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MONDAY OCTOBER 9, 2017  

GUEST:

(Originally aired: 10-10-94)

                                 ROBERT VISCUSI Ph.D

            

 

                                      

               Professor of English  Brooklyn College

                                     President:

        Italian American Writers Association - IAWA     

                                Author of Poem:

                                 

            "An Oration upon the Most Recent Death of

                           Christopher Columbus"

         

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More about: ROBERT  VISCUSI Ph.D

 

Robert Viscusi, the author of "The Three Rules of IAWA," has published the novel Astoria (Guernica Editions, American Book Award 1996) and the performance poem An Oration upon the Most Recent Death of Christopher Columbus (VIA Folios). He has published numerous essays in books and journals on Italian American literature and culture, among them "Breaking the Silence: Strategic Imperatives for Italian American Culture," which appeared in the first number of VIA: Voices in Italian Americana and became a manifesto for IAWA. Viscusi has been a fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities and of the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute. He is Claire and Leonard Tow Professor of English and executive officer of the Ethyle R. Wolfe Institute for the Humanities at Brooklyn College, as well as president of the Italian American Writers Association.

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Robert Viscusi is the author of the novel Astoria, which won an American Book Award in 1996, and of the long poem An Oration upon the Most Recent Death of Christopher Columbus, which he has performed cities across the United States and in Italy. His poems and essays have appeared in many journals, from Yale Italian Studies to Barrow Street. He is professor of English and executive officer of The Wolfe Institute for the Humanities at Brooklyn College.

 

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Poetry. Once again available from SPD. "will the italians go back to italy/ some have left already for other destinies/ eternal nomads who live in the wastes of australia/ or teaching chemistry in china/ many will say however/ more comfortable as indians/ than ever they were as theoretical objects..." Viscusi's Oration was written in response to protests against the 1992 celebration of Columbus Day, and eloquently takes into account many of the complexities and contradictions of the figure of Columbus. Kathlyn Nocerino says, "In Bob Viscusi's sumptuous, surreal, yet oddly persuasive design, Columbus continues to accumulate mileage after death... Indian and conqueror change places until America; s identity becomes the last and strangest of riddles." Allen Ginsberg writes, "Bob Viscusi's Columbus rhapsody is vivid vernacular voluble and full of nervous verve." Saddlestapled chapbook.

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Publications by Robert Vuscusi Ph.D

Max Beerbohm, or the Dandy Dante: Rereading With Mirrors
by Robert Viscusi

 
2.  Astoria
by Robert Viscusi
 
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An Oration upon the Most Recent Death of Christopher Columbus October 13-14, 1992
by Robert Viscusi
 
4.  Buried Caesars, And Other Secrets of Italian American Writing
by Robert Viscusi
 
5. Il Passato Perpetuo (Italian)
by Ernesto Bazan, Jerre Gerlando Mangione, Jerre Mangione, Robert Viscusi
 
6.  A New Geography of Time
by Robert Viscusi
 
7.  Buried Caesars, And Other Secrets Of Italian American Writing
by Robert Viscusi
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I include some consideration of Christopher Columbus of my own which come up in the program below: HHC

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         Some  Geographical Considerations of Christopher Columbus

October 12, 2009 - 517 Years after his Monumental Voyage � H.H.C.

 

                                                  

“I should not proceed by land to the East, as is customary, but by a Westerly route, in which direction we have hitherto no certain evidence

that any one has gone.”

                                                                                                                               (Christopher Columbus)

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Viking and possible Phoenician (and other suggested peoples of yore) not withstanding – the event of the night and early morning of

October 11 – 12 , 1492 was perhaps the most auspicious ever in terms of uniting - in an on going pattern  - the Easternmost and

Westernmost movement of Homo Sapiens from the original home of us all - Africa - some 200,000 years ago.  

Using the current Prime Meridian as a guide the intrepreate inhabitants (Lucyan / Tiano of the Bahamian Island of San Salvador) had

migrated some 80% of the way around the world. Their cousins of East Brazil had come 90% ! The Westward expansion had been limited

to merely 5%!

 

On the evening of 3 August 1492, Columbus departed from Palos de la Frontera with three ships; one larger carrack, Santa María, nicknamed Gallega (the Galician), and two smaller caravels, Pinta (the Painted) and Santa Clara, nicknamed Niña after her owner Juan Niño of Moguer.[17] They were property of Juan de la Cosa and the Pinzón brothers (Martín Alonso and Vicente Yáñez), but the monarchs forced the Palos inhabitants to contribute to the expedition. Columbus first sailed to the Canary Islands, which were owned by Castile, where he restocked the provisions and made repairs. On 6 September he departed San Sebastián de la Gomera for what turned out to be a five-week voyage across the ocean.

Land was sighted at 2 a.m. on 12 October 1492, by a sailor named Rodrigo de Triana (also known as Juan Rodríguez Bermejo) aboard Pinta.[18] Columbus called the island (in what is now The Bahamas) San Salvador; the natives called it Guanahani.

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That is the take away headline and much has been written about other aspects of the event.  One which seems not to have been dealt with or ever made note of was the possible implications to the modern world of the curious even mysterious circumstances by which initial “encounter” of the two Worlds apparently occurred.  I want to call that to your attention and see what you might make of it all. Please read on and thanks for doing so. H.H.C.  

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At two hours before midnight on October 11, Columbus saw a dim light "like a little wax candle, rising and falling." He mentioned this to at least two others aboard the Santa Maria, Pero Guiterrez and Rodrigo Sanchez de Segovia. Guiterrez also saw the light, but Sanchez did not. The light was seen once or twice more, but then was not seen again. According to later testimony in a lawsuit, the light was also seen aboard the Pinta at about the same time. The actual landfall island was seen four hours later (at 2 a.m. on the 12th) at a distance of 2 leagues.

In 1959, Ruth Wolper (accompanied by the Noted Columbus Scholar Paolo Emilio Taviani) organized an experiment in which she set a giant bonfire at High Cay (an islet off the coast of Watlings) and sailed east from the island until the bonfire's light was no longer visible. The last glimmer was lost at a distance of 29 nautical miles.

The 29 mile designation for the Meeting of East and West (within a somewhat mysterious context which seems befitting of such a Historic event) - has of course been disputed – along with much of the mountains of research which has been done about the monumental meeting - but seems to be well accepted by most scholars including Admiral Samuel Elliot Morrison. 

I have investigated the matter as a Geographer utilizing the incredible resources of the Map Collection of the New York Public Library and carefully measured on very large scale topographic maps what line of longitude Columbus would have been (29 miles East of San Salvador) when he "Saw the Light”.   After much carful measurement agreed to by myself and the research Map Librarian who was assisting me – it turned out to be 73 Degrees 58 Minutes and 05 Seconds of West longitude.

(See rough approximation – backed up by careful calculations with very large scale topographic maps and the Coast and Geodetic Survey below)  

San Salvador is about the same size as Manhattan Island and as we will see there are perhaps important other connections between the two.

With this in hand we then investigated where that line of Longitude goes North and South and were stunned by the coincidence that it was the exact longitude for - among other places -  the exact Coast and Geodetic Survey designation for the World Headquarters for the United Nations! There it is on the Map below – seems for go right between the Security Council and the General Assembly!

To make the point - below is a small scale map showing the relationship between the location (the best research shows) where in the World Christopher Columbus was at 10:00 PM on October 11, 1492 and the World Headquarters of the United Nations.  Of course these are rough map representation (details) but you could check it all out – as we did. 

It would all hold up.

So what! - many might say. A coincidence which has no consequence to the real world of October 2009. Maybe so and maybe not.  Unlike Latitude which makes good geophysical sense – equidistant between the two poles of an Oblate Spheroid Shaped Earth.  But Longitude is a different matter.  It could be anywhere.  Arguments are made that the Greenwich Prime Meridian is a testament to John Harrison  (who invented the chronometer as a pathway to the accurate measurement of Longitude etc.) and others of British genius. Greenwich was adopted as the World prime meridian in 1884 by The International Meridian Conference by the representatives of 21 countries many of who where artisto (craitic) holdovers from the Ancien Regime of the good ole days of the Feudal past. Also it might be noted Britain had many a Gatling Gun, cannon and mighty war ships possessed of great fire power. Three cheers for Crackpot Realpolitik.   And in terms of the present it certainly seems convenient to continue thus - reifying yet another outdated institutional arrangement along with all the others.

There are now 192 (and growing) Nation States in the World. There is serious debate about the structure of the United Nations itself and demands for the democratization of the Institution – empowering the General Assembly and reforming the Security Council with its the five member permanent representatives and their intimidating (Aristo) veto power.  The outdated political and particularly visionless economic assumptions of the past are being fundamentally challenged by a rising tide of demands for new real democratic vision of real political AND Economic Power for the vast undeserved population of the World – a new fundamental order of things. There is a dangerously growing deep felt and wide spread resentment against an international system that can be seen to serve only the interests of a relatively small upper class few and continues to ignore  the plight of the overwhelming majorly of the World’s growing poorer population.  Even the current economic system, inherited from a History of fundamental Injustice has been confronted with calamity born of it’s own unjust inherent contradictions,  seems incapable of reforming itself and it is the poorer classes who continue to suffer ever more inordinately because of lack of the “leaderships” vision.  Major change – demands for challenging the interrelated and outdated assumptions will not longer hold off the storm – is very much in the air – Revolution in the face of the Visionless present reality is in the air.   Resentment of the inadequacies of the present system is very much in place - particularly as projected into the future – and grows apace - everywhere.  Established institutions seem unable to provide anything like what the future requires – at either a theoretical or practical level of consideration for all the people and the ecology even as the defenders of the Good Ole ways and assumptions continue to seemingly hold sway from their gated communities - their Castle keeps - just as always they have – again with no apparent vision worthy of what the future requires.  Perhaps it would be appropriate that the people of the World add to the suggestions and demands for fundamental change that we change the Prime Meridian – along with all the other major changes required!?!

After all we will be establishing a “systems” change by which humanity will be orienting itself – henceforth – till the very end of time. Not a small matter and fits right into the vast array of Qualitative CHANGE the World requires if we are not only to prosper – one and all – but very likely survive in a world now possessed of Species Lethal weapons systems  which make MAJOR SYSTEMS INTERRELATED FUNDEMENTAL QUALITIVE ACROSS THE BOARDS CHANGE - IMPERATIVE - if we are to awaken from the unjust nightmare of History WHICH SEEMS – IF FUNDEMENTALLY UNCHALLENGED - DESTINED TO CONTINUE FOREVER UNTIL DEATH WE ALL DO PART.

A change in the Prime Meridian could lend support to A REFORMED AND FORWARD LOOKING UNITED NATIONS ASTRIDE IT  AS ONE OF MANY – MULTITUDES - OF MOVES IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION.  

Just a thought and wish we take the measure of things anew as we think ahead on this 517th Anniversary of the first on going connecting of all Homo Sapiens of the World – for good and ill - ushered in by Christopher Columbus.  He changed the World of his time.  We Must Change in a much more fundamental way – the Whole Wide World of our time – which is now imperative.

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TUESDAY OCTOBER 10, 2017  

GUEST:

JACQUELINE WELD DRAKE

Writer / Interviewer / Philanthropist

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https://youtu.be/JKkYYUghA0k - Jacqueline Weld Drake

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NEVER boring and never at rest'' is how one friend described Jacqueline Bograd Weld.

A writer, Park Avenue socialite and the chairwoman of Casita Maria, the oldest Hispanic settlement house in New York, Ms. Weld is like a hummingbird -- high-strung, small-boned and colorful. She has the same sparkly spirit as the characters in her second book, ''Rara Avis,'' a surrealist comic novel that was published in October by Turtle Point Press. Set in South America, where she grew up, it includes lots of lively eccentrics, like a grandmother who collects alley cats and wears chicken feathers on her eyelids.

''She's invariably, even inevitably, festive,'' said the writer Fran Lebowitz, who described herself as a lunch companion of the bride. ''Her whole family is festive. They have the festive gene.''

Rick Beinecke, an old friend, added: ''Jackie is vivacious and daring, like a matador with a red cape. She'll do anything, go anywhere.''

Four years ago, a friend persuaded Ms. Weld to leave her antiques-filled apartment for a white-water rafting trip in Colorado that was organized by Outward Bound. ''I was extremely nervous,'' Ms. Weld remembered. ''I said, 'I won't have to sleep alone at night in the wilderness or rappel off mountains or kill my own food, will I?' ''

She added: ''I brought my makeup, which I never put on. I spent the entire trip in my bathing suit and Adidas. If you bond with people, it's because of pure personality.''

As it turned out, the 14 members of the trip all became very close. Each night, Ms. Weld remembered, everyone would arrange their sleeping bags ''in a circle, like a covey of quail, and tell stories.''

During the storytelling sessions, Ms. Weld particularly impressed one member of the group, Rodman Leland Drake. ''Jackie really got into the camaraderie and lying under the stars and telling jokes,'' he said. ''She has this childlike innocence while also being a lady of the world.''

Ms. Weld also took notice of Mr. Drake, who is the president of the Continuation Investments Group in New York. She recalled he was kindhearted on the hiking trail, calm even in the wildest rapids, a likable leader. But she did not foresee falling in love with him.

''The first thing men do in groups, I discovered, is stop shaving,'' Ms. Weld said. ''That's why no romances actually take place on the trip. Rod was covered with stubble and silt from the river, and he had zinc oxide smeared all over his lips. It was not a pretty sight.''

After returning to New York, the two, who had both been married before, fell in love. ''They're wonderful together,'' said the writer Susan Cheever, a friend. ''She's like a parrot and he's like an owl. She's very colorful and flamboyant, and he's solid and sweet and wise. And he goes out at night, which she requires.''

On Friday, Dec. 18, they were married in a civil ceremony with 30 guests in attendance in the bride's apartment, where the kitchen is pink, the living room as red as a poinsettia and the library lemon-yellow. Most women wore beautiful, sparkling jewelry and gowns, including Mary McFadden, the dress designer, who arrived in a glittery silver dress that flickered like a ship's S O S signal and carried a purse that looked like a jeweled dinosaur egg. Just before the ceremony, the bride flew into the room in a bright red gown. ''She has a red streak,'' said Alicia Lubowski, a niece of Ms. Weld.

Afterward, there was a reception for 230 people at the Colony Club. During cocktails, the sitting room was full of socialites, writers, bankers and Christmas lights. In the group was Kristi Witker, who said Ms. Weld and Mr. Drake were among her favorite couples since they met after their long first marriages didn't work out. ''Love is like a head cold,'' Ms. Witker said. ''Just because you had one cold doesn't mean you'll never have another.''

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WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 11, 2017  

GUEST

JEANNETTE WATSON

   

Daughter of Thomas J. Watson Jr. & Granddaughter of Thomas J. Watson

Founder & Owner of the NYC Legendary Bookstore "Books & Co."

Board Member of the Open Center & the New York Society Library

 

It's My Party by Jeannette Watson

Author:

"It's My Party - A Memoir"

The favored granddaughter of IBM’s Thomas J. Watson reveals a life of glamour, depressive battles, hard-won joy, and peace.

Born into a celebrity family (her father was Watson’s son, who turned the company into the powerhouse it still is today, and her

mother, Olive, had datedHoward Hughes and John F. Kennedy), Jeannette Watson’s larger than life parents hid a multitude of secrets.

Behind a façade of order and glamour,

 Tom Watson often experienced dark moods; his depression was something he passed on to his daughter. Jeannette felt she could

never measure up to her mother—a legendary beauty—and kept her nose buried in books.

“With straightforward, unadorned writing, Jeannette Watson’s memoir is a riveting, unputdownable journey of self-discovery, sensitive

yet painfully honest, and sure to attract legions of readers.”


—Lenny Golay, Co-owner, The Corner Bookstore, NYC

It’s My Party is a portrait of another era, a guide to dealing with depression, and one woman’s deep effort to understand herself.

 

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 https://youtu.be/3LUUlioYgWQ - JEANNETTE WATSON

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THURSDAY OCTOBER 12, 2017  

GUEST:

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GILAD ATZMON  

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Political Commentator: Writer & Multi Media

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More about GILAD ATZMON

Gilad Atzmon is a British Jazz artist and author. Gilad was born in Israel in 1963 and trained at the Rubin Academy of Music, Jerusalem (Composition and Jazz). A multi-instrumentalist he plays saxophones, clarinet and ethnic woodwind instruments . His album Exile was the BBC jazz album of the year in 2003. He was described by John Lewis at the Guardian as the “hardest-gigging man in British jazz.” Atzmon tours extensively around the world. His albums, of which he has recorded fifteenth albums to date, often explore political themes and the music of the Middle East.

As a member of the Blockheads, Gilad has also recorded and performed with Ian Dury, Robbie Williams, Sinead O'Connor and Paul McCartney. Gilad has also recorded with Robert Wyatt, the Water Boys. In 2014 he recorded with Pink Floyd and is featured on their last album The Endless River (Anisina).

In 2000 Gilad founded the Orient House Ensemble in London and started re-defining his own roots in the light of his emerging ethical awareness. The Ensemble includes Chris Higginbottom on Drums, Yaron Stavi on Bass and Frank Harrison on piano & electronics.

Gilad writes on political matters, social issues, Jewish identity and culture. His papers are published on very many press outlets around the world. Here is just a short list of his recent publications: World News, Press Tv, Rebelion, The Daily Telegraph, Uprooted Palestinians, Veterans Today, Palestine Telegraph, Counterpunch, Dissident Voice, Aljazeera Magazine, Information Clearing House, Middle-East-Online, Palestine Chronicle, The People Voice, Redress, Shoa (The Palestinian Holocaust) , The Guardian, transcend and many more.

Gilad is a popular political analyst and is often guesting on Television and Radio stations around the world such as RT, Press TV, BBC and many more.

Atzmon's novels 'Guide to the perplexed' and 'My One And Only Love' have been translated into 24 languages. Gilad's latest book, The Wandering Who?, is a study of Jewish Identity politics. It was published in English in October 2011 and has since been translated into ten languages and been a best seller since then.

Over the years Gilad Atzmon's music has moved increasingly toward a cultural hybrid. As a bandleader and reed player he has been amazing his listeners with his powerful personal style that combines great bebop artistry and Middle-Eastern roots in a sophisticated, sometimes ironical manner. Influenced by Coltrane’s powerful approach on the sax, Gilad's live performances are simply breathtaking and overwhelming.

Gilad's work is highly praised by the musical press. Here are just a few quotes:

"Atzmon's fluid lyricism is in full flow on songbook classics and worldly originals. But as sweet romance morphs to modernist uncertainty, the bittersweet balance and rich emotional palette equally impress." Financial Times ***** March 2009

“A formidable improvisational array...a jazz giant steadily drawing himself up to his full height...” The Guardian.

“The best musician living in the world today” Robert Wyatt

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FRIDAY OCTOBER 13, 2017  

 

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  GUEST:

(Originally aired Nov. 1990)

 

RABBI ISRAEL DOMB

 

 

 

Spiritual Leader of

 

Neturei Karta - Orthodox Jews Against Zionism

 

 

 

 

and/or the Existence of A/The Jewish State of Israel

 

 

Author: "The Tranformation"

 

 

Neturei Karta - Orthodox Jews United Against Zionism

 

 

http://www.nkusa.org

 

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Rabbi Israel Domb. In "one hour "Conversation" produced in 1989

 

Rabbi Israel Domb of London, England a long time Spritual leader of

 

the organization "Neturei Karta - Jews United Against Zionism" discusses

 

Origins and the Philosophy of the movement. He talks in detail about

 

his book "The Transformation" which documents his view that Zionism

 

represents the abandonment by Jews of their rich "Torah True"

 

Prophetic Tradition in favor of a false and disastrous Secular

 

Nationalism.

 

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