A Cometbus Omnibus

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Gradually, the zine (and the lettering) grew into a more reader-friendly size. The record/band/interview punk-rock zine formula was abandoned. Aaron and his contributors started writing about neglected subjects like hanging out, eating sugar-laden cereals and drinking large amounts of coffee. The revolving title settled down on Cometbus. And Cometbus became something special. Other zines have [&hellip
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Raymond Roussel (1877-1933), an Idiot Savant Without Idiocy

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The literary oeuvre of Raymond Roussel (1877-1933) delivers artificiality in excelsis. Roussel, who derived none of his striking creations from experience, wrote unimpeded by introspection or sentiment, unhampered by moral reflection or facile realism. A systematic approach to craft aided and tempered his fecundity, but his reverent peers–the surrealist poets–never seemed to grasp this. While [&hellip
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Running Amok: Anarchy!: An Anthology of Emma Goldman’s Mother Earth

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Anarchism is not exactly the specter haunting American society. Yet in recent years anarchists have become one of the nation’s best hopes of fueling national paranoia about domestic subversion. Let’s face it. Unless we have commies hiding under the bed or an Evil Empire ever-poised for and hell-bent on our destruction, we’re just not happy. [&hellip
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Talking with Cynthia Eller, Author of The Myth of Matriarchal Prehistory

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One of the more popular accounts of prehistoric human society is that it was matriarchal: that women ruled globally, for hundreds of thousands of years, until a patriarchal revolution reversed things about 5000 years ago. Women were the heads of the households; they worshipped goddesses, or a single great goddess; men revered them and acceded [&hellip
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San Francisco Bizarro Portrays the Weird City the Dotcommers Tried to Kill

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Like Times Square and the East Village of yore–places that used to be homesteads of the unwanted, fucked-up creative pilgrims from everywhere else–San Francisco has had its streets paved with Disney and dotcoms in recent years. But just like Charlton Heston in Planet of the Apes uncovering the old New York, there still exists the [&hellip
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Oscar Reading

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Movie Awards By Tom O’Neil (Perigee, 804 pages, $19.95) "Critics should not discuss the Academy Awards," one of our most venerable film critics cautioned. That they indulge Oscar babble anyway only shows their nonseriousness. Critics’ overreliance on Hollywood as the measure of artistic standards makes them no different from the rest of the media and [&hellip
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Hypnotism for Sleazier Sex

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Maybe you’ve had this problem before: you’re having sex ("making love") with someone other than one of your own hands, and let’s say it’s going pretty okay–you have a nice rhythm going and are reasonably sure your partner doesn’t have diseased and/or cystic genitalia–and yet you can’t help but feel disappointment at the fact you [&hellip
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