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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:
Various Cyclecide road trips, Mexico, New Orleans, etc. I'm with Cyclecide in Portland this instant.
Doggie Diner stuff: 1987- present:
Urban Exploration 1977 - present:
(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:
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.
Cool. Glad to know that he doesn't urinate where he eats, he just prefers to urinate where *other people* eat.
Cool. I wondered about the neon on the Tribune bld. Keep up the good and anon. work:) Cheers
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.
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!
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!"
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Thanks for the awesome article Sarah!
"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."
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.
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.
"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;"
"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.
Great article! Loved the first season and cant wait for whats to come next! #noplacelikeOakland
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