WELCOME TO V. VALE’s RE/SEARCH NEWSLETTER #90, February 2010
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
1. MESSAGE FROM YOUR EDITOR, V. VALE
2. Watch our Counter Culture Hour NEW TIME 6 PM Pacific Time, Saturday February 13, 2010 – also simulcast ON-LINE EVERYWHERE
3. FORTHCOMING EVENTS
4. What We’ve Attended/What We’ve Been Reading/Seeing
5. Stephane von Stephane column: interview with filmmaker Paul Clipson
6. Recommended Links – send some!
8. 3rd Request: Help commemorate the late Eva Pierrakos!
9. Letters from Readers
1. MESSAGE FROM YOUR EDITOR, V. VALE, RE/SEARCH FOUNDER (and previously the founder of SEARCH & DESTROY magazine before that): Today, almost out of nowhere, we got a press release: “A Major Exhibition Celebrating JG Ballard titled CRASH. 11 February – 1 April 2010 at Gagosian Gallery, 6-24 Britannia Street, London WC1X 9JD T. 44.207.841.9960 email@example.com Hours: Tue-Sat 10-6 – Opening reception: Thursday, February 11th from 6 to 8pm – Everything is becoming science fiction. From the margins of an almost invisible literature has sprung the intact reality of the twentieth century. –JG Ballard
“Gagosian Gallery London will present “Crash,” a major group exhibition which takes its title from the famous novel by JG Ballard.
Ballard’s novels stand among the most visionary, provocative literature of the twentieth century, with his ominous predictions regarding the fate of Western culture and his insights into the dark psychopathology of the human race. This exhibition pays homage to his work and cultural influence by highlighting his great passion for the visual arts, from the Surrealists to the Pop artists of the 1960s and 1970s. It includes examples of these specific inspirations as well as works by contemporary artists who have, in turn, been inspired by Ballard’s vision.
“His first published short story “Prima Belladonna” appeared in 1956, the same year as the celebrated Independent Group’s exhibition “This is Tomorrow” at the Whitechapel Gallery, which marked the birth of Pop Art in Britain. It was here, and in the work of Surrealists such as Salvador Dali and Paul Delvaux, that Ballard found the seeds of what he called a “fiction for the present day.” With its dystopian depictions of the future, its bleak man-made landscapes and the recounting of the psychological effects of technological, social and environmental developments on humans, his work has resonated strongly among other writers, filmmakers and visual artists. The exhibition “Crash” brings together works by artists who have been irrevocably influenced by the Ballardian universe, from his contemporaries such as Ed Ruscha, Richard Hamilton, Andy Warhol and Helmut Newton, to younger artists such as Tacita Dean, Jenny Saville, Glenn Brown and Mike Nelson. The exhibition is organized in association with the Estate of JG Ballard.
“List of artists: Richard Artschwager, Francis Bacon, JG Ballard, Hans Bellmer, Glenn Brown, Chris Burden, Jake & Dinos Chapman, John Currin, Salvador Dali, Giorgio de Chirico, Tacita Dean, Jeremy Deller, Paul Delvaux, Cyprien Gaillard, Douglas Gordon, Loris Gréaud, Richard Hamilton, John Hilliard and Jemima Stehli, Roger Hiorns, Damien Hirst, Dan Holdsworth, Carsten Holler, Edward Hopper, Allen Jones, Mike Kelley, Jeff Koons, Roy Lichtenstein, Vera Lutter, Florian Maier-Aichen, Adam McEwen, Malcolm Morley, Mike Nelson, Helmut Newton, Cady Noland, Claes Oldenburg, Eduardo Paolozzi, Steven Parrino, Richard Prince, Robert Rauschenberg, Gerhard Richter, Ed Ruscha, Jenny Saville, George Shaw, Cindy Sherman, Andy Warhol, Rachel Whiteread, Christopher Williams, Jane and Louise Wilson, Christopher Wool and Cerith Wyn Evans.
“For further inquiries please contact the gallery at firstname.lastname@example.org or at +44.207.841.9960.” [end of press release]
Well, reading the list of participating artists certain piqued interest in experiencing firsthand this exhibition/installation. Strange how J.G. Ballard’s biggest influence may come AFTER his death on April 19, 2009. The idea that a writer who is not necessarily known as an “artist” may have a huge “art exhibition” within a year of his decease is kind of, well, mind-boggling. A multitude of questions are instantly raised. For example, whose idea was this? How did it happen so fast? Who did the work of “curating” this event? The amount of organization required seems somewhat daunting. Also, word has it that a substantial “catalog” is being prepared as a printed accompaniment. Gagosian Publications seem to have quite thorough production values, so we are hoping for the best…
We here at RE/Search can NEVER have enough Ballardiana in our lives, and if more writings and interviews and critical commentary and photos and letters and videos ET AL start surfacing, so much the better! Ballard-influenced art — yes! We are particularly looking forward to seeing Ballard’s own photos (recently discovered) of his own car crash, at the exhibition… — V. Vale
2. Counter Culture Hour – NEW TIME – NOW ON AT 6:00 PM PACIFIC TIME.
We are repeating this, as due to Channel 29 “moving house,” it was not online in January! Apologies to San Franciscans who saw it last month, but it is definitely worth a 2nd viewing!
LYDIA LUNCH talks at the RE/Search office, with clips from TEENAGE JESUS AND THE JERKS live in San Francisco Oct 8, 2009, at Slim’s. This is one of the most inspiring episodes yet! Edited/produced by Marian Wallace; interviews by V. Vale.
The Counter Culture Hour (aka RE/SEARCH TV) is also ON-LINE as well as on cable access San Francisco Channel 29 — 6:00pm Pacific Time, Sat Jan 9, 2010 ALSO on-line (simulcast) – at this link:
USA west coast: 6:00 PM Saturday, Jan 9
USA east coast: 9:00 PM Saturday, Jan 9
London: 2:00 AM Sunday, Jan 10
Tokyo: 10:00 AM Sunday, Jan 10
You get the picture! Would you like to have a Counter Culture Hour showing in your town? Please write and ask us how you can do this. (write: email@example.com)
The new management is working towards having all shows available all the time in an archive, but this is mostly likely a ways off, so your best bet to see the shows is when they air: 2nd Saturday of the month at 6:00 PM PST.
3. FORTHCOMING EVENTS
() LONDON, U.K.: Thur Feb 11, 6-8pm. CRASH at Gogosian Gallery in London. Opening Feb 11, 2010. Artwork inspired by J.G. Ballard’s CRASH. Artists include: JGB himself as well as Chris Burden, Damien Hirst and many others. Through April 1.
() $ March 3, Wednesday – Dean Snider Birthday film screening. “A long time ago or so it seems, people made films just for the fun of it. Then someone got the idea that film had to hurt. No pain, no gain. Somehow film showcases decided they were right. Today people still make films just for the fun of it. And we show them at the No Nothing Cinema.”– Dean Snider
Dolby Lab Screening Room – A dual-cinema birthday celebration for the late legendary underground San Francisco filmmaker Dean Snider, featuring rarely screened 35mm works and newly preserved 16mm prints. Somewhere in-between we might find ourselves venturing from one venue to another on a large bus with several Mariachi. Between 1979-1992, Dean made over one-hundred films‚Äîmany produced in the early 1980s during the first years of the No Nothing Cinema, a free underground screening venue that Snider was instrumental in creating. His movies contain the feisty anarchistic sense of energy that No Nothing represented‚Äîsarcastic, funny, beautiful, sometimes fast‚Äîalways engaging, even down the very layers of celluloid in which he hand scratched those initials ‚ “D.S.” ‚All the while he created some of the most self-revealing personal films you may ever have the chance of experiencing. — DOUGLAS KATELUS http://www.sfcinematheque.org/#/calendar/201003030/
() $upport: Indy Film Fest: Feb 4-18 at the Roxie, 16th St near Valencia St, S.F. http://www.sfindie.com/ Many filmmakers, directors and actors will be available after their screenings to answer your questions! Can’t get that on a DVD. To find out where all the accompanying parties will be: http://sfindie.bside.com/2010/films/category/Party
() $ NOW THRU APRIL 24. Hypnodrome presents “Pearls Over Shanghai” featuring Cockettes Originals. John Waters attended in January! Hypnodrome, 575 10th St/near Bryant, tel 415-377-4202. The Hypnodrome survived the huge city flash flood, and is still red-hot! www.thrillpeddlers.com
() FREE. Fri Feb 5 is William S. Burroughs’s Birthday – if still alive, WSB would have been 96 today…
() $ Sat-Sun Feb 6-7, 10-5pm. SF Antiquarian Book Fair, SF Concourse, 7th St/Brannan. www.sfbookandpaperfair.com – click on dollar signs for discount ($7) ticket – save $3.
() $ Sun Feb 7, Balboa Theater: “If you have never had the wonderful opportunity to meet the great Russian animator Yuri Norstein do not miss this rare chance on 7 February at the Balboa Theater. Even if you don’t think that you care about animation (which is hard for me to imagine) you will enjoy his beautiful films.” – Nik & Nancy
() FREE. Sun Feb 14, 1-3pm, Cartoon Art Museum, 655 Mission St. Rob Reger & Buzz Parker book signing with Emily the Strange.
() FREE. Feb 16, 7:30pm, Moe’s Books, Telegraph nr Dwight, Berkeley. Chuck Stein, author of Persephone Unveiled and translator of The Odyssey will read. We are told that “Chuck is a terrific poet and performer” – see moesbooks.com
() FREE. Fri Feb 19, 6pm Diane di Prima is celebrated at MCCLA Theatre, 2868 Mission St, tel 821-1155. www.missionculturalcenter.org
() FREE. Fri Feb 26, 7:30pm, YBCA RBI Global Lives Project Opening Night Party FREE – rsvp at ybcafree.org
() $ Sat Feb. 27, 8:30 pm, Other Cinema/ATA Gallery, 992 Valencia/21st St, S.F – “Dear Vale, We met a few years back at Beyond Baroque when you were in LA w/ the PRANKS 2 book party. Just wanted to give you info on an event that I’ll be doing at Other Cinema: “Filmmaker/archivist Ross Lipman and the Billboard Liberation Front’s Jack Napier present an evening of secular magic; the alchemical act of transmuting everyday life into fiction–and vice versa” (sounds “Ballardian” to us.) … “includes films, performance essays… a PowerPoint performance on the birth of the TV Spectacle, Ferdinand Marcos hawking a tribe of cave people to feed his wife’s shoe habit, an enigmatic Butoh performance in the streets of Brooklyn (by SF-expatriate artist Leigh Evans), and the most recent breathtaking hijinx of the Billboard Liberation Front. Enjoy pranks, hoaxes, forgeries, and guerilla theater in a bewildering tapestry of transfigured reality! http://www.othercinema.com/ ”
() FREE. SATURDAY, 3-6pm every weekend. Savoy Tivoli, Grant Ave near Union St, S.F. MAL SHARPE (featured in our PRANKS book) writes: “We are still at the Savoy-Tivoli in San Francisco every Saturday from 3-6pm plus The No Name Bar in Sausalito every Sunday from 3-6pm. The winter has been cold and rainy but both these spots have been packed every weekend.See MAL while you can — he is a local treasure and rare role model.
() $ 10pm All Events: Sat Feb 27, March 6, April 3 – featuring DAN CARBONE (2/27/10 also with Rick Shapiro). The Dark Room, 2263 Mission (18th -19th Sts), tel 401-7987. See more about these events in the last section of this newsletter!
() $ NOW through April 11. Berkeley Art Museum, 2626 Bancroft Ave, Berkeley. Ahmet Ogut: The Exploded City / Things We Count. We think JG Ballard would have liked this exhibition! http://bampfa.berkeley.edu/exhibition/231
() Tue March 2, YBCA Galleries are FREE. Other SF museums are free too.
() $Grey School of Wizardry launches new “Magister” Study Program. Master Wizard, Oberon is the real thing. If you’re interested in the occult, magic and wizardry, this is where to go. The Grey School of Wizardry (GSW) is a highly interactive online school specializing in occult magick, metaphysical arcana, and the “Wisdom of the Ages.” GSW is incorporated in the State of California as a non-profit Federally tax-exempt 501(c)(3) educational institution. This School is a progeny of the Grey Council, an alliance of several dozen renowned mages and sages. Members of the Grey Council follow many different paths, with differing orientations and perspectives, but they all hope to spark the imagination, beauty, and power of the minds of seekers everywhere.
$100/year for unlimited “non-matriculating” classes. Or enroll as Apprentice, Magisters, or Journeyman. firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Read about Oberon in our “Modern Pagans” book.
4. What We’ve Attended/What We’ve Been Reading/Seeing/Listening to/What We’ve Been Sent
() Feb 1, Memorial Service for George Tsongas took place at Caffe Trieste in North Beach, S.F. – George’s favorite hangout. While self-avowedly NOT a “Beat” Poet, nevertheless George was well-known as a San Francisco Poet who happened to live during the Beat Generation and subsequent decades…
() Feb 2, SF Public Library. Diane di Prima has been crowned the 5th Poet Laureate of San Francisco for the next two years. The SFPL hosted a celebration and presentation (“Poetry as Spiritual Practice”) with Diane Di Prima on Feb. 2 for an overflow crowd. Hers is poetry with cultural -comment, -reaction, -hopes. Humanistic with revolutionary ideas. She’s been in San Francisco for over 30 years and saw it from the dreams of what could be to the shambles of how it fell to the real-estate interests. She almost cried on-stage while speaking about this, and the audience almost joined in the tears. You could have heard a pin drop during her talk and reading, punctuated by laughter and applause, of course. Watch for events with Diane this year and next. http://dianediprima.com/bio.html
() Eddie Muller’s annual FILM NOIR FILM FESTIVAL at the Castro Theater. Wish we could have gone EVERY NIGHT! Jello Biafra tries to see all the films, every year!
() BOOKS: 1. Science and Sanity, by Korzybski (highly recommended) 2. The Golem by Gustav Meyrink (Madge Pemberton translation, also highly recommended). 3. Nordic Noir.
() MOVIES (mainstream): 1. BOOK OF ELI (apocalypse film). 2. EDGE OF DARKNESS (conspiracy film)
() MUSIC: Nasa Space Universe new CD (find them on MySpace). When we need sonic adrenalin, NSU delivers the medicine! Great “Dark Side” artwork/collages, too, with Nietzschean aspirations.
() Attempted to visit the new, larger, dryer Survival Research Laboratories “shop” in Petaluma. Eavesdropped on funny pranksterish conversations featuring Kimric Smythe, Jon Sarriugarte and others on the topic(s) of sabotaging desert raves and other unwelcome music “events.” Heard the story of an amazing car parts collector who was going out of business and possibly becoming non compos mentis as well. Bram was in town — hence the get-together. Karen Marcelo, uber-documentarian, was sorely missed…come back, soonest!
() We at RE/Search have to salute Ed Woo, who got the RE/Searchmobile up and running (clutch and brakes went out at the same time). If anyone needs a 100% honest, reliable and extremely competent/efficient San Francisco car mechanic, please contact us at RE/Search (tel 415-362-1465; or email firstname.lastname@example.org . We are filtering calls as Ed asked us not to send him anyone who might be “a pain.” Hopefully there are none on this newsletter list, but…
() Verna Doherty from Seattle visited. She is looking to interview anyone who might have “known” Flipper, especially Will Shatter. Contact us and we will pass info along…
() Poet BRETT RALPH was in town, visited our office (very funny conversations) and we went to a jam-packed party in his honor in the Sunset District… V. Vale played piano…
() Poet/All-Around Beat Girl Reincarnated Stellar and friends hosted an outstanding poetry reading at the Beat Museum on January 23…
() Winston Smith threw what turned out to be an amazing art opening at his new gallery/work space at 50 Bannam Alley on Jan. 28. Saw Susie Bright, Ron Turner, Rob Reger, et al…
5. Stephane von Stephane Interview with Filmmaker Paul Clipson
Excerpts of a Conversation with Experimental Film-maker Paul Clipson Dec. 20, 2009.
“Watching a Paul Clipson film is like watching ‘2001, A Space Odyssey’; Kubrick’s film starts out trippy enough but once you enter the Monolith it gets even trippier. With Clipson’s films you BEGIN by entering the Monolith and go from there.” – Stephane von Stephane Born in Ohio, raised in Michigan, Paul attended the University of Michigan, and has been in S.F. since 1992. Since 2003, he’s made over 20 experimental shorts and a dozen 30-45 minute films. His work has screened in the past year at the Rotterdam Film Festival, the Cinémathèque Française in Paris and in the New York Film Festival Views From The Avant Garde program. He has two upcoming live shows: one for the the San Francisco Cinematheque’s Apparent Motion Festival with Jefre Cantu-Ledesma on February 20th, and another on February 26th at the Berkeley Art Museum in collaboration with electronic musician Gregg Kowalsky.
Stephane von Stephane: So, you make experimental film; obviously your goal is NOT to make a living making films?
Paul Clipson: Well, yes it IS my goal to make a living doing my films. I’m resistant to art in practical terms, that’s a very damaging notion, even though everything in our lives is reduced to practical terms. I think art is one of the few areas where there is a crossover to the irrational and impractical and the subconscious. So, it’s important to think that I might be able to make a living at it. [Ah, a fellow dreamer! Making art is at least nourishment for the spirit.]
S.v.S: When I first saw one of your films I was reminded of being a kid (6 or 8 years old) and being in church and not wanting to be there, so I’d turn around and just stare at the stained-glass windows and the colors were so intense and beautiful, I’d squint my eyes and blur the image, or just focus on one color or another, all the while listening to a language I didn’t understand (Latin) and smelling the incense wafting through the air.
Paul: Hmmn. That’s about a sense of a place and an experience and being a part of it or not being a part of it, or perhaps being MORE of a part of it because you’re applying some sort of perceptual awareness to your surroundings that’s in reaction to or against what’s going on with the purpose of that space. There are more parts of life that are like experimental films than people tend to be aware of. For me making films helps me to be a bit more connected to the abstract in the everyday. The rational mind is prone to siphoning and filtering out interesting visual phenomenon because our consciousness decides that it’s not important or useful to us for getting home at the end of the day to see layers of amazing light reflections because these are distractions.
For example, when you’re on a bus at night looking out the window and there are all kinds of incredible abstract layers of things to be seen that are happening naturally around you, but you don’t always notice, because you’re looking for a street sign to know when you’re going to get off the bus. But if you actually look at everything between your eyes and the sign you’re looking for, there are people in the foreground in and out of focus, there’s the inside of the bus that’s lit up so it’s reflecting the other people’s faces, there are reflections from the outside reflecting on the pane of glass which includes lights of cars going by in perspective, so that’s like already five layers of phenomenon occurring before one’s eyes in a single moment of sitting on a bus…which is kind of like what I’m doing in my films.
S.v.S.: How do you get ideas for your films? Are you constantly thinking about what scenes you’d make, being that you double and triple expose? Do you storyboard in advance? Do you note places to remember to come back to when you’ve been walking around the city or countryside or do you only shoot on the fly when you have camera in hand?
Paul: I don’t storyboard, I often go out on the fly and begin filming. I do think of places to go, and return to favorite places. The Botanical Gardens in Golden Gate Park is a great place to go for inspiration because it’s so dense. It’s not a natural space but it’s filled with natural elements. It’s humming with activity, it’s easy to get lost there. There’s water, there’s color. There’s foliage. In New York, I’m always looking for old spaces that are forgotten or not seen: train yards, train tracks, areas of overlapping time. Places where there’s a division of a time past existing right next to a time in the present tense. A combining of states of time largely unnoticed or even forbidden to most people that don’t live around them. In the film ‘Stalker’ by Andrei Tarkovsky where three men in a jeep drive onto train tracks and go into an area called “The Zone” which is a forbidden place and they’re fired on by security forces because they’re breaching this sense of time. Train tracks now have signs near them saying that you’re breaking the law if you even walk near the tracks. It’s like you’re going back in time and they’re trying to stop you, because you’re ‘endangering’ yourself, so they say…
S.v.S.: Let’s talk about your influences, some of your favorites are mine also: Orsen Welles, Michelangelo Antonioni are two of my favorite film directors. Giorgio De Chirico is one of my favorite painters. Kafka of course, but I’m not familiar with Morton Feldman…
Paul: He’s a 20th century composer…from the modern, avant garde school…who came out of New York in the 40’s & 50’s, and through John Cage associated with Jackson Pollock, Willem DeKooning, and appropriated what he saw going on in their work as painters. I love the idea of cross-pollination from one form of art to another. I think it strengthens the arts. From this influence of painters like Philip Guston, Feldman began drawing visual diagrams of scores where he gave the musicians specific parameters of keys or notes to play but not when or for how long. I find his approach to music and sound very visual, sculptural, volumetric, physical measurings of time as if you’re walking through a forest or past pillars of space.
S.v.S.: Reminds me of taking acid, like walking through music. I think everything can be registered in the brain on a chemical level. Watching your films has that kind of chemical registration for me. A happy accident?
Paul: It could be the result of several things happening at once. My interest is to create strokes or lines as one draws on a piece of paper, but because film introduces the element of TIME, these strokes and their position in time is not necessarily known when you make them. I work in a way that layers the images, like strokes of a brush floating in my mind as I make them. I don’t actually control the images I make. Because of the chemical process of film, you record things and then you process the film and see it a couple of weeks later, so it’s like you’re writing down collected experiences, putting them into an envelope and mailing them off…
S.v.S.: …to yourself in the future?
Paul: Yes, so it’s as if these present ideas are connected to ideas that you’ve already had: where each moment has a resilience and a gravity and when put together begins to create a kind of enigmatic activity. That’s why I think of De Chirico or Antonioni who are affected by associations of space and time of day and light and shadow. Welles is also a good example of the idea of layers of time. His films are narratives but they visualize a velocity of time in which he’s talking about personalities that have histories where the past and present are connected. I’m thinking of MR. ARKADIN where a character is going back in time through people who knew him in the past and he’s erasing that time. While MR. ARKADIN is a chaotic, disturbing film in terms of its surface textures, it’s also striving to connect art with memory, and its structure is very much like making collages with film, which is what I like to do.
[TO BE CONTINUED WITH PART 2 NEXT MONTH! — MORE OF PAUL CLIPSON]
~Stephane Von Stephane
A DVD of short films made in collaboration with Jefre Cantu-Ledesma is coming out in a month or two called WITHIN MIRRORS. Here’s the site: http://www.studentsofdecay.com/homepage.htm and Paul’s website: http://www.withinmirrors.org/
6. RECOMMENDED LINKS (send some!)
() from jpm: “I found this as a starting point of a blog that some young girl wrote to defend her generation. I opened up her premise article and found it to be way more informative and to the point. I won’t bother linking you to the other article. It’s a waste of time. But this, the one she reacted to, hits the nail, I think, right on the head: https://www.adbusters.org/magazine/79/hipster.html
This young kid is one hell of an insanely able guitarist!!!!!!!!!
() from Babalou: http://www.technovelgy.com/ct/Science-Fiction-News.asp?NewsNum=2724 and http://www.alternet.org/media/144893/drone_porn:_the_newest_youtube_hit/
() from Steven Gray: “You’ll come for the decor and stay for the dolorous: http://unhappyhipsters.com/ ”
() blog on visiting V. Vale: http://isawyoushine.blogspot.com/2010/01/research-visit-with-vvale.html
() From Sharon Leong: Enjoy! A little old school but funny … http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xJWxPE8G2c
() From Mako Sano: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Dweller_on_Two_Planets
() 5 & 3 ways to protect yourself on facebook: http://www.nytimes.com/external/readwriteweb/2009/09/16/16readwriteweb-5-easy-steps-to-stay-safe-and-private-on-fac-6393.html?pagewanted=2&em
() financial apocalypse website: http://covertress.blogspot.com/2010/01/optimist-or-pessimist-test-your-2010.html
() Wise Bread is a community of bloggers here to help you live large on a small budget. http://www.wisebread.com/
() V. Vale on NPR talking about JG Ballard: http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wamc/.artsmain/article/11/1172/1597296/Radio/TTBOOK.Reality.
() Andrew Keen: After TV? http://andrewkeen.typepad.com/aftertv/
7. QUOTES –
() In 1998, Sony sold 700,000 camcorders that had the capability to see through clothing (“Night Shot” setting). But most people never knew…
() “Secrecy is the keystone of all tyranny. Not force, but secrecy–censorship. When any government or any church, for that matter, undertakes to say to its subjects: This you may not read, this you must not see, this you are forbidden to know, the end result is tyranny and oppression.” -Robert A. Heinlein, If This Goes On…
() “The pathetic truth at the center of the housing fiasco is that prices have to come down far further if any normal wage-earner will ever afford to buy a house again in America on anything like normal terms.” – James Howard Kunstler
() Thoughtcrime: “To the future or to the past, to a time when thought is free… to a time when truth exists, and what is done cannot be undone… From the age of uniformity, from the age of solitude, from the age of Big Brother, from the age of doublethink–greetings!” – George Orwell, 1984
() “Most people go through life dreading they’ll have a traumatic experience. Freaks were born with their trauma. They’ve already passed their test in life. They’re aristocrats.” – Diane Arbus
() “In order to be irreplaceable one most always be different.” – Coco Chanel
() “The love that lasts the longest is the love that is never returned.”- Somerset Maugham
() It’s not just the story, it’s the TELLING of the story that’s important.” – v. vale
() “Being late is an insidious form of disrespect for others…” – Nassim Nicholas Taleb
() “Happiness in many languages means “luck”.” – Taleb
() “The idea is far greater than the man.” – Taleb
8. 3RD & LAST Notice: Project by Eddie Ritter and Andrew Ness to commemorate the late Eva Pierrakos (70s Punk Scene). They write: “We are collecting mementos of the life of Eva Pierrakos, including her photographic work, graphic work, videos, writing and correspondence as well as corresponding work in which Eva served as the subject and use of which is not restricted by intellectual property rights considerations. Please contact Eddie Ritter at email@example.com or Andrew Ness at Andrew.Oliver.Ness@gmail.com should you wish to submit materials for compilation into a memorial presentation album, for discussion of format of submission.”
9. Letters from Our Readers:
() “Article just published… Here’s the link (featuring Richard Peterson, Search & Destroy photographer, and V. Vale, Search & Destroy publisher/editor) http://www.mightymercury.com/home/366-where-theres-a-will-theres-a-way-diy-culture-vs-corporate-personhood.html
– Thanks again for helping. I’m likely to be in your area sometime this summer, not sure yet. – Z.K.”
() “Hi Vale, I’ve met you a few times through George and Mike Kuchar. I’ve appeared in many of their videos and they have documented a lot of my work. I’m doing a new series of shows a the Dark Room (on Mission and 18th Street). I’m a solo performer and I’ve gotten a lot of awards for my work including a Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award and a Guardian Goldie… I feel that many people who are on your list would be very interested in my shows.My work has been described by the Guardian as “Jonathan Winters meets Cocteau.”
“Please have a look at my promo video “Debbie & the Demons!” by Mike Kuchar. This will give you a bit of an idea what I am up to on stage: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iaRCfRFAG2s
“My website is dancarbone.net which will has bio info, past works, as well as critical analysis. There is more specific information on the upcoming shows at: darkroomsf.com I’d appreciate it if you could mention me on your list … – Dan Carbone” Well, we are definitely fans of George and Mike Kuchar, so we print this here. Please give us feedback if you attend, dear newsletter readers!” – V. Vale
() “Cleaning out my inbox… I love this paragraph you wrote. On 12 Nov 2009, at 23:39, RE/Search Publications wrote:
“We don’t have enough time to see every film, hear every musical recording, read every book and poem and essay written since the beginning of time (note: we’re not encompassing all the “live” human performances available these days). We need a guide who is reliable, trustworthy, free from vested interests — possessed of that rarest of all human facilities, DISCRIMINATION. Yet we want someone who is reasonably “encyclopedic.” We don’t have time to trust every person who passes themselves off as a guide, so we have to be exceedingly careful who we choose. And RE/Search has chosen just a handful: William S. Burroughs, J.G. Ballard, Surrealism, Situationism…” – sent by Little Shiva
() From Alexander Laurence: “Subject: “Gimme Something Better “- “How come you weren’t involved more with the book? You documented those bands, and had firsthand experience. This book seems vague and fuzzy and many people trying to remember what happened 30 years ago.” No comment needed!
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