Clenched fists in front of Chilean flag

The Funeral of Orlando Letelier
Striking at the heart of power

Orlando Letelier was assassinated in Washington, D.C. by DINA, the secret police organization of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet. These are my impressions of the funeral march, along with some background on politics in Chile.

Police in riot gear

Power and privilege in a small southern city

When our anti-war demo was stifled by the Secret Service, we got even. But did we triumph over the system or just use our advantaged, college-kid status to embarrass some working class cops?

Graffiti on disintegrating wall

Los Angeles
Rebellion, decay and alienation

I lived through the Rodney King uprising at a time when L.A. seemed to be disintegrating both physically and socially.

Tank in suburban neighborhood

The Tunnel
A child’s dream

Weird things are happening in the suburbs—fear, alienation and war.

Missiles descending over LA's dark sky

Nuclear nightmare

This is a dream about the aftermath of a war, or the current state of our culture—I’m not sure which.

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