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Re: “Burning Man Cofounder John Law Spent Burning Man at Tribune Tower, Thinking about Bridges

Well played, John.

The current adventures notwithstanding (just try to catch up with John that isn't at a well-attended event—the man is always-active, consummately involved, and a member of at least 6 other Communities/organizations he didn't even site (probably because he's busy *doing* stuff )—the Past has inspired the Present and will the Future.

*IF* he has time to document the last and current decade when it's over (and the Statute of Limitations have expired) it will be fascinating to read how many spectacular mud pies he's had his fingers in. Better than fiction, because it's all true.

As for getting laid, someone once told me that the one thing you won't be saying when you die is "Regrets? Yeah, I wish I hadn't had so much sex!"

Janna Ashton, if that's your real name, I hope you are having a productive. joyous life, and this flash of vicious bitterness was not a straif from your true self. If so, maybe try getting laid...? Jus' sayin'

Posted by Amacker Bullwinkle on 10/13/2015 at 2:56 PM

Re: “Burning Man Cofounder John Law Spent Burning Man at Tribune Tower, Thinking about Bridges

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Posted by Editor on 10/02/2015 at 4:45 PM

Re: “When Women Are Sentenced to Male Prisons

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Posted by Editor on 09/30/2015 at 10:08 PM

Re: “Burning Man Cofounder John Law Spent Burning Man at Tribune Tower, Thinking about Bridges

My Dear Ianna Ashton-

I almost always let such criticisms wash over me and ignore them. This one stung a bit however.
I should know better, but here is my response to your contention that I live on past glories.

I have been blessed with great luck and great collaborators since landing in Frisco (that's right, Frisco) in 1976.
At 56 years of age I find myself in the 3rd most creatively active period of my life. How lucky is that? I would guess that archiving and collating the past takes up mebbe 25% of my creative time. The rest involves new projects with a great variety of collaborators.

Had I stayed with BM, I would probably have devolved into a vicious and petty bureaucrat fighting to keep power and control. That's what hapoened to the others. Leaving that event was one of the best things I ever did.

I'm glad people still get something out of BM and I'm proud of my part in it. Politics notwithstanding, it is, in some respects, still an innovative event. For most consumers it remains a good vacation value.

I will say this: if you work for the BM org and aren't getting your commercial day rate, you are a chump. And if your BM camp, rave, blinky thing is the ONLY creative thing you do all year, then maybe you should expand your horizon a bit.

Following is a very tiny smattering of records of my collaborative efforts over the years and since Helco at BM in 1996:

Meat Parade at How Berkeley can you be Parade1996-98 - variations in 1999 and 2001:
http://talesofsfcacophony.com/peta-berkeley-as-you-can-be-parade-video-puzzling-evidence/

BLF 1977-2011:
http://laughingsquid.com/billboard-liberation-front-to-serve-man/

http://www.juxtapoz.com/current/the-life-and-times-of-ron-english-part-i

http://www.billboardliberation.com/2010/09/30/stella-artois-a-thing-of-beauty/

Various Cyclecide road trips, Mexico, New Orleans, etc. I'm with Cyclecide in Portland this instant.

Doggie Diner stuff: 1987- present:
http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_8042829

Urban Exploration 1977 - present:
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/adventure/travel/paris.html

http://laughingsquid.com/john-law-on-the-history-channels-cities-of-the-underworld/
(I am currently more involved in UE than I have ever been, including the active Suicide Club days of the late 70's)

Detroit exploring and community building 1998 - present:
http://hyperallergic.com/105123/the-seafoam-palace-opening-a-museum-for-the-curious-in-detroit/

http://www.detroitnews.com/story/entertainment/arts/2015/08/03/artist-canilao-curates-alchemy-detroit-inner-state/30956093/

-JLaw

Posted by John W Law on 09/12/2015 at 1:43 AM

Re: “Burning Man Cofounder John Law Spent Burning Man at Tribune Tower, Thinking about Bridges

Isn't next year the 20-year anniversary of John Law re-living events from the past? 1996 was the last year he was actively involved in something new (HellCo at Burning Man). Since then he has been about re-archiving (Suicide Club, Cacophony Society, BM), re-telling (book, bus trip). and re-painting (Doggies Diner heads). He's been good at appearing at events where the next generation of artists and pranksters make their mark. Nothing wrong with getting another 20 years out of the past, -and getting laid.

Posted by Ianna Ashton on 09/11/2015 at 12:21 PM

Re: “Burning Man Cofounder John Law Spent Burning Man at Tribune Tower, Thinking about Bridges

Cool. Glad to know that he doesn't urinate where he eats, he just prefers to urinate where *other people* eat.

Posted by Nadja Adolf on 09/10/2015 at 3:45 PM

Re: “Burning Man Cofounder John Law Spent Burning Man at Tribune Tower, Thinking about Bridges

Cool. I wondered about the neon on the Tribune bld. Keep up the good and anon. work:) Cheers

Posted by Gordon Hopkins on 09/10/2015 at 9:17 AM

Re: “Qulture Collective: A Downtown Hub for Oakland Queers

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Posted by Editor on 09/02/2015 at 9:44 AM

Re: “Qulture Collective: A Downtown Hub for Oakland Queers

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Posted by Editor on 09/02/2015 at 9:42 AM

Re: “Qulture Collective: A Downtown Hub for Oakland Queers

I have a problem with how the article was written. I will never regard any LGBT person as queer -not myself, not anyone else. That's what I was bullied with growing up and I will never use the term, ever. I don't care what three individuals choose to call themselves or others. Can anyone imagine any other epithet being used in an EBX piece like this? Also, the amount of coded language in this article is disheartening. If a subject is using coded language to declare an unjust preference for a group of people then the journalist needs to call them out. I'd be more specific, but I'm taking a cue from the author.

Posted by Matt_Chambers on 09/01/2015 at 12:10 PM

Re: “Qulture Collective: A Downtown Hub for Oakland Queers

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Posted by Editor on 09/01/2015 at 9:10 AM

Re: “Qulture Collective: A Downtown Hub for Oakland Queers

Thank you so much, Susue! We look forward to continuing to grow, thrive and hold our place here in Oakland. We appreciate the positive energy you're sending our way!

Posted by Terry Sok on 08/27/2015 at 9:56 AM

Re: “Qulture Collective: A Downtown Hub for Oakland Queers

I am looking forward to supporting this space and making it a home on the way home. Safe warm yet busy and vibrant!! Congratulations ladies and thank you for sticking it out in "The Town!"

Posted by Susue Also on 08/26/2015 at 11:13 PM

Re: “Painting Chinatown Gold

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Re: “Painting Chinatown Gold

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Posted by Luqman Lin on 08/19/2015 at 6:08 AM

Re: “Painting Chinatown Gold

Thanks for the awesome article Sarah!

Posted by Moon Moon on 08/18/2015 at 7:16 PM

Re: “Visions of Liberty

"Vision of Liberty"? How about an honest caption "Vision of Importing More Poverty". And if this blueprint in the Eastbay Express for killing the middle class by mass immigration doesn't fill your weekly quota for open borders propaganda then head on over to the tear jerker on page 8 - the story of Cambodian Chea Bou where you can cry crocodile tears for another 'victim' of our 'broken immigration system' and another noble immigrant sob story.

Me? I'll take my cue from Bernie Sanders on the open borders champions: "It would make everyone in America poorer."

Posted by Bee Montigue on 08/17/2015 at 5:36 PM

Re: “Mills College Funds Community Writing Workshops

Well, it's great to nurture in students love for writing. Once I was like they are at similar writing workshop which have determined my path. Now I'm a writer, I provide dissertation writing service and extremely thankful for that workshop.

Posted by JohnUnger on 08/04/2015 at 1:09 AM

Re: “Mills College Funds Community Writing Workshops

I am not from a marginalized group unless you count former stay-home mothers who are over age 65, generally an invisible population. I would be overjoyed to attend your writing classes if you would have me.

Susan

Posted by Susan Fisher on 07/21/2015 at 4:10 PM

Re: “Fitness for Your Brain

"A session of "laughter yoga;"

"Facilitators will use similarly wacky approaches to tackle some challenging bodies of thought;"

"I'm interested in what happens if you're being forced to move and think about global risk managemen;"

"Cosmoconvulsive Anxiothenics;"

"Reichian somatics, full-corpus spasms, and galactic tingles;"

"An underwater audio installation and a lecture on the Aristotelian concept of topos through a feminist lens;"

Uh-huh. Sounds just like what Albert E., Stephen H. and their physicist/philosopher chums have done along.

Meanwhile I'm going to go for a walk in Redwood Park and afterwards read my book.

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