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Gary Cole tried to walk the fine line between the bourgeois and the bohemian, only to find himself on a journey of self-discovery that challenged his most cherished convictions. Replete with good humor and dry wit, Artless is a commentary on censorship's many forms-both overt and subtle. Finally, it is the memoir of a man who, against all odds, deftly carved out a niche for himself in two seemingly diametrically opposed arenas.
At the apex of a brilliant career, Gary Cole was forced to re-evaluate his most fundamental beliefs after a Presidential appointment to the lead the grant side of the NEA was withdrawn. A Republican true believer and activist for decades, Cole learned that controversy surrounding his production of two plays, Straight and Poona the Fuckdog, led to the job's withdrawal.
Cole recounts the journey from his formative years at Berkeley campaigning for George H. W. Bush, to his days as an attorney at the CIA during the height of the Iran-Contra affair, along with his passion for theater as both actor and producer. He focuses on his efforts to weave these disparate threads into a cohesive tapestry and the culture wars that threatened to tear it apart.
Besides being finance chair of George W. Bush's Oregon campaign in 2000, Gary Cole co-founded two theater companies in Portland, Oregon, CoHo Productions and StageDirect. Born and raised in Chicago's suburbs and Stanford educated, Gary worked as a CIA attorney before practicing corporate law in Oregon.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.4" Width: 5.6" Height: 0.8" Weight: 0.95 lbs.
Release Date Apr 1, 2006
Publisher Ooligan Press
ISBN 1932010122 ISBN13 9781932010121
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Gary Cole has been photography director of Playboy since 1975.
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Important Topics Aug 9, 2006
I met the author at a talk-book signing in northern Vermont.
The most interesting thing he talked about was the idea that the Republican party should really be the party that supports the arts the best... to him, Republican meant the protection of personality liberty as well as personal responsibility.
Now, of course, the Republican party is more equated with social conservativism... telling people what to do and how to behave... the precise opposite of the personal liberty idea.
I am generally EXTREMELY anti-republican... this book, oddly, made me understand the problems with the party more clearly. If personal liberty and personal responsibility can once again become the main themes of what the party stands for... along with a bit more fiscal conservatism... well, I'd be less worried about republicans in power.
Anyway... good stuff, good issues.
A well-written, honest memoir Jul 19, 2006
I had intended for this book to be summer reading later this year; instead, I picked it up on a Friday night and dropped everything else until I finished it that weekend. It's a well-written, entertaining, and insightful book, and other Oregonians (like me) will likely enjoy the local references and tales of the arts community. Well done!
Tough topics handled extraordinarily well Jun 17, 2006
Loyalty rewarded with betrayal. That seems simple enough and repeated hundreds of times in stories, yet this book is much more. The exploration of the true, current, and relevant events and themes is told not only as an excellent story but also in thought-provoking consideration of what can be and should be. Without being preachy, Gary presents difficult subjects in a way that is valuable for conservatives and liberals. It is the kind of book all citizens should read because it is about the meeting of culture and politics in the formation of the society we live in. It is the kind of book you want to read because it is an interesting story told exceptionally well.