THE NATIONAL PASTIME

<center>THE NATIONAL PASTIME</center>

Die for it or live for it, it always comes down to whether you go for what looks most inviting in the moment or wait for what you're lookin' for. Call it Yes or call it No, to swing or not to swing appears to be the only room left to move in... »

Charles Bukowski
Six Inches

<small>Charles Bukowski</small><br /> Six Inches

Sarah picked me up and placed me down between her legs, which she spread open just a bit. Then I was facing a forest of hair. I hardened my back and neck muscles, sensing what was to come. I was jammed into darkness and stench. I heard Sarah moan. Then Sarah began to move... »

Sarah Sky’s
ST. ANDREWS CROSS

<small>Sarah Sky’s</small><br />ST. ANDREWS CROSS

She promptly dragged him to the far blue wall, and chained him, facing the chamber, to the St. Andrew’s cross. Then she called in her fellow dommes, who traipsed in a great herd of clattering and stomping, some in corsets, some in lounge-wear, and attacked: Jeers and taunts and jabs, snickers and lowblows... »

Ron Kolm’s
What Will Come Of It All

<center><small><small>Ron Kolm’s</small></small> <br />What Will Come Of It All</center>

     I wasn’t too sure I saw any point in carrying on. “What’s going to happen?” I asked Dean. “Well,” he said, “ There will be good times and bad. Periods of peace, followed by periods of war, hot and cold, darkness and light.” »

Sex, Death
& Other People’s Money

<center>Sex, Death <br />& Other People’s Money</center>

This here excursion of three stray dogs lookin' to hide out of the holy night is something else: Silent, clandestine, completely indulgent, yet valid, unlike flogging your hype. . .Last night, blessed be His name, I thought I might find a miracle out there among the trees and one hundred percent Vermont maple syrup... »

A Thanksgiving Prayer from William Burroughs

A Thanksgiving Prayer from William Burroughs<br />

Thanks for the wild turkey and passenger pigeons destined to be shit out through wholesome American guts... Thanks for vast herds of bisons... Thanks for bounties on wolves and coyotes...Thanks for a nation of finks... »

an excerpt from John Goodman’s
MINGUS SPEAKS
Avant-Garde and Tradition
Photograph by Robert Frank

<small><small><small>an excerpt from John Goodman’s</small></small></small>    </br>MINGUS SPEAKS<br /><small><small><small>Avant-Garde and Tradition</small></small></small><br /><small><small><small><small><small><small>Photograph by Robert Frank</small></small></small></small></small></small>

I don't want to be so junglish that I can't climb a stairway. I got to climb mountains all day long? We're going to the moon, right? Well, I'm with the guys that wrote music that got us to the moon. Not the guys who dreamed about it. Bach built the buildings, we didn't... »

Excerpts from
THE LAST INTERVIEW WITH JAMES EARL RAY
A Counter Myth
from Mike Golden’s
BEEN TO THE MOUNTAINTOP, WENT OVER THE EDGE

<small><font size=1><b>Excerpts from</b></font></small><br /><small><font size=2><b>THE LAST INTERVIEW WITH JAMES EARL RAY</b></font></SMALL>    <center>A Counter Myth</center><SMALL> <font size=2>from <b>Mike Golden’s </b></font><br /><font size=2><b><i>BEEN TO THE MOUNTAINTOP, WENT OVER THE EDGE</i></b></font></SMALL>

Sad to Say, if you ask any graduating class today who James Earl Ray was, less than 10% of those over-priced diplomas would know the confessed, then-unconfessed, alleged-assassin of Dr. Martin Luther King was indisputably one of the three biggest hand-picked-stooges in history, along with Curly Larry Sirhan and Mo Harvey Oswald »

Bukowski’s
SPLASH

<small>Bukowski’s</small><center>SPLASH</center>

  the illusion is that you are simply reading this poem. the reality is that this is more tha… Read the rest »

an excerpt from
Rudy Wurlitzer’s
THE DROP EDGE OF YONDER

<SMALL>an excerpt from <br />Rudy Wurlitzer’s</SMALL><center>THE DROP EDGE OF YONDER</center>

That night he was woken by her long nails scratching lines of blood down his stomach and across his groin, a violent gesture which she repeated even as she pulled him inside her, locking her legs around his waist as if she wanted to break him in two. For the rest of the night, she... »

Tar Baby, he don’t say nothin’…
but Jim Dickinson sure does…
Jim Dickinson’s HAMBONES

<SMALL>Tar Baby, he don’t say nothin’…<br />but Jim Dickinson sure does…</SMALL><center>Jim Dickinson’s HAMBONES</center>

The Tar Baby is an inanimate character from the 1946 Disney film, Song of the South, the animated segments of which are based on the Uncle Remus stories compiled by Joel Chandler Harris. Jim Dickinson, the godfather of postpunk mutant funk, was a long time Uncle Remus protege, and one of the last great... »

Chez Lolita
The Maurice Girodias Interview

Chez Lolita<br /><small><small><small>The Maurice Girodias Interview</small></small></small>

"In the cellar there was a restaurant with dancing and a Brazilian samba band, on the ground floor a French restaurant, on the next floor a soul food restaurant and blues bar, with Hazel Scott on the piano, and on the top floor there was a Russian nightclub called Chez Vodka, with a balalaika... »

V. K. Reiter’s
My Girodias

<small><small><small>V. K. Reiter’s</small></small></small><br /> My Girodias  <br />

On one of my birthdays, Girodias offered me an impromptu party at the Russian restaurant, ordering up chocolate soufflés and champagne, and telling the Russian orchestra to play any song I requested. Because he had no actual gift to hand me, Girodias picked up a wine glass and ate it, gazing into my... »

FAMOUS LONG AGO REDUX:
Raymond Mungo’s
SILK ROAD MAHABHARATA #17

<center><font size=4><b>FAMOUS LONG AGO REDUX:</b></font><br /><font size=3><b>Raymond Mungo’s</font></b><br /><font size=4><b>SILK ROAD MAHABHARATA #17</b></font>

The Prince of Kishanghar looked like Saddam Hussein’s lost twin brother. And he was voluble, declaiming on the history of the palace and town, the many species of visiting birds on its lake, and his own importance in the region. “Everyone here knows who I am,” he boasted. »

D’Army Bailey’s
THE ORIGINAL X MAN
excerpted from his memoir
THE EDUCATION OF A BLACK RADICAL

<small><small><small>D’Army Bailey’s</small></small></small><br />THE ORIGINAL X MAN<br /><small>excerpted from his memoir<br />THE EDUCATION OF A BLACK RADICAL</small>

I am the man you think you are. . . . If you want to know what I’ll do, figure out what you’ll do. I’ll do the same thing, only more of it. You get your freedom by letting your enemy know that you’ll do anything to get your freedom: then you’ll get it. It’s the only... »

Mike Golden’s
Inside Outsourcing

<small><small><small>Mike Golden’s</small></small></small><br />Inside Outsourcing</br>

Even if eating it is not exactly their thing they always have the option to use it as a dildo made exclusively for them personally by white trash fashionistas from the south of France collection, Dominique, would you like a tattoo of your face on your ass, dear, while you’re waiting for the designer to take measurements we can use... »

’68 Democratic Convention
excerpted from
Richard Seaver’s
THE TENDER HOUR OF TWILIGHT

<center><font size = 6>’68 Democratic Convention</font><br /><font size = 1>excerpted from</font><br /><font size=4>Richard Seaver’s</font><br /><font size = 5>THE TENDER HOUR OF TWILIGHT</font></center>

In a stroke of journalistic brilliance -- madness? -- Esquire magazine, sensing that the Democratic convention in Chicago might well be a historic event, invited three world-famous writers, all published by or associated with Grove, to cover the convention: the satirist Terry Southern, author of The Magic Christian. . .William Burroughs, author of Naked Lunch. . . and Jean... »

Jim Harrison’s “Corruption”

<b><font size=5>Jim Harrison’s “Corruption”</font></b>

Like Afghanistan I’m full of corruption. My friend McGuane once said, ”I’d gladly commit a hundred acts of literary capitulation to keep my dog in Alpo. “ The little ones needed dental braces and flutes, cars and houses. Off and on I’ve had this dangerous golden touch like a key to a slot machine streaming 20-dollar gold pieces. It was so... »

Terry Southern’s
The Blood Of A Wig

<small>Terry Southern’s</small><br />The Blood Of A Wig

At about six in the morning I really started cooking on the alleged “Manchester passages”. . . “. . . wan, and wholly bereft, she steals away from the others, moving trancelike towards the darkened rear-compartment where the casket rests. . . She gasps, and is literally slammed... »

“Now Dig This”
The
Terry Southern
Interview

</strong>“Now Dig This” </strong><br /><small><b><center>The<br />Terry Southern<br />Interview</center></b></small>

John Calley, who was a very hip Producer at MGM - was sure it was time to do Blue Movie." He was convinced that the first studio to come out with a quality full length film showing erection and penetration, using stars, would go over the top. "It'll be like Gone With The Wind,"... »

FUG YOU

FUG YOU

Ed Sanders is some sort of parody of all the MC’s of history. He looks like James Jones, or a foul Bob Hope. Neither he nor his “slum goddess of the lower east side” is aphrodisiac, but they are wildly funny because he and his songs have trapped the infantilism of smutty little boys.... »

Mike Golden’s
“THERE ARE NO RULES,
SCUMBAG MAKES THE RULES!”

fiction
excerpted from the novel

VIRTUALLY REALITY
(on the coast of Nebraska)

<font size=2>Mike Golden’s</font><br /><b><font size=5>“THERE ARE NO RULES,<br />SCUMBAG MAKES THE RULES!”</font><br /><font size=2>fiction<br />excerpted from the novel</b></font><br /><font size=3>VIRTUALLY REALITY<br />(on the coast of Nebraska)</b></font>

At the end of the day, hombres, it ees all about ideas anyway, isn't it? I mean, it ees the transmission of ideas. Even the bad ones, the lies, the propaganda in the name of one bogus god or another. . .in order to sell the program and advance the cause, whatever it... »

Joey Amdahl’s
The Big Dumb Nothing
fiction from MODERN (you call this) LIVING

<font size=3>Joey Amdahl’s</font><br /><b><font size=6>The Big Dumb Nothing</font><br /><font size=3>fiction from MODERN (you call this) LIVING</b></font>

I see my thirty-five-year-old boss Betty Allen standing at the door of the club. She scratches at an itch that’s under her tight black skirt and her hand yanks up her fish net stocking at the knee. . A tattoo of a zombie geisha fills up her entire upper arm. The tattoo goes against... »

an excerpt from Alan Greenberg’s
EVERY NIGHT THE TREES DISAPPEAR
Werner Herzog and the Making of “Heart of Glass”

<b><center><font size=4>an excerpt from Alan Greenberg’s </font><br /><font size=5>EVERY NIGHT THE TREES DISAPPEAR</font><br /><font size=3>Werner Herzog and the Making of “Heart of Glass”</font></center></b>

Every Night the Trees Disappear is an intimate chronicle of the visionary filmmaker Werner Herzog directing a masterwork in which his actors were hypnotized throughout. This chronicle is interwoven with Herzog’s original screenplay to create a unique vision of its own, the married texts playing off each other hypnotically. »

FAMOUS LONG AGO REDUX:
Raymond Mungo’s
SILK ROAD MAHABHARATA #16

<center><font size=4><b>FAMOUS LONG AGO REDUX:</b></font><br /><font size=3><b>Raymond Mungo’s</font></b><br /><font size=4><b>SILK ROAD MAHABHARATA #16</b></font>

Yow. I was trembling and disoriented when we spotted them coming – three dark figures racing toward us in the dense fog, their heavy footsteps pounding to the rhythm of our heartbeats. “Phool Mahal Palace?” I cried. “Mr. Mungo!” the front man boomed, pumping my hand. . . »

DARIUS JAMES
DR. SNAKESKIN SPEAKS

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RALPH STEADMAN remembers meeting HUNTER S. THOMPSON: I heard a quick hiss from the spray can Hunter was brandishing. He had Maced me again!...

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Although Tuli was dubbed “the Noel Coward of Bohemia” by his friend co-founding Fug Ed Sanders, I always thought of the multidextrous humanist-humorist as “the Tom Paine of standup protest performance art”, but no matter what handle any of us pin on him it’s safe to say he has probably subliminally influenced more underground writer-poet-artist-publishers than any other Boho to come down the page this century. »

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    Nothing and Everything is about the relationship of Eastern thought, particularly Buddhism, to the arts in post-war New York City —from the early 1940s to the early1960s—a handful of individuals brought about major changes in music, performance, dance, theater, installation, video, mixed media, painting, and sculpture, as the evolution from modernism to postmodernism broke down the idea of art as a practice devoted to a particular medium. The world—or life itself—became a legitimate artist’s tool, aligning with Zen Buddhism’s emphasis on enlightenment occurring at any moment.... »


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    In 1965, Mimi and Richard Farina dropped by the studios of WTBS (now WMBR) with electric guitarist Barry Tashian (of Barry & the Remains) for music and talk with DJ Ed Freeman. Richard is on dulcimer. One of Mimi’s two guitars is tuned like a dulcimer. The explanation for the brief gap in the tape has long been lost.

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    Li looked firmly into his eyes. “No! I want man who is also a woman.” Penman nodded against his will, his gaze stealing down toward the strap-on dildo she was generously coating with lube. It thrust out like a red cannon from her leather harness. Why red? Is it because she’s from China?

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