Tag Archives: poverty

Clifford Coulter – Sal Si Puedes

How in the hell did I only just find out, today, 19.6.18, about Clifford Coulter and his East Side tunes??? And on Impulse! Man, I owe a lot to Eric Avila for Folklore of the Freeway. His bibliography saved me from looking like an ignoramus. The book gave me the tip about the Mayfair district being called Sal Si Puedes (there’s one in Watsonville too, heh), as well as about Helena María Viramontes’ Their Dogs Came With Them that I finished yesterday. Let’s get out if we can.

Apply yourself and it comes to you …
If you believe in this lie, you’re a fool, my friend!
The odds are too high, you’ll never win. That’s the way it is.

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Dhalgren by Samuel Delany

Dhalgren is the fucking bomb. A friend told me to read it like 15 years ago, and I should have then, as part of the Ballard-Burroughs-Other-Next-Level-Stuff trip I was on about then, but I’m just reading it now.

Every sentence is like a poem. William Gibson says he doesn’t understand it, but that’s beside the point. It’s about memory loss, dyslexia, time, all the important stuff. The story is just the medium. Certainly not a “difficult book” like these blogger dorks say. Nor is it particularly long: he just breaks paragraph a lot. And it’s punker, bummer, scumbagger, than anything. Read it now!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dhalgren

If you’re one of the 150 million American males who refuses to read, here it is put into tweets: http://www.conceptualfiction.com/dhalgren.html

Prison Entertainment Against Nonwhites

If you’re still pretending to be astounded as to how half of the men in this country will likely vote for Trump for president, here’s a tiny bit of help: you’ve been consuming television that demonizes people of color and the poor. On top of that you don’t bat an eye at corporations exploiting those incarcerated, and therefore almost without rights, to make entertainment. From right out of Salinas, a classic case of prisoner profiteering on Lockdown, provided in this case by Australia’s 7Mate via the National Geographic Channel.

Pelican Bay Still Not Off the Hook

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 […]

via The Agreement to End Hostilities in its 4th Year: Read and Spread the Word! — Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity

Americans Unmasked

When the regular Americans you see day in and day out at like the grocery store or saying the weather on TV turn away from you and go do their own thing, this is what they’re really like.

Think of the white places you’ve been to lately: Santa Cruz, Aptos High School, Los Gatos, the peninsula, Burning Man, Coachella, this is who you’re dealing with when they take off their second face.