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Aidan Higgins’ Flotsam & Jetsam

Written by John Strausbaugh on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

Sharing the streets on St. Patrick’s Day with a bunch of Irish-for-a-day amateur drunks never fails to have me questioning that side of my family roots (the Ryans, my middle name). I spent a fair amount of time in Ireland in the 80s researching traditional Irish music. The musicians, who did the Irish Catholic self-effacement [&hellip
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Radical Thought

Written by John Strausbaugh on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

It takes some balls, in the current climate, for a small press to release an anthology of its first quarter-century under the title Hatred of Capitalism: A Semiotext(e) Reader (Semiotext(e)/MIT Press, 430 pages, $16.95). Then when you look inside you see the title was not suggested by one of Semiotext(e)’s dogmatic revolutionaries like Ulrike Meinhof, [&hellip
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Shocked and Amazed! #6

Written by John Strausbaugh on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

Percilla and Emmitt Bejano were a celebrated show-business couple, kind of like Tom and Nicole were, though I’d say neither as glamorous nor as monstrous as Tom and Nicole. The Bejanos’ branch of showbiz was the sideshow biz. An authentically "bearded lady" with dense black body hair, Percilla was billed as The Monkey Girl. Because [&hellip
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Feral House’s Adam Parfrey Brings Us Extreme Islam: Anti-American Propaganda of Muslim Fundamentalism Just in Time

Written by John Strausbaugh on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

Consider, Adam Parfrey suggests, that no fewer than a dozen nations have issued stamps commemorating that little Palestinian boy shot dead cowering in the street with his dad, in full view of the news cameras, at the start of the second Intifada. Read what some young radical Muslims are writing, from a post-9/11 ode to [&hellip
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Joel Schalit, Secular Marxist and Punk Rock Intellectual, Discusses Jerusalem Calling

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For Joel Schalit’s eighth birthday, Yitzak Rabin gave him a model of an F-4 Phantom jet. This was in a Moroccan restaurant in the Old City of Jerusalem, in 1976. "I sat quietly," Schalit writes, "staring at my couscous, thinking, Rabin gave me a Phantom jet, Rabin gave me a Phantom jet…" As the American-born [&hellip
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