Jul 31, 2012
commented on Gore Vidal
Vidal was brilliant and fearless. I remember reading his essay "Pink Triangle and Yellow Star" in my High School library (in Iowa) in the late 70's. It was, as you say, "transformative" for me.
It would be hard to communicate to younger people how weird and repressive attitudes were back then, but suffice to say that his essay was the ONLY intelligent thing about gays I had read to that point. (By the way, "Gay" was a word and concept he was averse to - he always maintained that "gay" and "homosexual;" were adverbs, not nouns).
But his essays (and novels) covered an even more taboo subject in American politics: class.
If you can find it, please watch his 1968 debate with conservative William F Buckley which aired live on national television. When Vidal baits Buckley (calling him a "crypto-Nazi") the normally smooth Buckley proceeds to loose his shit on live TV calling Vidal a "queer' . Truly one of television's golden moments.
Jul 26, 2012
commented on In Efforts to Promote Cycling, "Seattle Is Slipping Behind"
@9 is right. It would make a great deal of sense to make much needed bicycling improvements to Rainier Valley. But don't hold your breath.
The affluent people who make up the Cascade Bicycle Club's leadership (largely from North Seattle) are not going to invest any of their political capital on improvements to South Seattle.
Cascade Bicycle Club is easily the most powerful and pampered Lobbying Group in the City. It didn't get that way by focusing on low income neighborhoods.
Also; the graphic is inaccurate and dishonest.
May 26, 2012
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