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  • Frank Snapp says:

    Dear Mitchell:

    Thank you very much for being one of the few Americans to care at all about the reality of the ongoing, nowhere near even actually begun in terms of the worst of it, nuclear radiation/radionuclide/Northern Hemisphere radiologic plume disaster unfolding now in and from Japan after the March 11, 2011 earthquake–and perhaps from before if you’ve been reading about Kashiwazaki Kariwa plant (largest on the planet) on the other side of Honshu. I very much appreciate your chutzpah, as probably more than 90%, conservatively, of all Americans, are completely buying the ever tightening news blackout noose around this most importa and intensely worsening issue. I live in CA and have been buying up whatever bottled water (1-2 gal. containers) I can find that was bottled before about March 15th or so. I’m no hoarder; I’ll share. However, it amazes me that there’s still so much drinking water on the shelves when the drinking water in NY was only 10 days after the event, perhaps unfit to drink. Living in California, I’m certain the water here will be undrinkable until the 7,000+ tons of nuclear fuel (not 1,000 tons) having issues at Fukushima is actually contained. I’ve been doing a lot of research on dosimetry and nuclear fuel accidental criticality, as well as anything I can get my hands on, and it’s sometimes difficult to find good information on nuclear power. I have no formal credentials, so obviously, feel free to take or leave anything I might say though I do, mainly, rely on verifying peer-reviewed sources for any assertions made or that I will make for whatever that’s worth, and it’s not always worth as much as those ensconced in ivory towers would have us believe. However, as I pass information along to you, you may see that I’m a pretty fair extrapolator of reality as opposed to retail reality. Anyway, thank you so much again for all your hard work. I’ve never, myself, been able to get it together to do a website and have tried. Koodos to you. In admiration, Sincerely yours, Frank Snapp

  • Hunter Tashman says:

    I attended Stony Brook fro 1969-1973. I recently found your newsletter citing the untimely death of Bob Rosado. Living in O’Neill College E-wing, I was one of Bob’s “disciples”(a strange mix of Long Island Jewish boys and South Bronx members of the Young Lords)who help engineer Bob’s election as student body president.
    Is there any information about the whereabouts of his wife, Kim?

  • Matthew Quest says:

    Hi Mitch:

    I really appreciate your radio interview with Ashanti Alston. Ashanti expresses some powerful history with sharp themes of popular self-management. I think your critical essay taking on Chris Hedges’s attack on anarchists in the Occupy Movement, though more than a year old, will be recognized as a classic as times goes on. Great work!

    Best wishes,


  • George Snedeker says:

    I was wondering if you would interview me on your radio show about my satirical novel of college life called, THE CUTTING EDGE.
    Robert Roth suggested that I contact you.

    George Snedeker

  • George Snedeker says:

    Here are a couple of blurbs from my book:
    The Cutting Edge by David Lansky

    The Cutting Edge is a novel of powerful imagination, rollicking humour, profound insight and deep political commitment. The novel is divided into two parts. The first section is The College Essays of Jenny Delight. No one is quite sure who Jenny is. It is an obvious pseudonym since there is no student by this name at the college she attends. It is a hilarious section laced with social and personal insight as Jenny tries to understand the world around her, often using categories she’s learning, sometimes the most abstract categories available, and infusing them with vivid meaning. The second section, Bill of Sale, is the posthumously-discovered manuscript of Sociology Professor Fred Snyder. It is a harrowing account of very vulnerable people who are victims of their society. It is a section revealing, with extraordinary power, the ruthlessness of contemporary capitalism and its relentless destructive force. The Cutting Edge is one hell of a book!

    —Robert Roth, author of Health Proxy

    At once funny and dead serious, The Cutting Edge tells it like it is about the situation of public higher education in the early 21st-century United States. Sociology professor Fred Snyder—nostalgic for the era of Marcuse and the New Left, eternally at war with the college administration, committed to the ethical and political development of his students—is a wonderful creation. Skillfully narrated from several overlapping points of view, this satirical novel cuts to the chase in its astute portrayal of the connections between contemporary capitalism and the working-class college experience.

    —Barbara Foley, Rutgers University

    The Cutting Edge is at once a meeting of teachers and students under conditions of critical hilarity, and a deeply empathetic portrait of where the commitment to re-craft our learning environments in line with their most abiding promise might lead us if we attend closely as the author does to the poignancy of the stories all around us. It rewards readers with an insightful view on a delicate landscape often overlooked.

    —Randy Martin, New York University

    For more information about this book, contact Xlibris at (888) 795-4274 or on the web at

    Paperback copies or E-books of The Cutting Edge by David Lansky can be purchased from Barns and Noble or any of the other major online book vendors.

    1. The Cutting Edge: David Lansky: 9781493121274

    I can be reached at 540-886-0701.

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