Author Archives: Pat Hartman

About Pat Hartman

Before publishing the two books "Call Someplace Paradise" and "Ghost Town: A Venice California Life", my main project was "Salon: A Journal of Aesthetics. " I wrote extensively for "Scene," a monthly arts and entertainment magazine with a circulation of 25,000. Also proofread, sold ads, put together the music calendar and, for a couple of years, served as editor. Presided over a couple issues of the local NORML newsletter, as well as being featured speaker at chapter meetings. Wrote a complete screenplay; collaborated on another one; worked on a couple of scripts (additional dialog and general brainstorming) with an indie film producer. Booked the talent for a large music festival. Wrote, designed, illustrated and produced various catalogs and brochures for small businesses. Spoke at a high school as a panelist on Women in the Professions; was a featured speaker at the 1991 Women in Libertarianism Conference; presented public programs on "Success in One Lesson" and "The Bloomsbury Group: What's It To Us?" Created the website VirtualVenice.info and wrote many politically-oriented pieces for Earthblog.net

James Baldwin: His Life and Work

This portrait of James Baldwin is the work of the incredible Molly Crabapple. NOTE: Written in December 1965 for a 12th grade honors English class. Miss McCabe gave it “94 – Well done.” I have resisted the temptation to edit … Continue reading

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Positive Beautiful Activism

In Rochester, New York, Theresa Bowick founded a neighborhood all-ages health and fitness group, the Conkey Cruisers. When the majority of the group’s bicycles were stolen, an appeal to the community resulted in the donation of three times as many … Continue reading

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Baltasar Gracian, Droppin’ Wisdom

Baltasar Gracian (1601-1658) was a Jesuit priest with a reputation as a preacher although, as his Wikipedia page states, “some of his oratorical displays, such as reading a letter sent from Hell from the pulpit, were frowned upon by his … Continue reading

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Splendid Audiobooks, and Why

Perfect match of narrator and book: The Aubry/Maturin series, narrated by Patrick Tull (written by Patrick O’Brien) A sea captain and a doctor are friends. It’s easy to see why these stories are massively popular, plus, you painlessly learn some … Continue reading

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Destiny Disrupted

You remember Tamim Ansary. He wrote that email about Afghanistan, just after 9/11, that viraled its way around the world. His Destiny Disrupted is the most enlightening and exciting political book I’ve read since Jonathan Kwitny’s Endless Enemies, the one I … Continue reading

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On Missing David Foster Wallace

Normally, it seems a bit cheesy to mourn a person whose path you never crossed. I didn’t send a flower bouquet when Princess Diana died. But when David Foster Wallace took his own life, I felt personally bereaved. (And yes, … Continue reading

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Favorite Y U NO “Memes”

All of these “memes” tickle me. Though we will be discussing the use of that word.

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