Tag Archives: Memoir

Michael James :
A solo run west, ChicagoFest and Maxwell Street, and a taste for electoral politics, 1979

Halsted by Maxwell had a great hot dog stand which I frequented during late night hunger attacks for polish sausages smothered with grilled onions and hot peppers and greasy fries on the side. By Michael James | The Rag Blog … Continue reading

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Michael James :
Stepping into America to see family, comrades & friends, then a return to Mexico, 1976-’78

After opening the Heartland Café in 1976, trips bolstered my positive outlook about life, and probably kept me sane. By Michael James | The Rag Blog | August 19, 2014 [In this series, Michael James is sharing images from his … Continue reading

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Jim Simons :
The 50-year lawyer: Defying the systems of power

I knew that what I would write would never be published by the ‘Bar Journal.’ So I happily write it for ‘The Rag Blog.’ Here I stand, though the road was not exactly what I expected. By Jim Simons | … Continue reading

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Michael James :
Heartland takes root with new workers & friends, arson on my birthday, and a rising, 1976-’79

My partners and I began to learn the ins and outs and challenges of running our business as we pioneered our community-oriented, left-leaning business model. By Michael James | The Rag Blog | July 30, 2014 [In this series, Michael … Continue reading

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Michael James :
Gifts from the Great Spirit, tripping in NOLA, leaping forward & following a rainbow, 1975-’77

As the rain poured down and we cradled ourselves in the palm of a giant southern oak, Katy and I shook hands and committed to giving this restaurant thing a try. By Michael James | The Rag Blog | June … Continue reading

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James McEnteer :
Good migrations…

How U.S. Customs helped me smuggle marijuana into the USA. By James McEnteer | The Rag Blog | May 24, 2014 “The past is a foreign country. They do things differently there.” — L.P. Hartley When I first discovered Mexico … Continue reading

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Michael James :
Broken bones, Castle in the Sky, on the res, and meeting Katy Hogan, 1975-’76

Once, in an altered state, Duane and I climbed a fire tower in the night and looked over many square miles of pine trees under the stars. By Michael James | The Rag Blog | May 14, 2014 [In this … Continue reading

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Michael James :
To love we must fight: Serving the people mind, body, and soul, 1969-’76

Through Rising Up Angry, our message, influence, and notoriety ricocheted from kid to kid in neighborhoods across the city and beyond. By Michael James | The Rag Blog | April 23, 2014 [In this series, Michael James is sharing images … Continue reading

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Leslie Cunningham :
Fifty years ago and counting

For a white kid graduating from high school in 1963 and already involved in civil rights, seeing Dr. King at the Washington Monument highlighted a momentous year. By Leslie Cunningham | The Rag Blog | April 3, 2014 “We missed … Continue reading

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Michael James :
Poor whites respond to Black rebellion, plus Buffalo Gap and the Klan, 1967-’68

The summers of 1967 and ’68 were hot — real hot — and we were in the ‘guts of the ogre.’ By Michael James | The Rag Blog | March 3, 2014 [In this series, Michael James is sharing images … Continue reading

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Michael James :
In and out of Uptown, the ‘Appaloosa Mother,’ and meeting Dr. King, 1967

Sonny gave me this advice: ‘Just make sure you’re not hanging out in these same bars 20 years from now.’ By Michael James | The Rag Blog | February 12, 2014 [In this series, Michael James is sharing images from … Continue reading

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Alan Wieder :
Bill Ayers’ ‘Public Enemy: Confessions of an American Dissident’

In his ongoing journey, and with his new memoir, ‘Public Enemy,’ Bill Ayers continues to bring the radical ‘spark’ forward. By Alan Wieder | The Rag Blog | January 7, 2014 Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn will speak at “Underground … Continue reading

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