Monthly Archives May 2009

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Not having enough as a kid and thankful for it … meeting Mkka in summer of 1990 … realizing what it is that Oedipa really found … 10am to 2am shifts in a theatre in Edinburgh … listening to “Ugra Karma” for the first time … H3O … Hakim Bey … Pullman and Wazzu … […]

2005 Cornell Commencement Address

May 29, 2005 Commencement Address Cornell University President Jeffrey S. Lehman May 29, 2005 Members of the Class of 2005, candidates for advanced degrees, families and friends of the graduates, Chairman Meinig and other members of the Board of Trustees, honored guests. On behalf of my colleagues on the faculty, it is my privilege to […]

William Burroughs – Western Lands

I want to reach the Western Lands – right in front of you, across the bubbling brook. It’s a frozen sewer. It’s known as the Duad, remember? All the filth and horror, fear, hate, disease and death of human history flows between you and Western Lands. Let it flow! My cat Fletch stretches behind me […]

Andrzej Urbanowicz, z “Sztuka jako narzędzie rewolucji wewnętrznej”

„Teraz, jak zawsze, czas biegnie tak szybko, że nie pora na ewolucje. Musimy dokonywać nieustannej wewnętrznej rewolucji, nieustannej kontestacji w sobie samych, w buncie przeciw swemu zaskorupieniu, w niezgodzie wobec zeskorupiałego świata. Nie pałacowe czy krwawe rewolucje mają być naszym dziełem, lecz totalna i nieprzerwana rewolucja w nas samych. Musimy prowadzić nieustanną guerillę z naszą […]

Pynchon vs Gibson

She looked down a slope [. . .] onto a vast sprawl of houses which had grown up all together, like a well tended crop, from the dull brown earth; and she thought of the time she’d opened a transistor radio to replace a battery and seen her first printed circuit. The ordered swirl of […]

Steve Tomasula – TOC

I’ve been a fan of electronic writing (whatever that term means these days) for a long time, but one problem which I’ve had with the prominent majority of e-works is that they failed in one of the two principal domains of their electronic-ness. Those which look great and utilize all kinds of new technologies (Flash, […]

J. G. Ballard again

One of his best – if not off-center – obituaries produced after his death.

Abel Ferrara’s Mary (2005)

Some say every blockbuster movie has its independent or ambitious equivalent. If it is indeed true, Ferrara’s Mary could be such equivalent for The Da Vinci Code. At least sort of. Needless to say, it dispenses with the search and pursue scenario of the latter and instead concentrates on the search for spirituality, or more […]

Nomad

The American is a nomad. A bastard son. A criminal wherever he goes. Cut loose in his own country to wander and wage battle. The parents are merely stand ins and those who raise the child for its life of brutality along the highways and streets of the city where it scrapes along, in search […]