V. Vale’s RE/Search newsletter March oh-nine
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
1. MESSAGE FROM YOUR EDITOR Re: Bay Area Anarchist Book Fair, Annie’s Social Club, etc
2. Counter Culture Hour featuring Eric Debris from Metal Urbain, 1977 French Punk Band.
3. What We’ve Attended/What We’ve Been Reading/Seeing/Listening to/What We’ve Been Sent..
4. FORTHCOMING EVENTS
5. Stephane von Stephane on traffic tickets, “Enemy of the State,” “Dark Angel”
6. Ian Webster on Shows at Annie’s Social Club, The Uptown
7. Recommended Links
9. Feedback from Readers
1. MESSAGE FROM YOUR EDITOR: It’s always amazing when a person turns out to have touched the lives of hundreds, even thousands of people. And when that person is in need, and people turn out in droves to help, that reaffirms how even though we may be all interconnected and interrelated on an apparently solid social platform, that connectivity is really as delicate as gossamer, because life itself is proven to be truly fragile. Such a person is the dancer/doer/Last Gasp worker/enthusiastic all-around artist Hollis Hawthorne, who suffered a brain injury in a motorcycle accident in India. Big fundraiser Thur March 12, 7:30pm at SLIM’s, featuring Extra Action Marching Band! For more information see http://friendsofhollis.blogspot.com/ or donate to her safe return: Paypal: firstname.lastname@example.org
We hope to see you at the (FREE) Anarchist Book Fair Sat-Sun March 14-15 11-6pm at County Fair Building, Lincoln/9th Ave. This is one of the great social gatherings of the year, with visitors from all over the world, and RE/SEARCH will be selling books at discounted prices, along with Charles Gatewood, City Lights, Manic D, and Ken Knabb of Situationist International renown. For schedule and other information see http://sfbookfair.wordpress.com/
If you live in the Bay Area and have never been to the Tonga Room at the Fairmont Hotel (California/Powell St, SF) we urge you to go there during Happy Hour (food used to be free, but now they charge) and experience the every-20-minute rainstorm, the Tikis, and the general ambience — walk around and appreciate all the details! We hear that the Tonga Room may soon be closed, so please sign this petition to Save the Tonga Room http://www.thepetitionsite.com/tell-a-friend/3372869
We are, like everyone else, soliciting feedback as to the “true” state of the economy now. Walking around North Beach and San Francisco, we see all these expensive restaurants filled with — tourists? — and life seems to be proceeding as “normal.” Yet we feel like we’re living in the days just before the Fall of Rome, or before the Black Plague hit, or before the Great Depression launched its Slow Motion Apocalypse [thanks, Joe Donohoe]. Should we be hoarding water purifiers, rice and beans, and flashlight batteries? We notice that cornflakes are very hard to get at Trader Joe’s — next time they come in (if they ever do), we’ll buy ten boxes. We feel the end of all the cheap Chinese-made staples we rely on is nigh; when China finally wakes up and stops sending us “merch” on credit, everyone will wake up and realize that nothing is manufactured in America anymore, and further, nobody remembers how to manufacture anything. The de-industrialization of America by global corporations (saying Eff You to labor unions) has left us citizens staring around dazedly in a false economy, then going back to our web surfing. The whole country is like a hospice full of mental patients who no longer know how to do anything that requires skill (besides consume) in the real world. The future heroes will be machinists, plumbers, welders, electricians, sewer workers, mechanics, and construction workers. Please send us your thoughts, especially if you live in some place other than San Francisco!
Just got the mail (Wed, March 4) and discovered a new favorite, all-color, beautifully designed art book: ROBERT DELFORD BROWN: MEAT, MAPS AND MILITANT METAPHYSICS. Now, we at RE/Search have long considered Robert Delford Brown to have been, like Duchamp, one of the most varied and comprehensive “predictors” of what future culture would look like, and we featured him in our first PRANKS! book (still available from us). Briefly, he crossed more barriers between art and non-art than almost any other artist, and his output still remains challenging, outrageous, and thought-provoking — not to mention, inspirational. We can’t recommend this book highly enough (the production by Mark Bloch is “perfect”), and, probably like our RE/Search books, you will need to order it direct — in this case, from Cameron Art Museum, 3201 South 17th St, Wilmington, NC 28412. (Disclosure: this book contains an interview with WALTER HOPPS by V. VALE, on the creative output of Robert Delford Brown.)
We’re looking forward to the THROBBING GRISTLE concert in San Francisco April 23 — seems impossible it could really happen — and hope that most of our readers will support this ultra rare occurrence, like seeing Hailey’s Comet. RE/Search put Throbbing Gristle’s Genesis P-Orridge in Search & Destroy #6, RE/Search #1, RE/Search #4/5: William S. Burroughs, Throbbing Gristle and Brion Gysin; the INDUSTRIAL CULTURE HANDBOOK, MODERN PRIMITIVES and MODERN PAGANS.We guarantee you that the evening will be “interesting.” For us the reunion concert will function like a kind of historical / biographical marker… stages along life’s way.
2. Counter Culture Hour – V. Vale talks with Eric Debris of METAL URBAIN about the early French Punk Scene, etc. NOW ON-LINE AND on cable access San Francisco 6:30pm Pacific Time, Sat March 14, 2009 on-line (www.accessf.org – channel 1) as well as cable Channel 29, San Francisco.
Would you like to have a Counter Culture Hour showing in your town? Please write and ask us how you can do this!
Now, if you live near Albany, New York, you can check the March schedule for VALENTINE’S Club. Evan Keller will screen our Counter Culture Hour interview featuring JIHAD JERRY (Gerald V. Casale, DEVO). Write us for more details – email@example.com
3. What We’ve Attended/What We’ve Been Reading/Seeing/Listening to/What We’ve Been Sent
() Another ineffably poignant, memorable evening at our favorite club in San Francisco, Annie’s Social Club, Folsom/5th St: Sat, Feb 28, with Naked Lady Wrestlers (featuring Max Volume), No Alternative (Max Volume on bass), and Negative Trend (with guest vocalist Zach Williams (son of Ricky Williams, Sleepers vocalist) doing a Sleepers song — “he sounded like a teenage Ricky Williams.” For some reason, seeing Ricky Williams’ son singing (at age 21) was particularly moving…
Best of all was the opportunity to talk with five musicians from the 1977 San Francisco “Punk Movement” and revel in their rebelliousness (still sustained), mordant wit, acute memories, and especially to discover how their musicianship has grown quite naturally (despite Punk’s critique of musical virtuosity for its own sake) — well, after all, evolution is an inevitable consequence of sustained exploratory improvisation, play, practice, and sheer creative inventiveness.
Refreshingly, there were no monster-size egos present. Johnny Genocide coaxed haunting, beautiful, echoing, feedback guitar sounds out of his amp, in his version of Link Wray’s “Rumble.” Michael Belfer (Sleepers/Tuxedo Moon guitarist) told a hilarious story of being present when Mark Pauline detonated a birthday cake for Steven Brown of Tuxedo Moon, spraying and temporarily deafening sisters Janie and Jerry when they jumped INTO the cake as some kind of “Punk Theatre.” Max Volume played amazingly rapid-fire bass as well as he plays guitar, and talked about what he brought to the Bay Area Punk Scene. Bruce Loose of Flipper, as sardonic as ever, discussed philosophy and crime, and how some of the best stories that happened in the 70s Punk Era could not be told, as certain individuals are still alive. Flipper has began rehearsing with a girl bassist. Craig Gray, Negative Trend guitarist, clearly remembered a conversation I had had with him back in 1977 on “how to write songs,” and delivered a particularly scathing critique of Facebook, MySpace, and the Internet in general — very funny. (Guess you had to have been there…) Chris Olson, original OFFS drummer, gave me his CRUELSWEET FOLIO #3 CD (www.cruelsweet.com). If only all of us could be in the same room more often, rather than once every thirty years…
() Last month we attended the celebration for Rene Daalder’s film on Timothy Leary at 111 Minna St and met a woman who gave us some advice: “Whenever anyone asks you to do anything, tell them NO. No matter what it is. Just say NO. NO. You have to practice saying this. NO. That gives you time to walk away and deliberate about the request. Otherwise, you simply don’t have enough time, solitude and calmness to THINK…”
4. OTHER FORTHCOMING EVENTS:
CALENDAR FOR MARCH NEWSLETTER
FREE, Thursday, March 5, 8 pm. Gomorrah, movie about La Camorra crime tribe in Naples, Italy, now more powerful than Sicily’s Cosa Nostra. The book (which the movie was based on) was so popular in Italy that the author, Roberto Saviano, remains under permanent police protection. New Nothing, 16 Sherman, SF.
FREE, Thursday, March 5, 7pm. John Law signing his new book, The Space Between, a collection of 3 stories inspired by Law’s obsession with bridges. City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave, SF. “I’m also presenting a slide show with stories of various Bridge adventures over the years. After the signing/reading/slide show at City Lights, we may have yet another ‘adventure’…” – J. Law. RE/SEARCH WILL ATTEND!!
FREE: Thur March 5, 6pm, SF Public Library, Main Branch, “Evolution of San Francisco” lectures by Rand Richards, Chris Carlsson, Peter Booth Wiley. Followed by book signing and sale.
FREE, Friday, March 6, 6 pm. Visit Andy Warhol’s 1960’s New York @ Amoeba’s 3rd Annul Art Show. Dress in ’60’s clothes. The event will be a recreation of Warhol’s Factory. If you bring a Campbell’s soup can for donation, you’ll be entered in a contest to win prizes. Featuring Velvet Underground cover bands. 1343 Powell Street (@ Doyle St.), Emeryville, CA.
Friday March 6, 7 pm. Poetry & Pizza. Monthly event featuring local poets and free pizza. The event is usually held at Escape From New York Pizza in the Financial District but it’s in Potrero Hill this month. San Francisco Center for the Book. 300 De Haro. St (@ 16th St.), San Francisco. $5,
Saturday March 7, 8 pm. Monochrom Presents: Soviet Unterzoegersdorf release party. “The computer game is a tribute to the proud yet imperiled republic of Soviet Unterzoegersdorf (pronounced «oon-taa-tsee-gars-doorf»), the last existing appendage republic of the USSR.” Special Non Player Guest Characters: // Jello Biafra, Bruce Sterling, Cory Doctorow, Emmanuel /Goldstein, Mitch Altman, Bre Pettis, David ‘DaddyD’ Dempsey, Kyle Machulis, MC Frontalot, Eddie Codel, Irina Slutsky, Christian ‘plomlompom’ Heller, Jason Scott Sadofsky, Hans Bernhard, Robert Stachel (maschek) — and many more. Ticket Info: $5 entry, display passport for free Vodka shot. Chez Poulet, 3359 Cesar Chavez Street, San Francisco. RE/SEARCH WILL BE PRESENT – monochrom’s new PRONNOVATION book will be available for autographing!!
FREE, Sat March 7, 7pm-midnight. Serpent Mother Art Opening On Treasure Island.
“Join us for a special art exhibition of the Serpent Mother. There has never been a sculpture like the Serpent Mother. The warmth of her embrace and her coiling design create an atmospheric space in which over a thousand people can stand. Her 168′ long stainless steel spine coils around the massive space, while her 20′ long neck and head tower over her audience.
“The audience takes control, however, by directing her movement, raising her hydraulically- actuated neck and opening her fanged mouth. Full audience participation makes each installation a singular experience – come make it happen. We hope you will join us for this fun and free gallery reception. Links: http://flaminglotus.com 200 California Ave., Treasure Island, San Francisco, CA, 94130 See http://www.flaminglotus.com for directions.”
Sat March 7, 8pm, World Premiere of The Paul Dresher Ensemble Production of Schick Machine Collaboratively created by: Paul Dresher – Composer, Instrument Inventor and Builder, Steven Schick – Performer/Percussionist, Rinde Eckert – Director/Writer, Matt Heckert – Mechanical Sound Artist, & Others. The mysteriously-packed subterranean workshop of the (possibly mad, possibly genius) inventor, sound collector and audio philosopher Lazlo Klangfarben. His invention: the Schick Machine – an uber-algorhytm, a logic instrument made from a giant motorized hurdy gurdy that produces heavenly sounds, a deconstructed pipe organ played with electrical mallets, and indescribable metal machines that seem to be alive. You ask: “What IS this stuff? DINKELSPIEL AUDITORIUM, 471 Lagunita Dr, Stanford University PALO ALTO. FOR TICKETS PHONE: 650-725-ARTS (2787) Or on-line at http://livelyarts.stanford.edu
Sunday, March 8. Indie Mart. Local designers, vintage, music, good times. The Independent, 628 Divisadero St. (@ Hayes St.), San Francisco, $2 suggested donation.
Sunday, March 8. 7:30-10:45 pm. Lupino Noir. At 7:30pm: The Bigamist (1953). At 9:45. Outrage (1950). Ida Lupino, who has been called “the poor man’s Bettie Davis,” left Warner Bros and started her own production company with her husband, making low-budget films, including the two noir films shown at Lupino Noir. PFA Theater, 2575 Bancroft Way, Berkeley. $7.
FREE. Thur, March 12, 5-8pm Opening, The Art Gallery, 1650 Holloway Ave, SF 94132. 415.338-2580. Mgr Daniel Paez. www.sfsustudentcenter.com/artgallery – DON ED HARDY (“From his passion for tattoo…filled with layeres of visual references and an ecstatic spirit, his mixed-media objects are very personal.”) Also artwork by Beiing artists Huang Yan and Liu Xiaodong, and Korean-American artist Debbie Han. Curator: Daphne Fang.
FREE, Friday, March 13, 7 pm. Independent Erotic Film Festival 2009 Party. DJ, Panel Discussion, free cocktails, presented by Good Vibrations. Center for Sex and Culture, 1519 Mission Street (@ 11th St.), San Francisco.
FREE, Sat March 14, 11 am-6 pm and Sunday, March 15, 11 am-5 pm. 14th Annual Bay Area Anarchist Book Fair. Presented by Bound Together Anarchist Book Collective. Speakers include Diana de Prima, Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz, among others. RE/Search will be there with Charles Gatewood. We’ll have a few promotional copies of various RE/SEARCH books at half price! This is possibly the best free event of the year! SF County Fair Building, 9th and Lincoln in Golden Gate Park. Delicious Vegan food, too.
Pay-What-You-Can, Thursday, March 19, 8 pm. The Symmetry Project performance. “A journey through perception, two naked bodies interact through a highly structured improvisational score. Revealing the body’s awkwardness, it’s monstrosity, its potential failure & finiteness, they create space for the unknown, the ecstatic, & the infinite.” CounterPULSE, 1310 Mission Street, San Francisco.
$$$: March 27-29: writing weekend workshop with Beat Legend/EtAl DIANE DI PRIMA FOR WOMEN ONLY in a beautiful heated cabin near Sebastopol. TUITION $350 (includes accommodations) $100 deposit required in advance. INFO: GERI DIGIORNO (707) 763-4271
FREE, Noon. April 1 (April Fool’s Day!) 2009. The 31st Annual St. Stupid’s Parade. Embarcadero Plaza. Market/Embarcadero streets. Bring pennies, socks, dead lottery tickets, signs, tar, feathers, and a stupider-than-thou attitude. We think that the parade will end at North Beach Playground. Columbus/Greenwich. That nite there will be a bash with numerous bands at the Elbo Room, 647 Valencia St. Details at www.saintstupid.com – thanx, Bishop Joey.
FREE, April 9, 6 pm. Underground music legend Dex Romweber live. Made famous by “psycho-surf-rockabilly -garage-punk” combo Flat Duo Jets. Was in 1987 cult classic film Athens, GA Inside Out with B-52s and REM and now has a new album out, which includes guest appearences by Neko Case, Cat Power, Exene Cervenka, and Rick Miller of Southern Culture on the Skids. Amoeba Music, 2455 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley.
FREE, Sunday, April 12. 2 pm. Dance Salon: Performance and Talk with Emerging Choreographers, featuring Bare Bones Butoh revisiting childhood experiences with Southern Baptist tent revivals in rural Oklahoma; Boathouse & Co. Productions merging a classic story with present-day themes; Jennifer Gwirtz exploration of birth & the mother/child relationship; & work from Kendra Kimbrough Dance Ensemble. CounterPULSE, 1310 Mission Street, San Francisco.
Thurs, April 23. Throbbing Gristle. TG will play a 75 minute set. Only 200 tickets left! Grand Regency Ballrooom, 1290 Sutter Street & Van Ness, San Francisco. $30. Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetiime event. www.throbbing-gristle.com (Throbbing Gristle were featured in our RE/Search #4/5 and our Industrial Culture Handbook)
April 24, 2009: Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s 90th Birthday! Send him a card c/o City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus, SF CA 94133.
5. Stephane von Stephane Memo from Meta-center; state of things, recently; as bizarre as always. Channeling Lenny Bruce; What the fcuk, how did Cheney and cronnies get away with bleeding the country dry and padding their pals’ wallets with military Iraq destruction/ reconstruction contracts? How the fcuk do we let that happen? The 9/11 excuse to take away our civil liberties is p-ssing me the hell off lately.
I got a traffic ticket in Oaktown; cruised partially through a right turn on red, stopped, but not long enough or in the right place according to the surveillance tapes of myself which I had the pleasure to view a month later at the police station. It was late at night, no traffic, extremely dark corner off a freeway exit in a sketchy area of town. I just wanted to get the hell around the corner and to Jack London Square to spend money at the movies in Oaktown. After this I no longer want to visit Oaktown for any reason at all. $381 for a kind-of, but-not-really, Moving Violation? That’s a load of cr*p! It
was so damn dark until suddenly 3000 flashes of light! I was so stunned and blinded I could have run over anyone or anything in my path. Absurd and dangerous! So, I get pretty pictures of me in the mail and the surveillance tape makes it look like it’s mid-day sunshine, you can see every detail, when in fact, one could barely see the crosswalk at the stoplight!!!
I think people would actually feel safe to stop there in the appropriate place and for the appropriate amount of time if there were a few light standards there and a person could actually see a few feet ahead of their vehicles. But, NO, the city likes the income from these surveillance tickets too much. I feel like going into the courthouse with 50 cameras attached to my body and taking flash photos of the judge. “How do YOU like it, huh?” Stunned??? Blinded??? Of course I wouldn’t make it past the metal detector in a camera ‘art’ statement outfit. I’d be in contempt of court if I tried to take a photo, no doubt.
I just watched ‘Enemy of the State’ (director Tony Scott) on the TV yesterday. Great film. Came out in 1998 and is about sneaky government plots and spy satellites. Predates but is prophetic of a post 9-11 world. Rent it. This reminded me of one of my favorite TV shows, ‘Dark Angel’ (by James Cameron). Came out in 2000, was canceled the next season (after 9-11). Rent it. It is about a slightly future world where communications systems are blown out of whack and the U.S. has become 3rd-world-ish. A group of genetically engineered (very pretty) assassins are being trained in a top secret government facility. Some have escaped and are trying to lead ‘normal’ lives. This show also pre-dates but prophesizes a post 9-11 world, and was replaced by FOX with the show ‘24′; a perfect propaganda piece to make us learn to love the rogue Counter-Terrorist agent who breaks all the rules (and infringes upon people’s civil liberties). What perfect timing that was, now that I think of it. Big Brother IS watching us.
War is Peace. Love is Hate. Etc. Etc. Turn your neighbor in before they turn you in. It’s here. It’s fear, get used to it. Maybe things will change with Barry O. Bam-Bam in office. One thing is certain: Hillary looks hot in her Secretary of State travelin’ togs. ~ Stephane von Stephane
6. Ian Webster on Shows at Annie’s Social Club, The Uptown:
Dec 27, 2008, Annie’s Social Club. The Jack Saints (myspace.com/jacksaints) opened with a fast and furious Punk set, followed by a minimalist, PETA, fluffy furry duo called Lost Puppy. Horror-X then brought their slightly over-modulated brand of Punkabilly to the stage (moustache and fedora). The headliners, Unko Atoma, straddled the precarious line between Pop and Punk, ranging from unison/harmonic vocals on some numbers to a cover of “The KKK Took My Baby Away.”
Jan 4, 2009, Annie’s Social Club. Clodhopper is one of the angriest bar bands I’ve heard in recent times. Next were the TOILING MIDGETS, whose heavily chorused minor chords occasionally rose to intense peaks. Saw Meri St-Mary, Ronnie Guitar, Paul Draper (ex-Sleepers) and the late Ricky Williams’ son ZACH, amongst others.
Jan 31, 2009, The Uptown, Oakland. The Pleasure Kills (thepleasurekills.com) opened the evening with edgy Pop-Punk. Lydiot’s excellent voice and Jeffrey Ject’s showmanship on the keyboard were especially entertaining. Next The Disciples (myspace.com/disciples) presented a more raw emotionality, with savage, nihilistic rage. Finally, Punk Rock veterans THE AVENGERS played a set of their anthemic classics. In the audience were Alan Korn (ex-Catheads), Meri St-Mary (Housecoat Project, Sex Is A Witch), Carol Detweiler (Pink Section), Dominique leslie (Animal Things), Jimmy Crucifix, Carol Lennon and Nicki Sick (Verbal Abuse), among others.
Feb 13, Rock-it-Room. on a tip from Mia (Frightwig)’s daughter, I went to see Maniac Martys (myspace/maniacmartyrs) perform at a Battle of the Bands contest — and they were the most original band of the evening. The theremin/synthesizer played by Gremeleon (aka Greg Burger) complemented Mia d’Bruzi’s psychedelic guitar. Britannic Zane (vocals, programming), Doctor Sparrow (drums) and Rachel Thoele (bass, ex-Sex Is a Witch and Mudwimmmin) provided a rhythmic base for the vocals of Deadsey McAllister, Dick Fitzwell, and Bonnie Bess (the Opera wench). – Ian Webster
7. RECOMMENDED LINKS – thanks to our friends Phil G, Ferrara, James McN-, Derek B. & Others who send us links.
() from Jon Sarriugarte: http://pro.sony-asia.com/product/spec/brochure/hxr_mc1n.pdf
() from Johnny Strike: http://www.savetonga.com/
() from gary c: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a7sbfNIemF0
() from Bruno R: http://www.laquadrature.net/fr/taxonomy/term/3
() from Phil G:
() from Alan K: “1976 Santa Cruz Poetry Festival I mentioned that featured Burroughs, etc. It’s at “”http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http://www.collectingbukowski.com%2Fmisc%2Fsc_festival.html
() from Margaret T: http://flavorpill.com/sanfrancisco/events/2009/2/14/curt-mcdowell – Curt McDowell: an uneven dozen broken hearts. Feb 15 – Mar 29, 2009, Sundays (noon–5pm) [ 2nd floor projects ]
() from Ken Knabb: “Kenneth Rexroth’s review of Harold Gilliam’s “San Francisco Bay” http://www.bopsecrets.org/rexroth/essays/gilliam.htm
The site also presents a rich selection of Rexroth’s San Francisco newspaper
and magazine columns — http://www.bopsecrets.org/rexroth/sf . Sometimes
chatty, sometimes scathing, but always provocative, Rexroth examined every
facet of San Francisco’s cultural and political life as it was happening during the pivotal period from 1960 to 1975.
() from Robert Turman: new radio show started this week Wednesdays at midnight EST http://wobc.org
() from Karen M: smoking baby: http://www.examiner.com/x-300-Fatherhood-Examiner~y2009m2d19-Shocking-Video-of-Two-Year-Old-Smoking-Cigarette
() from James McN: http://www.theonion.com/content/video/sony_releases_new_stupid_piece_of
http://www.notbored.org/townsend.html (Pete Townsend)
() from Lena S: http://www.theonion.com/content/video/sony_releases_new_stupid_piece_of “Toxicology Lyricists” and “Dro-oling Hillbillies” are my particular favorites from the Official Proceedings.
() from Winston S: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UyyjU8fzEYU
() from Michel Pennec: : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVVooFdl02s , a video I shot at last year’s Lausanne Underground Film & Music Festival.
() from Terese L: http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http://www.timothylearyarchives.org%2F”
() from Robert H: http://www.thepunksite.com/articles.php?page=anthony/index “Nice survey. Anything comparable in S.F. or LA?”
() “If you look at a thing long enough, it loses all of its meaning.” – Andy Warhol
() “If you look at a thing long enough, no matter how beautiful it is, it becomes ugly.” – Anonymous
() “Rogue state” is a term for a state that threatens world peace. Usually a rogue state meets specific criteria: it is ruled by an authoritarian regime that severely restricts human rights, sponsors terrorism, and seeks or utilizes weapons of mass destruction…and [deploys] the suspension of law in a state of emergency—branded “the war on terror.” – received email, no URL
() “The challenge is to not become cynical; for the artist, cynicism is death.” – Robert Fripp, recent diary entry
() “The stock market and the International Banking System are all a kind of Ponzi scheme…”
() “We buy things. We wear them or put them on our walls, or sit on them, but anyone who wants to can take them away from us. Or break them… Objects survive us and go on living. It’s stupid to believe we own them… and for them to be so important.” – Donna Leon, “Quietly in Their Sleep,” p.74 (US paperback)
() “The important trail to follow was the one left by money.” [Where did Bernard Madoff’s $50 Billion end up?] “The place where it began was usually a given: the person from whom the money was taken, either by force or by craft. The other end, where the trail finished, was the difficult one to find, just as it as the more vital one, for it was there that would be found the person who had practiced the craft or the force. CUI BONO?” [Who gains?] … “find the end of the trail.” ibid, p.30
() “If you put people on a diet, they start thinking about food. Or if you make someone stop smoking, all they think about is cigarettes…” ibid, pp.184-185
() “The Voyage of the Beagle … It’s an important book, probably one of the most important books of the modern world. That and The Origin of Species.” … It would be a lovely book to read on vacation, I think. All those beaches. All those lovely animals.” ibid, pp.105-106
() “In the future Internet landscape, free writers and musicians will replace paid writers and musicians. Quantity will replace Quality.” – Andre Peret
9. FEEDBACK FROM READERS:
() “I used to work with Timothy Leary in the 80’s and early 90’s and I was googling something and stumbled on the RE/Search site. Of course, I’ve known your publications for many years but didn’t know you had released LEARY ON DRUGS! [So I ordered it.] I miss Timothy terribly…I would love to hear Tim’s wisdom and wit at a time like now. Hope you are well. Best – Andrew in Europe”
() “Dear V. – Thank you for your William S. Burroughs birthday party Feb 5 at Beat Museum, it was nice and quiet evening with good energy, thank you for Charles Gatewood and thank you for photos and stories…
“I know you did not have time to read some material by W.S.B. you prepared (you had those piles of papers; I wondered what healthy virus was there). Here is the question: maybe you could put some of those materials on the web?!! I would be delighted to read it. Thank you for your spirit and things you’ve done and still doing.
“I am a little guy from Poland who lives in Oakland and learns English (and American culture) from guys like you and my favorite American writer: William B. Burroughs. – dziekuje (thank you… in Polish)”
() from Kimric Smythe: ” I am ashamed that I was not aware of this till now.
“Bob May, 69, died in Lancaster, CA on January 18th from congestive heart failure. The actor performed on many TV shows but is best known for performing The Robot on Lost in Space. Though May didn’t perform the voice (Dick Tufeld did that), he took the role very seriously and made a point of learning all of the other actors’ lines so that he’d be ready to respond. May and his wife lost their home in November when wildfires destroyed an upscale mobile home park in the San Fernando Valley.”
() “The Genius Of The Crowd – Charles Bukowski
“there is enough treachery, hatred violence absurdity in the average
human being to supply any given army on any given day
“and the best at murder are those who preach against it
and the best at hate are those who preach love
and the best at war finally are those who preach peace
“those who preach god, need god
those who preach peace do not have peace
those who preach peace do not have love
“beware the preachers
beware the knowers
beware those who are always reading books
beware those who either detest poverty
or are proud of it
beware those quick to praise
for they need praise in return
beware those who are quick to censor
they are afraid of what they do not know
beware those who seek constant crowds for
they are nothing alone
beware the average man the average woman
beware their love, their love is average
“but there is genius in their hatred
there is enough genius in their hatred to ki-ll you
to kill anybody
not wanting solitude
not understanding solitude
they will attempt to destroy anything
that differs from their own
not being able to create art
they will not understand art
they will consider their failure as creators
only as a failure of the world
not being able to love fully
they will believe your love incomplete
and then they will hate you
and their hatred will be perfect
“like a shining diamond
like a knife
like a mountain
like a tiger
“their finest art” – sent by Graham Rae
() “SNOW PIECE by YOKO ONO:
“Think that snow is falling.
Think that snow is falling everywhere all the time.
When you talk with a person, think
that snow is falling between you and
on the person.
Stop conversing when you think the
person is covered by snow.
– Yoko Ono, summer 1963″
() from Graham Rae: “Ben & Jerry created a “Yes Pecan!” ice cream flavor for Obama. They then asked people to come up with a name for a George W. Bush ice cream flavor. Here are some of their favorite responses…
• Grape Depression
• Abu Grape
• Cluster Fudge
• Nut’n Accomplished
• Iraqi Road
• Chock ‘n Awe
• Wire Tapioca
• Impeach Cobbler
• Good Riddance You Lousy M-therfucker Swirl
• Heck of a Job Brownie
• Neocon Politan
• RockyRoad to Fascism
• The Reese’s-cession
• Cookie D’oh!
• Chunky Monkey in Chief
• George Bush Doesn’t Care About Dark Chocolate
• Chocolate Chimp
• Caramel Preemptive Stripe”
() from Graham Rae again: “CONGRATULATIONS TO EVERYBODY WHO WERE BORN IN THE 1930’s 1940’s, 50’s, 60’s and early 70’s !
First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they carried us and lived in houses made of asbestos.
They took aspirin, ate blue cheese, raw egg products, loads of bacon and processed meat, tuna from a can, and didn’t get tested for diabetes or cervical cancer.
Then after that trauma, our baby cots were covered with bright colored lead-based paints.
We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets or shoes, not to mention, the risks we took hitchhiking.
As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags.
We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle.
Even though all the shops closed at 6.00pm and didn’t open on the weekends, somehow we didn’t starve to death!
We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NO ONE actually died from this.
We could collect old drink bottles and cash them in at the corner store and buy Toffees, Bubble Gum and some firecrackers to blow up frogs with.
We ate cupcakes, white bread and real butter and drank soft drinks with sugar in it, but we weren’t overweight because……
WE WERE ALWAYS OUTSIDE PLAYING!!
We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the street lights came on.
No one was able to reach us all day. And we were O.K.
We would spend hours building our go-carts out of old buggies and then ride down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. We built tree houses and dens and played in river beds with matchbox cars.
We did not have Play stations, Nintendo Wii, X-boxes, no video games at all, no 999 channels on SKY, no video/dvd films, no mobile phones, no personal computers, no Internet or Internet chat rooms……….WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!
We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no Lawsuits from these accidents.
Only girls had pierced ears!
We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.
You could only buy Easter Eggs and Hot Cross Buns at Easter time…
We were given air guns and catapults for our 10th birthdays,
We rode bikes or walked to a friend’s house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just yelled for them!
The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!
We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned HOW TO DEAL WITH IT ALL !
I can see you all nodding your heads and saying, “Yes, that’s right!”
And YOU are one of them!
You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids, before the lawyers and the government regulated our lives for our own good.
And while you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how brave their parents were.”
MARCH 2009 RE/Search eNewsletter written by V. Vale, Ilana Fried & other contributors. Newsletter and website powered by http://www.laughingsquid.com.
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