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Ursula Le Guin: she got there first

Art & Revolution

For the past 54 years, one of the most original imaginations ever to grace American letters has lived in a hundred-year-old house built from a kit. “You could order it out of a catalogue,” says its owner, the writer Ursula K. Le Guin, 85, standing on the porch, peering out at a light Portland, Ore., drizzle. “They probably even sold you the lumber, too.”

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Raoul Vaneigem on Lautreamont and Anarchism

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Lautréamont entered literary history by means of Maldoror, and, with the mastery of Isidore Ducasse, the author of the Poésies, he is almost indebted to it for not being excluded from that history. Of the judgments made by critics, how many try to prove their innocence – through embarrassment or the casualness with which they open the “Préface à un livre futur” with a tactic disavowal – an unconfessed disapproval of the Poésies? None, no doubt, as it is true that their disaffection still appears in their will to subject the delicate processES by which multiple aspects of a single being are differentiated to the mechanisms of a purely formal logic.

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Bread and Puppet Looks to Its Legacy

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Peter Schumann has a hole in his sweater. On a Sunday morning in May, the founder and artistic director of Bread and Puppet Theater ushers a visitor into a house on the Glover farm where his family and the theater have resided since 1974. Schumann's face is bright and animated, framed by a mane of white hair; when he walks, his weight tilts forward, like he's peering down from the 10-foot stilts he routinely donned well into his seventies.

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Radical Art Is an Act of Uncompromising Passionate Resistance

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Marxian playwright Bertolt Brecht declared of revolutionary art: "Art is not a mirror held up to reality, but a hammer with which to shape it." Brecht's work - whose artistic career in Germany (except for his exile during the Nazi era, after which he returned to found the Berliner Ensemble Theater company in East Berlin) spanned from the Russian Revolution to his death in 1966 - illustrated, during his career, that revolutionary art must avoid the pitfalls of becoming co-opted by propaganda or commercialization.

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Then They Came for the Juggalos

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There’s nothing new about music fans being targeted by law enforcement. From the FBI trying to find hidden sexual messages in “Louie, Louie,” harassment of hippies, to the modern-day “hip-hop” cops that listen in on rap songs — the connection between law enforcement and music is well documented. In today’s world, juggalos are now subject to random stops, frisking, and detainment. If they are arrested, they may have further criminal charges pressed against them via gang enhancements and end up spending more time in prison than they would without the gang label. What is happening to juggalos is not surprising. We live in a period of massive government surveillance and repression.

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David Graeber: Super Position

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Let me clarify one thing from the start: Christopher Nolan’s Batman: The Dark Knight Rises really is a piece of anti-Occupy propaganda.  Nolan, the director, claims the script was written before the movement even started, and that the famous scenes of the occupation of New York (“Gotham”) were really inspired by Dickens’ account of the French Revolution.

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Systema: Toward a Radical Martial Discipline By Howle

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Imagine for a second, we live in communes, villages, squated and reclaimed commons, autonmous territories that are inhabited and defended by the communities that live there. Imagine a post collapse world and the democratic and sustainable alternatives we all work so hard to develop become village institutions. Imagine more so the seccesionist future ahead of us in the new Global Corporatist World War on the commons, on the indigenous peoples left, and all of those trying to find our way back to the lost territory we know exists!

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New Film, 'Let The Fire Burn' Documents MOVE 9

Art & RevolutionOn Friday, September 20th 2013, the Full Frame Theatre in Durham, NC hosted the premiere of a film called 'Let The Fire Burn' by filmmaker and director, Jason Osder. It was supposed to premiere during the Full Frame Film Festival in April, but had to postpone its Durham debut until Full Frame’s Third Friday Free Film Series. It was a documentary about the bombing of an organization called MOVE and historical developments concerning the group’s political repression by the city of Philadelphia since 1978. Osder’s premiere of 'Let The Fire Burn' was absolutely riveting.
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Israeli anarchists sell art to cover legal costs

Art & RevolutionA group of anti-occupation activists is holding its first selling exhibition of works donated by Israeli and Palestinian artists
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A Critical Homage to the Artist Personality: The John Kelsey Collection Artforum 2004-2012

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Following on the heels of our conversation, concerning John Kelsey—thank you again for that exquisite dinner at your home and the stroll through Montmartre, I have always preferred le Droite — as usual our interludes birth a wealth to consider. During our talk you revealed that you were familiar with Kelsey from the late 90's, but wondered why anyone would bother to launch a public attack, especially now that the artist's personality is old hat. And when we delved into The Kelsey Collection Artforum 2004-2012 you expressed difficulty approaching the material due to feeling it crossed over to something … too personal… if I may interrupt, forestalling an accusation about my intentions, and quote a long dead Prussian politician,"Neid und Gier, das ist mein Bier." Which, as far as I've been able to make out, means, "Envy and greed — that's my beer."

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