Thursday, May 15, 2003
Oliver Harris' new study William Burroughs and the Secret of Fascination looks like worthy reading for WSB fans
Harris edited Burroughs' (first volume of?) letters from the 50s, mostly to Ginsberg. It is an essential read, and the basis for the new study.
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Wednesday, May 14, 2003
Peace Not War comp
Music for a good cause, the Center for Cooperative Research
Asian Dub Foundation
-with Tariq Ali
Seize the Day
- with John Pilger
Yo La Tengo
The Mark of Cain
Torben & Joe
- with Ken Livingstone
Pok & the Spacegoats
- with Pete Seeger & DJ Spooky
Saul Williams - with Coldcut
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Sunday, May 11, 2003
On the new SciFi Channel reality show Mad Mad House "five people with different alternative lifestyles rule the roost, and try to entice 'Joe Normal' contestants to their way of living!"
This show puts contestants into Alt Manor, a house inhabited by a vampire, a witch, a voodoo priest, a yoga master and a psychic, where the contestants must compete in a series of increasingly bizarre challenges to claim a grand prize.Here's the download link for the application to be one of the "Alts".
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File sharers tweak spyware to block RIAA surveillance and spot bad files
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Nice music site
"le webzine des courants dark : metal, gothique, death, black, heavy, batcave, electro, indus, ambient"
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Remember Tripping Daisy? That might not prepare you for The Polyphonic Spree
Three parts Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, two parts Jesus Christ Superstar, and 100 percent utterly unique, The Polyphonic Spree is the very big little Dallas band that could. Not my cuppa, as they say in England, but equal parts interesting and disturbing.
As Spree shows commence, a joyful Tim DeLaughter dramatically leads his 20-some bandmates - all wearing flowing white robes - from the back of the darkened club toward the stage. Exuberant fans - many wearing fuzzy red hats - part like the Red Sea to accommodate them.
In addition to your typical rock components - vocalist, electric bass, guitar, and drums - the Spree features instruments that don't usually get a workout outside of an orchestra pit. Trumpet, trombone, flugelhorn, and harp share the stage with a choir of nine singers who bounce joyfully on risers, belting out backup vocals for Mr. DeLaughter. [link]
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A student-compiled course in L.A. Lit [Christian Science Monitor]
Brown is the only public defender that provides the free defense for the people that cannot afford such deals. Such is the case with Robert Fernandez, a young teenage boy whom Brown along with the Fernandez family and the Chicano community believed was murdered by the "pigs" inside the jail cells. His murder was said to be an "accidental suicide" but certain facts point the other way. Afraid of police brutality, the only inmate that was close to Robert's cell would not come out with the truth. Furthermore, unable to provide sufficient evidentiary support, the trial is dismissed and the "pigs" are found innocent. Fernandez' body, even with all the bruises attained from the "accidental suicide", could not be enough to prove that it was police brutality that killed him. That, along with the religious injustice and exclusion from the church, was the driving force for Brown's retaliation and passion to serve and redeem. [on The Revolt of the Cockroach People by Oscar Zeta Acosta]
"There's some principle I'm not grasping, Maria," Carter said on the telephone from New York. "You've got a $1500-a-month house sitting empty in Beverly Hills, and you're living in a furnished apartment on Fountain Avenue. You want to be closer to Schwab's? Is that it?" [from Joan Didion's Play It As It Lays, in the L.A. geography section of the Didion subsite]
As the story progresses, Francie and the people around her must fight harder to survive in the apocalyptic future of Los Angeles. They all know that nothing can be wasted, from food to water to gas; trading and buying of these scarcities are ways that Francie and her friends obtain those necessities. Even with all that Francie faces, she still cannot find herself ever leaving Los Angeles because it is her home and the only place she will consider her home. [from the summary of In the Heart of the Valley of Love by Cynthia Kadohara, which takes place in 2052]
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