Fred Ho: Just don’t call him a survivor

It ain’t easy being green, but it’s even harder fighting cancer.

There’s no shortage of labels to be applied to Fred Ho — jazz composer, baritone saxophonist, Asian-American activist, Marxist Matriarchal Luddite, revolutionary, nudist — but don’t call him a survivor.

In his new book, “Diary of a Radical Cancer Warrior,” Ho traces his battle with colorectal cancer through the diary entries posted to his friends and supporters, starting with his diagnosis in 2006 and running through his most recent (fourth) recurrence in 2010.

“I want readers to realize that cancer is not a disease,” Ho says, “but an accelerative malignant process inextricable from the expansion of industrial capitalism. Capitalism is cancer for the planet; cancer is the social and environmental toxicity of capitalism for the individual person.”

As always, Ho’s art, life and politics are inextricable from one another. The same has long been true of his music, which has by no means been slowed by his illness. His work draws influences from jazz, pop culture, radical politics, Asian culture and comic books. No less than five new CDs have appeared recently, including a big-band suite honoring Muhammad Ali and an opera inspired by martial arts films and manga.

“This spate of CDs is my effort to cement my musical legacy, as I expected to die having been given no chance of living after tumor number four,” Ho asserts. “It is my manifestation of the samurai warrior credo: living while preparing for death.”



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Sprint and T-Mobile offer further price discounts

Sprint unveiled a plan on Thursday that gives subscribers access to unlimited data for $60 a month, the industry's cheapest unlimited data offering.

National

Hundreds pay it forward at Florida Starbucks in…

The spontaneous chain of kindness continued for about 11 hours, totaling 457 transactions by the time it ended.

National

Weather system east of Caribbean could turn into…

An area of low pressure located east of the Caribbean Sea has a 50 percent chance of becoming a tropical depression or storm in the next 48 hours, U.S. forecasters…

National

U.S. hospital to discharge doctor treated with experimental…

An American doctor who contracted Ebola treating victims of the deadly virus in Liberia has recovered and will be discharged on Thursday by the Atlanta hospital that treated him with…

Music

polyphonic

Movies

Review: 'When the Game Stands Tall' is both…

The high school football saga "When the Game Stands Tall" fumbles around for a focus while Jim Caviezel offers the most low-key coach in history.

Movies

Girlfriend in a coma: Chloe Grace Moretz

Chloe Grace Moretz is the best cheerleader "If I Stay" could ask for. As the star of the film adaptation of the successful YA novel…

The Word

The Word: Summer lovin' for Zac Efron and…

Ah, the summer romance. So intense, so fleeting. With Labor Day fast approaching, it should come as little surprise that the incredibly surprising romance between…

NFL

Fantasy football draft guide: How to draft your…

Many are wondering if we’re entering a new age in fantasy football drafting — one where running backs take a backseat.

NFL

Jets vs. Giants: 3 Giants storylines to watch

The Giants have plenty to work on as they reach the dress rehearsal preseason game Friday night against the rival Jets.

NFL

Jets vs. Giants: 3 Jets storylines to watch

Metro looks at three Jets storylines to watch as they play the Giants Friday.

NFL

Giants expected to work Corey Washington into first-team…

The day of reckoning for the Giants' fringe players will fall upon them Friday night against the Jets.

Sex

Big weddings may lead to long-term happiness

Dreaming of a big wedding? A new study indicates that the longer your guest list, the happier you’ll be in the long run. l A…

Sex

Online dating for every generation

Frank Jackson and his mother Maggie are like lots of modern families: They have dinner together regularly, keep each other updated on their lives —…

Wellbeing

Going green could be the key to getting…

If we could just pursue the things that would actually make us happy, we could help the environment too, according to a New York researcher.…

Tech

Siren: A new dating app that puts women…

Online dating can be brutal, especially for single women. Noting that many women hate wading through inappropriate messages and photos, two tech entrepreneurs decided to…