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TABLE OF CONTENTS:
1. MESSAGE FROM EDITOR: EBABZ Zine Fest, RE/Search Mentors, More…
1A. NEW FROM RE/SEARCH: BRAND NEW RE/SEARCH POCKETBOOK: Ed Hardy (interviews) – in stores soon! (We expect to have copies soon!) Also, TINY LIMITED EDITION of SURREALISM SHOW CATALOG (100 made) only available direct from RE/Search!
2. The Counter Culture Hour Sat Dec 14, 2013 – 6:00 PM PACIFIC TIME – SF cable channel 29, also simulcast on-line — Hidé from Japanese punk band Ultra Bidé
http://www.bavc.org/public-access-tv/live-stream/channel-29-stream (simulcast only, not on demand 🙁 )
3. **MEDITATION SPACE** [blank]
4. FORTHCOMING EVENTS:
5. What We’ve Attended/What We’ve Been Reading/Seeing:
6. MEDITATION SPACE No. 2
7. Recommended Links – send some!
8. QUOTE from J.G. Ballard, always more relevant 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 YOUR EDITOR, V. VALE: “Zine Publishing May Be More Relevant Than Ever; the same goes for ZineFests!”
[Order before Dec 25 & have your order gift-wrapped in special hand-silkscreened RE/Search wrapping paper! (limited supply; first come, first served! Made in the RE/Search office.) www.researchpubs.com ]
No matter how much time you spend in front your iScreen (laptop, cellphone, iPad, desktop (does anybody use desktop computers anymore?!), most people would agree that it’s actually a lot more fun to talk with someone a few feet away, in person. 3-D beats 2-D, for one thing—there’s more information. And 4D is even better—being with another human in the same room in linear time is a much fuller, richer experience and probably more memorable—is “remember-able” a word yet?
Saturday Dec 7 we woke up at 7:30AM and made it to the East Bay Zine Fest (EBABZ), put on by Tomas (Rad Dad zine and now book) and his friends RSP (Rock Scissors Paper) at 2050 Center St, Berkeley, close to the Farmers Market. The first person we talked to was Kelly Dessaint, whose zines we praised in our Sept 2013 Newsletter. He was setting up a table with his wife Irina (BTW, they are looking for a place to live in the East Bay that will accept a cat; if you know of any leads please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org – we NEED people like these to move to the Bay Area). We had already felt we had lived the life described in Kelly’s autobiography/novel A Masque of Infamy (“a metalhead from L.A. moves to small town Alabama, discoveres Punk Rock, rebels against the rednecks and Bible-thumpers, deals with an abusive home life and winds up in a mental hospital”), and thankfully we were the recipients of two more follow-up zines, Women Got Me Drinking, and The Detour Guide, which continued the life of the young narrator. Now, we instantly felt transported back to the days when novels were serialized in weekly (or monthly) pulp magazines and the reader could hardly wait until the next installment. Without giving anything away, WGMD gives a very funny lesson on how one’s perception of “reality” can easily be skewed by one’s hopes, or desires, or horniness, or…
The Detour Guide (Piltdownlad #5) had a beautiful silver-blue metallic cover (what kind of paper stock is this?!) and 64 pages of yet more compelling narratives virtually impossible to put down, the longest augmented by some almost drunkenly-weird drawings by Nick Knudson. Amused that Kelly refers to Irina as “The Wife.” Never wanted to visit New Orleans (it is The South, after all) but K.D. makes it sound at least tolerable. “The Detour Guide” story was funny. “Another Detour” was somewhat appalling—yikes! “Gettin’ Lost Downtown” was contemporary as yesterday, especially if one has walked around within 10 blocks of the neighborhood of The Last Bookstore in downtown L.A. All the zine reviews were, well, heartwarmingly-written while remaining hyperconscious of process, kinda celebratory of supposedly outdated, pre-computer technology which can still be deployed in the production of a paper zine today. Kelly Dessaint makes us want to go out in search of an Olympia typewriter… Never thought I’d ever have “typewriter envy” again, having produced Search & Destroy on a borrowed IBM Correcting Selectric II belonging to City Lights Bookstore, but… Love to see a sci-fi apocalypse movie in which computers and the Internet are long a thing of the past… Kelly Dessaint’s work can be found at kellydessaint.com
The next visitor was Youssef Alaoui Fdili, who gave us a selection of beautiful gold business card-size “conceptual artworks” whose subject matter reflected his obsessions or “likes”: a vintage balloon holding a sailing ship, an “alchemical” drawing of a man and woman lying together somehow merged into one body, and other imagistic voyages into past centuries. Then he presented to us The Blue Demon, with a cover drawing or engraving of an old sailing ship tumbling vertically downward over an enormous waterfall (actually, it’s the “Maelstrom” cover illustration by Alberto Martini 1902-1909 for Tales of Edgar Allan Poe). Somewhat casually we started reading this and practically before we knew it we had FINISHED THE ENTIRE BOOK! It’s been decades since we immersed ourselves in (literally) the horror fiction of William Hope Hodgson, Edgar Allan Poe and H.P. Lovecraft (plus others), but this short novel (with a definite original twist; the hero is a “Muslim”) ranks with the best writings of those ground-breaking explorers of the dark depths of psychological nightmarishness just on the borderlands adjacent to utter madness. We highly recommend this self-published book (zine): youssefalaoui.tumblr.com or write email@example.com – also: facebook.com/iuoala
Jackson Quinn and Deborah B. furnished Weathergirl & Camera Two, who “discover a sinister worldwide conspiracy involving weather manipulation, mind control, human sacrifice, and the global elite, it could be the story of the century—if they could just stay sober!” “Chemtrails, fluoride, GMOs, vaccines and smartphones exist to break our hearts, poison our bodies, control our minds, and enslave our souls!” How about “Signs of an alcohol deficiency include: () increases muscle coordination () restoration of proper judgment () heightened memory & attention span () Alertness () Increased heart rate () Increased ability to operate motor vehicles, heavy machinery, aircraft, etc. () Successfully forming and expressing coherent thoughts without slurring () Weight loss () Absence of birth defeces in offspring () Enjoying a proper night’s sleep () Healthy checking account balance [etc]… There’s plenty to ponder in this graphic design work. pavementpark.net
We overheard snippets of conversation like, “I’ve been reading so many zines, I’ve hardly been exposed to any corporate media in months!” The person next to us, a young man sporting a gi-normous beard, brought his own hand-hewn-out-of-scrap-doors-and-other-discarded-lumber “cabinet of curiosities” which unfolded to showcase all his handmade zines, graphics, booklets and whatnot on little shelves. This was REAL, not virtual!
It seems amazing when people come up and just give you their zines! Next time I must bring or make [or both] some zines specifically just to TRADE…trading seems like a slap in the face of the not-yet-dead capitalist dictatorship of our lives. What can kill capitalism? What will the economy of 200 years from now be like?
Kelsey W. gave us her zine Come Find Out #9 (made in several colors: yellow, blue, red, green; we chose the yellow cover) which was “printed on a Risograph in Emeryville, CA, at Come Find Out Press, Dec 2013.” This zine was “dedicated to Ferguson Fenool The Cat, long may he be remembered for his tricksome shoulder dances, agility and radness. Nov 1, 2012-Nov 23, 2013.” Drawings. Comics. At least two harrowing stories, maybe more. “Potato Orgy for One” is a particularly toothsome “confessional” for potato lovers (shades of Van Gogh) such as ourselves. comefindoutthezine.tumblr.com firstname.lastname@example.org
A smiling young woman in a hat festooned with buttons gave us two mini-zines: “Small World Time Negating Apparatus” and “White Magick.” Elliptical! anathemalit.webbly.com fourthwaycomics.com … Another young woman gave us “Scriblings” [sic]: drawings, collages, text collage – mystere… email@example.com … A young woman with a exuberant vertical mop of black hair gave us PERV, a preview comic by Serena Noline. “The comics that changed me…” “Under the Sheets” (sad tale). Nice photo of Bette Page on the back cover. [no ordering information] … Who gave us NEGATIVE PARTY? It’s quite beautifully produced: cream cover stock, rich black comics inside. Sample: “Famous Pukes in Punk History: After two pints of vodka and a couple quaaludes Darby Crash was able to take the stage like a puzzled panther on a summer night in 1978. The legions of crazy Germs fans watched through puke flecked eyes as they closed their set with a fist fight.” Negative Party Press, 340 Capp St #1, SF 94110. Travis.Igler@gmail.com … Jack P. gave us a poem about his daughter. Lastly, Jacob McCann gave us his totally written-by-hand zine titled Heavy Lidded: Songs from the Bummer Punk Epoch (collages, poems). Much angst, social excoriation and faux humor (or is it irony) especially the closing comic featuring “Happy Rino” [sic] Actually, the more you look at these collage pages, the more you might like ’em; they become more decipherable and little phrases leap out at you, then other images get foregrounded…
We played a CD from noisemetsound.com and liked track #4 featuring male vocals, violin (or is it viola?) and guitar… very musical. The other tracks were “avant-garde”-like…
As fallout from EBABZ, on Tuesday we received a surprise visit from A– (for “Anarchy” – a joke!), who wheeled her bicycle into our office. Right away we started solving the problems of the world: 1) roll back rents to 50 years ago. Unoccupied building space must be made available for low-cost housing or culture-making. 2) no more US corporate manufacturing overseas; bring the jobs back home! Everything used in America has to be MADE in America, including Apple products. 3) double the minimum wage; it won’t cost anything… 4) How can we imagine a future 200 years from now WITHOUT CAPITALISM (as it now exists)? ETC. Fun!
We were also given books by friends this month. Penelope Rosemont, a founder of the Chicago Surrealist Group, was in town to attend to the art show she curated at Emerald Tablet, 80 Fresno Alley, and participate in a City Lights reading/speaking event. (Incidentally, Marian Wallace produced a beautiful, all-color 8.5×11″ 16-page photo/text catalog in an printing of 100 copies; if you want one, write: firstname.lastname@example.org – hint: it’s a “rare collectible”!). Penelope kindly gave us the new hardback release of The Collected Poems of Philip Lamantia, a mentor of V. Vale (see more at the end of this newsletter). We’ve been reading it every night… [note from Marc P: “Archive.org has preserved some cool stuff! The poetry lecture i was trying to remember is a PHILIP LAMANTIA lecture from 1979, listen to it! https://archive.org/details/AM_1979_08_20
Another book that promises to be slightly more than incredible has a fair amount of text in French that we will get to translating ASAP: a gorgeous 9×12” hardbound book focusing on JG Ballard and The Atrocity Exhibition (the RE/Search special edition, that is) is cited as inspiration. Full of surprisingly prophetic illustrations taken from little-seen “sci-fi” magazines such as New Worlds, Astounding Science Fiction and David Pringle’s own Interzone (Pringle is the foremost Ballard historian/archivist, followed by Rick McGrath, Mike Holliday and others). THIS IS A MUST FOR BALLARD “COLLECTORS.” A beautiful “achievement for the ages” by Director Alexis Georgacopoulos and his associates. Write email@example.com for instructions as how to order your own copy of ATROCITY EXHIBITION ARCHIVE PARADOXE. Hard to recommend this book highly enough!
Now, longtime RE/Search readers will recognize that our main “trustworthy” inspirations are Ballard, Burroughs, Lamantia, plus the territories of Surrealism, Situationism, Dada and more—yes, there is a rebel-cultural-continuum reaching far back in time and embracing the entirety of Planet Earth. But, we do NOT include as a primary influence, say, Aleister Crowley… even though we tried to read everything by him and Austin Osman Spare, etc. It seems that as a matter of historical record all the Crowley devotees we’ve personally encountered are besmirched with unsavory ethics (yes, they will steal from you because, heh heh, “Do What Thou Wilt” is the whole of their law) and a desire to CONTROL everyone they meet. Sure, this will arouse protests from a handful of our readers who are fans of the O.T.O. and its imitative subsidiaries, but so be it. Any such occult groups are CORPORATIONS with mission statements—wise up! So, the first question to ask is, when encountering ANY media or member of any group: IS THIS A CORPORATION? (like, VICE magazine or amazon.com?! Ah-hum, YES.)
Here at RE/Search, we try very hard to “tell it like it is.” And yes, we cherish an active hatred of gurus, cults and their larger, more powerful relatives: CORPORATIONS… CORPORATE media, hegemonies, hierarchies and their parasitical tentacles reaching out into the brains of almost everyone alive. But, corporate hatred can be fun! You say you like The New York Times—well, try hating it! We consider it aimed at the middle-class corporate-slave mentality. Again, corporate hatred can be fun… Try it some time…
We hope that RE/Search readers are Marxists in the Groucho sense: “I wouldn’t join any group that would have me as a member.” Black Humor, Anti-Authoritarianism & D-I-Y = Our Muse! Our xmas wish is for everybody reading this to try to, this month, read a real book on real paper (preferably published by RE/Search, ha ha), thus insulated from the immersive 24/7 environment of advertising. Good luck!
1A. BRAND NEW RE/SEARCH POCKETBOOK: Ed Hardy (interviews) – in stores imminently! (We expect to have copies soon!)
ALSO: LIMITED EDITION of SURREALISM SHOW CATALOG (100 made) only available direct from RE/Search! 16 large color pages with art and bios on Winston Smith, Penelope Rosemont, Marian Wallace and others.
2. Counter Culture Hour – Sat Dec 14, 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 Dec 14, 2013. Hidé of Japan punk group Ultra Bidé. Hidé has some very interesting theories about music, sound and recording, and imparts his thoughts in a most intriguing manner, in conversation with V. Vale.
– 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, Dec 14, 2013
USA east coast: 9:00 PM Sunday, Dec 15, 2013
Tokyo: 10:00 AM Sunday, Dec 15, 2013
If you cannot get this online email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Thur Dec 12, 7pm SFAI party features Kal Spelletich, Chris Johanson and other artists…
() FREE Fri Dec 13, 4-8pm closing party for Electric Works Gallery, 1360 Mission/9th-10th St, SF
() **OAKLAND** $5 (All proceeds to Vinsent Anthony Soltero’s funeral costs) Fri Dec 13, 7pm on **OAKLAND** One of our favorite living bands, NASA SPACE UNIVERSE, plays a rare show (RE/Search will TRY HARD to be there!) World Rage Center, 917 35th St., Oakland 94608! ALSO on bill: The Coltranes, Fossor House, Meathead, Fishbreath. http://nasaspaceuniverse.bandcamp.com/
() FREE Sat Dec 14 annual Santacon, SF (see our PRANKS 2 book!): https://www.facebook.com/events/725719674120382
() FREE? Sat Dec 14, 4-8pm, Canyon Cinema Pop-Up with Jonathan Marlow & Jeff Lambert: Clowns, Japes, Jokes & Other Funny Business from Canyon Cinema, at Kadist A.F., 3295 20th St/Folsom St (#12 bus!) , SF.
() FREE Sun Dec 15 11-3pm, XMAS LAST GASP Warehouse Sale!, 2948 20th St/Florida (use keypad to enter), SF. Support local San Francisco publishing! For Book Lovers Only!
() $5-15 Dec 17, 8pm, El Rio, 3158 Mission St, SF “A Fundraiser for Nick Knave’s Puppetsploitation Project. “A GOLDRUSH CHRISTMAS” https://www.facebook.com/events/245749615582211/
() $ Wed Dec 18, benefit screening for Internet Archive of Rick Prelinger’s Short San Francisco Films presentation: http://ialostlandscapes.brownpapertickets.com (Internet Archive’s scanning room burned down, hence this benefit)
() FREE Thur Dec 19, 5:30-7:30pm. Rena Bransten Gallery, 77 Geary, SF: Tracey Snelling, Marci Washington. Opening Reception.
() $ Thur Dec 19, 7pm: New People’s Cinema, 1746 Post St, SF: Another Hole in the Head Festival presents The G-String Horror *Demon Cut* World Premiere! RE/SEARCH plans to be there! http://g-stringhorror.com/
() $18 Fri Dec 20, 9pm, Elbo Room, 647 Valencia St, SF: El Vez (Robert Lopez, founding member of The Zeros) and Rosie Flores present a Xmas Show. elbo.com elvez.net
() FREE **LOS ANGELES** Jan 31-Feb 2, 2014 L.A. Art Book Fair! RE/Search will have a table – visit us! Geffen Contemporary at LA MOCA, Japantown, L.A. http://laartbookfair.net/about
() FREE (?) Feb 14-16, 2014: International San Francisco Mail Art Conference titled Ex Postal Facto Conference – go to www.expostalfacto.wordpress.com, email inquiriers if you wish to participate to: email@example.com – 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
() We loved the Peter Brotzmann (drums: Paal Nilssen) free jazz concert at 55 Taylor St, SF (Center for New Music) – our first time at this venue. Sat Nov 23, 2013. Our friend from Hamburg Peter Sempel escorted us to this over-the-top and sold-out performance. Peter is a filmmaker from the 70s Punk days; google him and you may learn a lot! http://centerfornewmusic.com/calendar/duo-peter-broetzmann-reeds-paal-nilssen-love-drums/ …
() 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.
http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_trksid=p2050601.m570.l1313.TR4.TRC1.A0.XThe+JG+Ballard+Book&_nkw=The+JG+Ballard+Book&_sacat=267&_from=R40 BUYER FROM THE UK/EUROPE? PLEASE NOTE: email me for the exact delivery cost, as this also ships from the UK.
() intv w/John Waters. Sadly, we missed him at Yoshi’s on Sat Nov 23 – nobody told us about this show, or we would have put it in This Newsletter! Here’s an article: http://www.ebar.com/arts/art_article.php?sec=film&article=1167 – Well, now we have a Google Alert on John Waters; maybe that might help…
() () FREE Sat Nov 30, 1-4pm Ralph Metzner at Emerald Tablet, 80 Fresno St. Signup at City Lights Books, 261 Columbus for this event.
() FREE Emerald Tablet presents
AND for Emerald Tablet’s schedule of events: http://emtab.org/
() $ 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. www.thrillpeddlers.com 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 Tue Dec 3, 530pm, Union Square, SF. David Calkins/Ken Goldberg’s Robot does a Chanukah Lighting http://billgrahammenorah.org/
() FREE Wed 7pm Dec 4, 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, guitarist Will Rogers, and other musicians.
() FREE Wed Dec 4, 7pm GARY SNYDER at City Lights Books, 261 Columbus, SF
() ) FREE Thur Dec 5, 6-9pm: Opening Reception. (Show stays up til Jan 4, 6pm.) Adobe Books Backroom Gallery, Folsom/24th St, SF. “Where science is stranger than fiction… Featuring: The Cyborgesses (Stephanie Mansolf and Jen Ontiveros), Stephanie Rohlfs, Amber Stucke, Hanhan Zhang. Curated by Katie Hood Morgan.
“In the tropical forests of Africa, Brazil and elsewhere, the devastating effects can be observed. Entire colonies have been known to be decimated by the disease. The infected carpenter ant climbs down from the safety of the canopy, finds a northern-facing plant 25 cm from the ground, latches its mandibles to the central vein of the underside of a large leaf, and waits to die. In time, a dark fungal stalk will emerge from the back of its neck and release spores, helping to propagate the Ophiocordyceps unilateralis fungus over great distances. The zombified ant’s purpose fulfilled, the shell of its body may cling there for a time before he crumbles into nothing.
“Humans imagine that they exist at the very top of a complex hierarchy of plant and animal life. We are blissfully ignorant of (or rail futilely against) the forces of nature acting on us both internally and externally. The artists here choose to relinquish this control and instead dig deep into the unknown–the edges of our knowledge, where biology meets imagination. They embrace the fungus among us.
“Stephanie Rohlfs grafts cacti with distant cousins and neighbors to create familiar yet unnatural forms.
“The Cyborgesses encourage a strange and colorful garden to grow. Forms both organic and fantastic creep beyond the gallery walls.
“Hanhan Zhang’s sensual ceramic flowers sprout from the walls, extending tentacles or perhaps sexual organs towards the visitor.
“Amber Stucke creates highly detailed scientific drawings which layer imagined forms with a close analysis of symbiotic organisms such as lichen and algae. She offers paper dusted with wild mushroom spores for viewers to take away.
“Anthropochory is the scientific term for dispersal of plant matter by humans. Please take one. Be our host.
() FREE Thur Dec 5, 4-8pm: lighting of the gigantic xmas tree at McLaren Lodge, Fell/Stanyan St, corner of Golden Gate Park. More fun than you think!
() ** NEW YORK** $ NOW Oct 2-Jan 12,: Chris Burden at the New Museum! newmuseum.org () Mike Kelley Oct 13-Feb 2 at MOMA PS1 – momaps1.org
() FREE **BERKELEY** Sat Dec 7 10-5pm, 2050 Center St (near Shattuck BART), EAST BAY ALTERNATIVE ZINE Fest (EBABZ) organized by Rad Dad publisher Tomas Moniz (and friends SPR). http://www.eastbayalternativebookandzinefest.com/
() $ Mon Dec 9, Castro Theater SF: I Am Divine – feature film on the John Waters film star & collaborator.
() FREE Tue Dec 10, 7pm Kenneth Rexroth Appreciation with Ken Knabb, David Meltzer, Kim Stanley Robinson at City Lights Books, 261 Columbus, SF
() $ Wed Dec 11, 9pm: New People’s Cinema: “The Shining: Forwards and Backwards is exactly what it sounds like: a screening of The Shining with a (silent) reverse projection of The Shining screened on top. While I don’t believe the conspiracies that Stanley Kubrick hid secret messages in the movie, the man was a notorious symmetry junkie, and the structure of the film makes for some eerie moments, like the “Here’s Johnny” scene superimposed over a calm, pre-freak-out Jack Nicholson being welcomed to the hotel. You’ve seen lots of haunted-house movies, but have you ever seen a movie haunt itself?” http://anotherholeinthehead.festivalgenius.com/2013/films/shiningforwardsandbackwards_stanleykubrick_anotherholeinthehead2013
6. MEDITATION SPACE No. 2
7. RECOMMENDED LINKS (send some!)
() from Mako: J.G. Ballard – High Rise | To the best of our KNOWLEDGE
www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/books/book-review-eminent-hipsters-1. Donald Fagen mentions JGBallard
() http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XogCT2e0Vp4&feature=youtu.be – 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 still alive! – V. Vale
() Wanda Coleman, featured in the RE/Search ANGRY WOMEN book, has died; R.I.P. http://www.latimes.com/obituaries/la-me-wanda-coleman-20131124-1,0,3349194.story?page=2#axzz2lgTVJSFL
() from Kimric S: http://www.flickr.com/photos/26639011@N06/5121705680/in/photolist-8NA5Em
() from Ralf: http://www.theguardian.com/world/gallery/2013/nov/05/skydivers-escape-wisconsin-planes-crash?picture=421721031
() from Wolfgang Muller: http://www.hr-online.de/website/radio/hr2/index.jsp?rubrik=9108
() from Steve B: http://capturefilmandvideo.com/282/
() from Karen M: http://archive.srl.org/2013/11/08/assassination-prop-at-area-the-exhibition/ from Hole Gallery
() from skot a: http://www.theguardian.com/music/2013/nov/08/washington-rappers-peso-pacman-north-korea cultural ambassadors
http://moussemagazine.it/articolo.mm?id=1054#photoGallery – It’s like Pop Art in reverse: Warhol took the content of mass culture and brought it into art, while they’re using “art” as content and spreading it through contemporary forms of mass media—but really they’re only producing a new form of kitsch, complete with mawkish sentimentality.
() from Greg L: http://gizmodo.com/5444850/rca-airnergy-charges-gadgets-with-nothing-but-wifi-signals
() W.S. Burroughs PHOTOGRAPHER: http://www.yareah.com/2013/11/10/2526-william-s-burroughs-photographer/
() from Phil G: http://cachemonet.com/
() from Regan K: http://www.hitfix.com/motion-captured/an-unexpected-appearance-by-andy-kaufmans-daughter-at-an-event-raises-new-questions
http://musicformaniacs.blogspot.com/2013/06/l-ron-hubbard-friends-road-to-freedom.html Who knew?
() from RU Sirius: http://stealthissingularity.com/2013/11/21/jfk-americas-first-psychedelic-president/
() from Michael S: http://www.sciencefriday.com/ Click on “When Water Flows Uphill”
() from Wolfgang Muller (Deadly Doris): Die Tödliche Doris: STOPP (der Information) 1983 – 2011
als 12inch Vinyl & booklet, limited Edition: http://www.squoodge.de/prestashop/
und Video-Clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rEKAdj9f-UY
() from G.K.: http://www.thebolditalic.com/articles/4056-a-rare-look-at-the-tunnels-under-san-francisco
() from Dave S: http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2013/11/lucid-stead-a-transparent-cabin-built-of-wood-and-mirrors-by-phillip-k-smith-iii
() John Waters website: http://www.dreamlandnews.com
() from Mike D: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4l1gI7qciqA Dave Brubeck/Ralph J. Gleason
() from V in London: http://mentalfloss.com/article/31932/chasing-cicada-exploring-darkest-corridors-internet – internet scavenger hunt for “cyptohackers”…
https://medium.com/p/9f6896d92c79 (which side are you on?—Medium)
() from Amy J: http://www.odditycentral.com/news/detroit-homeowner-uses-dummies-dressed-as-gang-members-to-deter-real-criminals.html
() from Ruby R: http://dangerousminds.net/comments/the_power_of_the_witch_super_rare_british_witchcraft_documentary_from_1971
() See Ron Turner, Last Gasp founder, get “roasted” – full video: http://fora.tv/2013/10/16/2013_Barbary_Coast_Award_to_Ron_Turner_and_Last_Gasp
() the gift that keeps on giving: a Google Alert on John Waters, once a week, the best of…
() support this Travis project: https://www.facebook.com/IndustrialSoundtrackForTheUrbanDecay
() http://askbrock.wordpress.com/2013/12/12/seo-for-homeless-freezing-to-death-in-san-jose/ (there are **2** parts)
() from Ken Goldberg: “This is a great opportunity for artists, please forward to anyone who might be interested in applying: Resurrecting 1967 #Art and #Technology program, @LACMA announces call for proposals: #ArtplusTech https://www.lacma.org/lab
() from “Ileana”: “One of your J.G. Ballard interviews was featured in the online version of the British fashion/culture mag, Dazed & Confused: http://www.dazeddigital.com/artsandculture/article/17952/1/jg-ballard-interviewed?utm_source=feedly BTW, I came upon it by accident yesterday when I was reading my news feed on the bus!” – [V’s reply: strange; I have a Google alert on “J.G. Ballard” and didn’t get a notification… is Google “slipping”… ? Hmm…]
() photo of V. Vale taken 10 months ago: http://www.dazeddigital.com/artsandculture/gallery/16994/5/jg-ballard-the-book-covers
() “If it wasn’t recorded, it didn’t happen.”—J.G. Ballard
9. LETTERS FROM READERS:
() “Dear Friends — I want to invite you to the 8th edition of LOST LANDSCAPES OF SAN FRANCISCO, to screen Tuesday, December 17, 7:30 pm, at the wonderful Castro Theatre, San Francisco.
“I also want to invite you to a very different event: a four-screen video installation that’s a cousin, but not a clone, of LOST LANDSCAPES. It’s called BAY MOTION: CAPTURING SAN FRANCISCO BAY ON FILM, and it’s opening at Oakland Museum of California this Friday, November 9, and running through June 29, 2014. The Museum’s link is here: http://www.museumca.org/exhibit/bay-motion-capturing-san-francisco-bay-film
“This year’s LOST LANDSCAPES will bring together familiar and unseen archival film clips showing San Francisco as it was and is no more. Blanketing the 20th-century city, from the Bay to Ocean Beach, this screening includes newly-discovered images of Playland and Sutro Baths; the waterfront; families living and playing in their neighborhoods; detail-rich streetscapes of the late 1960s; the 1968 San Francisco State strike; Army and family life in the Presidio; buses, planes, trolleys and trains; a selected reprise of greatest hits from years 1-7; and much, much more. As usual, you’ll be the star at the glorious Castro — audience members are asked to identify places and events, ask questions, share their thoughts, and create an unruly interactive symphony of speculation about the city we’ve lost and the city we’d like to live in.
“The link to buy LOST LANDSCAPES tickets is here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/509026
“Here’s Long Now Foundation’s link describing the Castro event: http://longnow.org/seminars/02013/dec/17/lost-landscapes-san-francisco-8/
“Looking forward to seeing you! — Rick Prelinger”
() “V., I’ve been aware of, and a fan of your work for awhile now. If I had to guess it was probably 13 or 14 years ago that I was introduced to RE/Search. When I was in high school I got a job packing records for Elden M (Allegory Chapel Ltd. and former employee of Subterranean Records) and Debbie Jaffe (Master Slave Relationship) at their Blackmetal.com record label / distro. Needless to say it was a very interesting job and exposed me to many wonderful subcultures that I might not have learned about otherwise. I think the Industrial Culture Handbook was the first RE/Search book I picked up. Over the years I’ve accumulated about 10 books published by you. I must say, they never disappoint. I few years ago I bought some books and the wonderful Burroughs shirt from you at the Anarchist Book Fair, that is the only time before this I have bought your books directly from you.
“I had been meaning to read Ballard for awhile. I read The Drought about 2 months ago and was blown away. Not long after I was at a local used book store and found Super-Cannes, Running Wild, and Cocaine Nights. I tore through those and was still hungry for more. That’s where you come in!
“I am also aware of SRL and was fortunate enough to catch the show they did at the Shipyard in Berkeley back in 2003 (i think). It was the most amazing show / performance I’ve ever been to.
“Thank you and keep up the great work! — Mike Potter”
() “Hello ~ just wanted to tell you about a new book to experience —
“I was stunned a few months back when i went to City Lights Bookstore to see/hear Richard Hell and found out that the Philip Lamantia works were ‘out of print’ … i thought ‘how could this be??’ but now Philip’s entire published works plus other material are available in this one volume mentioned below, via city lights. With Philips wife, Nancy Peters as one of the editors – well … i know what i want for christmas 😉 but besides that it is a must, in my opinion, for anyone intrigued by Surrealism, symbolism, dream work and imagination. hey … he changed my life w/words. You can read about the new book below…
“I have hardly ever seen Patti Smith so transfixed and taken away by art as i did when i had patti on my pomo literati radio program on KUSF and i was playing Philip Lamantia reading his own work, she shused everyone in the room and asked if she could use my headphones. she sat back and closed her eyes and listened grinning from ear to ear. she later thanked me profusely saying ” thank you for bringing me the voice of Philip Lamantia, i have never HEARD him, it was MAGICK!!” and so it was. it was a moment. The book will have many. – Frank Andrick”
“Many poets have contributed to the greatness of City Lights, but few more so than North Beach’s own Philip Lamantia (1927-2005). Lamantia published his earliest work in avant-garde magazines when he was 15, then at 16 went to NYC to join the war-exiled Paris surrealists. Known as the foremost American surrealist, he also played a role in the Beat Generation, participating in the Six Gallery reading in 1955 and influencing Ginsberg’s Howl. From the ’60s onward, he was published by City Lights. Collected Poems gathers all of his published work and key unpublished poems and includes an extensive biographical essay—everything you need in one package.—Recommended by Garrett Caples, City Lights Books”
“The Collected Poems of Philip Lamantia represents the lifework of the most visionary poet of the American postwar generation. Philip Lamantia (1927-2005) played a major role in shaping the poetics of both the Beat and the Surrealist movements in the United States. First mentored by the San Francisco poet Kenneth Rexroth, the teenage Lamantia also came to the attention of the French Surrealist leader André Breton, who, after reading Lamantia’s youthful work, hailed him as a “voice that rises once in a hundred years.” Later, Lamantia went “on the road” with Jack Kerouac and shared the stage with Allen Ginsberg at the famous Six Gallery reading in San Francisco, where Ginsburg first read Howl. Throughout his life, Lamantia sought to extend and renew the visionary tradition of Romanticism in a distinctly American vernacular, drawing on mystical lore and drug experience in the process. The Collected Poems gathers not only his published work but also an extensive selection of unpublished or uncollected work; the editors have also provided a biographical introduction.”
Publisher University of California Press
Nb of pages 512 p.
V. Vale notes: Philip Lamantia was an early mentor, and the Search & Destroy/RE/Search publications would perhaps not have existed had it not been for Philip. Other mentors were William S. Burroughs and J.G. Ballard. Therefore, we highly recommend this hardback of Philip’s poems – there are interesting biographical details, too!
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7. www.SOPHIAGASPARIAN.com “fine art about equal human rights worldwide”
8. Philip Lenihan. A founder of Sluggo magazine from Austin, Texas. Find him on Facebook?
9. Mal Sharpe, Jennifer Sharpe. Mal’s band plays the Savoy Tivoli Saturday (and Sunday?) afternoons on Grant St. in S.F.
10. Charles H. Kerr Publishing Company – Penelope Rosemont, Chicago Surrealist Group founder.
11. Kevin O’Malley+Christie Dames, the High-Heeled Anarchist: TechTalk/Studio: http://techtalkstudio.com + Commonwealth Club, San Francisco.
12. Emily Armstrong/Pat Ivers’ pioneering 1st generation NYC 1975-80 punk videos! http://gonightclubbing.com see ’em yourself @ NYU Fales Library Downtown Collection, debut: Oct 2013
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