WELCOME TO V. VALE’s RE/SEARCH NEWSLETTER #98, OCTOBER 2010
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
1. MESSAGE FROM YOUR EDITOR, V. VALE: Whatever happened to “M” bag/seamail for Books/Print/CDs/LPs/Magazines?
2. “Modern Primitives” excerpt now on aerbook website!
3. Counter Culture Hour with NEGATIVE TREND’s CRAIG GRAY: 6 PM Pacific Time, Sat October 9 – SF cable channel 29, also simulcast on-line (see below)
4. FORTHCOMING EVENTS
5. What We’ve Attended/What We’ve Been Reading/Seeing
6. Michael Raines reviews CATFISH (film)
7. Recommended Links – send some!
9. Letters from Readers
1. MESSAGE FROM YOUR EDITOR, V. VALE – Whatever happened to “M” bag/seamail for Books/Print/CDs/LPs/Magazines?
Follow me on Twitter!
(ValeRESearch — http://twitter.com/ValeRESearch?utm_source=follow&utm_campaign=newfollow20100706&utm_medium=email&utm_content=profile)
or watch my videos on youtube and facebook.
May 14, 2007 (A Day That SHOULD Go Down In Infamy): Most people didn’t notice when, without publicity, fanfare, or critical articles (at least, none I could find on a Google search), the U.S. Post Office quietly eliminated M-bag/seamail (direct sack overseas to one address). This had been a relatively cheap way to disseminate knowledge in the form of books, magazines, posters, other paper formats, vinyl LPs, CDs and DVDs overseas all over the world. A small publisher like Search & Destroy or RE/Search could afford to ship to small bookstores/record stores in Japan, Australia, Europe – you name it (well, we virtually never got orders from China or the former U.S.S.R.).
Of course, it was necessary to pack the items VERY WELL so they could survive the one-to-two-month journey in the hold of a boat. But, the system worked very well, benefiting international cultural exchange between scholars, students, seekers, cultural mavens and educational institutions as well as small bookstores, record stores and various small publishers. A 2-pound RE/Search book could be sent 24,000 miles away for less than $2.
Why didn’t the New York Times or Wall Street Journal publish front-page articles publicizing this blow to free speech internationally? To a small publisher, this seemed a major form of censorship – economic censorship – as one of the big problems is (obviously) being able to afford to get your publications to wherever there might be an interested readership. Did the news media NOT KNOW? It seems unlikely.
The consequences are: we no longer receive substantial orders from small overseas book sellers, no doubt having to do with the now very expensive transportation costs via US airmail, Fed Ex, UPS Air, DHL, etc. Now, instead of $1.80, it costs about $15 to send a book overseas, and to many people that is a HUGE price increase tantamount to CLOSING AN IRON DOOR on book exchanges.
So…Look forward to increasing cultural provincialism. Real Book Lovers know that despite the Internet, NOTHING takes the place of curling up with a Good Book, where YOUR OWN brain’s imagination actively participates in creatively experiencing another person’s parallel life and thinking…with NO marketing!
Undoubtedly, there are other such “invisible” censorships and repressions occurring right now without our knowledge. Readers are welcome to contribute – your insights will be condensed and printed in the next RE/SEARCH NEWSLETTER. Thank You. – V. Vale
2. Modern Primitives excerpt now on aerbook website.
Here is a way to get a taste of the book: read part of Ed Hardy’s interview on your computer, iPhone, iPad, or Android phone — try it out and let us know your experience.
We are inching our way to having RE/Search available as eBooks — this was a step in that direction —
3. Counter Culture Hour – Sat October 9, 2010 – 6:00 PM PACIFIC TIME.
NEGATIVE TREND was a 1977 era San Francisco Punk Band, formed before the terrible violence introduced circa 1979-1980 by “hardcore” brutarians from Orange County (home of the John Birch Society; was this a think-tank plot to Kill Punk Rock?!) wrecked the unity of the tiny 70s S.F. Punk Movement. Craig Gray was the founding guitarist of Negative Trend, one of the best S.F. 1977 bands. He talks about his experiences in the very beginning of Punk in the Bay Area, and his forecasts for the future.
Eedited/produced by Marian Wallace; interviews by V. Vale.
The Counter Culture Hour (aka RE/SEARCH TV) is also ON-LINE as well as on cable access San Francisco Channel 29 — 6pm Pacific Time, Sat October 9, 2010 ALSO on-line (simulcast) – at this link:
You need a fairly decent internet connection and computer to “get it.”
USA west coast: 6:00 PM Saturday, Oct 9
USA east coast: 9:00 PM Saturday, Oct 9
London: 2:00 AM Sunday, Oct 10
Tokyo: 10:00 AM Sunday, Oct 10
If you cannot get this online (we have heard some complaints about this, although it seems to have been working for us of late), please write us to get a DVD copy. ($20 postpaid USA domestic, $25 overseas – to cover expenses)
Would you like to have a Counter Culture Hour showing in your town? Please write and ask us how you can do this. (write: firstname.lastname@example.org)
You can now see on youtube – one episode! Penelope Rosemont is there, in whole, on the “researchpubs” channel of youtube. Search for “CCH-Penelope Rosemont.” It is in 9 parts of approximately 6-7 minutes each, which can be strung together in a playlist to see (almost) uninterrupted. More will follow.
4. FORTHCOMING EVENTS (San Francisco unless Otherwise Noted)
() ALL FREE Thur Oct 7, Tosca, 242 Columbus, SF. 10:30pm Mr. Lucky & The Cocktail Party band. 9:30pm: The Ramshackle Romeos. 7:30pm: Rare screening of “Untitled” – filmmakers Jonathan Parker and Catherine di Napoli will be present to Meet & Greet. FREE! See www.untitled-themovie.com
() FREE Thur Oct 7, 6-9pm John Held, Jr.: Debris from the Cultural Underground Ever Gold Gallery, 441 O”Farrell St/Taylor, SF. Artists include Charles Gatewood & Monte Cazazza.
() FREE Sat-Sun Oct 9-10 11-6pm Fiona Taylor’s Open Studio (Photographs, Drawings, Painting) at “Developing Environments,” 540 Alabama #203, (bet Mariposa/18th St), SF. http://www.artspan.org/user/5275
() FREE Sun Oct 10, 11-6pm — “Art Publishers Fair” @ Southern Exposure Gallery, 3030 20th St/Florida St, SF – V. VALE RE/SEARCH will have a table with Charles Gatewood – come meet us! Our friends Johnny Brewton (X-Ray) and Joe Donohoe (Specious Species #4 now out!) will also have a table, and doubtless other local luminaries. http://soex.org/Event/256.html
After you attend this, considering transitioning to:
() $10 Sun Oct 10, 8pm, our former intern-drummer STELLAR CASSIDY’s band THE SECRET SECRETARIES will release their debut album – your $10 admission charge includes a FREE copy of the album! Viracocha (998 Valencia st. @ 21st.) With Jess & Andrew (a fresh acoustic duo with heartbreaking harmonies), Peck the Town Crier (whose widely acclaimed music videos, including “Underwear” topped the charts of mtv.com), and also Both Cheese (a funk-punk band from all the way from Japan). RE/SEARCH will **TRY** to go!!!
Viracocha: www.viracochasf.com The Secret Secretaries: www.reverbnation.com/thesecretsecretaries Jess & Andrew: http://www.youtube.com/user/evankarp#g/c/B7BD2E294E01F05D
Chris Peck (the town crier): www.peckthetowncrier.com
Both Cheese: http://www.myspace.com/bothcheese
() FREE Mon Oct 11, 7:30pm, The Art Technology, and Culture Colloquium of the Berkeley Center for New Media presents: “Mediation, Performance, and the Public Sphere by Mark Tribe. Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall, Hearst/Leroy, UC Berkeley campus (North Side).http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=153756294657133&ref=mf OR http://atc.berkeley.edu/bio/Mark_Tribe/
() FREE. Wed Oct 13, 6-8pm Pre-Bioneers BFI Member reception, Autodesk Gallery, S.F., CA (map)
Join fellow members of the Bay Area BFI network for this special San Francisco event with the BFI board/staff and the faculty of the Architecting the Future intensive at Bioneers (see below). The event is free and open to the public, please rsvp here.
() $ OCT 14-28, 9th Annual SF DOCFEST (Documentary Film Festival with 60+ FILMS!) at the Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St, S.F. Many filmmakers are expected to attend – you can meet them! Oct 14, 9pm: Lavish opening party features doc. film of FISHBONE, with FISHBONE then playing live at DNA Lounge, 375 11th St, Thu Oct 28, 9pm: Star Wars-theme Closing Party at Cellspace (2050 Bryant, SF). Sat Oct 16 7:15pm we would like to see URGH! A MUSIC WAR – one of Head Curator Jeff Ross’s favorite films. Etc. You can buy tickets at sfindie.com or call 800-838-3006. Trailers! at: http://www.youtube.com/sfindiefest#g/c/0C1CF10AE1F4E244
() $ Thur Oct 14, 6pm Arab Film Festival Opening. 7:30pm: Masquerades (film) at the Castro Theater, Castro/Market St, S.F. (Festival runs Oct 14-17 in S.F.) http://arabfilmfestival.org/festival_schedule.php
() $10/day; $15 both days Sat-Sun Oct 16-17, 11-6pm APE SHOW (Alternative Press Expo), 8th St/Brannan St, SF. This fair displays a large selection of alternative press offerings in the Bay Area (We LOVE the FREE Anarchist Bookfair & SF Zinefest, however). Look for RE/Search at table #700 with Charles Gatewood’s “Flash Productions. ” Mention this newsletter for discount!
() FREE. Sat Oct 23, 7pm – Meri St Mary’s HOUSECOAT PROJECT “GIRLFIEND” LP Release Party at Lennon Studios, 271 Dore Alley. RE/SEARCH will have a table there – come socialize with us! Housecoat Project plays live at 8pm.
() $6 or $10. Sun Oct 24, 7pm on: 2 films which “star”or include JELLO BIAFRA! Artists’ Television Access (ATA), 992 Valencia St, S.F.
http://atasite.org 7 pm screening of The Widower (1999) 79 minutes
9 pm screening of Terminal City Ricochet (1990) 107 minutes
Jello Biafra in person Q&A at the end!
$6 for each individual film, $10 for the double feature!
() $ Thur Oct 28, 7:15pm Olivier Bonin’s wonderful DUST AND ILLUSIONS (The BEST film on Burning Man) screens at Delancey Street Theater, 600 Embarcadero St, SF. Recommend getting tickets in advance! RE/SEARCH plans to be there, too – come chat with us! And if you don’t have it yet, please get your copy of our Burning Man Live book & support us… Director will be in attendance for Q&A. http://dustandillusions.com/blog/san-francisco-screening-oct-28th-2010
() FREE. Mon Nov 8, 7pm – Daniel Pinchbeck @ City Lights, 261 Columbus, S.F.
() $$/worth it Sat Nov 13, The Warfield, SF: DEVO (Amazing to remember that we first saw this band 33 years ago in 1977 at the Mabuhay Gardens, S.F. Are we dreaming?! See this DEVO Show, or die depressed…!) For more info go to www.clubdevo.com
() $ Fri Nov 19-Sat Nov 20 – Legendary Pink Dots Café Du Nord, 2170 Market St, San Francisco, CA
() NEW YORK, RIGHT NOW: Japan Fashion Now, Special Exhibitions Gallery, Fashion Institute of Technology, September 17, 2010 through January 8, 2011. 7th Ave @ 27th St, NYC. “Upon entering you are greeted with a display of the work of the holy trinity of Japanese fashion — Miyake, Yamamoto, and Kawakubo — flanked by the less known names like Matsuda. These garments are from the ’70s and ’80s.” ALSO: “beautiful” paintings by Annelies Strba at Jason McCoy Inc., New York Oct 7–Nov 19, 2010. 41 East 57th Street, New York, NY 10022. T: 212-319-1996 Open Mon-Fri, 10am-6pm www.jasonmccoyinc.com
5. What We’ve Attended/What We’ve Been Reading/Seeing/Listening to/What We’ve Been Sent
() THE PEOPLE VS GEORGE LUCAS. We saw an advance screening and recommend this dazzling documentary for all (like us) who are relatively unaware of the existence of the Star Wars fandom feifdom. Had no idea there were so many expensive Star Wars action figures, props, posters, outfits and disparate paraphernalia marketed (billions of dollars’ worth) during the past 30+ years. Not to mention all the various “edits” of Star Wars films – and some edits apparently function to bowdlerize/elevate/sanitize the principals here and there.
Francis Ford Coppola points out that George Lucas could have made a lot more and diverse films had not the Star Wars Franchise Borg taken over his life and reduced his cinematic aspirations. (BTW, has anyone out there seen Coppola’s TETRO (2009)? We loved it, and could not understand why nobody we know has bothered to track it down. What’s wrong with this world, anyway?!)
Note that this is one of SIXTY films featured at the SF Doc Fest (9th SF Documentary Festival) curated by Jeff Ross (& his lovely associate Fay Dearborn), running Oct 14-28 at the Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St, S.F. For a full schedule go to http://www.sfindie.com/calendar.html This Festival Is Highly recommended! A lot of films sound great, like “American: the Bill Hicks Story” Fri Oct 15, 7:15pm. Or “Sex Magic,” Fri Oct 22, 9:30pm. Or “Vanishing of the Bees” Sat Oct 23, 5pm. The list goes on & on… Pick up their free program at the Roxie Theater.
() The Agony & the Ecstasy of Phil Spector by Vikram Jayanti. What a film! It’s painful to watch Phil Spector’s hands twitching uncontrollably in the courtroom. At the end of this documentary, one doesn’t know how to assess the “evidence” presented pro and con — i.e., whether or not he killed Lana Clarkson (or she committed suicide) with the revolver that just “happened” be within hand’s reach…
But it’s wonderful to watch the vintage footage of the Ronettes, Ike and Tina Turner, and the Righteous Brothers, and realize that there IS such a thing as the Phil Spector “Wall of Sound” production, and that it is unique, and was originated and brought into being by one visionary young man. And that the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson tried to imitate him with “Pet Sounds” – didn’t realize until now that Wilson was imitating Spector. Less clear is how Spector’s production enhanced the last two John Lennon albums and the Beatles “Let It Be” album — in other words, the 3 LPs don’t seem “Wall of Sound” to **ME! But still, they do sound FINE…
If a man brings into being a number of highly listenable classic song productions (i.e., songs you can play over and over again), can he then be excused for having guns around which then get used in producing death? Don’t know. But it is illuminating to learn that the same type of incredibly emotional, emotive, gets-into-your-brain-and-you-can’t-get-it-out song productions were behind “Be My Baby,” “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling,” and “River Deep and Mountain High,” three of my favorite songs of all time. And until now I didn’t realize that Phil Spector was the unifying magician behind them. Apparently it didn’t matter WHO the singers were — Spector could make his style of magnificent hits come to life, and (to me at least) they still sound like classics thirty or forty years later…
Phil Spector is in prison now serving a 19-year-sentence (under appeal), and may not survive — he was beat up at least once — but in a way, he’s already achieved a kind of immortality — at least as long as recorded music will endure. This film is a paradoxical passive/aggressive experience — apparently it took a kind of fascist to conceptualize and implement these mammoth musical productions — but do we feel great now that he’s in jail and all his money couldn’t save him? Hmm…
() FREE. Through October 30. “Hugh Brown: Allegedly” art exhibition at Robert Koch Gallery, 49 Geary St, Room 550, SF (note: exit elevator, go right). We liked this show so much we are hoping there will be a CLOSING PARTY (or something) For It…
() We ALSO Recommend the New MASAMI TERAOKA PAINTING/Drawing Exhibition at Catherine Clark Gallery, 150 Minna St, S.F. – AntiClerical Eroticism at its most spectacular/ virtuosic/ Renaissance-Classical execution. Wondrously puzzling and ambiguously arousing.
() A book we would like to read: “Built to Love: Creating Products That Captivate Customers. Carnegie Mellon professors and authors Peter Boatwright and Jonathan Cagan spend a lot of time researching how products are built and how consumers relate to those products…The authors use research and famous case studies to show how emotion can be broken down into its core building blocks, how it is then used to develop new products and services, and how product touch points — in particular, visual touch points [?] — deliver those emotions.” (Doesn’t this sound “creepy”?!)
() REGENT PRESS of Berkeley, Calif sent us three futuristic books to review. (Well, practically everything we like is “futuristic,” following Buckminster Fuller’s declaration “I’m interested in THE FUTURE, because I’m going to spend the rest of my life there!)
The first is Marcelline Krafchick’s How Belief Stories Matter: An Approach to Myth. Funny, because we’ve been thinking that “invisible”/rarely-mentioned-or-discussed myths and mythologies quite possibly chart or change our lives — and not necessarily for the better!
This succinct hardback is mercifully set in highly readable boldface type throughout — and I’m not sure I’ve seen a book typeset in bold (except for our own RE/Search #4/5 done so long ago in 1981). It is ALWAYS better if a book is more readable! We often skip through books hoping to find “insights” right away, and the first one we found, opening randomly on page 38, was: “medical researchers classifying the relative impacts of different traumas list marriage along with widowhood and change of job.” Definitely! Losing a job is definitely underrated as a source of trauma. Never thought of marriage as a trauma, but — many people break up AFTER they get married, even though they’ve been “going out” for, like, 7-20 years!
Robert Balmanno’s RUNES OF IONA (post-apocalyptic fiction aimed at 14-year-old-plus readers) gives a very credible picture of a possible future, though it does turn a bit cardboard-cutout — many possible pitfalls seem glossed over and the character developments seem too good to be true at times — yet we read the entire book in just 2 days!
Throughout the book there are illuminations: “There was a man named [Capt. Joshua] Slocum… He was the first to sail around the world single-handedly… circumnavigated the globe…solo… He was 51 when he set sail from England and he did it in a 36-foot boat. The journey took him over 3 years to complete and when he had finished he had ridden the winds over 46,000 miles.” (p. 87)
Long ago Bucky Fuller predicted this way of living (biosphere). This is Book 2 of “The Blessings of Gaia” Series. As RE/SEARCH has published a book titled “Modern Pagans,” we are sympathetic to this portrayal of Diversity of Ways of Living as KEY to the health/survival of this planet…
Barry Spector’s MADNESS at the Gates of the City: The Myth of American Innocence. I randomly opened up the book to this (to me) eye-opening thought: “The killing of the children is the sacred secret–sacred because no one will speak its name–underlying all of our civilized values…The regular sacrifice of millions of youth in war, and the repression of women, engender tremendous grief and rage, which modern society represses with its patriotic rituals and consumer culture.” [p.119]
Perhaps the human eye is trained to read the right hand page, bottom paragraph. I then read above this the section titled “De-Mythologized Warfare”: “Now all armies regularly ignore legal conventions…Ninety percent of casualties are non-combatants. What long before was INITIATION and STRICTLY RITUALIZED COMBAT is now the dreadful, catastrophic experience of TOTAL WAR. And what indigenous communities once celebrated as a creative, protective, integrated MASCULINITY is now a brittle shell of destructive, misogynistic “heroism” that barely veils the grief within. It is the worst aspect of our demythologized world.” Wow, what concentrated food for thought…
Then I read some of the back cover quotes praising the book, as I was trying to (as quickly as possible) grasp the book’s essence and unique contribution to our collective knowledge: “As the post-modern world lurches toward the disasters and bereavements that signal the End of an Age, we turn to MYTH to comprehend the ELEMENTAL FORCES that move through our lives, to Know Who We Are, to Understand Which Stories Inform Our Consciousness.” (especially, those stories we take for granted and which have consequently become almost invisible.) Another quote said: “…explores that underworld of national repression and exhumes ancient gods of the Western psyche…” That quote turned out to be by Mumia Abu-Jamal, author of the book Jailhouse Lawyers & himself incarcerated for, like, 28 years…
I plan to read this book from cover to cover and engage in some heavy underlining and Post-It taping… Recommended for All Who Seek to Know UNDERLYING CAUSES, and are not just satisfied with the official skimming-the-surface, fake-cause-and-effect narratives printed in mainstream corporate media… Really, What ARE the primary motivational myths underlying “American society”?!
() Jim Hayes, whom if memory serves me was one of the handful of SEARCH & DESTROY subscribers, and who has had the good sense to remain in a (I’m guessing) low-rent area in Georgia, has developed into an artist/writer. He recently sent me a 9×12 envelope containing a fascinating selection of collages, cards, writings, etc, plus his book, “Jucifer Rising.” It featured hand-applied rubber stamps throughout – reminding me of the pre-Punk Mail Art Movement which Monte Cazazza and Genesis P-Orridge participated in. I opened randomly to page 25 (a right-hand page, 1/3 of the way down) and read something that reflected my OWN “editorial policy”: “As a…writer, it isn’t about what I dislike but rather it’s about what I like and why I like it. Not what I am against…” Amen! If I don’t like something, I try to never even mention it!
Jim Hayes wrote a handwritten letter, which is ALWAYS appreciated: “Vale: Thanks in advance for the TG/WSB/BG issue of RE/Search #4/5. I haven’t read it in years and when I saw you republished it as a HARDBACK I just had to have it. I’ve enclosed an essay about the late DASH SNOW which I hope you enjoy. Behind that is my book about the Heavy Metal band Jucifer. I’m excited because this week I’m getting the proofs for my book about ROYAL TRUX [band] – it’s gonna be out in an edition of fifty on the Equinox – Finally – I’ve enclosed the first few chapters of what I’m writing NOW: “Letters from Marietta, written in blood”… I hope you enjoy these humble offerings…I just got a really supportive note from Genesis P-Orridge. My plan is to bring the rough draft of my PSYCHIC TV book to her in December. She’s playing ONE Show in Brooklyn on Dec 9th. Anyway Vale, good luck & take care. Best, Jim Hayes”
Readers curious to know about his books & art may write “email@example.com” or contact us at RE/Search…
6. Michael Raines reviews CATFISH (film)
THE DIGITAL CAGE
I went into Catfish a tad bit skeptical. Much has been said, or un-said, about its surprise ending, which for its fans, seems as coveted a secret as Psycho was during its theatrical release in 1960. This both sparked my curiosity (to my knowledge, there has never been a documentary that so tightly held on to its subject in complete secrecy) and left me especially doubtful whether it would fully deliver on its promise. Rarely do you see a film that claims to be shocking and doesn’t just come off a sad ploy — a sophisticated marketing gimmick that has you leaving the theater asking yourself, “Why was I so fooled…again?”
This is anything but the case for Catfish. Beyond its climax, which incidentally lives up to the hype, lies an incredibly sincere, honest, and (maybe a little too) personal examination of identity in the modern “Wild West” we call the Internet.
Theatrically being distributed by Rogue Pictures, known primarily for its line-up of horror films and the occasional comedy, is a seemingly perfect candidate for the film’s release, which basically utilizes the same marketing campaign as a generic paranormal film.
The premise, without going into too great of detail, is rather simple. Nev, a twenty-four-year old photographer, has a passion for dance. He often spends his time, both professionally and creatively, snapping photos of dancers. Eventually a New York magazine picks one of Nev’s photographs up for a spread, and shortly after, an eight-year-old girl named Abby, sharing a similar love for dance and painting, contacts him via Facebook. Over the next eight months, Nev becomes extremely close with Abby, then Abby’s family, and ultimately Abby’s older sister, Megan. At no point has he actually met these people in person and most correspondence is made either on the phone or Facebook. Unsurprisingly, Nev and Megan fall in love, or as he puts it “As in love with a person as you can be without ever having actually met.” (We know something’s coming here, even if Nev doesn’t.) AND even if you know nothing about the film, a viewer intuitively knows this is just too unbelievable. THEN Nev discovers that he has been deceived, and, with the assistance of Google and YouTube, is astonished to find misrepresentations, lies and loopholes painted on Megan’s Facebook page. Embarrassed by how gullible he could be, yet dumfounded by the strangeness of the situation, he and the filmmakers (his brother and a close friend) decide to drive to the family’s home in Michigan, and get to the bottom of this complicated fabrication. It’s at this point that you begin to cringe, and the story unfolds. I’ll stop there, but needless to say, the boys DO meet the family and the Pierce’s ARE NOT who they said they were.
Catfish has proven to be a polarizing film for both audiences and critics. Which, for me, is sad. Some argue that this film is a “luck of the moment” type thing (who cares?), others question the validity of the story (seriously?), but most attack the all-too-common issue/concern in documentaries as to whether this was exploitation or not. I find it troubling that many write Catfish off as “hipster feed” and not something universally human. I mean, what other group of people would have made this film other then a few boys in their early twenties, naïve to the unknown world of Facebook? And if practically everyone under the sun is now on Facebook, doesn’t that almost by default make it utterly accessible? The true revelation of the film isn’t its shocking turn, but the goodwill that comes after. It’s more likely to pull on your heartstrings than just “creep you out. ”
At a time when individuality is becoming increasingly more skewed and virtual, it was only a matter of time before a film like Catfish would “accidentally” be made. Luckily, it was for the better…–Michael Raines
7. RECOMMENDED LINKS (send some!)
() from David Pesco: http://www.boingboing.net/2010/10/05/gysin-dream-machine.html
() from Phil G: [ http://www.glatz.com/blog/getting-drush-3-work-cygwin ]
() PAUL KRASSNER Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer http://www.archive.org/details/RagRadio2010-08-10
() Sent by Lydia Lunch: http://www.dangerousminds.net/comments/the_gun_is_loaded_classic_lydia_lunch_performance_from_1988/
() from Babalou: http://srl.org/shows/archive/infest/infest.html
() from BRUNO R: http://www.etourdi.com/librairie/livre/occasion/nouveautes_1.html
() “The Desert of Forbidden Art” (movie) – sounds interesting! http://www.zimmerlimuseum.rutgers.edu
() from Ted Falconi (Flipper):
“originally found on www.stumbleupon.com – but it lead to http://www.instantshift.com/ the home site of the photographs, etc etc
on the right side bar are a list of ‘Most Popular’,, all relevant information from fonts to more incredible examples of photographic technique and subject matter..worth going through them all.. enjoy”
() from Karen M: “Thanks to Eva Galperin for translating! better than the google/babelfish versions http://srl.org/interviews/WarOfRobots-RussianTranslation.html
“In case anyone wanted to see what it was really saying, this is the original: http://srl.org/interviews/russiapopsci.pdf
() from Melinda: “You can get great piano lessons from: http://www.wackoworldmusic.com
() from Scott Beale: http://laughingsquid.com/the-history-culture-of-san-franciscos-north-beach/
() from V.S.: http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2010/sep/08/corneille-obituary
() from JAMES STARK: Hi, “I am taking a trip looking for the source of the Sacramento River so I decided to try this Blog thing and see how it works out. If interested it can be read @ http://sultanaslim.blogspot.com/2010/09/searching-source-of-sacramento-river.html
() From Kal Spelletich: “I got a gig in india!? See here: http://kaltek.wordpress.com/
() “Hi Vale, I guess you’ve already heard about this:
and the related article/interview with WSB’s collaborator here: http://www.bigbridge.org/MCN-INT.HTM
“Thought that RE/Search newsletter readers might like to hear about it. All the best & keep up the sterling work. Just finished RE/Search 4/5 I ordered from you last year… Dominic Al-Badri, Tokyo”
() FYI http://plaguerecordings.blogspot.com/2010/09/modern-primitives-20th-anniversary.html
“congratulations with your ongoing enthusiasm, Vale. – Fré De Vos”
() From VyVy: Allen Ginsberg figurine!
() “BLACK HUMOR is the lens through which we view life…” – V. Vale
() “You are the product. You feeling something. That’s what sells.” — Don Draper, Mad Men
() Concatenation n 1. a series of interconnected events, concepts, etc. 2. the act of linking together or the state of being joined. 3. (Philosophy / Logic) Logic: a function that forms a single string of symbols from two given strings by placing the second after the first.
9. LETTERS FROM READERS:
() Recommend The Magazine on Larkin/Geary St. Unusual magazines! Books! – Mako Sano
() Sent by George F: “- If the exhibition itself is becoming a work of art, what are the main features of such a work of art? Can we define its structure? Can we define why is it or isn’t it a work of art?
– What makes or doesn’t make the curator an author? What makes or doesn’t make the curator an artist?
– Do we still view and enjoy individual artworks within exhibitions or do we increasingly view, appreciate and contemplate exhibitions themselves? Can or must we view and enjoy these two things separately or simultaneously? Or should they merge as in a theatre play or film?”
() Sent by Donald M: “A past and a present plagued with daily violent events, which are persistently repeated. Almost all of them are identical but never the same.
“How can a society articulate a past when it is apparently shielded against these events, which are necessarily incorporated into everyday life to such an extent that they become almost imperceptible?” – Oscar Munoz
() The new Photographers of our Deadly Future (“Earth is the Alien Planet” – J.G. Ballard): Edward Burtynsky and Toby Smith.
() “Hi Vale, This may be of interest to the London-based Ballard readers who see your newsletter.
“There is a small exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery celebrating the 1956 ‘This Is Tomorrow’ show, “the most important event in the visual arts in Britain until the opening of Tate Modern” according to JG Ballard. It focuses largely on the design of and preparations for the original exhibition. Some work by Richard Hamilton is on display, including original copies of the source materials (magazines, adverts) for his collage ‘Just what is it that makes today’s homes so different, so appealing’ (http://www.whitechapelgallery.org/shop/images/1/716.jpg).
“The Whitechapel Gallery has also republished the 1956 catalogue, which is quite an interesting book. (I sent you a link to a scanned copy some time ago. The real thing is much more impressive.)
“Best, Andrew Bish..”
() “I love the INDUSTRIAL CULTURE HANDBOOK 🙂 bought it in 1991(?) in Chicago at the book store across the street from Waxtrax! and a couple doors down from Lounge Axe on the corner.”-Mike Textb…
() “I’ve known about the Industrial Culture Handbook for years; a number of my friends have owned copies. They’ve also guarded them pretty viciously. I recall at least three different people asking me to wash my hands before handling it, which means they certainly weren’t going to let me borrow it. So, I’ve been looking on and off for a copy of my own for some time, but it’s one of those things that kept slipping my mind. Recently, I became close friends with a guy who’s doing graduate studies in post-structural philosophy at The New School in New York. I made mention how heavily the philosophers he studies influenced early industrial artists. It led to a discussion about how difficult it is for people to be authentically strange and subversive these days, especially with how rapidly the fringe is commodified and subsequently banalized in our culture (if it even exists in the first place anymore). So, we talked about getting a hold of your book as a kind of snapshot into one of the last groups of people we felt could truly be classified as “weird.” We just want to take a look at what they did in response to their time to see if there’s anything we could do in response to ours.
As far as the mechanics of finding your YouTube video, they were fairly unspectacular. I just did a search for “Industrial Culture Handbook” on YouTube with the hopes of finding a review of the book or maybe some footage of one of the artists you interviewed talking about it. I found your video instead and thought your commentary about early industrial music was spot on, so I hopped on the website and placed my order. Anyway, I hope that helps without being overkill. I look forward to reading the book! Thanks, Jason”
() “I’m still reading JGB Conversations, again! Yours, Paul”
() “Thanks for putting out such rad stuff and doing what you do!” – warsar23
() From CHARLES GATEWOOD: “I have a blog at Carnal Nation.com with text and photos that illustrate erotic social history. I post there every Wednesday. Check it out!
“I have a blog at ACompleteUnknown.com with text and photos relating to my new Bob Dylan book, A Complete Unknown (DanaDanaDana Editions). Dana and I are preparing a new deluxe handmade William Burroughs book for release in the spring. Only 23 copies will be made, so reserve your copy today! See ACompleteUnknown.com for details–size, quality and prices of the Burroughs book will be similar.
“I recently published “William S. Burroughs, Charles Gatewood, and Sidetripping” at http://realitystudio.org. The story tells about my 1972 trip to London to meet Burroughs, and contains several previously unpublished photos. Essential! Cheers, Charles”
() “I used to pick up many of your products in the ’90s at a local shop. I was wondering if you were still around, so I looked you up. Didn’t expect to see you still going, but I am very happy about it! Your publications cover areas that aren’t even well represented on the almighty internet. This probably wont be the last time you hear from me. Keep up the good work, society needs you! -David Silv.”
() “I really enjoy your newsletter, even though a lot of events are in S.F. and I’ve been in Sacramento for quite a while now. For me, it is a hidden doorway into the world of art and literature and music. Thanks, Ellen Johns…”
() From Babalou: “The boys will be in SF Dec 3rd & 4th http://www.neubauten.org/?q=live
() “Good piece on the Internet apocalypse — not so far-fetched in my view. I always enjoy your newsletter. Nancy”
() “Hey Vale! Amazing that it’s taken me so long to check into your newsletter, but I’m a bit out of the loop, here in Sacramento. I’m a teacher, teach learning disabled kids in elementary school.
“I’m doing computer visuals, as I have for awhile, with a vibraphonist now, under the name, The Pool. My other current art-type activity is building/bending electronic instruments for noise music, working on a CD, The Inner Mounting Noise.
“Kinda tough to read about things I’m missing in SF, but I have my own thing going on here, it’s fine. Fascinated to learn about the ‘Pearls’ Cockettes revival! Did you know I was in the Cockettes, and performed in that show in NY? Certainly not a major player, but I turn up in Cockettes media. Wonderful to see them getting their due – we got little respect in NY. The Cockettes film was very accurate in its account, and just great overall. Anyway, saying hey, and look forward to mostly vicarious thrills through the newsletter. (Right now wishing I could see the Gysin retrospective! I’ll get the catalogue….)
“Hope all is well with you. Looks like the more things change, the more they stay the same. “We’ll just have to see how it goes.” Best, Scott Dav…
() [RE “HOWL” review by Maya Rebel in Sept 2010 newsletter] “…and a fantastic turn by Jeff Daniels as the supercilious and slightly ridiculous English professor David Kirk (a far cry from the hippy “Dude” Lebowski).” You mean Jeff Bridges, yes? Enjoying your newsletter, CM”
() ” http://www.sensitiveskinmagazine.com/sensitive-skin-presents-a-tribute-to-john-coltrane/
Featuring Craig Clevenger — whose “Contortionist’s Handbook” is awesome, it ripped my head off, on a par with Seth Morgan’s “Homeboy”, which, incidentally I had only heard off through my friend Carl Weissner, mate & translator of Ballard, Burroughs, Bukowski, et al. I think he transferred Howl into the Teutonik language, too. All the best, Matthias P. in Berlin”
() “I’m the GM at a station in Ukiah, CA and it would be great to air the audio portion of your TV show. A good, indy format to publish it would be www.radio4all.net. Many good indy produced programs are there free to upload and free to download. – Christina” [Hear, Hear!]
() From Penelope Rosemont: “Black, Brown & Beige: Surrealist Writings from Africa and the Diaspora by Franklin Rosemont and Robin D.G. Kelley, editors has been selected as a winner of the thirty-first annual American Book Awards for 2010.”
() from Lydia Lunch: “Ohhhh yes… finishing the new Big Sexy Noise LP in Sept. New live videos of us up at www.lydialunch.org
just finished shooting some still photos for and singing a song in Virginie Despentes (Baise Moi) new film Bye Bye Blondie which stars Beatrice Dalle (Betty Blue) (who I have a scene with HOT HOT HOT) … a dvd/cd with Philippe Petit out in Sept called Twist of Fate … that’s just off the top of my head. … in the middle of preparing a proposal for my next book now – gotta run….
() From our amazing expatriate intern ILANA: “Here is the URL of my blog:
“It’s been really wonderful here in Istanbul and I’m honestly rather happy. So, I can imagine spending a year here — easily. I would love to hear some updates from all of you! And I can even make very cheap international phone calls with Skype. So, hope all is well at RE/Search and best of luck with everything — books, publishing, & all other things in life, big and small! – Ilana”
() ON THE BRION GYSIN SHOW @ NEW MUSEUM:
“Not sure if THIS is where I should send these comments, but I wanted to tell you that I read your review of the Gysin show in NY and it tipped the scale a bit so I was able to go out and see it for myself. Amazing. Truly amazing. I was able to spend several hours there, walk up to the roof, come back down and really take it in on a wonderful Saturday afternoon.
There was quite a bit I was amazed that wasn’t there, but was more than happy with what was. Esp. the “Calligrafitti of Fire” piece, when you first came in. The Third Mind pieces collaboration with Burroughs were a treat as well.
” …want to write more, but don’t know if this is where I should send the comments.
“thanks, Marc Myers. Lincoln, Ne”
[I wrote him today to Please write more & he immediately replied : )]
“Thanks for replying. I’ve subscribed to your e-newsletter for about a year now(?) and I get some wonderful bits of info each month. One of which was the Gysin show! I can pretty much thank RE/Search for showing me and the world what an amazing artist he was, with your publications back in the 80’s. I stumbled across R/S #4/5 and then sought out the HERE TO GO book in ’83-’84. Other than these, there was very little to be found. They survived the years and moves in the box of books that got packed last and unpacked first, the “magic” books.
The sands of time uncovered THE PROCESS and THE LAST MUSEUM a few years later, and they were hard to find in the midwest, but I found them. And then, the last ten years have yielded BACK IN NO TIME, TUNING IN TO THE MULTIMEDIA AGE, and NOTHING IS TRUE EVERYTHING IS PERMITTED, for a REALLY great look at his art. There may be some other things out there I’m not aware of, but I will be!
So having spent a modest amount of time reading about this “old soul” I KNEW I had to make the trek to the Bowery to see the show. I’d just started a job, so I had to plan ahead to get enough time off to do a long weekend there. I’d not been to New York since ’99, and I’d kept in contact with friends who had either stayed or moved since 9/11, so I was aware that Manhattan’s psychic landscape had changed a bit, as well as the physical one. So, to see the New Museum sticking up into space from the old buildings that surround it like titanium blocks mis-stacked I knew I was right.
Most of what was in the show I’ve been lucky enough to see in books, and a quick assessment of the floor let me go back and take my time with each room. “Calligrafitti of Fire” is a piece that can’t be done justice in a book. or on the web. HAS to be seen in person. The “Cut Up” films done with Antony Balch & Burroughs have been available quite a while as well, but to get to see them in a darkened room, projected as films should, was a great sensory treat! And, I keep forgetting, when I go through the show in my head, about the giant projected multi-media voice & image room. They succeeded in giving the patron a taste of a performance one might have seen years back with Brion live in the flesh.
The treat for me was the THIRD MIND material, as well as the notebooks, sketchbooks and photos that make a show like this more personal. One whose life was as scrutinized and celebrated, imitated and admired as his art — one really wants to get to know the man behind the projection! It succeeded in all of that.
The buidling itself is a great space, and you can go up to the roof and look about lower Manhattan, let the breeze clear your head and then go back down for another look at something you might have missed the first time. A great place to see a great show. Hope many others got to see it as well. Yrs, Marc Myers, Lincoln, NE
() From JEAN JACQUES PERREY: “Hi again, mon cher Vale, I forgot to tell you: I am still involved in commercial music for TV. Please , click on the link below. Warmest regards, JJP.The “Fantasy Football” commercial.
() From JIMMY VARGAS, our AUSTRALIAN Musician Pal: “Hey Guyze, Did you get my DVDs yet: The Torchin at Tallulahs dvd? It is in Pal…for European release But of course it plays on all computers. Hope you’re well. Jimmy Vee” Yes, the box arrived – we have to list his DVD on our website – but hardcore fans who read this can order it now before it’s listed!
OCTOBER 2010 RE/Search eNewsletter written by V. Vale & other contributors. Newsletter and website powered by http://www.laughingsquid.com.
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