|eNewsletter #4, April 2000|
|WELCOME TO RE/SEARCH eNEWSLETTER #4, April 2000! HERE’S THE NEWS FROM SAN FRANCISCO…
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RE/SEARCH MANUSCRIPTS IN THE WORKS – Still
We are diligently working away here at RE/Search on the next manuscripts–to be released in the near future. We can’t give anything away yet, but hopefully we can fill you in more next month.
ANARCHIST BOOK FAIR – SF, APRIL 15 – Save This Date!
RE/Search and Charles Gatewood will be sharing a table at the Bay Area Anarchist Book Fair Saturday, April 15, 10AM-6PM at the SF County Fair Building, 9th Avenue and Lincoln Way. Admission is free. This is one of the best social gatherings of the year, featuring inspiring speakers and an amazing selection of hard-to-find literature (at great prices) for those displeased with the status quo. Come by our booth and say “Hi!”
CATHERINE MORRIS TAKES A NEW JOB
We bid a fond farewell to Catherine, who left our employ to go off and edit horoscopes for astrology.com. She has this to say: “I copy edit horoscopes and astrological readings 8 hours a day so reading in that tense every day — ‘You will feel a bit like this today; you’re in for this surprise, etc.’ — is giving me this constant sense of imminence: Something is about to happen.” We expect Catherine to remain part of the extended RE/Search family and hope we can hire her to write for us some day.
RE/SEARCH GARAGE SALE
Our quasi-quarterly garage sale in San Francisco this month was under-advertised and under-attended. If you missed it, you have another chance at the great bargains. RE/Search books available for 20-75% off. These are store returns (compliments of Borders and Barnes & Noble) with slight to medium defects– mostly about what would happen the first or 2nd time you picked up the book to read it. Also available are Halloween and Sidetripping. Email us your requests by April 15th and we’ll get back to you with prices, filling as many orders as we have books for, first come first served. Most titles available at about 50% off cover price. Shipping will be the usual price $4 for one, $1 per additional books. If you’re local you can come by to pick books up and save on shipping.
UPDATING OUR FORMATS
We now own the means to produce low-budget videos and the plan is to get some interviews out there for you to SEE and HEAR. Don’t know the details yet, but learning the technology has been keeping us busy. Also, Vale has gone portable with a SONY picturebook and is writing daily columns for possible future publication. Independent book publishing just doesn’t pay the rent anymore. We are not stopping book production, but … those of you who have recently written in with the publishing bug– we don’t want to discourage you, but here is Vale’s advice to you:
“Briefly, my suggestions are: 1) OPM – use other people’s money, not your own 2) if you do publish, make a business plan (many books & software out there) and 3) definitely plan to LOSE money and not break even. That way if you DO break even, you’ll be happily surprised. Also, read marketing book(s) and Accounting for Dummies, maybe even Personal Finance for Dummies. Not what you expected, huh? OK, All the Best, V. Vale”
City Lights has started a non-profit foundation to be able to raise money to publish books. They _are_ accepting tax-deductible donations, I’m sure. AND they bought their building. At least eviction is no longer a worry. And speaking of City Lights:
EVENTS AT CITY LIGHTS
SAN FRANCISCO POET LAUREATE BATON PASSED ON 1999 LAUREATE Lawrence Ferlinghetti handed over the position and all it entails to Janice Mirikitani on Sunday March 26th. Also celebrating buying their building, City Lights apparently supplied snacks and libations for all. It was too crowded to get near where the refreshments were supposed to be, so I can’t vouch for that.
NORTHBEACH, ALTERNATIVE PRESS CENTRAL: Niebaum-Coppola Cafe, Vesuvio’s, RE/Search
City Lights is only one of many places in North Beach, San Francisco to have your literary fun. At Vesuvio’s this month, Vale met with Jello Biafra, who is still firing at the status quo with his spoken word performances. Jello is considered by Vale to be the creative and driving force behind the Dead Kennedys band of the early ’80s. Biafra once again opened the minds of those he addressed at the Beat paintings opening of Tomata du Plenty (singer from LA’s Screamers, 70’s punk innovators), alongside Penelope Houston (Avengers and beyond) and others. Biafra is at this time defending himself against the litigation of the other Dead Kennedys. We appreciate Biafra keeping the Dead Kennedys music available for the new generation, and hope that this lawsuit won’t take that away from the future.
In its ongoing series of Sunday afternoon readings, Niebaum-Coppola Cafe hosted “Women of the Beat Generation,” edited by Brenda Knight. The day featured Eileen Kaufman with memories of her days in the neighborhood with Bob Kaufman, trying to find a place to live that accepted mixed-race couples who made a lot of noise. Other luminaries included Joanna McClure, Lenore Kandel and (formerly Sister) Mary Norbert Korte. The place is small and fills up fast. Great wine.
And if you’re in the neighborhood, you can buy our books directly from the source. Don’t forget you can call and come by for special garage-sale deals through April 15th.
The nominees for the Weird Website division are the following:
Visit all five nominees and cast your vote for the best in The People’s Voice Awards! http://www.webbyawards.com is the home page. Vale is judging in the Weird category.
Winners to be announced May 11, 2000. See the website for simulcast info. This at least should be interesting: “the acceptance speech rule still stands: 5 words or less.”
SALLY RANDY’S SEX AND ADVICE RELATIONSHIP COLUMN – Now Defunct
Due to changing personnel, we are no longer able to continue this feature on the website. Certainly some of you must be heaving a sigh of relief at this news.
BURNING MAN WEB RING
In place of Sally Randy near the top of our homepage, we will soon have the red eclipsed moon image of the Burning Man web ring. Check it out and start planning for Labor Day week this September.
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