Monthly Archives: August 2011

Twilight Next Door

Soon after moving into current home Joe walked out front to trim bushes and met next door neighbors, lady and gentleman both about eighty. She introduced herself and said, “This is George.” Joe said hello and enjoyed lady’s vivacity and charm but thought what rude bastard husband was, bearing silly semi-smile and not looking at […]

Posted in Alzheimer's, Basketball, Glen Campbell, Health, Music, Pat Summitt, Ronald Reagan, Short Pieces - GTC

Sarah Palin Gazes at 2012

Listen, some people have been saying I’m jealous of Michele Bachmann since she’s been getting all the publicity and won some straw poll in Iowa. That’s silly. I could’ve won that but didn’t want to sweat for something nobody cares about. That’s why I quit as Governor of Alaska. I was bored as well as […]

Posted in Alaska, Barack Obama, Ben Bernanke, Campaign 2012, John McCain, Michele Bachmann, Mitt Romney, Rick Perry, Sarah Palin, Texas

Old Newscasters Never Die

The chronology unfolded about like this: I recently visited my hometown Sacramento, which I’d left in 1991, and was as ever moved by familiar places laden with ancient memories, and shortly after returning to Bakersfield I wondered what had become of several television newscasters from my youth. And in particular I was interested in Harry […]

Posted in Babe Ruth, Calvin Coolidge, Comedians, Harry Martin, Jay Leno, John Wayne, Media, Paul, Paul Newman, Sacramento, Stu Nahan, Television

Interview with Rick Perry

(Late last night, after being driven to a confidential location, I interviewed Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry.) George Thomas Clark – Good evening, Governor Perry. Rick Perry – Howdy. GTC – You’ve been touting, rather loudly, your record as a producer of jobs in the state of Texas. RP – Damn right. Texas, under my […]

Posted in Abortion, Barack Obama, Campaign 2012, Capital Punishment, Civil War - American, Economics, Guns, Immigration, Rick Perry, Texas

Adolf Eichmann Appears at Film Festival

On the final afternoon of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, before a near capacity audience in the large theater, Adolf Eichmann – looking typically banal, bespectacled, and grim – was wheeled in a glass cage onto a stage in front of the screen after completion of “Eichmann’s End: Love, Betrayal, Death,” and he demanded: […]

Posted in Adolf Eichmann, Adolf Hitler, Auschwitz, Europe, George Thomas Clark, Heinrich Hmmler, Hitler Here, Jewish Film Festival, Jews, Poland, Reinhard Heydrich, Rudolf Hoess, San Francisco, World War II

Death of a Teacher

Immersed in my own trivial but heartfelt concerns, the principal of which was that my six-week summer vacation had, as ever, lasted at least a fortnight too long and, despite a couple of stimulating vacations, left me feeling isolated and resentful and anxious to return to the camaraderie and energy of a large adult school. […]

Posted in Education, George Thomas Clark, Health, Insurance

Picasso Characters Sparkle at the De Young Museum

I first ask then urge directors at the De Young Museum in San Francisco to let me in two hours early so characters in “Picasso, Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris” can relax and speak to me before hordes enter and distract them. The directors ultimately agree, and at seven thirty in the morning […]

Posted in Art, Francoise Gilot, George Thomas Clark, Pablo Picasso, Painters, Paris, San Francisco

Impressions of Madrid

Would I ever want to live in Madrid? I didn’t know. I hadn’t been there so before going prepared vigorously, studying maps and scouring cyberspace and printing out stacks of material that bulged from three folders. In Madrid I annotated my reference material and encouraged local citizens to also do so. I jumped into dozens […]

Posted in George Thomas Clark, Immigration, Madrid, Madrid Vacation, Restaurants, Spain

Hunting Galleries in Madrid

After years of studying websites, scouring maps, and making many wrong turns en route to art galleries usually difficult to park near and often closed during listed business hours, or that had quietly gone out of business, I said screw it. I’m simply going to Bergamot Station in Santa Monica, a constellation of about thirty-five […]

Posted in Art, Bergamot Station, George Thomas Clark, Madrid, Madrid Vacation, Painters, Photography, Robert Maplethorpe, Spain, Surrealism

Gypsies in Madrid

One morning in Madrid, en route to the sumptuous Prado National Museum, I told the taxi driver that the day before I’d visited and been shocked by the harsh industrial neighborhood Villaverde where around the clock provocatively dressed women stand on streets, waiting to rent their bodies. “I know a place a thousand times worse […]

Posted in Drugs, George Thomas Clark, Gypsies, Immigration, Madrid, Madrid Vacation, Racism, Spain

Prostitues in the Streets of Madrid

My first evening in Madrid I strolled from my hotel a hundred yards to Gran Via, the most celebrated street in Spain and frequent scene from movies highlighting its ornate old buildings and statues that hold up balconies bordered by iron railings. After waiting for frenetic traffic to stop at a red light, many people […]

Posted in Drugs, George Thomas Clark, Immigration, Madrid, Madrid Vacation, Prostitution, Spain

Dining at the Hotel Ritz in Madrid

The double-deck tour bus with top open had just completed its modern Madrid route north of downtown on shady Paseo del Prado into the chic Salamanca neighborhood where renowned Real Madrid plays soccer in a massive stadium and the most exclusive shops are found, and then back down Calle Serrano past several elegant foreign embassies […]

Posted in Food, George Thomas Clark, Hotels, Madrid, Madrid Vacation, Spain, Travel

Getting to Madrid

My journey to Madrid began on a Sunday morning as I drove from blistering Bakersfield down Highway 99 toward Los Angeles and punched sports talk radio but heard an ESPN guy strain to be funny and cool but sounding lame: most jockeys lack comedic skills and can’t sustain the purported subject matter of their shows. […]

Posted in Bakersfield, Barack Obama, Dennis Miller, George Thomas Clark, George W. Bush, Los Angeles, Madrid, Madrid Vacation, Mexico, Michelle Williams, Movies, Pornography, Radio, Ryan Gossling, Spain, Travel

Nazi Attacks Karl Schmitt-Rottluff in Madrid

My god, I thought I was rid of the Nazis after World War II. For years they’d been calling my paintings perverse and defective, and in 1937 Adolf Ziegler, the man named by Hitler as President of the National Chamber of Fine Arts and thus arbiter of everything that could and could not exist in […]

Posted in Adolf Hitler, Adolf Ziegler, Art, Ernst Ludwig Kirschner, Expressionism, George Thomas Clark, Karl Schmitt-Rottluff, Madrid, Madrid Vacation, Nazis, Otto Dix, Painters, Spain

Francisco Franco Appreciates “Guernica” and Pablo Picasso in Madrid

I’m no longer angry with Pablo Picasso though I should be. His most famous work, and perhaps the most powerful of the Twentieth Century, “Guernica,” is celebrated as a passionate denunciation of war, particularly when hostilities result in deaths of civilians. I absolutely agree. I swear I didn’t order the attack on the Republican stronghold […]

Posted in Art, Francisco Franco, George Thomas Clark, Guernica, Madrid, Madrid Vacation, Pablo Picasso, Painters, Spain