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SXSWi: Bruce Sterling
Bruce Sterling speaks
DAILY SXSW  March 16, 2009, by Marc Savlov
"...Those of us looking for some comfort from Austinite-by-way-of-Italy and Wired magazine's "Visionary-in-residence", former thrower of the best SXSW interactive parties ever, and the man behind Mirrorshades, author-futurist Bruce Sterling, didn't find much to smile (or even scowl) about at his annual SXSWi pow-wow...."

Sterling's Creed
In 1971, it was unusual to hear a six year old use the "F" word. Especially in the context in which Sterling had used it.
Features Story  September 29, 2000, by Steven M. Salzman
"...In 1971, it was unusual to hear a six year old use the "F" word. Especially in the context in which Sterling had used it..."

Strange Days: Bruce Sterling
Screens Story  February 28, 2003, by Michael May
"...Don't expect flying cars whizzing above a candy-colored skyline, a personal clone doing your laundry, or everything to end with a glorious atomic fireball. In his latest book, Tomorrow Now: Envisioning the Next Fifty Years, Bruce Sterling, the Austin-based science fiction writer and cyberpunk guru, offers a view of the future that is neither utopian nor dystopian..."

Sterling Morrison
Music Story  September 8, 1995
"...Sterling Morrison was in the Velvet Underground longer than any other member, yet often remained a musical enigma after the band broke up 25 years ago. He passed away in Poughkeepsie, New York on August 30..."

Bruce Sterling
The Visionary Tells Us Where It's At
Screens Story  March 3, 2000, by Marc Savlov
"...For going on 25 years now, Austin resident and speculative fiction author Bruce Sterling has kept his eye not only on the pulse of Austin's dotcom-driven economy but also on the digital revolution at large. His books, from 1977's Involution Ocean to 1992's breakthrough nonfiction book, The Hacker Crackdown: Law and Disorder on the Electronic Frontier, to more recent works such as 1997's Holy Fire, cumulatively read like a how-to guide to societal and personal evolution..."

sxswi: "Events Have Become Magazines": More From Bruce Sterling
More from sxswi Closing Night speaker Bruce Sterling
DAILY SXSW  March 15, 2011, by Marc Savlov
"...Futurist, cyberpunk science fiction author, design aficionado, curator of the Dead Media Project, and one of the earliest members of Austin's legendary Turkey City Writer's Workshop, Bruce Sterling is never at a loss for words. (You can read part one of our chat with him here.) A riveting public speaker on everything from the emergence of RFID/spime tech at your local HEB grocery to what life on earth will be like in five years (not so hot, really), we spoke to Sterling the other day over tea and banana bread at our mutual fave java zone, Spider House Café...."

Sterling Allen: The Allen transformer as self-generator ...
Sterling Allen's irrational, exuberant drawings in the exhibit 'Writesy Drawsy' are so decisive in placement and texture that they immediately send you to a happy place as a viewer
Arts Story  June 29, 2007, by Rachel Koper
"...The recent drawings by Sterling Allen, as seen in the exhibition "Writesy Drawsy" at Art Palace, are so confident that I can relax and enjoy them. His assertions with the pencil are so decisive in placement and texture that I am immediately sent to a happy place as a viewer..."

Sterling Lands' New Mission
Sterling Lands II and the Eastside Social Action Coalition fight for equity in Austin's public schools.
News Story  January 12, 2001, by Jordan Smith
"...Senior pastor Rev. Sterling Lands II has his eyes closed and his head bowed, in concentrated intensity over his guitar..."

SXSW Interactive: Bruce Sterling Closing Talk
The Internet of Things is here, Makers blew it, and you should go to Turin
DAILY SXSW  March 17, 2015, by Marc Savlov
"...”Google, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft,” said Sterling, “continue to soldier on while they’re trying to Balkanize more, trying to grab more of the pie, reshaped the Internet in their own image with social media silos rather than the old open Internet. Firewalls are going up..."

Bruce Sterling on Social Media Jihads
How good are terrorists' Twitter game?
Screens Story  March 12, 2015, by Marc Savlov
"...The Austin Chronicle conducted an email interview with author, futurist, and all-around "visionary-in-residence" (wherever he resides, which is Austin during SXSW) Bruce Sterling to get his unique take on the use of social media by radical jihadi groups, chief among them ISIS...."

Sterling In Print
Screens Story  April 18, 1997
"...Novels and works by Bruce Sterling:..."

Sterling Allen: Residencies!
The Austin artist and Okay Mountaineer has been picked for a pair of prestigious residencies in San Antonio and Omaha
Arts Story  June 20, 2008, by Rachel Koper
"...Austin artist and Okay Mountaineer Sterling Allen has been chosen to be an artist in residence at Artpace San Antonio in 2009. Though it's just down the road from us, this is a major deal, as Artpace draws artists from all over the globe – each two-month residency includes one artist from Texas, one from the U.S..."

Waiting for the Man: Sterling Morrison Tribute 2000
Features Story  March 2, 2017, by Raoul Hernandez
"...[Sterling Morrison], the Velvet Underground co-founder who moved to Austin in the Seventies after walking out on the seminal two-chord wonder band, was paid tribute by former bandmate John Cale under the guidance of Alejandro Escovedo and the Tosca String Quartet. Opening with Cale on acoustic guitar performing "Amsterdam," the tribute started off slowly, the introspective song bringing the evening's energy level down..."

Justice for Alton Sterling and Philando Castile
PHOTO GALLERY  July 14, 2016
"...The Austin Justice Coalition and Black Lives Matter held a vigil on Thu., July 7, to honor Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. See our story, "No Justice..."

PHOTOS: Justice for Alton Sterling and Philando Castile
News Story  July 14, 2016


Velvet Underdog
Sterling Morrison: An Oral History With Interviews
Music Story  March 17, 2000, by Margaret Moser
"...On the night of May 17, 1979, Sterling Morrison and John Cale stood in a La Quinta Inn motel room in Austin, Texas, grinning at one another like a couple of streetwise Cheshire cats. It was the second time the former bandmates had gotten to visit with each other in a month; Cale had returned to play the Armadillo World Headquarters less than four weeks after his first Austin show..."

The Pink Pick
Kate Messer remembers when she first met Velvet Underground guitarist Sterling Morrison and they bonded over the Gibson SG like a couple of guitar geeks.
Features Story  March 17, 2000, by Kate X Messer
"...He zeroed in on one particular pink jobbie and delicately lifted it out of my palm. "Ooh, pink! I'll take this one!" Sterling grinned wildly as he picked up the SG, sat on the bed, and began strumming..."

Immaculate Perception
Author and Visionary Bruce Sterling
Screens Story  April 18, 1997, by Marc Savlov
"...Perhaps more than any other writer these days, Bruce Sterling takes the abstract ideas and arcane politics of the Internet, the World Wide Web, and other technological breakthroughs, and makes sense of them. Futurist, author, journalist, husband, father, and new home owner Bruce Sterling has been a Chronicle and Austin favorite for some time now and he's not very likely to fall from our good graces if he keeps going at his current astonishing pace..."

A Queer Book Club for Comic Lovers
Austin Books & Comics makes space for queer fans and queer lit
DAILY The Gay Place  October 27, 2017, by Beth Sullivan
"...The comic book world has long been a safe haven for outsiders and misfits, but that doesn’t mean it’s always been easy for queer fans to find a sense of community. The lack of space fueled Austin Books & Comics' Rae Sterling to start the store's Queer Book Club, or ABC QBC, to foster fun times and understanding among comic book lovers in the queer community...."

The Bruce & Cory Show
Sterling and Doctorow debate scarcity, or the lack of it.
Screens Story  March 8, 2002, by Roger Gathman
"...Bruce Sterling and Cory Doctorow (an Internet activist) debated the "future of scarcity" in a raucous keynote conversation that ended this year's SXSW Interactive on Tuesday. Sterling started things off by explaining that he was taking the suave, bitter, and drunken role of Dean Martin, while Doctorow was given the role of twitchy supergeek Jerry Lewis..."

The Last Mile
Futurist Bruce Sterling and Austin Unleashed's Zane McCarthy on the potential tangles of wireless
Screens Story  June 11, 2004, by Marc Savlov
"...Did you know there was a new Zen restaurant on Guadalupe? Hey, neither did we, but Austin's celebrated author/futurist/dad/SXSW Interactive party maestro Bruce Sterling did, and he also knew they had Wi-Fi installed to boot. (The parking lot, on the other hand, was still being painted.) We sat down for a bite and a chat with Sterling and his pal Zane McCarthy of Austin Unleashed Wireless Internet..."

Coherence
What seems at first a normal dinner party, slyly turns into an eerie and ominous Something Else.
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Film Review  July 11, 2014, by William Goss
"...Directed by: James Ward Byrkit. Starring: Hugo Armstrong, Nicholas Brendon, Emily Foxler, Elizabeth Gracen, Lauren Maher, Alex Manugian, Lorene Scafaria and Maury Sterling...."

A Walk in the Woods
Robert Redford and Nick Nolte walk the Appalachian Trail in Bill Bryson's memoir
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Film Review  September 4, 2015, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...This film adaptation of travel writer Bill Bryson’s 1998 book about his experience hiking the Appalachian Trail with his old friend Stephen Katz (a fictionalized name) reminds us of the old saw: What matters most is the journey, not the destination. A Walk in the Woods is a sterling showcase for two great acting veterans, Robert Redford and Nick Nolte..."

Side Effects
Jagged turns and sinuous style are the mark of Steven Soderbergh's taut drama, which stars the very well-cast Rooney Mara and Jude Law.
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Film Review  February 8, 2013, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Steven Soderbergh claims this is the last movie he intends to make – at least for a good, long while – so it’s nice that the filmmaker leaves us with this sterling example of his skills and talent. Side Effects begins as if it were a modern-day “problem” movie, but then morphs into a curious murder mystery in which the question is not whodunit but, rather, whydonit..."

Mars Needs Moms
Based on a children's book by Berkely Breathed, this animated film looks good but lacks emotion.
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Film Review  March 11, 2011, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Once on Mars, the action gets a lot noisier and more disturbingly illogical. Mars is a planet run by giant-hipped females under the rule of the cronelike Supervisor (Sterling)..."

The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers
Although it's conventionally made, this documentary offers a streamlined and resonant account of recent history.
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Film Review  April 30, 2010, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...These days, Ellsberg may be better remembered for the Watergate plumbers' raid on his psychiatrist's office which, instead of providing Nixon with incriminatory information about Ellsberg, became one of the linchpins that brought down his administration. Most Dangerous Man also offers a sterling example of courageous journalism in practice as injunctions shut down publication of the papers first in The New York Times, then The Washington Post, then another 15 newspapers which stepped into the breach..."

The Back-up Plan
Jennifer Lopez is back with a new romantic comedy about a woman whose biological clock is out of sync with her life.

Film Review  April 23, 2010, by Marc Savlov
"...Magoo on ’roids). It's not; although a sterling case could be made that the film, with its crazed, scatological take on "natural birth" and single mothers’ support groups, not to mention the whole ticking-time-bomb-of-estrogen thing, is creepily unsympathetic to modern gals' lifestyle choices..."

How to Train Your Dragon
Soaring animation should make this story about a Viking boy who befriends his enemy a perennial favorite.
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Film Review  March 26, 2010, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Incongruities abound in the film: We’re told that Berk is a cold, dark, and unforgiving place, although it always looks like a summer’s day; Stoick and Gobber (Ferguson) speak in thick Scottish burrs, though the film’s other characters speak with the inflections of American mall rats; and all the adults have builds that would fit right into the B-roll of one of those news stories about obesity that films fat people from the waist down, while the teenagers are mostly (and insidiously) slim and fit – Ferrara’s Astrid is a wasp-waisted blonde, a far cry from her days starring in Real Women Have Curves. Nevertheless, the film is an engaging yet bloodless adventure with a sterling message about meeting the enemy and discovering that he is us (to paraphrase Pogo)..."

Smokin' Aces
A person could have a reasonably good time with this confusing, Tarantinoid actioner starring Ben Affleck, Jason Bateman, Jeremy Piven, and Alicia Keys, but there’s not actually much tension in the movie.
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Film Review  January 26, 2007, by Marrit Ingman
"...But the other half – the half with the good guys – is plodding procedural fare. The star attractions are the Tremor Brothers (Chris Pine, Kevin Durand, and Maury Sterling) – Mad Max types who, I’m happy to report, eventually come blazing out of a smoke-filled hotel elevator waving machetes and chain saws; a chandelier takes it, even..."

Clean
With an award-winning performance by Maggie Cheung, Clean is one of the most emotionally honest movies about drug addiction ever made.
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Film Review  June 2, 2006, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...The probing French director, probably best known stateside for Irma Vep and Demonlover, surpasses his previous work with this film, and he does it without sensationalizing, editorializing, or overdramatizing the subject matter. Assayas is abetted in this effort by the sterling central performance of Cheung (In the Mood for Love), the director’s ex-wife for whom he wrote this role..."

Hostage
Bruce Willis is called back to active crime-fighting duty in this new thriller.
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Film Review  March 18, 2005, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Secrets harbored by the paterfamilias (Pollak) however, turn this self-contained crime scene into a far-reaching lollapalooza that puts the lives of Talley’s wife and daughter in jeopardy. Willis is a pro at playing these kinds of sensitive tough guy roles, and while his performance in Hostage is yet another sterling example of this capability, nothing new is added to the formula..."

The Cooler
The performances of William H. Macy, Alec Baldwin, and Maria Bello shine as brightly as the lights on the Vegas strip where the film is set.
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Film Review  January 16, 2004, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...The scenes of this couple’s lovemaking (which, sadly, have been frontally trimmed in order to get an NC-17 rating bumped down to R) have a genuine sunniness about them: Bernie’s grateful surprise and elation (he begins to look like one of the guys in those Viagra commercials about whom everyone tries to guess what’s suddenly different) and Natalie’s joyful discovery of someone who brims with true emotion for her. Co-writer and director Kramer is smart enough to focus the film’s primary attention on these sterling performances, although he throws in a few camera tricks and clever shots for the occasional roll of fixed dice or other surprises..."

House of Sand and Fog
Moody and offbeat adaptation of Andre Dubus III bestseller heralds strong debut for new director and dandy performances by Jennifer Connelly and Ben Kingsley.
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Film Review  December 26, 2003, by Marrit Ingman
"...And while I should probably like the atmospheric exteriors provided by master cinematographer Roger Deakins, Perelman’s frequent cutaways to Highly Significant Wide Shots of Fog Descending bespeak a certain ham-fistedness. Just the same, in its more muted moments, Sand and Fog is a sterling example of what Hollywood can accomplish when it puts its trust into an offbeat project whose creative team has a different perspective on American life...."

Piglet's Big Movie
Disney’s timing in releasing Piglet’s Big Movie last Friday could not have been more serendipitous had it been National Hug a Pig for Peace Week. At the end of what...
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Film Review  March 28, 2003, by Marc Savlov
"...It’s only the second feature-length Milne adaptation (the first was 2000’s The Tigger Movie) to date, although the original 1966 TV special, Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree and its two follow-ups, 1968’s Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day and 1974’s Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too!, continue to be some of Disney’s biggest sellers on DVD and video – there’s always a new fan base right around the crib. Sterling Holloway, who voiced the original Pooh, died in 1992 and is here replaced by Jim Cummings, who does a fine job of re-creating Holloway’s chunkily nasal tone (to my mind he always sounded as though he’d accidentally inhaled some honey through the wrong orifice)..."

South of Heaven, West of Hell
Not reviewed at press time. Dwight Yoakam's elegiac Western -- which he financed, co-wrote, directed, and stars in -- is likely to be a treat for Yoakam's music fans but...
Film Review  July 19, 2002, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Dwight Yoakam's elegiac Western -- which he financed, co-wrote, directed, and stars in -- is likely to be a treat for Yoakam's music fans but will satisfy few others. A moody but vaguely scripted story about frontier justice, Yoakam's vanity project is long on dusty Western landscapes but short on storyline and character development -- despite the sterling cast of industry pros who join him for this indulgence..."

Croupier
“A wave of emotion came over him. He was hooked again: watching people lose.” That's how Jack Manfred (Owen), the titular croupier, views himself and his lot. A novice novelist...
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Film Review  June 16, 2000, by Marc Savlov
"...In short, Jack gambles more compulsively than anyone else in the film, rules or no rules. Croupier has garnered sterling reviews since its 1998 U.K..."

This Is My Father
Now I know why my father was so insistent I carry a handkerchief on my person at all times. This Quinn family production (brother Declan Quinn tackles the cinematography chores,...
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Film Review  June 18, 1999, by Marc Savlov
"...Now I know why my father was so insistent I carry a handkerchief on my person at all times. This Quinn family production (brother Declan Quinn tackles the cinematography chores, Paul directs, and Aidan co-stars) is as weepy a number as you're likely to see this summer, a heartbreaker of the first order and also a sterling example of what poor, downtrodden brother Aidan can do when he finally gets his hands on a decent script..."

Stepmom
Motherhood is a perpetually dangerous place, filled with dread and fear and necessary losses. By their very nature, our children must depend on us, reject us, abandon us. But we...
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Film Review  December 25, 1998, by Hollis Chacona
"...It's a rich vein, and director Columbus is given all the right machinery with which to mine it. Unfortunately, his shiny product is more silverplate than sterling..."

John Carpenter's Vampires
James Woods as a fearless vampire slayer? Twin Peaks' Laura Palmer as an undead seductress? Daniel Baldwin unimpeded by stimulants? Is there anything John Carpenter can't do? Well, yes, actually:...
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Film Review  October 30, 1998, by Marc Savlov
"...When the group is slaughtered one night while busy making merry with some Vatican-ordained whores and liquor, survivors Crow and right-hand-man Tony Montoya (Baldwin) grab freshly bitten whore Katrina (Lee) and wait for her to flip over to the dark side so that they can use her to telepathically track down the master vampire Valek (Griffith). Carpenter makes good use of the New Mexican locales -- a posse of the pulse-impeded arising from the desert soil packs a resounding wallop -- and Woods, god bless him, is sterling as the hyper, wisecracking Crow, all black-leather-jacket and Ray-Ban panache and crossbow-packing sinew..."

I Think I Do
According to the late Southern writer Carson McCullers, the world is essentially divided into two types of people: the lover and the beloved. The tragic irony of this polar situation...
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Film Review  May 22, 1998, by Steve Davis
"...In the good-natured romantic comedy I Think I Do, the course of true love is a bit rocky as Bob -- genially played by a bemused Arquette -- finds himself pursued by Brendan (Maelen), his old college roommate who spurned his advances years ago and… well, let's just say, things got ugly. The problem is that Bob is now in a relationship with Sterling (Watkins), who's pushing for a commitment because his figurative biological clock is ticking..."

Cyberpunk
Cyberjoke is a more apt title for this inane, dated, and ultimately boring exploration of the cyberpunk world. Director Trench seems to think cobbling together talking head interviews with such...

Film Review  April 8, 1994, by Marc Savlov
"...Instead, it makes you yawn a lot and check your watch every five minutes or so, puzzling over why you even bothered to log off the Net to come see this mess. Apart from rehashing the entire plot of Neuromancer, Trench lets the loquacious Gibson run off at the mouth for more time than necessary, as he drifts in and out of Bruce Sterling mode (oddly, the two authors' vocal inflections and mannerisms are nearly identical; make of that what you will) and offers up sound bites that anyone with even a passing interest in cyberpunk has heard a thousand times before..."

The National Film Board of Canada's Animation Festival
To celebrate their 50th anniversary of producing animated films, the National Film Board of Canada could have put together a dynamite retrospective; with their support, Canadian animators have been among...
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Film Review  February 28, 1992, by Nick Barbaro
"...To celebrate their 50th anniversary of producing animated films, the National Film Board of Canada could have put together a dynamite retrospective; with their support, Canadian animators have been among the world's best and most prolific for decades. What we've got here, though, is essentially a “Best of 1991” compilation, and though it certainly won't hurt Canada's sterling reputation in the field, it's a little thin for a feature film release..."

Steam Versus Cyber at ArmadilloCon
Bruce Sterling joins this weekend's sci-fi/fantasy literary event
DAILY Books  August 26, 2011, by Richard Whittaker
"...After 33 years, ArmadilloCon is the little convention that could. Austin's literary sci-fi and fantasy gathering has always attracted big names, and this weekend's iteration is no exception, with cyberpunk pioneer and futurist Bruce Sterling just announced for this weekend's gathering...."

Sonic Boomers and Bizarros
Hole in the Wall's anniversary weekend reunites the Bizarros
DAILY Music  June 11, 2009, by Margaret Moser
"...We moved to Hole in the Wall. Then several people left, and me, Mike, and Bellamy were joined by Speedy Sparks and Sterling Morrison.”..."

A Time of Recognition
An excerpt from John Cale's new autobiography, What's Welsh for Zen?
Music Story  April 14, 2000, by Victor Bockris and John Cale
"...Frankly, it just wasn't enough. John Cale's four-song Sterling Morrison tribute during this year's Austin Music Awards, a heartfelt South by Southwest panel dedicated to the same, an attendant SXSW 2000 showcase, and two booksignings of his new autobiography, What's Welsh For Zen, just wasn't enough..."

Future Near, Future Dear
Books Story  July 22, 1999, by Clay Smith
"...by Bruce Sterling Bantam Spectra, $6.99 paper..."

Zeitgeist
Books Review  January 12, 2001, by Marc Savlov
"...Zeitgeist: A Novel of Metamorphosisby Bruce Sterling..."

Word Up, Showdown
Austin's teen poets unfurl their flag in Silicon Valley
Books Story  July 13, 2007, by Stacy Alexander Evans
"...Current team members Jonathon "Korim" Sterling (18), Ruby Willmann (17), Shay Harris (16), and Brent Caballero (18) are currently fundraising around Austin and, in the process, giving audiences a sampling of the work they'll be performing in California next week. Their coach is Mike Whalen, a veteran of the adult slam scene who coached Austin's Neo Soul team when they placed second at the National Poetry Slam in 2006...."

Get Your Warblog On
As conventional media stumble, the Web's armchair war reporters rise to the occasion, to questionable effect.
Screens Story  May 16, 2003, by Marc Savlov
"...And people are reading it. One of those people is Austin futurist and science-fiction author Bruce Sterling...."

Sterling Morrison: The Velvet Underdog Panel, Austin Convention Center
Thursday Day
Music Story  March 17, 2000, by Greg Beets
"...Sterling Morrison: The Velvet Underdog PanelAustin Convention Center For John Cale, guitarist Sterling Morrison's initial qualification for membership in the newly formed Velvet Underground was the fact that he rode the subway barefoot. "He was a tall, filthy-looking character with no shoes," recalled Cale..."

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