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o understand what is happening today in Israel/Palestine, one must know that all the land between the River Jordan and the Mediterranean Sea, including occupied Palestinian territory, is ultimately controlled by Israel. All internal travel and travel to and from the country, including the occupied West Bank, is controlled by Israel, and the exit from Gaza to Egypt is extremely limited due to Israeli and American pressure. All trade is controlled by the Israelis. And Israel maintains this control with the fifth most powerful military in the world. The Green Line, marking the borders between Israel, Gaza and the West Bank, is widely recognized by the international community as a starting point for any twostate peace agreement. Yet Israel continues to expand beyond the Green Line, making peace impossible. The expansion is achieved by Israel in several ways. One method is the construction of large housing developments, or settlements, and the infrastructure associated with them. These are Jewish settlements within Palestinian territory. Only Jews can live in these homes. Many members of the Israeli Knesset make no apology for such discrimination. In fact, one group of far-right ministers embraced the segregation in a recent letter to Prime Minister Netanyahu: â&#x20AC;&#x153;We, Likud ministers and Knesset faction members,â&#x20AC;? it stated, â&#x20AC;&#x153;express our opposition to the building freeze in the Jewish settlements in Judea and Samaria.â&#x20AC;? But religion not only determines which homes are available to a family; it also limits access to roads connecting them. A Palestinian behind the Green Line in Palestinian territory, whose community may have farmed this land for centuries, is forbidden to drive on the new roads. Any Jew from around the world, however, is encouraged to emigrate there, and often is paid by the Israeli government to do so. Expansion is also achieved when Jewish settlers use biased courts to evict Palestinians from their homes in established Arab neighborhoods in occupied East Jerusalem. Here again, any Jew is welcomed by Israel to engage in this kind of activity and can do so with the full protection of the Israeli military. Hundreds of soldiers will come to observe a handful of young Jewish fundamentalists evict Palestinians, remove their belongings and begin to occupy the residence. I recently visited the al-Kurd family in the Arab neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah

in East Jerusalem. The family had lived in their home there for over 50 years. They have a deed issued from Jordan proving ownership of the property. But Israeli courts would not recognize the deed, and months ago armed young American and Israeli fundamentalist civilians physically evicted the family, including the 87-year-old great grandmother and her young great grandchildren. Israel sent soldiers there to protect the settlers as they removed the family and the furniture from the home in the early morning hours. Unfortunately, this has been going on for decades and the story is not unique to Palestinians throughout the West Bank. I also recently spent time in Hebron, where the military keeps busy protecting approximately 1,100 settlers in a city of approximately 100,000. In Hebronâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Old City, the ancient streets house a shrinking number of Palestinian businesses. Many of them have been closed by the military, the doors welded shut. The upper stories of the streets have been taken over by settlers who taunt and insult their neighbors. Metal fencing has been installed overhead to protect pedestrians from trash and debris thrown by Jewish settlers onto the streets and pedestrians below. These settlers are armed and all the while vigorously protected by young Israeli soldiers. When Israel speaks of security, it has an expansive viewpoint. It isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t merely referring to protecting itself from attacks on Israel proper, but about protecting settlers who chose to live in Palestinian territory for the purpose of expanding Israel and driving Palestinians from their land. Many regard such ethnic cleansing as divinely ordained. This perverse outlook perpetuates the conf lict. A meaningful peace process would quickly require a halt to these cruel and illegal activities. Israel must either allow all Palestinians between the river and sea to have equal rights and a vote in elections, or withdraw from the occupied territories in order to establish a viable Palestinian state with control over its own seaport, airports and borders. Tragically, Israel is not willing to do either. Deppen Webber is a human rights advocate living in Rohnert Park. He is an active member of the NorCal International Solidarity Movement, the Free Palestine Movement and the North Bay Coalition for Palestine Support at the Peace & Justice Center of Sonoma County. Open Mic is a weekly feature in the Bohemian. We welcome your contribution. To have your topical essay of 700 words considered for publication, write openmic@bohemian.com.

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could search for friends and find them, well, on Facebook. Perhaps the best possibility for Myspace is to be acquired by Elon Musk, cofounder of PayPal, electric carmaker Tesla Motors and SpaceX, the independent aeronautics company. Call it â&#x20AC;&#x153;MyspaceX,â&#x20AC;? which would combine all of Muskâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s business pursuits into the first off-world colony. Recruit the outerspace colonists on Myspace (yes, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why the sign-up is so damn inquisitiveâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re gauging your space-worthiness) and catch a ride on a SpaceX rocket. The colony itself would be powered by Telsa Motors technology since, in space, there are no countries to exploit for natural resources (yet). Tickets would be paid for through Paypal, unless the underground hacker horde Anonymous launches another denialof-service attack, which they unleashed upon the online payments site, as well as the respective sites of Visa and Mastercard, after the creditors rescinded service to Wikileaks in the wake of Cablegate. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a denial-ofservice attack? Ask the former chief security officer for News Corporationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s digital properties, Hemu Nigam, who once ridded Myspace of pedophiles and warded off other online miscreants before splitting six months ago to start his own internet security consultancy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you are a home-computer user,â&#x20AC;? Nigam says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;the only way denial-of-service attacks succeed is if the consumers are allowing their computers to be used as a zombie so that it wakes up and turns it into an army soldier at the command of a hacker out there.â&#x20AC;? To prevent you computer from joining the undead, Nigam suggests you actually click â&#x20AC;&#x153;OKâ&#x20AC;? the next time your computer suggests a security update. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A hacker group like Anonymous will go out there and find computers that are not updated, drop a little code in there that basically owns the computer and that sits there waiting for a command from the mother ship to these zombie computers, thousands of them in all parts of the country or the world, that says â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Wake up. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your time.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Perhaps this is Murdochâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s evil plan for Myspaceâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s using it to create an army of zombie machines to launch a massive attack on his many rivals. But isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t that what his Fox News is for?

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eat, which is none, before Kate adds, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Maybe this is how she fits into the world. Wait. Nobody fits into the world.â&#x20AC;? Royâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chicago Doggery is located at the Petaluma Livestock Auction Yard, on the north side of town. The day Stephanie ate up the record was auction day, a busy afternoon. Due to sheer size, Royâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s contest dog is kept at an offsite location. Chris and Kate request their contenders phone in the day before an attempt so they can more appropriately stock the doggery; unfortunately, this request evaded Stephanieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s discovery. Yet seeing as Stephanie drove two hours to contend, Kate generously vamoosed from the busy doggery, returning with the chauffeured hotdog in her truck. Upon the hotdogâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s arrival, Stephanie withdrew her competitive eating accoutrements: a video camera and a scale. Then she sunk Royâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Big Bad Wiener into the galley of her belly, filming the ragtag-swallows of doggery mash along the way. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Afterwards, she went into the parking lot and was taking pictures,â&#x20AC;? explains Kate. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I followed her out there and started talking to her. She is so unique. I went home and looked her up. I wanted to follow what she was doing.â&#x20AC;? That evening, I discovered Stephanieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website, a massive compendium of haunting

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Good time for a fun fact: the winery and the prototypical TV dinner indeed share the same heritage, but the time-saving brand was sold in 1955. Hoping to plant Cabernet Sauvignon in the 1980s, W. Clarke Swanson Jr. instead became an early grower of Merlot on advice from wine legend AndrĂŠ Tchelistcheff. Current winemaker Chris Phelps may poke his head into a tasting on the way to his ofďŹ ce. Drolly self-effacing, Phelps was last seen in the Bohemianâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;as the centerfold model, he jokesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;defending Merlotâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tarnished reputation against a Sideways assault (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Merlot Fights Back,â&#x20AC;? April 19, 2006). Behind door number two, the more informal Sip Shoppe is a candy-striped room stocked with $25 bottles of red wine labeled for all occasions, like â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mazel tov,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thrilled for You,â&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Expensive Christmas Wine,â&#x20AC;? tagged with a supposed price of $150 (for full effect, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t remove the price tag). Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hope that â&#x20AC;&#x153;Please Forgive Meâ&#x20AC;? doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ďŹ nish on a sour note! Tastings here also include small food pairings.

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or those terrified that a trove of violent Mexican immigrants might invade their calm afternoon picnic and murder their families, it was the perfect hit piece. But to the Latino community at large, it represented the worst kind of campaign race-baiting, and a cynical yet successful tactic that continues to resonate sourly nearly two months after David Rabbittâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s defeat of Pam Torliatt in the race for Sonoma County Second District supervisor. In the ongoing fallout after Nov. 2, the campaign mailer supporting Rabbitt continues to feed virulent accusations of racism from members and allies of the Latino community. Seizing a late-election-cycle move expressly geared to tap into fears about undocumented immigrants in Sonoma County, the independent expenditure group Citizens for Transportation Funding chose to feature on the mailer the image of an empty picnic table headed by the bold quote â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pam Torliattâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sanctuary Idea Is No Picnic.â&#x20AC;?

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On the back, a front-page Press Democrat headline declaring Torliattâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s support of a sanctuary policy is reproduced beside two San Francisco Chronicle articles about the 2008 murders of Tony Bologna and his two sons at the hands of an undocumented immigrant from El Salvador. While a direct connection has never been made between San Franciscoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sanctuary-city status and the murders, the mailer doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t back down in stating ominously (cue horror movie music here), â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pam Torliatt wants to make Sonoma County a sanctuary county for illegal immigrants. Remember how this idea worked in San Francisco?â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was the worst kind of pandering and fear-mongering, and so unnecessary,â&#x20AC;? says Lisa Maldonado, president of the North Bay Labor Council, about her groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decision to sever ties with the Sonoma County Alliance (SCA), an influential North Bay business lobby that partially funded the mailer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were concerned about anyone in the labor movement being associated with the scapegoating of immigrants.â&#x20AC;? In a private email sent to SCA executive director Lisa Schaffner and other members,

Maldonado castigated the mailer, describing it as â&#x20AC;&#x153;one of the most despicable and racist campaigns I have ever seen.â&#x20AC;? She went on to declare that the implication made by the mailer that â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mexican immigrants were awaiting Ms. Torliattâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s election so that they could come to your picnics and murder all white peopleâ&#x20AC;? was â&#x20AC;&#x153;truly beyond the pale.â&#x20AC;? Davin Cardenas, a community organizer in Santa Rosaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Roseland district, agrees. He points out the irresponsibility of implying that all undocumented immigrants are violent criminals, and notes that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s especially ironic considering Sonoma County relies heavily on the labor of immigrants. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think it helps anybody to create fear and animosity in our county,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t help the anti-immigrant or immigrants or any sector in the community to have hatebased or fear-based mail sent out to the populace.â&#x20AC;? According to Susan Gorin, Santa Rosa mayor from 2008 to 2010 and current councilmember, this was an unfortunate aspect of an election that was marred by excessively nasty and expensive antics. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Torliattâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s offhand comment about sanctuary was blown up in such a negative

way,” says Gorin, who compares the use of racially charged subtext in the mailer to the Willie Horton’s “weekend pass rampage” television ads used by the Bush campaign against Michael Dukakis during the 1988 presidential race. “This kind of campaigning is not helpful for a thoughtful dialogue about what sanctuary means,” continues Gorin. “It casts a shadow. We should be sensitive to how immigration benefits our communities in many ways, whether people are undocumented or not.”

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he sanctuary snafu began with a simple one-word answer, given at the tail end of a Latino Community Conference forum held on the Santa Rosa Junior College Petaluma campus in early October. In one of the last questions fielded by the candidates, a female audience member asked Rabbitt and Torliatt whether they would support—or, according to eyewitness and former mayor of Rohnert Park Tim Smith, if they would merely “consider”—sanctuary status in Sonoma County. Torliatt answered with a simple yes. Less than a week later, Torliatt’s stance on sanctuary was splashed across the front page of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat. This is problematic, especially coming on the heels of an endorsement for David Rabbitt by the Press Democrat editorial board. Since Torliatt simply said she would consider a sanctuary policy, and since sanctuary is a known hot-button issue in Sonoma County—as even a cursory glance at the inflammatory comments infecting the Press Democrat’s forums confirms—the headline appeared as a direct hit on Torliatt. It also provided the perfect visual fodder for the incendiary mailer. Even more important, were any Press Democrat reporters actually present at the forum? Smith states in a phone interview that while articles had appeared in the Press Democrat and the Petaluma Argus-Courier agitating for a forum, and although this particular event was advertised beforehand, no reporters from either paper were in attendance. A report by Press Democrat writer Brett Wilkinson used interviews conducted after the fact, while an item in Chris Smith’s Nov. 4 column recreated the original question: “Would the candidates support a ‘sanctuary’ policy to curtail local authorities’ cooperation with federal immigration officers seeking to seize undocumented immigrants?” According to Torliatt, Wilkinson refused to quote or print responses from her campaign after the forum. “Every time Mr. Wilkinson called us regarding an article, he threatened—and followed through with his threat—to print in the articles that we were not available for comment when in fact we did provide information and access,” she says. If the initial question was in fact whether the candidates would “consider” rather than “support” a sanctuary policy, that alters the discussion significantly. Reached by phone, Ted Appel, business editor and moderator of the Press Democrat’s local-politics site Watch Sonoma County, confirms that no Press Democrat reporters were in fact present at the forum.

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n reality, the concept of sanctuary isn’t nearly as terrifying as opponents make it out to be. From the imagery and information in the Rabbitt mailer, you’d think sanctuary is a wholesale free-for-all, where violent Latino criminals are allowed to roam the streets unchecked, like a pack of wolves, attacking innocent people at will. In reality, a “City and County of Refuge” ordinance simply prohibits city and county employees (including police and sheriff) from collaborating with Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on immigration investigations and arrests unless such help is required by federal or state law or a warrant. In fact, that’s ostensibly what’s in place now; court rulings have found that local law enforcement doesn’t have the authority to uphold federal immigration laws. But sanctuary became a lightning-rod issue after activists rose up in protest when the Sonoma County jail, in March of this year, started automatically sending inmates’ fingerprints to ICE after booking. According to Santa Rosa–based immigration attorney Richard Coshnear, 55 percent of those taken from jails and deported by ICE have not committed a violent crime. “It’s OK [under the sanctuary policy] to put ICE holds on people with violent records or drug use,” says Coshnear, a member of the Committee for Human Rights. “The goal of sanctuary is to provide protection from deportation for those without such records.” In Sonoma County, which is dependent on immigrant and undocumented labor for large-scale agriculture and vineyard operations, families often live in fear of raids and deportation even as their labor is exploited. In a situation scarily similar to the conditions fought by Cesar Chavez, Dolores Huerta and other leaders of the United Farmworkers of America, workers are afraid to speak out against injustices and raids because of these overlying threats. “The fact of the matter is that they are not criminals,” Maldonado says. “Being undocumented is a civil penalty, but it’s not a criminal offense. People think it gives them license to talk about [Latino immigrants] as if they are scum of the earth. To dehumanize them is so unfair and unnecessary. If they really wanted to talk about the issue of sanctuary, they could have done that without going directly to the implication that these people are going to murder you.” While David Rabbitt, who won with 53.4 percent of the vote, can’t and won’t claim responsibility for the actual mailers—published as they were by an independent expenditure committee—his campaign definitely benefited from them. Rabbitt originally responded to the outcry about racism with a shrug (“It is what it is,” he said to the Press Democrat), but he’s since upgraded his stance. In a phone call, Rabbitt claims he didn’t initially see the inclusion of the murders in San Francisco as inflammatory. “In Sonoma County, there might be a racial implication,” he says, “but it’s not based on race. You shouldn’t be prohibited from talking about fixing immigration and be called a racist because you want to do this.” Pointedly mentioning his own background as a first-generation American, Rabbitt ( %

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continues. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If I was designing the mailer, I would have put the financial implications of sanctuary in the county. At the end of the day, there are certain trades that lose out because of the use of undocumented workers,â&#x20AC;? he says, going on to admit that the mailer â&#x20AC;&#x153;would have been just as strong if it had not included references to any crimes anywhere.â&#x20AC;? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the widening divide between communities that concerns Torliatt. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Latino community is a growing segment of our populationâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;approximately 23 percent in Petaluma. We have real economic challenges facing us and so much work to do,â&#x20AC;? she says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This behavior is not an example of leadership; it is one of maintaining power for corporate special interests on the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors.â&#x20AC;? As Cardenas points out, the sentiment expressed in the mailer sets a negative precedent for constructing community relationships, and â&#x20AC;&#x153;any politician that supports immigrant rights,â&#x20AC;? he says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;has to worry that they will be demonized.â&#x20AC;? At the same time, the Latino population is expanding and becoming a powerful and sought-after voting demographic. Is this really the time when business groups in Sonoma County should be alienating a growing segment of the population?

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he mailer continues to open up a Pandoraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s box of issues with diversity and discrimination, especially in regards to the Sonoma County Allianceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s relationship with the Latino population. In the late Jim Wilkinsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s guide to the power struggles within Santa Rosa politics, Who Rules Santa Rosa and Why It Matters, the neighborhood activist describes how the organizationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;bedrockâ&#x20AC;? interests benefit the development, construction and finance sectors. Made up of a laundry list of powerful Santa Rosa businesses and large corporationsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;including Bank of the West, Kaiser Permanente, Comcast and Wells Fargo Bankâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the alliance also has a strong political apparatus, geared toward supporting so-called pro-business candidates. Yet it goes unspoken that some of the businesses that are part of the coalition actually benefit from the labor of undocumented immigrants since membership includes a number of wineries and building contractors. In fact, the Sonoma County Alliance could well be on an express path to alienate the Latino population of Sonoma County. On a Saturday afternoon a month before the election, 150 people attended a forum organized by the North Bay Organizing Project titled â&#x20AC;&#x153;New Voters, New Visions.â&#x20AC;? Held at Roseland Elementary, the event provided a chance for predominately Latino voters to meet with candidates for the Santa Rosa City Council, all of whom were invited to appear. Lowrider car clubs, high school students and recently registered voters from the neighborhood filled the hall, and all of the candidates showed upâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;except for the three comprising the â&#x20AC;&#x153;pro-businessâ&#x20AC;? slate, backed by the Sonoma County Alliance. Thus, not only has the Alliance ignored an open invitation to dialogue with the Latino community, but it has also shut off

any dialogue about why the mailer might have employed questionable race-baiting campaign tactics. Surprisingly, the SCA leadership has shot back at Maldonado with counter accusations of racism. To the Press Democrat, Schaffner said that Maldonado â&#x20AC;&#x153;just likes to fight.â&#x20AC;? Keith Woods, chief executive officer of the North Coast Builders Exchange and a key SCA member, has called her a â&#x20AC;&#x153;sore loser.â&#x20AC;? Maldonado claims that no one at the alliance will admit to creating the mailer or to signing off on it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If there was nothing wrong with it, then why not just admit responsibility?â&#x20AC;? asks Maldonado. (Repeated calls and emails to Schaffner for this story were not returned.) Other members of the SCA have tried to distance themselves from the mailer, including Chris Snyder, head of Operating Engineers Local Union No. 3. But these small efforts by some members have not been enough for many Latino leaders. Laura Gonzalez, president of the Sonoma County Latino Democratic Club, says that this is not an issue of sour grapes just because Torliatt lost the election; whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really at stake is the offensive nature of the mailer and the risky precedent it sets. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not just about Torliatt and Rabbitt and the race,â&#x20AC;? she says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have to say why this is offensive to us. If you look at the numbers in California and statewide, when people go after Latinos, illegal and nonlegal, we view it as an attack on our ethnic group.â&#x20AC;? Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a group thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only getting larger. Considering that every year for the next 20 years, half a million Latino youths will reach voting age, and that as of October 2008, enrollment in Santa Rosa elementary schools stood at 52.5 percent Latino, now is probably not the time to consciously construct such a large and growing segment of the population as the dangerous â&#x20AC;&#x153;other.â&#x20AC;? In November, Gonzales and her organization mounted a letter-writing campaign to members of the SCA that serve a large Latino clientele, including Kaiser Permanente and others, to â&#x20AC;&#x153;repudiate this incendiary mailer.â&#x20AC;? The organization asks the businesses to consider the following questions: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Do these tactics fit with your mission? When you joined this group with the hope of making important professional contacts in the county, did you realize your money would go to demonize the fastest growing demographic in the county, your employees, your vendors, your colleagues and even your own friends and neighbors? We ask if you, as service providers, differentiate between â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;legalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;illegal?â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Gonzalez says the responses have been fairly positive so far. The group is also working with Bobbi Salazar, the Region 1 chair of the Latino Caucus of the Democratic Party, to propose a policy that discourages scapegoating or racebaiting campaign tactics. Theoretically, that would include mailers using racial subtext to imply that immigration reform will lead to mass-murder rampages across the parks and picnic tables of Sonoma County. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t keep maligning such a large group of people and expect them to be OK with it,â&#x20AC;? Gonzalez says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sometime in the future, mailers like this one will be a death knell for a candidate.â&#x20AC;?

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resenting somebody with an e-reader satisfies the basic ritual impulse, but how does one give an e-book? A gift card for Amazon, an account at Barnes & Noble, a login at Googleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new book-retailing project? These immaterial manifestations of books canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really be wrapped in showy paper and colorful ribbons. They donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t come with the excitement of revelation. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more like, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oh, look, you got me a $15 credit to download a bestseller of my choice if I ever remember to get around to it.â&#x20AC;? The holidays are still the time when only an old-fashioned solid chunk of the bookmakerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s art will suffice. Now is the season to seek out beautiful coffee-table extravagances and weighty tomes worth both displaying and reading. The publishing landmark of the season is volume one of the authorized version of the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Autobiography of Mark Twainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; (UC Press; $34.95). Near the end of his life, Twain hit upon an idiosyncratic approach to his memoirs: he dictated on the f ly as times past f litted across his consciousness. Untethered to chronology, Twain indulged his taste in asides about news

and politics while dredging up marvelous anecdotes from his seemingly inexhaustible memory banks. As he writes, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Here we have diary and history combined; because as soon as I wander from the present textâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the thought of to-dayâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;that digression takes me far and wide over an uncharted sea of recollection.â&#x20AC;? Twain famously warned that these remembrances should be left unpublished for a century in order to avoid scandal and embarrassment on the part of his subjects. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s taken decades just to piece together the voluminous papers he left behind, and the result is salty and imminently readable. His observation on the veneration of the rapacious railroad capitalist Jay Gould is as relevant in

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y number-one album of the year, LCD Soundsystemâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s This Is Happening, is proof that when dance music is infused with a human element, powerful alchemy ensues. The masterpiece of 40-year-old James Murphyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a New York clubgoer perpetually reconciling lifestyle with ageâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;This Is Happening is a portrait of coming down from the giddy highs of youth and maturing into the stance captured on this, a pulsing dance record refreshingly aware of real life. Murphyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tenderness is stabbed by blurby analog synths, dirty hi-hats and sardonic humor throughout; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s probably the firstever club banger for the long dark teatime of the soul, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what I listened to more than any other record in 2010. A pair of records both from the Type imprint grab my second and third slots. Type is a â&#x20AC;&#x153;noiseâ&#x20AC;? label, however a curious shift this year was that noise, as a genre, got a lot less noisy. Thus for all the abrasiveness of the Yellow Swansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Going Places, from Portland, Ore., a simple, buried beauty manifests itself anew with each listening. Beauty is more overt on Johann Johannssonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s And in the Endless Pause There Came the Sound of Bees, a piano-driven score with miraculously soaring themes and brilliant orchestration. Uplift never sounded so effortless. I danced on my own more times to Robynâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Body Talk, Pt. 1 than any other record this year, and though I truly loved only half its songs, that it still hit number four on my list is testament to their power. Sandwiched between an opening track called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Fucking Tell Me What to Doâ&#x20AC;? and a closing cover of a jazz song sung in Swedish, the diminutive pop star delivered a message of joy not lost on a world crippled by recession

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