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V. VALE’s RE/SEARCH NEWSLETTER MAY 2008: Maker Faire, Punk Rock, Hypnodrome, etc


A.  VOTE **NO** on PROP. 98** – forward to all your friends in California!
And VOTE **YES** on PROP. 99**! This is supremely important!
Save RE/Search! If rent control ends, RE/Search and many artists will be evicted from S.F.!
1. Sat MAY 10, 10-5:30pm. Meet RE/SEARCH at 7th Annual PAGAN FESTIVAL, Martin Luther King Jr Park, Martin Luther King/Center Sts (near Farmers Market), Berkeley, CA. Also, that night we “may” be at 924 Gilman St, 8-2pm for the Punk Prom w/Knights of the New Crusade,  Martyr Index (Canada), Zack Bones and Break. $7, or $5 in medieval costume or formal wear.
2. Sat MAY 10, 6:30pm, Cable Channel 29, San Francisco. RE/Search’s “Counter Culture Hour” (with host V. Vale interviewing Craig PopArtist). 2nd Sat of the month. NOW on-line! You can see it where ever you are. – click on “channel 1”
3. Thur MAY 22, Thur, 7-10pm. NEW!! 3rd Thursday of the Month: monthly party where the Counter Culture Hour (w/Lyle Tuttle) will show, plus a live interview (with a tattoo artist) by V. Vale where YOU can ask questions. Organized by Ulrika at Million Fishes (art space), 2501 Bryant/23rd St, S.F. Local body and tattoo artists, too. $2
() THRILLPEDDLERS.COM HYPNODROME “Flam-ing Sin” held over – plays through May 31 – support them! Fri-Sat Nights, 8pm, 575 10th St/Bryant. Lots of free parking!
4. Stephane von Stephane column
5. What We’ve Attended… Dario Argento “Mother of Tears” premiere; City Lights May Day Festival; Maker Faire;
6. What We’ve Been Reading/Seeing/Listening to/What We’ve Been Sent:
7. RECOMMENDED LINKS – thanks to our friends Phil G, Ferrara, James McN-, Derek B. & Others
9. Feedback from Readers
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() PRANKS FILM FESTIVAL T-SHIRT Sale – This Month Only! Only 60 made; $20! (blue/white logo on green American Apparel shirt: girls sizes S,M,L; men’s S,M,L,XL,2XL) with Logo artwork by Jared Power, below.

() RE/Search LOGO T-shirt SALE – this month only! Two styles: Red Logo $20, and Red/White Logo $20. Now in Print!!

() NEW: PRANKS **HARDBACK cps 500 $40.  Paperback 1000 cps $25
() YO! WHAT HAPPENED TO PEACE? All color book of anti-war graphics – great! $25
() Gee Vaucher poster signed by Gee Vaucher & Penny Rimbaud $20 (three left)
() Mr Death “Catch You Later” T-shirt ed. of 50; S,M,L,XL $50
() R/S 4/5 Burroughs-Gysin-Throb.Gristle **hardback** only 500 made; $40! with new William Burroughs interview, photos
() W.S. Burroughs T-shirt in S,M,L,XL ed. 100; $30 this month for eNews subscribers
() Louder Faster Shorter Punk 1978 DVD ed. 500; $20
() All 4 JGBallard books + Search & Destroy #10 w/JGBallard intv $65
() PRANKS 2 (more pranks! A new classic) $20
() TRUE MUTATIONS gnosis/tech intvs ed. by R.U. Sirius $15
() RE/Search 1″ round button B&W $1
() In general, To order:, call 415-362-1465, or order on-line from http://www. V. Vale will autograph/inscribe/personalize upon request.

() RE/Search is on My-Space and Facebook: If you would like to be “our friend” – receive bulletins, subscribe to V. Vale’s blog, etc please Join Us! Soon on Facebook, too!

() *NEW WEB-SITE* by Elie-Sanh Ducos: weekly blog by V. Vale (please subscribe to the blog), videos, over 200 photos in the gallery, and more… Suggestions for improvement? Also, what books would you like RE/Search to put out? Please email us: – we are in the process of re-organizing so you can more easily find the photos you’re looking for!

A. VOTE **NO on PROP. 98**! This evil Proposition ends Rent Control, and RE/Search & many Artists will be forced to leave San Francisco. This proposition masquerades as “emminent domain legislation” but some sneak (isn’t this illegal- it should be!) has tagged on a little sentence ending rent control for all of California. This will effect any and all rent control measures for renters, trailer park inhabitants, etc — Enough said. ALSO, for this victory to happen, you must vote **YES** on PROP. 99!! As they attempt to put conflicting legislation into law, whichever “wins” more than the other will happen… so NO on 98, YES on 99 — remember: no then yes.

Vote No on Prop 98, Vote Yes on Prop 99

Prop. 98 is an Attack on Renters

Prop. 98 Eliminates Renter Protections and Rent Control

Wealthy apartment and mobile home park owners are spending millions on a deceptive campaign to pass Prop. 98 for their own financial gain.

These landlords want voters to believe that Prop. 98 -dubbed the Hidden Agendas Scheme – is about eminent domain. But their hidden agenda is to eliminate rent control so they can make hundreds of millions of dollars by raising rents on seniors and working families.

Click below to get the facts and information you need to share with your friends and neighbors…

Statewide Campaign to Save Rent Control

No on Proposition 98, Yes on Proposition 99

If passed, Proposition 98 would:  Eliminate rent control and other renter protection laws.

The measure would gut renter protection laws, such as laws requiring the fair return of rental deposits and laws requiring 60-day notice before forcing tenants out of their housing.

Click below for full details on how you can get involved…
Statewide Campaign to Save Rent Control

1. Sat MAY 10, 10-5:30pm. Meet RE/SEARCH at 7th Annual PAGAN FESTIVAL, Martin Luther King Jr Park, Martin Luther King/Center Sts (near Farmers Market), Berkeley, CA. Also, that night we “may” be at 924 Gilman St, 8-2pm for the Punk Prom w/Knights of the New Crusade,  Martyr Index (Canada), Zack Bones and Break. $7, or $5 in medieval costume or formal wear.

2. Sat May 10, 6:30pm: RE/Search’s “COUNTER CULTURE HOUR” (with host V. Vale). S.F. Cable Channel 29, 2nd Sat of month, 6:30pm (set your recorder). We are accepting underwriters for the Counter Culture Hour. We have a backlog of interviews but are short on resources for editing. Please consider becoming an underwriter! You would get on-screen credit. The channel is beginning on-line streaming now! Please check – link to “access 1” at showtime. And Reuben — where are you? — email us: We are in the process of finishing a whole new season, and will air re-runs in the meantime- especially since the CCH has just recently been available for screening ON LINE!  That’s right, you no longer have to have a TV, live in San Francisco AND have cable access to see our show, so — now’s your chance to catch up on some of what you’ve missed the past three years! Tonight: Craig Pop Artist! (Former) friend to Keith Haring! A very entertaining hour with a guest appearance from Abby the Abyssinian.


() Thur MAY 22, 7-10pm. NEW!! RE/SEARCH monthly event. Every 3rd Thursday of the Month: video screening of The Counter Culture Hour (this month with Tattoo legend Lyle Tuttle), plus a **live** interview (with a tattoo artist) by V. Vale where YOU can ask questions. Organized by Ulrika at Million Fishes (art space), 2501 Bryant/23rd St, S.F. Local body and tattoo artists, too. R/S books for sale. $2

() SAT MAY 10, 8pm-2am: Mini-ROBOXOTICA Performance by our friends from Shiffz/monochrom, Vienna, Austria. 354 5th St/Folsom, San Francisco. Free! tonight!!

() Patronize Our Pals: HYPNODROME’s hit “Flam-ing Sin” has been extended through May 31! Fri/Sat 8pm, every weekend. 575 10th St, SF 94103. tel 415-377-4202. presents FLAM-ING SIN: LONDON’S GRAND GUIGNOL. Eddie Muller directs Noel Coward’s only Grand Guignol play: “The Better Half.” Christopher Holland’s “The Old Women” or “A Crime in a Madhouse” PLUS “The Blue Hour,” an After-glow Floorshow. Guaranteed greatness! Support local, independent theater — it’s as if RE/Search were to come alive onstage! For advance tickets: or 1-800-838-3006.

() SAT MAY 17 6-9PM (opening; show remains til June 14), TRACK 16 GALLERY, 2525 Michigan Ave/Bergamot Station, Santa Monica. Art by Don Ed Hardy: When East Meets West, w/ KUSTOM JAPAN: Mike McCabe Photos w/Japan Pinstripers’ Work. Book available: – Be there or…

() SAT-SUN Nights MAY 17-18: POWER TOOL DRAG RACES, Ace Auto, 2255 McKinnon St (near Bayshore), SF. Google to find more info. A very “hot” event!

() Fri MAY 23 5-9pm, Sat MAY 24 1-5pm, 503 Tunnel Ave, SF 94134: PAUL CESEWSKI (tinkerer, kinetic artist) recreates an old-fashioned carnival midway at the S.F. Dump. His motto is “Fun is the universal language” – see his bicycle-powered kinetic sculpture. Free. From the Bay Bridge take 101 South to Monster Park Exit/Tunnel Rd. Exit; go straight on Beatty to Tunnel Road. Take a right on Tunnel Rd. 503 Tunnel is the white building with a red dot.

() SAT MAY 24 2:30 & 4:30pm, MEXICAN BUS TRIP narrated by Guillermo Gomez-Pena. 2857 24th St/Bryant. Reserved tickets $25 including tequila! 863-2441. GREAT! A guided audio tour of San Francisco’s Mission district onboard the Mexican Bus, presented by the charismatic/splendiferous GUILLERMO GOMEZ-PENA. Also June 14. Highly recommended. After Guillermo’s painless history/culture lesson, you will always “see” much more whenever you visit the Mission district again. You will have been “educated.”

() Through May 12: Michael Rosen’s explicitly beautiful photo show, “Vanilla Sex, 2008” at Polk Street (S.F.) Good Vibrations store. See it for inspiration and occasional shock value!

() Thur May 15, 8pm, Luggage Store Gallery, 1007 Market St/6th St. Ferrara Pan performs solo improvisations on bass clarinet, saxophones and flute. Headliners are Animal Vegetable Television, starring percussionist Ron Chornow and Gary Schwantes. $6, sliding scale.

4. Stephane von Stephane’s review: Acid Mother’s Temple at Bottom of the Hill.

I could not believe the serendipitous timing of my first hearing an Acid Mothers Temple CD being played in an unpopulated art gallery, going to Amoeba immediately afterwards and buying the CD, going to the band’s MySpace page and finding that they would be playing the Bottom of the Hill in mere months (4/8/08)!
It is rare these days that I find a band I am even mildly interested in. So I was surprised that B.o.t.H. was not swarming with people and turning away hundreds of disappointed fans at the door. But, just as with my other favorite “unknown” band, Ozric Tentacles, the following for AMT is truly “cult.” Why EVERYBODY is not into psychedelic/trance rock I just cannot fathom. Oh well, more for me and the rest of us cult followers. (
Maybe it helps to have done psychedelic substances in order to appreciate their music; maybe it helps to be an artist to appreciate art. I just read about a “silent rave” in NYC (also in London). It’s a Facebook viral thing: people gather at a predetermined time and place and just dance, each listening to their own separate music on their own  separate iPods. A bystander commented, “What, no music, no booty, no ‘E’? This is not a rave.” While I love the “happening” aspect of this, nevertheless there is something very wrong: the music was in no way part of the unifying process.
This type of public ‘stunt’ reminds me of cramming as many people as possible into a phone booth (a Fifties stunt), or flagpole sitting. Good clean acceptable fun.
But back to the music that DOES unify: psychedelic trance music by Acid Mothers Temple. The club did actually fill up with people by the time AMT came on — not crowded, but crowded enough. There were young nouveau hippie types dressed exactly like the original hippies: top hat with feathers, tux over shorts, scraggly beards and bare feet for the boys; ankle-length “granny” dresses and long braided hair for the girls. Then there were the dressed-all-in-black hipster types. There were Asian kids; AMT are from Japan. Also some unsuspecting preppy types who seemed to have wandered into the wrong bar.
The band played only 7 or 8 songs but they were all at least 10 minutes long. Some were hard-edged metal-sounding guitar-driven pieces that would merge into dreamy ambient synthesizer spaceiness, and some were the exact reverse of that. The one AMT CD I own is called “Mantra of Love” and I recognized the song “La Le Lo.”
The guitar player at center stage also played a Roland synth, had long gray hair, blousy patchwork quilt pants and would sometimes sing. The bass player had shorter black hair, a goatee, and emanated an Entwistle [WHO bassist] “vibe.” The other guitar player had long black hair and was dressed all in black, with tight jeans, short-sleeved silk shirt, black cowboy boots, plenty of wah wah pedals and effects boxes. The drummer was in soft cotton slippers, with shaved head and goatee. The amps on stage were draped with colorful fabric.
During one song, the guitar/synth player chanted, “You take money from ATM and give money to AMT”– which gave the crowd a good chuckle. I asked the soundman for a set list but was told that there was no set list. Okay, that’s kinda unusual, but cool. I asked the drummer later for a set list and he looked puzzled:  “What is set list?” “Do you write down ahead of time what songs you are going to play?” “Oh? … No.” “Do you discuss beforehand what you want to do?” “No. No discuss … just play!” Spontaneity! I love it! It’s almost as good as serendipity.
I am pretty sure the encore song (which had the feel of the PiL song, “Poptones”) was “Pink Lady Lemonade.” Beautiful — listen to it on the MySpace page. I spent most of the evening in the back by the soundboard as that is the best sound in the house, but later I moved to the front of the stage for the strongest energy vibe. Then, I moved to the side of the stage near the cowboy boots guitar player. I had been warned by the MySpace page that something might happen, and sure enough, he began swinging his guitar around by the cord to the swirling music and did that for some time, building up to the crescendo of the ultimate Pete Townsend tribute: the guitar smash! It hit a beer bottle on-stage when he slammed it down, and glass and guitar bits went flying everywhere. He picked up the larger pieces and threw them out to the ecstatic “cult.”
After the  band left the stage, a bright-eyed preppy boy with a huge smile on his face turned to me and said, “Wow! I didn’t see THAT comin’!” — Stephane von Stephane
PS: For a great approximated psychedelic experience this month, rent “Across the Universe,” directed by Julie Taymor. Why this was not up for an Academy Award I do not know.

5. What We Attended: See V. Vale’s blogs at www.

() “MAKER FAIRE AND PUNK ROCK” by V. Vale (rushed essay, unedited, unfinished — copyright 2008 V. Vale — DO NOT USE or QUOTE FROM, PLEASE)

The first, quintessential principle of “Punk Rock” was (obviously) “DO-IT-YOURSELF”… meaning Create All Your Own Culture: music, recordings, record labels, distribution, “Punk Rock” stores, art, graphic art, collages, drawings, interior decor, your clothing, hairstyles, sculpture/installations, social gatherings, community centers, squats or shared housing, art studios, shows — everything that makes your life “meaningful” and “fun.” And this “principle” made EVERYONE at least a naive or “outsider” artist, if not more…

Note that this is a kind of D-I-Y de-emphasizing the profit motive — instead of capitalist-think, “Do whatever it takes to make maximum profit as fast as possible,” think, “How can what I do benefit everyone else too?” Another word for this might be “Collective” — but with “Responsibility.” The CRASS are a 43-year-old example of this; not only are they still a shared-housing collective, but they were the first to put on their LPs stickers saying “Pay no more than…” [a minimal, low price at the time]. They grow their own food, are vegetarian, are the first to do the dishes or clean the bathrooms, and aggressively try to improve their personal environments wherever they go.

When you’re “poor” (even if it’s “voluntary poverty”), you have to co-operate with other humans, to survive — i.e., practice “MUTUAL AID.” In fact, Mutual Aid is possibly the best principle of interacting with others. In the beginnings of Punk Rock in San Francisco, there was a lot of this practiced out of necessity: shared housing, food, automobiles…

The CRASS founders Gee Vaucher and Penny Rimbaud apparently practice “Financial Minimalism” — which doesn’t preclude buying the occasional chocolate-chip cookie or excellent cup of coffee. And sometimes expensive art supplies are bedrock essentials. But furniture can almost always be found on the streets of a major city. So perhaps another Punk Principle is just that: FINANCIAL MINIMALISM — which is a bit at odds with today’s “hip, indie” media [examples: Vice, Swindle, et al] promoting knowledge of expensive “Designer” brand names plastered on everything high-profit/ low-manufacturing-cost under the sun, such as sunglasses, handbags, and jeans… Probably the Punk Gold Standard was: “I got this for free.” Or, “I found this on the street.” Or, “I got this at a flea market or thrift store.” As early Punk Rocker Bob Basile once said, “My favorite designer is St. Vincent de Paul.” [a chain of thrift stores in San Francisco — are they still around?]

The second principle was “BE ANTI-AUTHORITARIAN” — think for yourself, accept no authority; Neither Oppressor nor Oppressed Be. You don’t enjoy  being oppressed, so don’t oppress others. Don’t play pranks against other “victims,” play pranks against corporations, ad agencies, politicians, etc. The old bumper sticker “Question Authority” still rules. An early Punk Poster proclaimed “Kill Your Idols” while showing photos of Sid Viscous, Johnny Rotten, Joe Strummer, Ramones, et al.

The third principle was BLACK HUMOR: Change your outlook so that EVERYTHING in life gets viewed through the lens of Black Humor, and avoid all situations where humor is not permitted. Everything stylistic about original Punk Rock emitted Black Humor — humor with a Dark Side: from the “destroyed” hair styles and clothing to the music and posters and publications — modernist “slickness” was counterpointed by “Punk Rock” roughness, noise, collaged-together, seams-showing “assemblage,” appropriation, negating, and collective ecstasy reaching for that difficult-to-attain “Trance State.”

Other principles involve words which to us are still controversial, such as “Peace” and “Love.” It might be heresy to quote this, but William S. Burroughs once proclaimed, “Love is a Con” — perhaps he was referring to the way the L word is used in advertising (and sometimes “real life”) to control us. Beware of anyone who tells you they love you on the first date; it’s only at the end of your life can you look back and know who TRULY “loved” you; history is the only judge. As far as “Peace” goes — we’re for it, but we’re also about defending ourselves and our loved ones — read into that what you will. Our views have been earned by hard experiences. Remember, the American Constitution almost insisted that all citizens “bear arms” to be used against a government that in the future turns fascist.

“Anarchy” has also been cited as a principle in the past, but the major person who historically ripped off RE/Search (to the tune of thousands) is a self-proclaimed, well-known “Anarchist” (that’s why we’re no longer in his “catalog”). Also, in our opinion that’s exactly what Capitalism is today: Anarchy, without Laws. Hence child labor in “foreign” countries, absence of “Animal Rights,” unregulated pollution by corporations worldwide, forest despoilation, no ceiling on profits or incomes or rents, etc. And actually, upon birth every human could be given a roof over their head as their birthright; why should corporations and The Rich own all the housing on the planet? It is a crime against human children to have to pay $900 and up for a studio apartment in the Tenderloin [dangerous neighborhood] in San Francisco.

So how can we further change the world through D-I-Y? Well, for more than thirty years Punk’s “Do-It-Yourself” signified (to me, at least) Doing It Yourself — but pretty much restricted to the “Arts.” But for the first time we attended last weekend’s Maker Faire and realized that: Why shouldn’t D-I-Y also apply to Science and Technology? (Now, we had ALMOST thought that, years ago, when Survival Research Laboratories began, but — we’re dense.)

In other words, for thirty years the underlying message of all my publications has remained: “Everyone Is An Artist.” But, now I want to add an additional message: “Everyone Is A Scientist” — or, “Everyone is an Artist/Scientist.” Because, who doesn’t want to figure out how things work? Who doesn’t want to learn the principles of using a power drill correctly, or how to fix a sticky drawer, or hang a poster on a wall, or — taking things a bit further, learning how to solder, weld, plane wood, fix a sagging porch or roof … the list goes on and on. In other words: PUNK SCIENCE. D-I-Y SCIENCE. Make your own airplane at home — I remember an old “Popular Science” magazine (or was it “Popular Mechanics”?) had an article on just that.

Around noon last Sunday we went to the Maker Faire and half a mile before the exit, traffic was a parking lot — not moving. So we took the next exit and miraculously ended up very near the faire — at the first red light, we spotted a family and asked, “Where’s Maker Faire?” and they said, “Park right here and walk — that’s what we’re doing.” (We saved $8, plus waiting in an interminable line, for a spot in the “official” parking lot.) The price was $25 for adults and $10 for children, and we managed to sneak in some food and drink (although the fairgrounds, not Maker Faire, was prohibiting such contraband (hint: don’t put any in your backpack; hide it on your “person”). There may have been an all-weekend pass at a discount; someone said they got in free by buying a subscription to MAKE magazine.

We walked into a large tent and were instantly hit by INFORMATION OVERLOAD. Well, FIVE HUNDRED “Makers” were there to “Show and Tell” and meet any and all. The instant feeling was, “This is far better than BURNING MAN, because there are CHILDREN — lots of them — and adults all in one space meeting, talking, and progressing toward all kinds of weird discoveries and enlightenments — without drugs.” Throughout the afternoon there was the constant excitement of discovery, wherever you went.

There were moments of collective euphoria, as when the Mentos/Diet Coke geysers spouted upward, drenching the crowd. Or when the Mousetrap began creaking into life, like a gigantic Rube Goldberg mechanism, ending with a 3000-pound safe dropping to the ground and bursting a half dozen big balloons… We were treated to the sight of women and men dressed in costumes from a hundred years ago, talking like sideshow barkers of old while winsome female performers evoked the Roaring Twenties in their theatric “routines.” Cyclecide, the NeverWas vintage house on wheels, the Kimric Smythe steam car … the list goes on.

The Maker Faire is a brilliant example of filling a need where few suspected one existed. We need to restore America to the way it was in the early 20th century, when households routinely had machine shops in their garages and basements, and almost all (male, at least) Americans saw themselves as inventors, carpenters, engineers, fabricators and patent holders. Remember the phrase, “Yankee Ingenuity”? As a rite of passage, teenage boys used to routinely customize cars; welding, painting and modifying them to go faster and look more intriguing. Thousands of American fathers had benches where they reloaded gun cartridges with custom loads, or built well-stocked bomb shelters, or made model airplanes and railway landscapes for their children.

Maker Faire is also an example of community-building, synergy, providing inspiration to children AND adults, empowerment — all those “New Age” words which I usually avoid. MAKER FAIRE and MAKE and CRAFT magazines are antidotes to consumerism which we desperately need right now. And at the end of the exhausting experience, with less than 10% of the exhibits comprehended, I thought, “This may be our only chance to ‘Save the World’.” Because long ago Buckminster Fuller had said, “Don’t try to change man; change environment.” The world has had thousands of years of humans crawling toward the dream of total freedom, education and justice for all, and have we made much progress? Has everyone become educated, anti-authoritarian and “enlightened”? Au contraire; it seems humans are actually devolving, just as DEVO predicted.

So, next year, don’t miss Maker Faire. We hope it spreads all over the planet… This is one “franchise” I would not object to.

() CITY LIGHTS MAY DAY EVENT: STRIKE! Igniting the Fuse of Possibility. 30 Poets, Performers, Artists & Musicians Delivering 3 Minute Works Exploring Survival & Resistance in the Age of Disaster Capitalism. I only saw a half dozen, but they were all memorable in different ways. Guillermo Gomez-Pena, Alejandro Murguia, Michael McClure and Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz were my favorites, railing against countries, borders, the taboo on Hating the Rich, the necessity for Being Global and Universal while Acting Local and Specific. There was so much information crammed into each presentation that one needed a videotape afterward to recall all the details of what each person said… City Lights organizers Peter Maravelis and Stacy (recently a mom) outdid themselves attending to every detail of the evening. Maybe it’s only at Punk Rock Shows and Poetry Readings that people tell the undiluted “truth”…

() JACK RABID, NYC founder of THE BIG TAKEOVER magazine (google it) visited with his friends Jerry/Lisa of Smart Guy Records (local), and we realized yet anew how just being in the presence of certain people is a real privilege. What with the range and depth of Jack’s knowledge of the history of rock’n’roll — we were constantly entertained by anecdotes, quotes and song lyrics. Makes one wish for an invisible video camera that you could turn on with the press of a hidden button. Conversation is definitely one of the rapidly-becoming “lost arts”… just like the best prose is poetic…

() Monday, May 5, 7pm, Ron Turner (Last Gasp founder), John Law (co-filmmaker of Head Trip”) and yours truly V. Vale participated in a videotaped panel hosted by Melinda Adams at Access SF on the topic of “Art vs. Pop Culture.” FUN! Check to see if it ever becomes available online.

6. What We’ve Been Reading/Seeing/Listening to/What We’ve Been Sent: see V. Vale’s blog at www.

() John Johnson’s “Don’t Have a Cow #5” just arrived yesterday, and anything received from him is a kind of “treat” in these days of watered-down, compromised, branded-and-marketed EVERYTHING. John, who has published some of the “best, most concentrated” American situationist magazines, has turned not just vegetarian, but Vegan, and he eloquently explains why, but also gives recipes that sound mouth-watering just to read. He also started a farm animal sanctuary — sounds “fun.” We highly recommend you order this (and any back issues of ANYTHING he’s published) from CockadoodleMoo, PO Box 8145, Reno NV 89507. Back issues $4 each or 3 for $10 (#1,3,4 still left).

() CRIME founder Johnny Strike recommended this as the best film ever inspired by Paul Bowles: Gavin Lambert’s “Another Sky” (check your library for availability)

() We recommend BEER, BLOOD, AND CORNMEAL by Count Dante of Incredibly Strange Wrestling (disclosure: yours truly, V. Vale, wrote an introduction). For review copies of Beer, Blood and Cornmeal and other press materials, please contact Simon Ware, ECW Press, Tel. 416-694-3348,

7. RECOMMENDED LINKS – thanks to our friend Phil G, Ferrara, James McN-, & Others who sent us the below:

() how absurdly improper do you have to get?

() I got the people from Pen Pusher mag in England to send you the new copy with [my J.G.] Ballard review/couple of mentions of you in it. I hope you got it. – Cheers,
Graham Rae.” V. Vale adds: Please order PEN PUSHER #9 (J.G. Ballard on cover) from — support independent publishing!

() imposters: (podcast)

() The uncompromising Canadian Punk Band D.O.A. were featured in our Search & Destroy #10. They have a new record and are touring Canada and the U.S. to support it – go to and

() From David C: “Here are links to Craig’s genius:
Review of the Austin Maker Faire
Craig’s pipe organ

Greg Downing has moved past the obligatory Yosemite and other tedious national parks and is now imaging cities.  –  Santa Monica is about 12/3 of the way down the page.
Michael Wahrman worked on for a 2005 Siggraph paper with Michael Deering, which also uses the Google Maps interface, albeit more primitively:
for the ultimate fine art zoom, here’s a deconstructionand zoom of Picasso’s Guernica, a la Bill Bishop:

() from Daniel S: This is an article about a forthcoming BBC4 program on Britain’s oldest cookbook. The title of the book is The Forme of Cury.
I wonder about curry in the 14th century…

() from Stephane: “DREAMY FRIENDS a delightful day.
“My mind is paralyzed.   Happy!!!
-from kamio japan inc. notebook”,0,

() Hubert’s freaks:

() From Graham Rae: “… if you ever liked The Young Ones, you’ll get a kick out of this 1982 British TV series starring TYO stars that I don’t believe was ever released in the USA:
Guess this could be known as (ahem) chopcocky…wonder what they do for foreplay…

() TALKING CATS: A most animated discussion:
Translated into plain English:

() David Lynch rebuts Tom Cruise: TM takes on Scientology and wins by a knockout!

() The penny prank: – drive your friends nuts!

() From Gregory: “… check out my photo blog of artists, writers and musicians!:
Burroughs, Ginsberg, Wayne Kramer, William Gibson, Johnny Strike, et al…”

() Just added at the Bureau of Public Secrets website:
“Six Japanese Novelists” (Kenneth Rexroth)
“The Tale of Genji” (3 translations of a passage from Lady Murasaki’s great novel)

()Malcolm A. McNeill’s Burroughsiana:

8. QUOTES: [in this next case, “jokes”]


1. A man comes into the ER and yells… “My wife’s going to have her baby in the cab!” I grabbed my stuff, rushed out to the cab, lifted the lady’s dress and began to take off her under-wear. Suddenly I noticed that there were several cabs — and I was in the wrong one.  Submitted by Dr. Mark MacDonald, San Francisco

2. At the beginning of my shift I placed a stethoscope on an elderly and slightly deaf female patient’s anterior chest wall. “Big breaths!”…  I instructed. “Yes, they used to be…”  replied the patient.  Submitted by Dr. Richard Byrnes, Seattle, WA

3. One day I had to be the bearer of bad news when I told a Wife that her husband had died of a massive myocardial infarct. Not more than five minutes later, I heard her reporting to the rest of the family that he had died of a “massive internal fa-rt.”  Submitted by Dr. Susan Steinberg

4. During a patient’s two week follow-up appointment with his cardiologist, he informed me, his doctor, that he was having trouble with one of his medications. “Which one?”… I asked. “The patch. The Nurse told me to put on a new one every six hours and now I’m running out of places to put it!” I had him quickly undress and discovered what I hoped I would not see. Yes, the man had over fifty patches on his body! The instructions now include removal of the old patch before applying a new one.  Submitted by Dr. Rebecca St. Clair, Norfolk, VA

5. While acquainting myself with a new elderly patient, I asked, “How long have you been bedridden?” After a look of complete confusion she answered… “Why, not for about twenty years — when my husband was alive.”  Submitted by Dr. Steven Swanson, Corvallis, OR

6. I was performing rounds at the hospital one morning and while checking up on a man I asked… “So how’s your breakfast this morning?” “It’s very good except for the Kentucky Jelly. I can’t seem to get used to the taste,” Bob replied. I then asked to see the jelly and Bob produced a foil packet labeled “KY Jel-ly.”  Submitted by Dr. Leonard Kransdorf, Detroit, MI

7. A nurse was on duty in the Emergency Room when a young woman with purple hair styled into a Punk Rocker Mohawk, sporting a variety of tattoos, and wearing strange clothing, entered…. It was quickly determined that the patient had acute appendicitis, so she was scheduled for immediate surgery. When she was completely disrobed on the  operating table, the staff noticed that her pubic hair had been dyed green, and above it there was a tattoo that read… “Keep off the grass.” Once the surgery was completed, the surgeon wrote a short note on the patient’s dressing, which said, “Sorry… had to mow the lawn.”  Submitted by an RN, no name.

AND FINALLY! ! ! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

8. As a new, young MD doing his residency in OB, I was quite embarrassed when performing female pel-vic exams. To cover my embarrassment I had unconsciously formed a habit of whistling softly. The middle-aged lady upon whom I was performing this exam suddenly burst out laughing and further embarrassing me. I looked up from my work and sheepishly said… “I’m sorry. Was I tickling you?” She replied, with tears running down her cheeks from laughing so hard, “No doctor, but the song you were whistling was… “I wish I was an Oscar Meyer Wiener.”  Submitted by an anonymous Dr.

() Sent by our pal Dean overseas:
” In the right hands, a little knowledge is a dangerous thing.” — N. Muntz

“Understand history or not, you are condemned to repeat it.” — Snooty

“One never knows, do one?”– Fats Waller

“I was told repeatedly: ‘When you are older, then you will understand!’
Now I AM older and I understand nothing.” — Eric Satie

“Desperation is the raw material of drastic change. Only those who can
leave behind everything they have ever believed in can hope to escape.” –William S. Burroughs

“Perhaps I an the king of losers. I know I am the king of something. ” — Arthur Cravan

“It takes a lot of time to be a genius — you have to sit around so much doing nothing, really doing nothing.” — Gertrude Stein

“Who lives longer: the man who takes heroin for two years and dies, or the man who lives on roast beef, water, and potatoes till ninety-five?
One passes his twenty-four months in eternity. All the years of the  beef-eater are lived only in time.” — Aldous Huxley

“Heroin is a vitamin… don’t let anyone tell you different — heroin IS a vitamin… there’s nothing in the game plan.. .that says that all vitamins have to be good for you.”- W.S. Burroughs

“Any of William Blake’s proverbs of heaven and of hell at random….. QUOTES are the pepper that your newsletter soup needs!” — Dean


“Hi V.Vale!

“I got the package in the mail yesterday. I am soooo excited. I want to thank you for getting them to me, I know it was a hassle. I’m kind of glad, in a way, since I got to correspond with the great V. Vale himself, instead of some underling’s underling, as I had expected.

“I started on #4/5 first. I’ll go back and do RE/SEARCH 1-3 at the end, mainly because I have a hang-up about reading newspaper.

“When I was in college I initially sort of discovered counter-culture (hell, culture in general!) in a backwards fashion… At that time I remember being inundated, on an almost daily basis, by new music, books, films, and ideas that were totally foreign to me. I grew up in suburban Arizona and led a very sheltered existence before moving to L.A. for college. Anyway, I recall very well my first encounters with your books, on the floors and bookshelves of the rooms of some of my new friends. I was fascinated.

“A geek to the core,  I think I had been looking for a way to study and think about all the new information I was taking in, a way to organize and process it. As if there could be a family tree of film, another for music, etc, etc.

“RE/Search were some of the first publications ABOUT culture that I ever came across, and something about looking through them was deeply satisfying, since the artists, musicians and writers in them are the progenitors of a lot of other art. Or take the Modern Primitives book, which I have only read bits of, but really love; everyone in America who watches television knows that tattoo and piercing are in vogue, but I don’t know if too many people have broached the subject of …why? And where did this trend come from, where did it begin, what meaning does it have that makes it so popular now, etc? I have tattoos, I know I like them, but would I have gotten them if no other woman in America had one? The people featured in RE/Search are ground-breakers…

“There’s a lot I don’t know about the cultural scenes I sometimes profess to be a part of. Particularly now,  I am filled with the desire to learn about this stuff, because I still think of it as an act of rebellion. Against whom, I’m not quite sure. Now I find my urge to explore counter-cultures to be renewed and vigorous.  I can’t wait to read them. Thank you for sending them to me!

“Mary” [V. Vale replies, “Without readers like you, we really wouldn’t have much of a reason to live, would we?!”]

() Umberto: “Dave, have you noticed that some of the pictures in J.G. Ballard’s new “Miracles of Life” were already in the 1984 RE/Search on Ballard?”
“Of course! So you’ve got hold of a copy of the RE/Search #8/9: J.G. BALLARD at last — only 23-and-a-half years late.May it give you belated joy — you old snorting horse, you.” — David P.

() A set of 8 SEARCH & DESTROY tabloids from 1977-79 are STILL AVAILABLE for only $30 from www. –, or 415-362-1465
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