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Welcome to V. Vale’s RE/Search Newsletter #170, December 2017 Part 1

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TABLE OF CONTENTS:

1A. EDITORIAL: What We’ve Received & Experienced
1B. Important Coming Events:
() Sun Dec 2 Meet RE/Search at SF Center for the Book Holiday Fest (375 Rhode Island) 11-5pm
() Tue Dec 5 Meet RE/Search at Slim’s Holiday Fair, 4-10pm (333 11th St)
() Sat Dec 9 Meet RE/Search at EBABZ ZineFest, Berkeley/Oakland 11-5pm
1C. Terminal Punk, 7th Edition 
1D. New Small Vale Bio-Comic by Krusty Wheatfield 
1E. Ana Barrado – in Black & White Magazine Oct Issue

2. RE/Search Conversations Podcast Series on researchpubs.com or iTunes
3. FORTHCOMING EVENTS: PART 1
4. LINKS (send us some)
5-7 in part 2, coming soon)
8. Sponsors
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1A. WHAT WE’VE RECEIVED & EXPERIENCED 

 
() We had four houseguests from out-of-town for the long Thanksgiving weekend (Wed-Sun), so Thursday 1p.m.-ish we all went (with lots of quarters) and experienced the always-fascinating Musee Mecanique on Fisherman’s Wharf, a local treasure. Nice views there, too.
() 5pm we “sell-a-brated” Thanksgiving by eating Chinese food at the Yuet Lee restaurant a block from the RE/Search office (open til 3am, btw). No shopping, no prep, no dishes to do afterward, no enormous amounts of turkey left over to worry about. Then a friend emailed that we coulda taken the ferry to her house for turkeyday—oh well. (Actually, she didn’t know there were SIX of us!!!)
() That evening we saw the IMAX version of Justice League and—’twas “a sound and a fury signifying nothing”…unless you consider a bunch of so-called “superheroes” “uniting” to fight horned-demon-helmeted world-destroying “Steppenwolf” a PLOT?!?. We went because two weeks earlier we had been “blown away” by the IMAX Blade Runner 2049 but…next time we see IMAX we’ll make sure there’s some substance and depth, not just endless (although amazing) computer-graphics action battles with hundreds of winged creatures flying and twirling through the air ad infinitum…
() We like long vacation weekends because we can, guilt-free, lay around and READ BOOKS. (We also watched Episode #3 of Westworld from the first season… epic; majestic; beautifully scarring…) The books we read were Lee Child’s The Midnight Line (about the opioid epidemic blighting middle America), Lucy Kellaway’s Office Hours (a very sad book with picture-perfect seduction-dialogue; nailed it!), ending with a Patti Smith marathon: M Train (a must!), Just Kids (we’re late; we know!), and Eric Wendell’s well-written bio titled Patti Smith: America’s Punk Rock Rhapsodist. We also continued to read The Design of Everyday Things by Donald A. Norman, which is a true classic that (sadly) demands some serious concentration. We’ll end this by quoting Dieter Rams’ (of Braun) “Ten Principles for Good Design”:

The principles

  1. Good design is innovative
  2. Good design makes a product useful
  3. Good design is aesthetic
  4. Good design makes a product understandable
  5. Good design is unobtrusive
  6. Good design is honest
  7. Good design is long-lasting
  8. Good design is thorough down to the last detail
  9. Good design is environmentally friendly
  10. Good design is as little design as possible
Genius makes complexity simple-and-comprehensible, thus inspiring-your-imagination-to-fly! So many potential applications from so few principles! Can be applied to everything man-made in the entire world…
 
 
WHAT WE’VE BEEN SENT:
 
() A truly pocket-size [4.5″x6.25″] book is kinda rare, and we received one: The Lost Tetrads of Marshall McLuhan, by Marshall & his son Eric McLuhan. (For the record, we consider the Playboy interview with Marshall McLuhan a kind of classic on the topic of how media changes society and individual identity.) Douglas Rushkoff called this book “The true masterwork of Marshall McLuhan” (back cover blurb) and although we disagree, we find the book contains a few somewhat startling insights. We immediately went to our favorite topic, “Clothing,” and learned that one of the important functions is for carrying of weapons! No wonder police regard winter as their most hazardous season, as winter clothing facilitates the concealed carrying of firearms and whatnot. Clothing “obsolesces climate (i.e., clothing as thermal control)”. Clothing provides a portable, “enclosed, private space” we can carry with us wherever we go. Then there’s “The private/YOUR looks/Weaponry” vs. “The corporate/Model/Banality” node… 
We were amused by: 
“Four types of “The Novel: The real-New Reality /Fantasy-Science-Fiction/ Romance/ Historical chronicle”. Anyone who likes big-picture thinking can get a lot out of this little book-gem, fast!  The ventilated graphic design makes this handbook easy to read, yet thought-provoking in a coercive-participatory way. Recommended! www.orbooks.com
 
() Stacy Russo’s We Were Going to Change the World: Interviews with Women from the 1970s & 1980s Southern California Punk Rock Scene; Foreword by Mike Watt.
We’re always interested in “primary source material”—which is what interviews provide. Of course I started out reading the people I had met in the Seventies: Alice Bag, Ewa Wojciak, Exene Cervenka, Jenny Lens, Johanna Went, Kristine McKenna, Phranc, Pleasant Gehman. I’m still reading the book, and highly recommend it for its  history and philosophy insights—like, I had forgotten that Darby Crash (whom I first met as Bobby Pyn) was born (Jan?) Paul Beahm…what if he never changed his name; would he have become what he became?!? www.santamonicapress.com  
 
() Wish we coulda seen this: Monte Cazazza and Meri St. Mary did a “dueling theremins” performance Sat Nov 4 in Grass Valley at The Open Book, 671 Maltman Dr. Film screenings (Pig Death Machine) and Live Music. They sent us a beautiful color zine made especially for the event, and an issue of the Prospector (free local paper) featuring Meri St. Mary on the cover and a color feature inside. www.JonMoritsugu.comAmyDavis.com, Instagram: snoutattack. www.meristmary.com, twitter/instagram @meristmary
 
() Awhile back Frank Discussion sent us his latest incendiary 45 from The Feederz (with Clear Bob on bass and D.H. Peligro on drums): “Stealing/Sabotage”. Right Now! Ahora! Produced by Cris Kirkwood. WWHD: What Would Hitler Do? With beautiful color artwork, available from sloperecords.com – 
 
() Bob Suren sent us his book Crate Digger: An Obsession with Punk Records. This book is a page-turner narrating the author’s first encounter with seminal bands and recordings, illustrated with photos proving “he was there” and highlighting some 30 years of “The Punk Quest” (disclosure: V. Vale wrote a blurb on the back cover). You’ll want your own copy of this, available from microcosmpublishing.com write the author at surentime@gmail.com
 
() Ben Charles Trogdon sent us his labor-of-love beautiful color “Rock ‘n’ Roll Forever!” zine featuring  photos of people and places that inspired him in his travels. It’s deeply personal and engaging—we love the spontaneous layouts and animalistic graphic spirit! Send him a fifteen-dollar bill (Ben Charles Trogdon, PO Box 1959, NY NY 10013.)
 
() slomo video: 100 one-minute-long slow motion videos by 85 filmmakers & video artists! get it from www.slomovideo.com
 
() The Big Takeover #81 arrived a few hours ago and we immediately read The Pixies interview and the Chrissie Hynde (The Pretenders) Pt 2 interview. Plus the super-political editorial which is a shared-culture-wake-up-call expressing a huge-inarticulate-but-deeply-felt malaise-almost-rage about the state of shocked-into-insensibility/media-sedated Amerikkka today. Like, get your news from al jazeera; skip all the rest! Jack Rabid deserves your support: www.bigtakeover.com His radio show is on realpunkradio.com every Monday live at noon!
 
() Shannon Michael Cane R.I.P. — to recap, we are still angry that we will never see him again. Wish I’d interviewed him “officially”… at the first New York Art Book Fair 2016 which RE/Search ever attended, our four boxes which we’d sent by UPS  went missing. Despite having “lots of other fires to put out,” Shannon found them and personally delivered them to our table! Again, he was an “early adopter” of our Modern Primitives book (which attempted to chart out all the possible bodily modifications/ beautifications humans have done since the beginning of time, all over the planet) and despite living in Australia and being only 16 years old (we think), he borrowed his older brother’s I.D. and “scored” a copy, apparently studying it in-depth… There is at least one obituary to read, and we are reprinting several letters we received:
“Dear Vale, 
We were also devastated by Shannon’s loss, we asked a friend in New York and he told us that sadly Shannon took his own life, which was shocking.. I don’t know any other details or heard from anyone else but the truth is we would have never guessed it given the fact that he was always so energetic and involved with so many amazing projects…. 
I just read it on the NY Times as well, so sad.. 
“I saw that there’s a fund created in Shannon’s memory: 
“I’m also wondering about the fair, I don’t know what will happen next…
I hope you’re well though during these strange times.. 
“All our best from Athens, Marina & Tasos”
“Hi RE/Search,
“Has anyone responded to your query about Shannon Michael Cane? (from your last newsletter, excerpted down below)
“The details I know is that he was found dead of a suicide, though I have no specifics. Like you, myself and many close friends and associates who knew him have been shocked and devastated.
“Just thought I would fill you in, in case no one had replied. Sorry to be the bearer of such sad news. What I have heard from several friends is that he’d been in a fog through much of this year, and they were trying to get him on antidepressants.
“There is a memorial for him at MOMA PS1 in NYC this Saturday, if you want more details. I found your post as I have been searching for a proper obituary since this happened, feeling a bit lost as a lot of us are.
“I hope this message finds you well otherwise, I am a big fan of RE/Search books.
“Best wishes, Wilfred B—-” [for obvious reasons, we have withheld Wilfred’s full name]
 
1B. IMPORTANT COMING EVENTS
 
() FREE Sun Dec 2 Meet RE/Search at SF Center for the Book Holiday Fest 11-6pm – 375 Rhode Island/16th St. RE/Search will have a table; meet us in person & V. Vale will autograph RE/Search books/zines signed as Xmas presents!
 
() FREE Tue Dec 5, 4-10pm Meet RE/Search at Slim’s Holiday Fair, 333 11th St – V. Vale will happily sign RE/Search books/zines/T-shirts (ha ha) for xmas presents!
 
() FREE Sat Dec 9, 11-5pm Meet RE/Search at EBABZ Zine Fest, at Omni Commons, 4799 Shattuck/ Oakland, near Berkeley.
 
() $ Thu Dec 14, 7pm Roxie Theater. Marian “RE/Search” Wallace will show an independent film “Project Y” (10 min.) as part of the Roxie Mixtape series curated by Lex Sloan. RE/Search will appear in person!
 
1C. Terminal Punk by V. Vale (interviews, quotes, etc: why “Punk” is the last philosophy you’ll ever need; it may even help you survive the apocalypse!). The new 7th edition zine (yes, we keep trying to “improve” it) may be had for a mere $10 plus $5 shipping, or come by our office and score your copy! You might also want to score a rare RE/Search T-shirt; we’re already running out of the “small” and XL sizes! Other options are our William S. Burroughs T-shirt (M,L only), and our Mr. Death T-shirt (S,M,L,XL). 
 
1D. V. Vale Bio-Comic. SEARCH FOR WEIRD by Krusty Wheatfield: on V. Vale’s life/biography). Excellent drawings! $10 plus $5 shipping ($10 overseas shipping). Krusty’s SECOND comic: Search for Weird Issue #1 on “The Roots of Search & Destroy” now available for $5 plus $4 s&h.
 
 
2. RE/Search Conversations: podcast series

Most of us are too busy to sit down and watch a “TV show,” so now (while you’re driving, gardening, walking) you can listen to some of the conversations that happen around the table at the RE/Search office. 

 
Coming up soon:  , performance artist. Linda Montano, who is featured in RE/Search Publications’ book Angry Women, discusses persona-based art, escaping reality, performance art, and gender exploration, among many other topics.
Recent episodes: Peter Sempel, German experimental documentarian from Hamburg, who visits San Francisco periodically, often to show his films at The Goethe Institute
AND author Sumeet Banerji [The Ice Party] and record producer Jerry Connolly, shooting the s#!+ at the RE/Search office with V. Vale (warning: over 2 hours long!).
Wolf Eyes podcast coming soon! The extremely well-read “Psych Jazz” band-of-outsiders improvised a compelling performance with guest musicians at The Peacock Lounge, 552 Haight St. Thanks to Decker for all hospitalities extended. 
 
Go to our website podcast page to see a full list. All are also available free of charge at the iTunes podcast “store” under “RE/Search Conversations.”
 
Please send us feedback if you listen to these podcasts so we’ll know someone out there is listening!!
 
Here are links to a few others that are available:
Christopher Coppola [filmmaker]
Thorsten Schutte [director of Frank Zappa documentary “Eat That Question” 
Mike Watt [bass-player/ musician]
Daniel Miller [synth musician/ DJ]
Diane diPrima [Beat poet]
 

3. FORTHCOMING EVENTS PART 1: (San Francisco unless Otherwise Noted)
 
() $6 (no one turned away) Thur Nov 30 Luggage Store Music Series: Kattt Atchley and friends (duos), shows at 8pm and 9pm
 
() FREE Fri Dec 1, Matt Gonzalez talks on “Artists’ Survival Techniques and The Law” at Luggage Store, 1007 Market/6th St. 
 
() $ Sat Dec 2 Alexander Hacke (Einsturzende Neubauten) and Danielle Picciotto (from Berlin) at THE LAB with Kal Spelletich. Don’t miss this! RE/Search plans to attend (hint, hint)
 
() FREE Sun Dec 2 Meet RE/Search at SF Center for the Book Holiday Fest 11-6pm – 375 Rhode Island/16th St. RE/Search will have a table; meet us in person & V. Vale will autograph RE/Search books/zines – signed as Xmas presents!
 
() $ Mon Dec 4 Pere Ubu at INdependent (wish we could go!)

 
() FREE Tue Dec 54-10pm Slim’s Bizarre Bazaar Holiday Fair at Slim’s, 333 11th St/Folsom. RE/Search will have a table; come meet us! V. Vale will happily sign RE/Search books/zines/T-shirts (?) for xmas presents! Thanks, Stephanie Anderson & Chuk Foss!
 
() $ Fri Dec 8, 7:30pm Stan Brakhage films at YBCA – www.lightfieldfilm.org/metaphors-on-vision
 
() FREE Fri Dec 8, 10:30pm Light Field Expanded Cinema Soiree at The Lab – tribute to Stephen Parr (1954-2017). There are many other $ programs; See www.lightfieldfilm.org or www.thelab.org for detailed schedule or go to Facebook
 
() FREE **OAKLAND** Sat Dec 9 Meet RE/Search at EBABZ, 11-5pm EBABZ (East Bay Alternative Book & Zine Fest), Omni Commons, 4799 Shattuck Ave/48th-49th St, Oakland near Berkeley 
RE/Search will have a table; come meet us!
 
() Free Mon Dec 11 Last Gasp book party for their new Hunter S Thompson book (homages) at 111 Minna, 6-9pm
 
() $ Thur Dec 14, 7pm: Roxie Cinema, “Roxie Mixtape” group film show, including “Project Y” (1983, 10 min) by Marian “RE/Search” Wallace. Roxie Mixtape is a new local-shorts film series curated by the Roxie staff. “Project Y” is an experimental faux-narrative inspired by Jean-Luc Godard, with an analog-generated&edited industrial sound track. 3117 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103. RE/Search will appear in person! http://www.roxie.com/ai1ec_event/roxie-mixtape-4/?instance_id=24414
 
() $ Sat-Sun Dec 16-17 Roxie Theater: Bruce Conner Films. Sat 5pm, Sun 4:30pm. Check Roxie schedule Dec 15-17 for Dennis Hopper films, too! 
 
() FREE Tue Dec 19, 5pm Main Library/Koret Auditorium presents recent film by Jon Jost. https://sfpl.org/index.php?pg=1030369301
 
() FREE Wed Dec 20, 6-8pm, SF Main Library Koret Auditorium: S.F. Punk Film Series – Shorts & Clips from 1977-1980 including Mindy Bagdon’s Louder Faster Shorter” which Search & Destroy helped make
 
() We want to see the Roxie Theater’s 
 
() $15 Wed Dec 20, 830pm MIKE WATT & The Secondmen at Bottom of the Hill! 
 
() $ Sun Dec 31 Mr Lucky [now living on East Coast] plays Bimbo’s, 6 blocks from the RE/Search office!

() Now through Jan 28, 2018: BAMPFA **BERKELEY** Miyoko Ito Art Show! Also, Jan 17-May 6 BAMPFA has a huge show titled “Way Bay” of Bay Area artists like Bruce Conner, Joan Brown, Jay DeFeo, Richard Diebenkorn, and many others — a must-see! www.bampfa.org

PERENNIAL FORTHCOMINGs to CHECK OUT:

() Support the Roxie Theater: great programming EVERY NIGHT (our opinion). http://www.roxie.com
() Castro Theater: a beautiful Film Palace! Amazing built-into-the-walls pipe organ often played before shows, so get there early… () The Balboa, too! Go OUT to the movies! See films with others & buy popcorn! It’s FUN! () The Embarcadero Theaters: walking distance from RE/Search office. We often go here!
() S.F./BAY AREA EVENTS to Google Regularly: The Long Now Foundation. Goethe Institute. The List (Punk Rock). Dorkbot. Bottom of the Hill. The INdependent. Thee Parkside. The Chapel. Brick & Mortar. ATA Gallery (last “underground” film place?). Mule Gallery. Live Worms Gallery on Grant Avenue. The Lab under Dena Beard. Southern Exposure Gallery under Patricia Maloney. SF Cinematheque under Antonella Bonfanti. Gray Area on Mission St/23rd St: very avant-garde programming; go to their website.

 
() Now through Jan 28, 2018: BAMPFA **BERKELEY** Miyoko Ito Art Show!
 
 
MORE COMING EVENTS WILL BE LISTED IN PART 2 OF NEWSLETTER, COMING SOON!
 
4. LINKS (send us some!)
 
()  “Something Happened” —  the latest electronic soundscape offering from La Mère. On bandcamp at this link: https://lamere1.bandcamp.com/. Take a listen for free — or download to your phone —
 
 
 
() POP magazine #37 Autumn 2017 issue has many photos by Danielle Neu: google to find!
 
 
 
 
() From A.B.: JGBallard & “The Psychology of the Future” on NPR: https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=103316275
 
 
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1. BEYOND BAROQUE: Only bookstore in L.A. with a complete stock of RE/SEARCH BOOKS! Please patronize them… (Also, some RE/Search titles at The Pop-Hop in L.A.; thanks, Rhea Tepp!) RE/Search books now at bozomag’s store!

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3. “Hicks Metal Design & Production: Supporting creativity in the Bay Area since 1994” (x4-30-18)
4. We Heard You Like Books accepts the dominance of RE/Search in all matters, but here’s our website anyway: weheardyoulikebooks.com (The Ice Party) (x4-30-18)
5. DRYLAND:  Los Angeles Underground Art & Writing—uniquely based in South Central L.A. Poetry, fiction, nonfiction, reviews, interviews. https://drylandlit.org/ (x10-31-17)
5. What’s CBD and how is it related to harm reduction and vaping? To learn more, visit our blog at http://CascadiaVape.com To purchase CBD and Kava supplements visit http://CascadiaVape.net (x/end1/18)
6. Support & visit NYC Gallerist Margaret Lee! 47 Canal (gallery). (x/end1/18)
7. WorkshopSF, located in Western Addition, offers creative, affordable DIY classes for adults, taught by awesome local artists, woodworkers, and makers, since 2009. [x/end1/18) http://www.workshopsf.org/ (x03/18)
8. Uncertain is a post-industrial musick project by Florian-Ayala Fauna (2007 on), influenced by the Occult and work of artists like Coil, Current 93, Aleister Crowley (the  esoteric tradition). https://uncertain.bandcamp.com  (x03/18)
9. Paul M. Hertzmann, Inc. Vintage Photographs, POB 40447 SF CA 94140; pmhi@hertzmann.netwww.hertzmann.net (x10/30/18)
10.  realvalueproductions.com a San Francisco music production company creates original music for YOUR films/videos, CD’s, et al:  http://www.realvalueproductions.com/utopia-or-oblivion/ (x5/31/18)
 
11. Paul L. many many thanks!! Also, thanks much to Dave S. and Billy H.

DEC 2017 RE/Search eNewsletter #170 written by V. Vale & other contributors. RE/Search website poweredbyhttp://www.laughingsquid.com.  Add us (“info@researchpubs.com“) to Your Address Book++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++Physical Address since May 1979: RE/SEARCH | 20 Romolo #B | San Francisco CA 94133-4041 | 415.362.1465 http://www.researchpubs.com | http://www.myspace.com/researchpubs | info@researchpubs.com  facebook: “RE/Search Fan Page”    twitter: @valeRESearch  Instagram: vale_research
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