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On the Lower Frequencies by Erick Lyle
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Nov 01, 08

bookshelves: radical-non-fiction, read-in-2008, autobio-memoir
Recommended for: punks, anarchists, homesless adovcates, needle echange workers, gay shame people
Read in June, 2008, read count: once

hey! my best friend erick wrote this book. okay, he's my best friend on paper only, but he did write this book, & i did like it quite a bit. it's the underground radical history of san francisco from the last ten years, as told by people living in residency motels, homeless advocates, gay shame people, needles exchange workers, assorted punks, anarchists, & other deviants. some of it was stolen & re-printed/re-worked from erick's zine "scam," or other previously-written sources, but having it all collected together in one volume that has actually been type-set is a pretty positive development. the thing i liked best about this book is that it never ever once devolved into apathy or hopelessness. there was always a focus on the creative things people do to further their political causes & the general cause of humans trying to live with dignity. in the course of telling the stories, a lot of useful information about implementing tactics was passed along. & part of it are also very funny. & it has some illustrations, for those people who get twitchy when confronted with too many words.

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