“Pranks can be simple: the Czech author Jaroslav Hašek used to put on a white coat, walk into a library and shout, ‘Everybody out!’ Dutifully the readers would leave. Or they can be extremely complicated: Banksy made a batch of fake banknotes featuring the head of Lady Di rather than the Queen. They were so convincing that people started to accept them without checking.” Here‘s Pranksters.
“I discovered the poetry of Diane Wakoski when I was about 15, when I knew very little about poetry or its trends and schools. Stumbling into a thrift store near Hollywood Boulevard, I was just a fucked up kid, high as a kite, scrounging a spare 50 cents for a book. That book was Dancing on the Grave of a Son of a Bitch and it changed my life; I opened it and found myself.” Here.
“Generating fear in the populace may be an excellent way to bolster state power, but it’s a lousy substitute for actual information and realistic assessment of the challenges a nation faces.” Here‘s a review of Phantom Terror.
“I once thought of Julia’s ghost as a joke and an anecdote,” writes journalist Hannah Nordhaus (American Ghost). “Now I consider it a gift. It lured me into a past I would have never known. So of course I believe in ghosts. I believe in the power of the past.” Here.
“This paradoxical, irritating, overbearing, brilliant Marxist whose love life would shame a Casanova, and whose intellectual praxis suggests that after Shakespeare he is one of the greatest theatrical thinkers and playwrights.” Here‘s Brecht.
“Killing people like this, even when an intended target is hit, [Andrew] Cockburn writes, is a dark area: is this sniping, an element of declared warfare, or is it assassination — once illegal, now murkier than Cleveland’s Cuyahoga River before it burst into flames, just as this tactic may. Executive Order 11905 (1976) states that ‘no employee of the United States government shall engage in, or conspire to engage in, political assassination.’” Here‘s a review of Andrew Cockburn’s Kill Chain: The Rise of the High-Tech Assassins.