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1A. Pranks 2, now available for epub (ipad), Kindle Fire, and online “cloud” reading! Music by V. Vale available also!
1B. Pranks Bicycle Shirts now available in women’s sizes!
2. The Counter Culture Hour Sat Nov 9, 2013 – 6:00 PM PACIFIC TIME – SF cable channel 29, also simulcast on-line — (simulcast only, not on demand 🙁 )
3. **MEDITATION SPACE** [blank]
5. What We’ve Attended/What We’ve Been Reading/Seeing:
7. Recommended Links – send some!
8. QUOTE from J.G. Ballard, always more revelant than ever
9. Letters from Readers
10. Sponsors (Please check ’em out! – they make this “free” newsletter possible!)

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1. MESSAGE FROM GUEST EDITOR: Penelope Rosemont, who is in San Francisco for Surrealism’s Earthly Visions show at Emerald Tablet, 80 Fresno Alley, opening Nov 3, 5-8pm. Come by and hear V. Vale on piano!

Explosive, irreverent, impossible dynamism—that is Surrealism. No one knew it better, could express it better, than poet Philip Lamantia as he did in the line we quote from Meadowlark West: “Carnivorous flowers of volcanic thought” that somehow puts desire on its sharpest edge and causes our idea of thought itself to explode red-hot lava. Ron Sakolsky says, “Surrealism must be prized for its
uninhibited nature, unbounded by the reality police…it situates itself at the crossroads of desire and action, paying no attention to the stoplights of the status quo.”

An interesting thing about Surrealism is that while it invokes the marvelous, it is totally connected to visions of the Earth—no heavenly visions here, no angels playing trumpets, no pearly gates… If anything, Surrealists, along with Blake, Milton and the Romantics, are of the “Devil’s Party.” Surrealists turn towards desire and the deep passions at the core of our experience as human beings—and as very intelligent and troublesome animals.

“Beauty must be convulsive,” said André Breton. Lautréamont’s poetic visions of the cruel strength of the shark and the sensuality of the octopus still inspire Surrealists worldwide. These Surrealists have expressed their visions through painting, poetry, drama, film, stories—any and every human expression of desire in its infinite individuality.
Surrealists have especially wished to restore the delight, play, humor, and collective participation to everyday life, to art. While delighting in the uniqueness of each person’s expression, Surrealism long ago realized that games and collective play often result in extraordinary discoveries. Now, contemporary psychologists have arrived at the conclusion that games are good for the brain, stimulating the growth of new brain cells, and that being part of a social group also has benefits. We didn’t actually need them to tell us that. Everyday life in this society is robbed of joy by the constraints of work and war—it is necessary to resist, and try to build alternatives right here and now.
The art world and advertising took up Surrealism in a big way at a certain point in the 1940s. There were Surrealist interludes in movies, Surrealist cartoons, Surrealist “designer hats.” Despite this commercial exploitation, Surrealism introduced a new way of seeing that has yet to be surpassed. It was too protean, too individualistic, too abstract, too specific, too just plain contradictory and difficult. It was a way of life. The artists themselves almost always were too political, too sexually odd, too demanding, to be depended on to produce pieces that would match your couch—or be easily labeled, pigeonholed. All of them not only wanted to create art but to write poems and manifestoes, too.

Surrealists love roving through the city streets, but they insist on defending the wolves and wild nature, too. They make collages and sculptures, but they want to change the world, too. The ideas of Surrealism draw people from all over the world together like a magnet. They reject the wars, the racism, the boring sexuality of western civilization and various other pretenses to “civilization” in favor of the poetic outlook of “primitive” cultures.
Surrealism still contains within itself the ability to challenge our thinking, to break the patterns of everyday life. Surrealists have glorified dreams as a space of free mental expression. But they don’t stop there; they want to convert them into conscious thought—to explore them, to act on them. Paul Garon clarifies, “The dream is a focal point for the aspirations of freedom, and if … the dream is a wish-fulfillment, I would be the last to deny it.”
As to how it functions for society and the individual, V. Vale says, “To me, Surrealism was not an art movement per se, or a revolutionary cultural

movement per se… a great deal of its value stems from the fact that it was the only non-grant-funded scientific laboratory of the 20th century that was attempting to answer the question: What are all the ways we can be creative and inspire ourselves?”
Surrealism, our great experiment in human thought, began before the new psychologies, or neuroscience. These scientists still have much to do before they catch up to its intense magnetism, unblushing insolence, forbidden intensity, unapologetic, unfragmented sensation of desire liberated—its “carnivorous flowers of volcanic thought.” —Penelope Rosemont, October 2013

1A. Pranks 2, now available for epub (ipad), Kindle Fire, and online “cloud” reading! MORE EBOOKS IN THE WORKS! — we want your feedback and requests.
“Check it out!” — and let us know what you think. Somewhat still in BETA, but available now.
Send us an email if you’d like to be notified of upcoming and sporadic “price reductions” at our online vendor aerbook.
Speaking of “alternative,” your editor V. Vale loves to improvise on piano, and thanks to the help of my friends and family deploying digital technology, you can now hear a couple of recorded “improv’s” captured arbitrarily by chance. Only 99 cents each for 7-9 minute “pieces.” “Lausanne theme” was improv’d in Lausanne, Switzerland when RE/Search was brought to give presentations at the Lausanne Underground Film Festival by Walter Thibault. There was a piano in the auditorium, so… (Incidentally, our pal Jello Biafra was brought to that same festival to introduce some “incredibly strange films” or such.)

1B. Pranks high-tech bicycle shirts now available in more sizes:
Men’s M, L, XL, XXL
Women’s M, L

2. Counter Culture Hour – Sat Nov 9, 2013 6pm: __

The Counter Culture Hour (aka RE/SEARCH TV) is also simulcast ON-LINE as well as on cable access San Francisco Channel 29 — 6pm Pacific Time, Sat Nov 9, 2013. Cyberpunk author: Rudy Rucker! (again by popular demand of those who missed it)
– see this link at broadcast time:
You need a fairly decent internet connection and computer to “get it.”
USA west coast: 6:00 PM Saturday, Nov 9, 2013
USA east coast: 9:00 PM Sunday, Nov 10, 2013
Tokyo: 10:00 AM Sunday, Nov 10, 2013
If you cannot get this online email us at

See RE/Search channel on youtube: “researchpubs”

3. This is blank space a la John Cage aka “Meditation Space”!

4. FORTHCOMING EVENTS (San Francisco unless Otherwise Noted)

() FREE Sun Nov 3, Emerald Tablet presents “Surrealism’s Earthly Visions” Penelope Rosemont (founder of Chicago Surrealist Group), Marian Wallace (RE/Search), Winston Smith, Beth Garon, and Dennis Cunningham (San Francisco activist-lawyer-sculptor-using-found-materials). It’s a Free Party!
AND for Emerald Tablet’s schedule of events:

() $ Open NOW through November: Thrillpeddlers’ Shocktoberfest 14 Jack the Ripper, Horror, Madness, Spanking and Song! Grand Guignol Theatre commemorating the 125th Anniversary of the Jack the Ripper Murders. San Francisco is lucky to have the Thrillpeddlers here, in their own Hypnodrome Theater at 575 10th St, SF… You don’t want to be one of those people who said, “I never saw the Thrillpeddlers; wish I had gone while they were still here!” Support worthwhile LOCAL causes…We saw the Jack the Ripper plays tonight and highly recommend them—did you know Jack the Ripper may have come to San Francisco?! The new cast features vocalists who can really sing (one is almost opera level), a live pianist (not Scrumbly Koldwyn), and some venerable faux-British actors with lengthy c.v.s. Amazing!

() FREE Now through Nov 5: Charles Gatewood: 50 Years of Photography show at Tat Gallery; 415-781-1122 • 49 Geary Street • Suite 410 • San Francisco, CA 94108

() FREE Now through Nov 8: Gallery Paule Anglim announces the sixth presentation of the exhibition “SIGHT / VISION: The Urban Milieu.” Featuring works by Wallace Berman, Joan Brown, Cameron, Bruce Conner, Jean Conner, Jay DeFeo, Wally Hedrick, George Herms, Jess and Lawrence Jordan, this 2013 edition includes painting, sculpture, drawing, collage and film. Open Tue-Sat 11-5pm, 14 Geary/Kearny, SF

() $ Fri Nov 1, 8pm ULTRA BIDE from JAPAN (with HIDE): Eli’s Mile High Club, 3629 Martin Luther King Way/37th St, Oakland. 21+. With Altar de Fey (Aleph’s band), Pins of Light, Scraper. 3 blocks from BART MacArthur Station.
promo video:

() FREE Fri Nov 1, 6-8pm Dave Schubert Photo Opening at Electric Works, 1360 Mission/9th-10th Sts, SF

() FREE (OAKLAND) Hello! Nov 1, 5-9pm (regular Art Murmur hours): Singlewide Gallery (located in the building for Classic Cars West) 411 26th St., Oakland. “THIS FRIDAY is the night of the opening of Swamp Atlas, a collection of a good chunk of my older work and some new paintings that I made just for this event!!! I just met up with the artists who are setting up in the other room and they assured me it will be a hot, happenin’ lil’ shindig with delights for all the senses, so I’m quite excited and hope you can join us at the party! Even if you can’t make it, the show will be up until January, with a whole additional zine release event in December that will feature other Bay Area artists, and it looks like I will be making my very first mural for it!! Zipadeedooda! Anyway, it’s gonna be fun, if you’re around you should come, but if you don’t I wish you the best Friday (and life) you could possibly have!” – Kelsey Westphal

() Nov 1-3 & beyond: Our neighbor THE BEAT MUSEUM sends out a regular newsletter (subscribe to it!) and the latest contained this: “1 & 2). MOVIE RELEASES THIS WEEKEND!
“Both ‘Kill Your Darlings’ & ‘Big Sur’ are being released in various cities across the USA this week. None of us at The Beat Museum have seen ‘Kill Your Darlings’ but we absolutely loved ‘Big Sur’ by Michael Polish. ‘Kill Your Darlings’ has been getting pretty decent reviews. Some purists don’t like that it takes liberty with the facts, but many young people seem to love the idea of seeing Daniel Radcliffe in the role of Allen Ginsberg.

“I hope everyone who reads this newsletter will take it upon themselves to see one or BOTH of these films in the theaters this weekend. They’re not playing everywhere – they’re both pretty small films, after all. But please do support these film makers in their endeavors – they did put their hearts and souls into their work.

“As far as what these movies have done for The Beats, I can tell you the FOUR recent Beat films (Howl, On The Road, Kill Your Darlings & Big Sur) have done wonders for people’s interest in the writers and the books. This last year we’ve been seeing more visitors from all over the world than we have ever seen in the past. I expect that will continue and grow.

“Walter Salles, Director of ‘On The Road.’ told me three years ago how his hope with making his movie was it would cause more people to read Jack’s books. I believe Walter, along with all the other film makers, have done much to increase the level of awareness of all The Beats. And as a person who believes these writers changed the world for the better, I, for one, am glad more and more people are still learning about them.

“A tip of the hat to all the movie makers!

Big Sur Release Schedule:

My review of Big Sur:

Kill Your Darlings Release Schedule:

Some Other Beat Aficionados Reviews of Kill Your Darlings:

() FREE Sat Nov 2 4pm Night Hunter at Catherine Clark Gallery, 248 Utah/16th St East of Potrero St , SF “Hypnotic and haunting, Steers disquieting dreamscapes combine images of Lillian Gish from silent era films, with fragments of 18th and 19th century illustrations. A Victorian era dollhouse provides a lens to view videos of transmogrifications and dream-like narratives. Steers collages, video and sculptural work will appear together in this show in which wonder, horror and beauty coalesce.

() $ Sat Nov 2 THE SONICS

() FREE Wed 7pm Nov 6, Caffe Trieste: V. Vale plays piano in a variety show curated by Fanny Renoir (she will do two original songs) along with the Ned Boynton band, Will, and other musicians.

() ** NEW YORK** $ NOW Oct 2-Jan 12,: Chris Burden at the New Museum! () Mike Kelley Oct 13-Feb 2 at MOMA PS1 –

() FREE? Wed Nov 6. Janey Smith has a reading with Robert Gluck, Trevis Jeppesen, Tom Comitta, etc. The Basement, 651 Larkin/Ellis-O’Farrell Sts.

() FREE Thur Nov 7, 530pm Edward Burtynsky “Water” Opening at Rena Bransten Gallery, 77 Geary. The artist will walk you through the show!

() FREE Sun Nov 10 7pm Emerald Tablet presents Magazine Release Party for the new OUT OF OUR Magazine with poets, writers, musicians

() $ FRI Nov 15, 8pm SLIMs: Jello Biafra & Guantanamo School of Medicine, plus more bands tickets available at

() $ Sat Nov 16, time?) Emerald Tablet hosts a film showing arranged by Jesse of Alternative Tentacles: “…my friend’s film project, Loud! Fast! Philly! I’ll be spinning all-vinyl Philly punk before & after the presentation. It’s a combination of performance clips and interview clips and conversations with people in the audience who are connected to the various clips.”

() FREE (?) Feb 14-16, 2014: International San Francisco Mail Art Conference titled Ex Postal Facto Conference – go to, email inquiriers if you wish to participate to: – RE/SEARCH will have a table at this gala! You are welcome to submit artwork, but please do not expect compensation – this is MAIL ART!!!

5. What We’ve Attended or WANTED to Attend/What We’ve Been Reading/Seeing/Listening to/What We’ve Been Sent/Given, or Seen

() Halloween: Thur Oct 31, 2013 ULTRA BIDE from JAPAN (with HIDE) at Hemlock Tavern. Japanarchists Unite! New Album. Japanese punk band Ultra Bidé formed back in 1978, and have been churning out a mix of caustic noise rock, art punk, and post-hardcore ever since. We threaded our way down Polk Street between Mad Hatters, pirates, wenches and other less-identifiable revelers to the Hemlock. It was a fun show with Hide calling out encouragements about Halloween in-between the 2-bass, 1-drum musical assaults. Watch Alternative Tentacles site for links to the video from the show which will be posted by AT intern, Jimmy as soon as he can!
(also Biafra’s current west coast tour with GSM posted)

() Rick McGrath of Canada has produced his own JG BALLARD Anthology book; – it features photos by Ana Barrado!
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED BY RE/SEARCH: JG Ballard expert Rick McGrath sent us his new 8.5×11″ hardback on JG Ballard and it is beautiful (also rare, hard to find) and for us, totally engrossing. Every night we read ourselves to sleep with it. Fun to read the color reproductions (60 pages!!) of actual bibliographies, letters, an interview with additions/emendations/corrections by JGB himself – more challenging and fun than reading “normal” typeset words on pages. Also, the fact that this is not a corporately-published book but a labor of love, makes the experience of owing this actual physical object much more “poignant.” In fact, we at RE/Search need to find out the nuts-and-bolts of how this book was physically produced, and how long it took.
Rick McGrath himself posted on Facebook:
“Tired of waiting for Amazon to properly list this? It turns out I can order & have the printer ship these beauties myself, so I’ve listed both on eBay and have been able to eliminate Amazon’s somewhat greedy cut and flog the book directly to you… at substantial savings, it turns out, as I can print & mail this thing from both the US and the UK… from my computer to your hands… it’s the future, folks! The JG Ballard Book. Hardcover. Color. 60+ pages actual JGB handwriting! New!
“Introducing The JG Ballard Book, an oversized collection of articles, ideas, interviews, insights and a travelogue… as well as uniquely featuring hi-rez reproductions of over 60 pages of handwritten and typed letters from JG Ballard himself. The JG Ballard Book is 192 (count ’em) full-colour large format pages of fun and fascinating insights into Da Man — his life, his work and his planar intersections. The JG Ballard Book features contributions from some well-known denizens of the Ballardian universe: Toby Litt suggests Ballard’s political ideology may be as inverted as his plots; David Pringle offers up his thoughtful 1984 interview, J.G. Ballard: Psychoanalyst of the Electronic Age; Michael Bonsall cuts it open with JG Ballard in the Dissecting Room; Michael Holliday stitches together all the disconnected Atrocity Exhibition bits in Desperate Measures: A History of the Atrocity Exhibition; seminal Ballard bibliographer James Goddard contributes actual Ballard documents from his extensive collection, a total of 56 pages of Ballard’s handwritten text, interview corrections, lists and more from JGB’s intense and experimental late 1960s and 1970s; Rick Poynor paints a picture of how Ballard has been treated by the visual media in What Does J.G. Ballard Look Like?; Sam Francis, fresh from his acclaimed study, The Psychological Fictions of J.G. Ballard, amuses us with an unpublished 2005 Ballard interview; Prof Peter Brigg clocks in with JG Ballard: Time Out of Mind; Jordi Costa, the creative force behind the JGB exhibition in Barcelona, takes a big screen look with Ballardoscope: Some Attempts at Approaching the Writer as a Visionary; Paul A. Green amazingly paints a pure Ballard pastiche with The Impossibility Exhibition; and Rick McGrath re-imagines his 2007 journey to Shanghai to visit the few remains of JG Ballard’s youth in the “wicked city”, with original letters, maps and drawings by Ballard. The book features original cover art by Luca del Baldo and 10 delicious photographs by Ana Barrado. The JG Ballard Book is a large format, must-have collection for any Ballard fan!”
Hear, hear! This is now one of our favorite books of all time! Beautifully produced; a rare “niche” item and object.
BUYER FROM THE UK/EUROPE? PLEASE NOTE: email me for the exact delivery cost, as this also ships from the UK.

() Our friend Steven Gray gave us his newest publication (edited by Sarah Page): OUT OF OUR #16: poetry magazine. Send your poems/essays to them, and subscribe $15 one-year subscription, printed twice a year: Out of Our, 1288 Columbus Ave #216, San Francisco CA 94133-1302. Or pay by PayPal to: Steven Gray is an excellent blues-and-beyond guitarist, and his photographs were featured in our JG Ballard Quotes and JG Ballard Conversations books.


7. RECOMMENDED LINKS (send some!)

() from Mark P:

() from Yoshi: – Chinese girl gets plastic surgery from money she “took” from Red Cross

() from Graham R:

() from Babalou:

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() from Karen M: — walking pod Liam at Milk Crate #15

() from V in London: WSBurroughs sings:!/entry/watch-the-william-s-burroughsnarrated-8216hxan-witchcraft-through-the-ages8217,5272e288b7d8d24162ac1a2b Dangerous Minds

() – this is the first time I’ve heard myself (V. Vale) playing organ with Blue Cheer, thanks to Ben Van Meter’s sound recording! (& collage 8mm film, of course). THANKS, BEN – hope you’re alive! – V. Vale

() from Phil G:

() from James M: Great album from a Phoenix band during the psychedelic 60’s. The B side is REALLY good! Weird scene, Phoenix TV station, 1982. “Cool 60s warped mindset”

() from Ed H: “This really captures the scene in those Original Days”:

() from Dave S: Lou Reed: Street Hassle. R.I.P.


() “With its passive and unobtrusive despotism, the camera governed the smallest spaces of our lives. Even in the privacy of our own homes we had all been recruited to play our parts in what were little more than real-life commercials… The medium of film had turned us all into minor actors in an endlessly running day-time serial.” – J.G. Ballard J.G. Ballard: Quotes 1991, page 75


() “I’d like to subscribe to your newsletter. I love your books. I used to read them to my kids as bedtime stories. Keep up the good work. T”

() “Vale, Just received the R/S 1-2-3 mags the other day, I can’t stop flipping through them. I didn’t realize how different the layout was before you began to publish them as books. They definitely are not dated, at least to my eyes. The 70s underground is something that I doubt will ever be “uncool”. Two of my favorite pieces from the mags were the interview with Genesis about that dude that spent most of his teen years and young adult life behaving like a modern day Robin Hood, and the Punk Prostitutes article.”

“I also wanted to thank you for starting Re/Search in the first place, it’s opened me up to a whole new world(s). Last May I bought a copy of 4/5 (My interest in Burroughs was only sparked this past year), and spent a lot of time reading over the Burroughs articles, but then one fateful evening I decided to read one of the interviews with Throbbing Gristle. I had heard one of their songs, but knew very little of the members and the rest of their discography. I admit I was a bit hesitant at first when reading Genesis’ words, but as the months passed I have become just as interested in h/er as I am interested in Burroughs. Of course my ipod is now filled with PTV and TG.”

“I can’t wait to read more of your publications, is there one you would recommend I get next? Thanks, Tristan”

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