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RE/SEARCH Newsletter #33, January 2005

RE/SEARCH Newsletter #33, January 2005

1. A word from the editor
2. Latest book out – special offer for newsletter subscribers
3. CounterCulture Hour – Sat December 11, 2004, 6:30pm! (2nd episode airs)
4. Feb 24, 2005 at City Lights Books: a RE/Search event for our J.G. Ballard book! Also a date at S.F. Public Library, tba.
5. A brief History of RE/SEARCH
6. Our latest inspiration…

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1. Sorry this newsletter is so painlessly short, but we’ve been too busy working and living — not to mention the 10-day holiday trip back East. Our rant-energy has been diminished by other concerns, like trying to get the new J.G. Ballard: Quotes book distributed and promoted. Please note: anybody can “review” this book on Amazon — hint hint.

We’re madly working on the forthcoming J.G. Ballard: Interviews book. For all of you who have pre-ordered it, don’t despair! It contains interviews with Ballard by V. Vale, Mark Pauline, Graeme Revell, and Lynne Fox, plus an interview with Ballard’s long-time archivist, David Pringle. You can pre-order this volume now and receive free shipping (USA only). The current price is $14.99, but that may change, so you could easily save more than shipping cost.

Again, get the latest RE/Search book postage-free (U.S.) from http://www. -more information, excerpts and covers.

2. Latest release: J.G. Ballard: Quotes – Take advantage of our offer to newsletter subscribers only (we’ve extended through Feb.28): free shipping to U.S., $5 overseas airmail. This book just came out a month ago in December. Italian Ballard Fan had this to say, “My first impression: very nice. A beautiful gift for clever people. I wonder just how long did it take the editors to prepare it. [Umberto, it took a hamster’s lifetime.] Looks like they’ve read just evuthin’ the Man has ever written. Outstanding.” “Amazingly beautiful photos from Ana Barrado, whose powers have noticeably grown,” says a Japanese reader. “It is another triumph for RE/Search; the quotes are quite amazing. Very enjoyable.” from Phil Glatz, computer programmer [triumph over what or whom, we ask].

3. CounterCulture Hour Saturday January 8 (tomorrow!), 2005, 6:30pm, Cable Channel 29 (Sorry, Bay Area only, but watch for video releases on our website.) The 3rd episode will feature a conversation with R.U. Sirius and writing partner Dan Joy, authors of the recent corporately-published Counterculture Through the Ages. Also shown will be psychedelic video by Eve Bernie which features R.U. Sirius.

The first CounterCulture Hour aired Nov 13, and featured Dirk Dirksen of the Mabuhay Gardens, S.F.; the second featured Oberon Ravenheart and Thorn Coyle from our Modern Pagans book. The program airs the 2nd Saturday of each month at 6:30pm, on an ongoing basis. Your interviewing host is V. Vale, and the program is produced by Marian & Marian (aka Wallace and Wilde).

4. City Lights Bookstore will host a special RE/Search event at their store (261 Columbus, S.F.) on Feb. 24. We will send out a more detailed announcement next month. Additionally in February, there will be an event honoring the new J.G. Ballard book at the S.F. Public Library (main branch), date t.b.a.

5. A Brief RE/SEARCH History. With $100 each from Allen Ginsberg and Lawrence Ferlinghetti, in 1977 V. Vale founded SEARCH & DESTROY to document (and catalyze) the original Punk Rock Cultural Revolution. In 1980 Vale founded RE/SEARCH (note pun on Search & Destroy). Early on, Rough Trade’s Geoff Travis, plus Betty Thomas, Scott Summerville and Kathy Acker helped publish RE/Search as patrons.

V. Vale’s main influences are Surrealism, Situationism, the Beats, Marcel Duchamp, Philip Lamantia, and Andy Warhol–especially the earliestInterview magazines. The focus is on radical ideas, black humor and creativity rather than biographical sensationalism.

The RE/SEARCH project encourages “D-I-Y” (Doing It Yourself) creativity based on cultivating the imagination, dreams, one’s obsessions, and the spirit of revolt. RE/Search is engaged in a long-term cultural remapping. We oppose the pyramid-hierarchy model of society, and admire the French Revolutionary ideal of “Neither God Nor Master.”

6. George Lakoff, our latest inspiration, is the author of Don’t Think of an Elephant (do a google search). Andrea Camilleri’s Voice of the Violin (a superb mystery), and Factory Made by Steven Watson are “must” books. We also mention Johnny Strike (founder of Crime, possibly S.F.’s first “punk” band)’s new novel available from Amazon: Ports of Hell. Imagine a post-William Burroughs scion roaming the earth in search of an updated Burroughsian experience for our times, replete with multiple layers of paranoia and mixed messages from everyone you encounter. We also re-read Maurice Nadeau’s History of Surrealism (read it from the back to the front) and all the Galatea’s Pants zines sent us from Lauren Eggert-Crowe. Send $3 for the latest issue (which features an intv with V. Vale) to Lauren Eggert-Crowe, 237 Whitmyre Hall, Indiana PA 15705. Lastly, we read Arthur Upfield’s Murder Must Wait, which for a 1953 mystery set in Australia features a remarkably “progressive” female detective-apprentice…

January 2005 RE/Search eNewsletter written by V. Vale & Marian Wallace

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