Author: James Clifford

News from the Staten Island Ferry

New York, May 10, 2023 Jim Clifford and Judith Aissen                         On the subway, en route from Brooklyn to Manhattan, we found ourselves at Bowling Green station. It was a lovely Spring day, so we thought: “Why not a ride out in the harbor?” To our delight, as we flowed with a large crowd onto the Staten Island Ferry, we noticed the name Dorothy Day above us. For years, out in California, we’ve been receiving issues of The Catholic Worker, with its marvelous logo and wood block illustrations....

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[gview file=””]Santa Cruz in COVID time June 1, 2020 J. Clifford A historical materialist cannot do without the notion of a present which is not a transition, but in which time stands still and has come to a stop. –Walter Benjamin, “On the Concept of History” XVI. (1940) Moratorium [gview file=””]torium Things fall apart; the center cannot hold: Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world… W.B. Yeats, from “The Second Coming” (1920) … Still, the profound change has come upon them: rooted, they grip down and begin to awaken William Carlos Williams from “By the Road to the Contagious Hospital”...

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