Weed has been legal in California for three weeks now. How’s it going? See what consumers and innovators say!
Propitiously, auspiciously, precipitously ran into Desmond Reed‘s work by chance on Tumblr, which for all the fat and noise is really one of the few places left one can sign on and see a ton of awesome art with relatively little digging.
A celebration of life’s will to grow, Those Dark New Hampshire Woods concerns a few weeks in the life of its denizens, rendered from all of whose perspective, looking inward and showing us how it is from over their shoulders, not unlike As I Lay Dying.
The book, like all great stories, like in Faulkner or Bolaño, distinguishes itself both through its place in a universe all its own as well as its exposition of the stories within that world in an elegant and silly spiral of nested and/or tangentially-related vignettes.
Amongst other instantly-relatable characters we meet the drifter, who drifts, the scumbag, the wild hairy uncles, the world’s smallest pervert, who seeks happiness despite being on the other side of existence.
It is in the story of the Scumbag and the Troubled Teen that we encounter the persistent theme of nature’s regeneration, presented by means of the cloning by pore of the characters, reducing the proud, complex human down to the physiognomy of the plant kingdom. The joy with which their bodies relentlessly reproduce cycles through the setting and creates a second whirling narrative wheel.
My only gripe is what the hell is going on in the New Hampshire woods, and how does one end up there?
Those Dark New Hampshire Woods is a work of modest comic art blessed with satisfying textual depth, a work of literature not to be missed in the 2016 crop.
I also got the second one but honestly I haven’t even read it yet. I’m too blown away.
The books are published by Birdcage Bottom Books, and when you buy stuff from them you get a bunch of extra stuff!
From the Prisoner Human Rights Movement: Today it is four years since the Agreement to End Hostilities was issued from the Pelican Bay SHU by the PBSP-SHU Short Corridor Collective and the Representatives Body. The text of the Agreement stands strong, and we encourage you all to spread the word and keep to it. It […]
The State of California have recently agreed to settle a lawsuit brought by incarcerated victims of indeterminate periods of solitary confinement in prisons, representing as well inmates thrown into solitary for gang affiliation. The State has promised to change the rules and procedures, but we’ll have to see. Here’s a recent document.
The most important thing is that the CDCR, Beard and Brown never get any false credit for any future legislation. Inmates paid for any future progress with their lives, and their lawyers did the best they could.
What are you correcting, Beard,
Chairman of the Prison Industry Board,
By hiding our state’s failures,
Alone for twenty years and more,
From its idiot population?
They already aren’t looking.
Who are you rehabilitating
Forcing her to relive her mistakes,
Cut off from any interaction,
Or knowledge that could help her heal
When everyday in school her sons
Learn that there’s no time for them?
There’s no one left to disappoint.
Integrity is scary as socialism.
No one minds the prison of a mortgage;
Desires confinement in his debt.
Convicts could walk through warm oak woods
Like rattlesnake grass, unobserved.
The hunger strike in Pelican Bay
Lays bare your fear of change,
While lives go on in spite of you.
You know that if they ever heal,
Go home to teach why not to fight,
Your creditors will cut you to pieces.
According to a new article by Sitawa Nantambu Jamaa, with reliable sources, tons of CDCR employees are holding illegal hearings and stuffing convicts’ records with gang validations as a rationale to throw more Californian prisoners into solitary confinement, DESPITE recent regulations ordering a process whereby convicts could exit their gang validations. Click the link to read the comic!
IMPERIO ESCLAVISTA / SLAVER EMPIRE, Negro’s new bilingual collection of pomes is ready for distribution! In several traditional ballad forms, the pomes explain how the human-trafficking, tax-spending prison industry is forming our whole society and its debates so its hick owners can get richer. But you’ve read that before– the verses also point out how dumbass consumers are guilty of supporting the system.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org today to arrange buying your own! Give it to a young person who thinks his behavior won’t end him up in jail! Smuggle it into a prison -PLEASE!
$2 donations for the book plus shipping would be fair; locals should show up at the 2014 San Francisco Zine Fest.
Thanks to all the bloggers who’ve already reposted some of the pomes!