Sunday, December 31, 1995

Publishers Weekly reviews Richard Grayson's I SURVIVED CARACAS TRAFFIC

In its January 3, 1996 issue, Publishers Weekly reviews Richard Grayson's I Survived Caracas Traffic:

Stories from the Me Decades
Richard Grayson. Avisson Press
(3007 Taliaferro Rd., Greensboro, N.C.
27408: 910-288-6989), $21 (144p)
ISBN 1-888105-04-6

Social tropes and individual types from the “Me Decades” (here, really just the late 1970s and early ‘80s) run through Grayson’s eighth story collection. The stories are riddled with self-absorbed baby boomers, T-shirt slogans, Henry Kissinger, silicone implants, Saturday Night Live, the AIDS crisis, quarreling roommates and psychotherapists. Most are written in a flat first-person, but in others Grayson (Lincoln’s Doctor’s Dog) shows a sense of humor and an appreciation of the weird. The costs of survival in the AIDS retrospective title story, and the isolating entropy of depression in “Where the Glacier Stops,” manage to imbue their drained narrators with some emotional weight. On the whimsical side, “Twelve Step Barbie” sees the doll in a midlife crisis, and “A Clumsy Story” artfully diagrams and parodies MFA-quality fiction. But whatever Grayson’s approach – whether the troubled roommate is a Wisconsin Lutheran (“My Plan to Kill Henry Kissinger”) or the Pontiff (“With the Pope in Park Slope”) – most of his characters carry only a faded familiarity, not an invigorating shock of recognition. (Feb.)

Sunday, December 3, 1995

New Jersey Online Features Richard Grayson's Latest "Off the Shelf: J & J Insider" Column

Every week Richard Grayson's "Off the Shelf: J & J Insider" column on New Jersey Online Business digs up unusual snippets of trivia and news about Johnson & Johnson products. This week (December 3, 1995) read how people are babying baseball gloves, powdering their show dogs and wearing team colors on their casts.

Friday, December 1, 1995

Florida Department of Education Publishes "Legal Issues for the Design and Development of a Technology-Supported System of Education: 1994-1995"

The Florida Department of Education has published Legal Issues for the Design and Development of a Technology-Supported System of Education: 1994-1995 Legal Memoranda, edited and written by Richard Grayson, staff attorney at the Center for Governmental Responsibility of the University of Florida for the Florida Schoolyear 2000 Initiative, a collaborative effort among school districts, the Florida Department of Education and the Center for Educational Technology at Florida State University.

This publication explores the legal issues that surround a public education system enriched by electronic systems and new technologies.

Wednesday, October 11, 1995

Richard Grayson letter in The New York Times: "'My Husband Pays for his White House'"

Richard Grayson has a letter in the New York Times today (October 11, 1995): "'My Husband Pays for his White House.'"

Saturday, August 26, 1995

Gainesville Sun interviews Richard Grayson on Legal Challenges to Marijuana Laws

The Gainesville Sun today (Saturday, August 26, 1995) interviewed attorney Richard Grayson on legal challenges to marijuana laws after a Gainesville man,Dennis Watkins, the "doobie tosser," was arrested at the Hempfest celebration for tossing joints into the crowd.

An excerpt:
But court records regarding marijuana cases suggest there won't be any changes in the law because of December's hearing, said Richard Grayson, visiting assistant in law at the University of Florida's Center for Governmental Responsibility

"There have been a lot of constitutional challenges under the federal and state constitutions. Most of the challenges have been unavailing," Grayson said.

Past challenges have been based on a variety of arguments, including selective arrests, the right to privacy, religious beliefs, cruel and unusual punishment because of harsh drug laws, the lack of legislation regarding “drugs” such as alcohol and tobacco and the distinction between the use of marijuana and cocaine or heroin, Grayson said.

Grayson also noted that some drug cases have been overturned because there is a legal distinction between what occurs in the home and in public.

“Your home is your castle. You can do things there, like walk around without clothing. You can’t do that on the street.”

Watkins was charged by Gainesville Police last November for distribution and possession of marijuana after officers said he tossed marijuana cigarettes to the Hempfest crowd outside the courthouse.

“It doesn’t sound like you have much of a chance,” said Grayson about the defense’s position.

“We are hopeful we can get some favorable ruling,” said Watkins’ attorney, Gary Wainwright, about the upcoming trial.

The trial also gives marijuana supporters a chance to express their opinions to the public, Grayson said.

There is always a chance that something surprising will happen, Grayson said.

In 1978, a Florida circuit court found the state statute for private possession and use of marijuana unconstitutional following medical testimony showing the social effects of prohibition outweighed the social effects of decriminalization.

“There are all kinds of constitutional things if you have a creative attorney,” Grayson said.

Grayson also appeared as a guest on the WUFT-TV/5 program North Florida Journal in a show devoted to the issue marijuana legalization.

Friday, July 28, 1995

Richard Grayson letter in New York Times: "We Won't Get Far Without Affirmative Action"

Today, Friday, July 28, 1995, Richard Grayson has a letter in the New York Times, "We Won't Get Far Without Affirmative Action":

We Won't Get Far Without Affirmative Action

To the Editor:

I agree with Andrew Sullivan's contention in "Let Affirmative Action Die" (Op-Ed, July 23) that the huge discrepancy between the scores of black and white candidates for admission to law schools is a result of the neglect of public education in the inner cities and not due to systemic racism on the part of law schools.

Mr. Sullivan is undoubtedly correct that the fundamental solution lies in tackling serious social problems, not in affirmative action policies. But even in a time of liberal ascendancy, such solutions would take years to produce results.

What are those who have been hobbled by what Jonathan Kozol has called "savage inequalities" supposed to do in the meantime?

Mr. Sullivan cites the University of Texas Law School, which would have admitted only nine black applicants to its 1992 entering class of 500 students on test scores alone. The other black students Texas admitted got in under a standard different from that of white applicants.

Yet I'm willing to bet that nearly all of the black students admitted in 1992 graduated three years later, and most will go on to successful legal careers. I don't see how locking out such students while we wait for the day when social and educational inequities are abolished will benefit a racially diverse society.

As a white male who last year graduated from a state law school that has made a serious effort to attract minority students, I feel I have benefited from affirmative action. Having a substantial number of nonwhite classmates and professors who could supply a different perspective from my own greatly enhanced my legal education.

Test scores should not always be the sole criteria for law school admission. My test scores would not have qualified me for admission to law school at the University of Florida, but I got in based on other factors -- such as experience in the business world, academia or the military -- under which a number of other white males were also admitted.

Gainesville, Fla., July 23, 1995

The writer is with the Center for Governmental Responsibility, University of
Florida College of Law.

Saturday, July 8, 1995

Richard Grayson Advice Column in Orlando Sentinel

Richard Grayson has an advice column in the Orlando Sentinel today (Saturday, July 8, 1995).

Thursday, June 22, 1995

Richard Grayson Op-Ed Column in Gainesville Sun: "Paddling Will Not Cure Schools"

The Gainesville Sun today (Saturday, June 22, 1995) has an op-ed column by Richard Grayson, "Paddling Will Not Cure Schools."

Sunday, May 28, 1995

New Orleans Times-Picayune column item on SOUTHERN LIGHTS: The PEN South Literary Review

The "Write Stuff" book column in the Times Picayune of New Orleans today, Sunday, May 28, 1995, has an item on Southern Lights, the literary review of PEN American Center South, the New Orleans-based chapter of the international writers' organization, edited by Skye Kathleen Moody and featuring work by Richard Grayson, Steven Kellman, June Akers Seese, Robert Phillips, Lisa Kahn, Sergei Task, Raymond Schroth, Andrew Horton and others.

Thursday, May 25, 1995

Los Angeles Times column covers Richard Grayson's political action committee

The Los Angeles Times today (Thursday, May 25, 1995) has a column on page A5 discussing Richard Grayson's political action committee:



For those who fear American election campaigns boil down to a scramble for the center, there is this bit of proof from Federal Election Commission records that life exists, if only marginally, at the political extremes. On the far right: The political action committee Americans for Fascism filed a statement from its headquarters in Branchville, N.J., reporting income and expenses for the third quarter of 1994 (a grand total of $380). On the far left: Richard Grayson from Gainesville, Fla., filed a statement of candidacy for Congress last year identifying his campaign committee as God Hates Republicans, a title that led inevitably to this question: If that were true, why did Grayson receive just 152votes as a write-in candidate for the seat won by Rep. Michael Bilirakis, a Republican?

Thursday, April 27, 1995

New Jersey Online Features Richard Grayson's Latest "Only in Jersey" Column

Richard Grayson's "Only in Jersey" column at New Jersey Online this week (April 27, 1995) features M&M candies, a cross-dressing governor, and the fungus that ate the Meadowlands. Every week NJ Online columnist Richard Grayson surfs for the latest, state-of-the-weird New Jersey oddities.

Monday, January 9, 1995

pLopLop #8 features Richard Grayson's story "This Planet Is Overrated"

Richard Grayson's story, "This Planet Is Overrated," appears in issue #8 of the antholozine pLopLop, published by Geekspeak Unique Press. Other contributors include Kevin Sampsell, Fielding Dawson, Hal Sirowitz, John Clark, Kit Andis and Antler.