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Doug Clow

July 16, 2012


Hudson, NY


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Lena Sradnik

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This interview with Doug Clow was conducted on July 16, 2012 at his house in Hudson, NY. Doug is an artist and a long time resident of Hudson. He grew up in nearby Germantown, NY and bought a house in Hudson after having moved around New York state in pursuit of his college degree and painting career.

Topics discussed include his working class upbringing, his father’s alcoholism, his experience in the Air Force during the Vietnam War and how it shaped his political worldview. He talks about going to college on the GI Bill and studying commercial & studio art, anthropology and sociology and his subsequent experience in the art worlds of New York City and Hudson. Doug seems to have became skeptical of US politics after his time in the Air Force and speaks at length about his views on national politics from the Nixon era to the present. He also talks about the socio-economic breakdown of Hudson and what he’d like to see in the region’s future.

This interview may be of interest to people looking at leftist politics from the 1960s to the present, the history of the working class in Columbia County, and late 20th century American painting.

Interviewer Bio:
Lena Sradnik

Lena Sradnick was born and raised New York City and now lives in Brooklyn. She works as a teacher and administrator at Basic Trust Infant Toddler Day Care Center, where she went as a child. She is a graduate of Bard College with a background in French Studies, dance and arts education.

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