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A west coast posse of forest radicals based out of San Francisco State University, Jokerman engages in a wild array of pranks -- they sink whaling ships at harbor in Iceland, skydive into the winter forest of British Columbia on a bend to save a pack of wolves from a government-sponsored slaughter, and stage a Tree-In in a southern Oregon old-growth forest where it is beli...more
Paperback, 280 pages
Published August 31st 2004 by Soft Skull Press (first published 2004)
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Jacob
I could criticize aspects of this book, but why? I was thrilled while reading it - beginning to end.

Ostensibly about a group of SF State students who "did something" about their passions for the natural world - it is also about "that age" where this happens to people. We learn there are consequences to our actions that cannot be predicted, but does the confusion that creates stop you, or do you roll ahead? It was a great time in the characters' lives.

[I will not confine myself to anyone's rules....more
Richard
A west coast posse of forest radicals based out of San Francisco State University, Jokerman engages in a wild array of pranks—they sink whaling ships at harbor in Iceland, skydive into the winter forest of British Columbia on a bend to save a pack of wolves from a government-sponsored slaughter, and stage a Tree-In in a southern Oregon old-growth forest. Jokerman spikes trees, jerryrigs tractors, spoils traps, and conserves enough energy to laugh and drink beer at the end of the day.

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Rachael
Nov 10, 2008 Rachael rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who were semi-adultish and conscious in the 1980's, folks wanting more then eco-babble
A poetic call to arms and ode to deep ecology....with funny named characters, sinking ships and mantras aplenty.
Patricia
Jan 08, 2008 Patricia added it
Shelves: didn-t-read
Flipped through it and saw some weird font, things going on. Ran out of time and decided to send this back.
Shannon Wheeler
poetic and gritty rolled into a bear claw. Great with coffee.
Richard
Nov 28, 2008 Richard rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
"My first thought when I started reading Jokerman 8 was, 'Damnit, why didn't I write this book?' Then I set to work trying to figure out how to plagiarize it. Finally, I had sit back & give in to its crazy brilliance--which is all its own and unstealable. Written with love for all of us babies blinking in the silent home movies of the 60s and 70s, Jokerman 8 reminds us of who we meant to be and how we intended to live in this wack-ass world."

--Ariel Gore, author of Atlas of the Human Heart

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Robert Beveridge
Richard Melo, Jokerman 8 (Soft Skull, 2004)

A friend of mine passed this onto me a couple of years ago. It took me a while to get round to actually picking it up, which I simply attributed to laziness and a pile of books to be read that grows to resemble the Matterhorn more with every passing day. Then I actually read the back copy, and realized that there was some sort of psychic vibration driving me away. Still, I'd promised myself (and my friend) that I'd give it a go, so I did. Silly me. I no...more
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Richard Melo [1968- ] landed in Portland, OR after fleeing San Francisco in the early 1990s. California was too costly for someone like Melo with such complete lack of ambition for anything other than the novels galloping along inside his head. While other young people flourished in San Francisco’s dot com boom (producing remarkable achievements like pets.com), Melo ran movie projectors and did Am...more
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