVER.

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Posted by larschneb on 05/03/2018 at 9:32 AM

Re: “The Pros and Cons of Being Fat

"Pro: My body is inherently political."

This is because, in post-modern clownworld, we celebrate the weak, broken, ugly, abnormal and degenerate. These things are no longer tragic. Indeed, they have become indicia of virtue. This is because the goal of post-modernism is to tear down the strong, beautiful, healthy, normal, orderly and transcendent. And this corruption isn't to serve some higher goal - it's an end in itself.

And you see this everywhere: in the normalization of drug use, trannsexualism, "polyamorous" "marriages", pornography and so-called "sex work", the promotion of ugly art, architecture and music, nihilistic and amoral themes in literature, film and television, etc. There has been a virus - an agent of cultural destruction - loose in the West since at least the 1930s, it infected America in the 1960s, and there are no indications that it can be stopped without some fundamental Traditionalist revival.

I mean, what's next? Are we going to make heroin addiction a virtuous act of political rebellion? Shall we demand "acceptance" of the woman who compulsively gambles away her family's grocery money at the local Indian casino? If someone "identifies as" as a chronic and compulsive masturbator, are we now required to respect his "identity" and applaud his courage for bravely casting off social convention, even as he becomes unable to hold down a job?

Where does all this stop, I wonder?

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Posted by NarcoleptcSaxon on 05/03/2018 at 8:38 AM

Re: “The Pros and Cons of Being Fat

This is a perfect example of a self control, over indulgence in every aspect of her life, loud ignorant mouth, and no respect for any one, even herself. Her motto on life, "I am a fat pig and I love it." Wonder if late at night she asks her self why she is so screwed up?

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Posted by VietnamVet2 on 05/03/2018 at 8:09 AM

Re: “The Unknown Grave of Ed Abbey

Abbey's "Immigration and Other Liberal Taboos" is timely and relevant reading.…

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Posted by NarcoleptcSaxon on 04/30/2018 at 3:01 PM

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