A lot can be taken from the Grogan's Digger perspective: The bs rhetoric and media hungriness of Abbie Hoffman and other New Lefters The bs psychedelicA lot can be taken from the Grogan's Digger perspective: The bs rhetoric and media hungriness of Abbie Hoffman and other New Lefters The bs psychedelic shamanism of leary The HIP merchants or Haight Independent Propeiters group that wanted to comidify hippiedom to the rest of the country The idea of giving things out for free: free food, clothes, health services, entertainment, law assistance etc. adding up to a Free City model The racial tension of blacks and puerto ricans in the lower east side about white hippies moving in to live the arrogant life of adventure poverty while disregarding helping the community, likewise in San Fran
Now taken into present day context, digger ideas can be taken to the next step, which involves building up the community around you based on post-competitive cooperation. And such social organization doesn't have to rely on stealing. Not that i'm against grogan for getting part of the goods from such, i just think a way can be found to do such cooperative activities entirely legal. That said its best to push for new laws at the same time through community initiatives. Cities are the place to start. What do poor people need? Houses they own, food, clothing, jobs. There's a lot to think about and best to start small, empowering disenfranchised families, seniors, and youth. People want jobs that mean something and that don't exploit others and the environment. What if you build up such jobs that lead to the building of collective housing for these people, people actually using their labor and resources into the project, and the growth of urban gardening and farm networks to get more food into communities. Then lay on all the others who might want to be of assistance and grow from there. Make it yuppie proof. Make it hollow commodification proof. And make it leaderless. Set an example. People find ways to come together to build their own co-housing through cooperation. There's no need to feign coolness, hipness, the only radical thing to do or rather common sense thing to do is to attack the parasitic system by bringing people together to liberate their situation and continue to build islands of resistance through community action and empowerment, not just rhetoric, empty gestures and promises. Also utilize nonprofit structuring, collective worker co-ops, crowdfunding, grants, and creative ways to get materials (disassembling condemned houses for a new co-house). Not profit based. Not heiarchal. A tangible goal. And by such empowerment creating further skilled community organizers. Always good to push community based legislation as well based at city, county, and state levels to raise min. wages, challenge corporate rights, set gentrification checks, stop environmental destruction, and promote further improvements while taking a grassroots approach to lifting oneself out of poverty with others and spreading out from there. The moment is prime for it and no one need be hippie, psychonaut, yippie, marxist, anarchist, or digger to do it. Common sense community action with no strings attached but the attack of poverty based systems....more
This is certainly a history we dont hear about in school. If youth were to know its many revolts, there certainly might be more of it. For example, iThis is certainly a history we dont hear about in school. If youth were to know its many revolts, there certainly might be more of it. For example, i had never heard of the zengakuren, nor of the 1815s German Student Revolt. Nor had I really ever thought of Lenin and Stalin as rebellious young or the shooter of the Archduke before WWI. His depiction of a burning barricade outside Northwestern University attempting to block Chicago traffic that morning is especially hilarious and telling. He gives history a vitality often lacking in similar work, although he's got some of the best subject matter to work with....more
Certainly entertaining, my favorite voice being the composer's, 2nd: the fabricant, least favorite Adam Ewing's. Luisa Rey's part does have a tacky thCertainly entertaining, my favorite voice being the composer's, 2nd: the fabricant, least favorite Adam Ewing's. Luisa Rey's part does have a tacky thriller angle but the message also sticks. I can see how this perfectly fits into what they call "upmarket fiction" combining the literary like quality of the ambitious epic with six different genres. The major theme: humanity must rise above slavery in its many forms to avoid extinction and disaster.
Quotes: An idler and a sluggard are as different as a gourmand and a glutton. Humor is the ovum of dissent Corpocracy's only strategy is that long favored by bankrupt ideologies: denial. "A Soul's [their inserted ID/Debit Card] value is the dollars within." Anticipation of the end of the world is humanity's oldest pastime. Writing is such a damn lonely sickness. A purely predatory world shall consume itself. In an individual, selfishness uglifies the soul; for the human species, selfishness is human extinction....more
Your house, being the place in which you read, can tell us the position books occupy in your life, if they are a defense you set up to keep the outsidYour house, being the place in which you read, can tell us the position books occupy in your life, if they are a defense you set up to keep the outside world at a distance, if they are a dream into which you sink as if into a drug, or bridges you cast toward the outside, toward the world that interests you so much that you want to multiply and extend its dimensions through books....more
Literature is a vast forest and the masterpieces are the lakes, the towering trees or strange trees, the lovely, eloquent flowers, the hidden caves, b Literature is a vast forest and the masterpieces are the lakes, the towering trees or strange trees, the lovely, eloquent flowers, the hidden caves, but a forest is also made up of ordinary trees, patches of grass, puddles, clinging vines, mushrooms, and little wildflowers. Every book that isn't a masterpiece is cannon fodder, a slogging foot soldier, a piece to be sacrificed, since in multiple ways it mimics the design of the masterpiece. Most writers are deluded or playing. The day came when I decided to give up literature. I gave it up. This was in no way traumatic but rather liberating. Between you and me, I'll confess that it was like losing my virginity. What a relief to give up literature, to give up writing and simply read!...more
For her, reading was directly linked to pleasure, not to knowledge or enigmas or constructions or verbal labyrinths [as the scholars] believed it to b For her, reading was directly linked to pleasure, not to knowledge or enigmas or constructions or verbal labyrinths [as the scholars] believed it to be. The audience consisting mostly of university students was won over by [the professor's] fiery and uncompromising interpretations, throwing caution to the winds and enthusiastically yielding to the festive, Dionysian vision of ultimate carnival (or penultimate carnival) exegesis. The whole world is a coincidence the painter said only to be scolded by his friend who said of those who suffer: the greater the suffering the smaller the coincidence. "As if coincidence were a luxury?" the professor asked.
It's important that books like this exist. You won't find many books that attempt to write a utopia that not only could exI wish we lived in Ecotopia.
It's important that books like this exist. You won't find many books that attempt to write a utopia that not only could exist, but that doesn't end in ruin. Yes, it's idealistic, yes it's got a late 70's hippie tinge at times, but having an ecologically, biologically based society over a profit-driven and hierarchical one just makes sense. It's not that radical of an idea really. Society at large just has too many myths of power and profit and progress to overcome. I'm from the Pacific Northwest, it's not Ecotopia, not yet, it'd take a lot of work to get there. Like making a nature's bill of rights, raising the minimum wage to 15$, promoting local sustainable agriculture that everyone can afford, demilitarizing, gas tax, advanced solar power technology, getting rid of corporation's rights as persons under the law, passing laws for employee owned business, getting universal education, healthcare, and welfare, providing jobs that don't just benefit profit but provide a meaningful way to engage in making a better society (or at the very least don't add to its degradation), addressing racism, sexism, classism, taxing the rich fairly until they join the rest of everyone in the middle and the poor rises to the middle, providing low income housing, banning chemical pollutants, decommissioning all nuclear power, stopping logging and relying on other industrial materials than lumber, getting rid of factory farming, promoting community building and interaction between neighbourhoods, making cities smaller, redesigning the suburbs, having a free non-advertising/corporate biased press, and likely having the PNW succeed nonviolently from the US to do all of this, or at the very least having full states' rights in Oregon, Washington, and Northern California (at a county and municipality level there) to enact laws that are contrary to the Federal government as well as making opt-outs on having tax money finance the military budget, or any other corporate scheme.
We must demand the impossible if we are to be realistic enough as the Ecotopians insist to have a chance of surviving. And to have our dignity as intelligent, social beings who working together could come to such a world, even if it occurs slowly, laboriously, and with great concentrated effort on the behalf of many. many groups and individuals seeking groups. For we wish to belong more than anything, and this American alienation and ennui, this age of uncertainty and anxiety, I think comes for the most part from not belonging to these visionary common-sense ideas which seem so impossible to surmount.
I was more interested in the bohemian climate and Baudelaire, Courbet, and the like than the descriptions of the paintings themselves. For all the hypI was more interested in the bohemian climate and Baudelaire, Courbet, and the like than the descriptions of the paintings themselves. For all the hype of how it shocked the bourgeoisie it seems it all boiled down to peasant rage. Epater le bourgeoisie! ...more
More memoir than study of the transformation of williamsburg, although what much is there to say. It's got a new york edge to it at times i guess youMore memoir than study of the transformation of williamsburg, although what much is there to say. It's got a new york edge to it at times i guess you could say and/or a certain null and dullness. West coast is the best coast in my opinion, new york is the dead end home of capital and prestige. ...more
I like the play and experimentation, it can give me ideas to try out in my own fiction. But a lot of the absurdity can leave you with hollowed out conI like the play and experimentation, it can give me ideas to try out in my own fiction. But a lot of the absurdity can leave you with hollowed out content. If he was more musical, as in poetry, it might balance out the overload of nonsequitar Favorites: The Genius, The Explanation, Sentence Quotes: A truly potent abstract concept avoids, resists closure. The ragged, blurred outlines of such a concept, like a net in which the fish have eaten large, gaping holes, permit entry and escape equally. What does one catch in such a net?...more
Gives you a nice background on miller during the tropic years in paris via his friend alfred, carl is his name in the tropic books i believe Quotes: HenGives you a nice background on miller during the tropic years in paris via his friend alfred, carl is his name in the tropic books i believe Quotes: Henry filled her to the brim. With the easy nonchalance of a playful demiurge, he breathed new life into her nostrils until she began to glow with an incandescence. All that was still unformed and diffuse in her crystalized and flowered forth. She made one think of those miraculous jalanese seeds which, when dropped into a vase of water, metamorphose into trees under yr very eyes. She grew, took on stature--and a new kind of dignity. Henry fertilized every artistic ovum in her Fraenkel preened himself like a peacock The place was too new for Frankel, not sufficiently contaminated with neurotic possibilities, to meet his approval. To be a clown doesn't require talent, it requites wisdom: the knowledge of human foibles, vanities, illusions, deficiencies, idiosyncrasies and weaknesses. And knowledge isn't good enough alone--one must be able to accept the imperfection and frailty of human nature, the iniquity, corruption, and profligacy of humanity, and yet realize that all hope is not lost. Miller's enthusiasm, exuberance, childlikeness, are essentially american. No european could write or talk thus. There is something in america that kills stimulus: corrupts it, turns it into something else....more
In my attempt to remember how this differs from the American version I read 8 years ago or so, I realize the similar voice, but I do believe Ted HugheIn my attempt to remember how this differs from the American version I read 8 years ago or so, I realize the similar voice, but I do believe Ted Hughes trimmed too much. Here the pain is full and the hooks and the open air viscously swing against one another and cuts: imagined and desired fester. It is a horrid pain that her relentless anguish batters against her wit and metaphor, her sarcastic to ethereal musicality. After too much caffeine I woke early in the morning around 5am and I found it auspicious that while I thought what a perfect time to read such poems she mentions that many of the poems were created around 4am, as if this secretive calm time was the place to divulge and fantasize and squeeze away from the pain in interlocked stanza confessions. That she killed herself after such ambitious work makes sense, it was her wish, she had suffered layers of neuroses and pain and she wanted release that was seemingly not coming anytime soon. I think we are fascinated with people who suffer such especially if they so illuminate their interior life. This restored edition is even more visceral and truthful and poems such as: "The Rabbit Catcher", "The Jailor", and "Cut" seethe with venom, while "Berck-Plage" ambitiously reaches and "Daddy" and "Lady Lazarus" seem more powerful and full if not bc they're different from Hughe's edits and/or bc they're surrounded by the full scope of Plath's vision...more
Someone in San Francisco had to shed some fictional light on big tech and social media in this speculative satire that's like M.T. Anderson's Feed, OrSomeone in San Francisco had to shed some fictional light on big tech and social media in this speculative satire that's like M.T. Anderson's Feed, Orwell, and a discussion with a 'post-humanist' or any maker/hacker/young well paid startup type who speaks of the 'singularity'. Bravo! It's genius, a quick read, brings up all the questions on privacy/surveillance, if anyone has a problem with the characters being 'flat' then you don't get the joke, the sad fact of social media at its worst while preaching its best. Read this book if you've been thinking about deactivating or even bolder deleting your facebook account and you haven't found a good enough reason yet....more
There's some good passages and quotes, (chapter 1, 2, 3, 7, 8) but it didn't all keep my interest. Also Gold obviously hated the Linklater movie "SlacThere's some good passages and quotes, (chapter 1, 2, 3, 7, 8) but it didn't all keep my interest. Also Gold obviously hated the Linklater movie "Slacker" which I think is genius, even if it's about a lack-luster sort of bohemian of austin texas 1989 according to his standards. Good video to watch that I got the hint to read this book from is on youtube: Rebel, the Journey Underground, him and joanna richardson (who wrote about parisian bohemian circa 1830-1914) talk on it, and it's a series going to the beats, ecoactivists, punks, then hackers/ravers
Quotes: in all the interstices of a society that still requires art, imagination, laziness, adventure, and possibility unwilled by family and employment
Conformity is inevitable when folks huddle together in rebellion.
when Henri Murger in la vie de boheme wrote about demenagement par la cheminee--the process of moving by burning your furniture for heat
Bohemians are not what weekend visitors, bridge and tunnel folks, think they are. Bohemians may look like outcasts and scapegoats, cultivators of private gardens, but in fact, they want to run things, define the taste, preach the theories, support the arts, make the music, write the literature, and drink the coffee and wine that keeps society jumping, vigorous, and fun.
It may be that, unlike gypsies, who roam in their gypsy raiments because of convenience, a love of color, and ancient tradition, the Bohemians wanders and dresses peculiar in order to shock the bourgeoisie (read: his/her parents). Enveloped in a particular history and support system, the gypsy finds it difficult to become a non-gypsy. The bohemian can drop back into the bourgeoVoluntary poverty is not the same as poverty. And the bohemian, however poor, considers himself among the elect, chosen to an elite of abstention from workaday society. is world by changing their wardrobe, switching their style to a new channel. Bohemianism is a role even if it acts like a race, class, or ethnic affiliation. The element of play makes it unusual among allegiances. Voluntary poverty is not the same as poverty. And the bohemian, however poor, considers himself among the elect, chosen to an elite of abstention from workaday society. The fortune they tell is mainly their own.
Risky voyages of discovery are part of our routines.
le cafard--that special French melancholy, the Paris blues, named after the cockroach. True existentialists headed out at night to proclaim their doomed loneliness, a public no-exitnicity, le cafard, because it was cold and damp in their rooms