4.29.2006

Sophie Calle and Grégoire Bouillier
http://jacketmagazine.com/28/berkson-q.html

When did you last die?

What gets you out of bed in the morning?

What became of your childhood dreams?

What sets you apart from from everyone else?

What is missing from your life?

Do you think that everyone can be an artist?

Where do you come from?

Do you find your lot an enviable one?

What have you given up?

What do you do with your money?

What household task gives you the most trouble?

What are your favorite pleasures?

What would you like to receive for your birthday?

Cite three living artists whom you detest.

What do you stick up for?

What are you capable of refusing?

What is the most fragile part of your body?

What has love made you capable of doing?

What do other people reproach you for?

What does art do for you?

Write your epitaph.

In what form would you like to return?
once again, not appearing at the Los Angeles Times Festival of books; these are:

Poetry Corner
Emcees: Elena Karina Byrne and M.L. Williams


10:00 am Dana Levin
Author, “Wedding Day”

10:30 am Marilyn Nelson
Author, “The Cachoeira Tales and Other Poems”

11:00 am Terry Wolverton
Author, “Embers”

11:30 am Charles Harper Webb
Author, “Hot Popsicles”

12 pm Victoria Chang
Author, “Circle”

12:30 pm Sesshu Foster
Author, “Atomik Aztex”

1 pm James Ragan
Author, “In the Talking Hours”

1:30 pm Sarah Arvio
Author, “Sono”

2 pm John Fitzgerald
Author, “Spring Water”

2:30 pm
Gail Mazur
Author, “Zeppo’s First Wife”

3 pm Jeffrey Levine
Author, “Rumor of Cortez”

3:30 pm Dana Goodyear
Author, “Honey and Junk”

4 pm Donald Revell
Author, “Pennyweight Windows: New & Selected Poems”


4:30 pm Christopher Merrill
Author, “Things of the Hidden God”

5:00 pm Martha Ronk
Author, “In a Landscape of Having to Repeat”


10:00 am Kay Ryan
Author: “The Niagara River: Poems”


10:30 am Stephen Yenser
Author: ”Blue Guide”


11:00 am Jane Hirshfield
Author, “After”


11:30 am David St. John
Author, “The Face: A Novella in Verse”


12 pm Sarah Maclay
Author, “Whore”


12:30 pm Chris Abani
Author, “Becoming Abi Gail”


1 pm Glyn Maxwell
Author, “Forever Waltz”


1:30 pm Ralph Angel
Author, “Twice Removed”


2 pm Maurya Simon
Author, “Ghost Orchid”


2:30 pm
Amy Uyematsu
Author, “Stone Bow Prayer”


3 pm Ilya Kaminsky
Author, “Dancing in Odessa”


3:30 pm Eloise Klein Healy
Author, “Passing”


4 pm Gabriel Meyer
Author, “War and Faith in the Sudan”

4.26.2006

ay 03

Wednesday, 8:00pm

Ecstatic Peace Reading: Byron Coley, Richard
Hell, Jutta Koether & Thurston Moore (and
possibly a surprise reader or 2). Byron Coley
has been co-editor of Ecstatic Peace Poetry
Journal, is a renowned rock writer, and a
published poet. Richard Hell is a vanguard
poet and a songwriter/musician who made the
world exciting again. Jutta Koether is a
visual artist with work in the Whitney
Biennial 2006. Thurston Moore is the editor
of Ecstatic Peace Poetry Journal and a member
of avant garde NYC rock 4tet Sonic Youth.

http://www.poetryproject.com

Housed in the landmark St. Mark's Church in
the center of New York City's East Village,
the Poetry Project offers three weekly
reading series, writing workshops, a
bimonthly Newsletter, an annual literary
magazine, The World, an Annual New Year's Day
Marathon Reading, tape and document archives,
and general support for poets. Founded in
1966, the Poetry Project is now one of the
premier forums for innovative poetry in the
United States. Here on our web site, you will
find our webzine Poets & Poems; The Tiny Press
Center, a resource center for small publishers
including essays by small publishers, contact
information, reviews, and more; excerpts from
our publications; membership information;
books and artwork for sale; links to other
poetry sites; and much more!

St. Mark's Church, 131 E. 10th St.,
New York, NY 10003
Human Events recently listed their "ten most harmful books." Here is the
link:

http://www.humaneventsonline.com/article.php?id=7591

The summaries are especially rousing, like blaming FDR's reading of Keynes for our current war-driven budget deficit.

comments, like revised summaries and other books, welcome

on lists disussing this, a lot of guides to trying a witch, The Bible, Koran, Book of Mormon, et.al. have been added...


1. The Communist Manifesto
Authors: Karl Marx and Freidrich Engels
Summary: Marx and Engels, born in Germany in 1818 and 1820, respectively, were the intellectual godfathers of communism. Engels was the original limousine leftist: A wealthy textile heir, he financed Marx for much of his life. In 1848, the two co-authored neventson-20&creative=9325&path=tg/detail/-/0451527100/qid=1117547503/sr=1-1
/ref=sr_1_1?v=glance%26s=books> The Communist Manifesto as a platform for a group they belonged to called the Communist League. The Manifesto envisions history as a class struggle between oppressed workers and oppressive owners, calling for a workers' revolution so property, family and nation-states can be abolished and a proletarian Utopia established. The Evil Empire of the Soviet Union put the Manifesto into practice.

2. Mein Kampf
Author: Adolf Hitler
Summary: neventson-20&creative=9325&path=tg/detail/-/1410102033/qid=1117547652/sr=1-2
/ref=sr_1_2?v=glance%26s=books> Mein Kampf (My Struggle) was initially published in two parts in 1925 and 1926 after Hitler was imprisoned for leading Nazi Brown Shirts in the so-called "Beer Hall Putsch" that tried to overthrow the Bavarian government. Here Hitler explained his racist, anti-Semitic vision for Germany, laying out a Nazi program pointing directly to World War II and the Holocaust. He envisioned the mass murder of Jews, and a war against France to precede a war against Russia to carve out "lebensraum" ("living room") for Germans in Eastern Europe. The book was originally ignored. But not after Hitler rose to power. According to the Simon Wiesenthal Center, there were 10 million copies in circulation by 1945.

3. Quotations from Chairman Mao
Author: Mao Zedong
Summary: Mao, who died in 1976, was the leader of the Red Army in the fight for control of China against the anti-Communist forces of Chiang Kai-shek before, during and after World War II. Victorious, in 1949, he founded the People's Republic of China, enslaving the world's most populous nation in communism. In 1966, he published neventson-20&creative=9325&path=tg/detail/-/B0007AFWEW/qid=1117547854/sr=1-1
/ref=sr_1_1?v=glance%26s=books> Quotations from Chairman Mao Zedong, otherwise known as The Little Red Book, as a tool in the "Cultural Revolution" he launched to push the Chinese Communist Party and Chinese society back in his ideological direction. Aided by compulsory distribution in China, billions were printed. Western leftists were enamored with its Marxist anti-Americanism. "It is the task of the people of the whole world to put an end to the aggression and oppression perpetrated by imperialism, and chiefly by U.S. imperialism," wrote Mao.

4. The Kinsey Report
Author: Alfred Kinsey
Summary: Alfred Kinsey was a zoologist at Indiana University who, in 1948, published a study called neventson-20&creative=9325&path=tg/detail/-/0253334128/qid=1117547966/sr=1-2
/ref=sr_1_2?v=glance%26s=books> Sexual Behavior in the Human Male, commonly known as neventson-20&creative=9325&path=tg/detail/-/0253334128/qid=1117547966/sr=1-2
/ref=sr_1_2?v=glance%26s=books> The Kinsey Report. Five years later, he published Sexual Behavior in the Human Female. The reports were designed to give a scientific gloss to the normalization of promiscuity and deviancy. "Kinsey's initial report, released in 1948 . . . stunned the nation by saying that American men were so sexually wild that 95% of them could be accused of some kind of sexual offense under 1940s laws," the Washington Times reported last year when a movie on Kinsey was released. "The report included reports of sexual activity by boys--even babies--and said that 37% of adult males had had at least one homosexual experience. . . . The 1953 book also included reports of sexual activity involving girls younger than age 4, and suggested that sex between adults and children could be beneficial."

5. Democracy and Education
Author: John Dewey
Summary: John Dewey, who lived from 1859 until 1952, was a "progressive" philosopher and leading advocate for secular humanism in American life, who taught at the University of Chicago and at Columbia. He signed the Humanist Manifesto and rejected traditional religion and moral absolutes. In neventson-20&creative=9325&path=tg/detail/-/0684836319/qid=1117548361/sr=1-1
/ref=sr_1_1?v=glance%26s=books> Democracy and Education, in pompous and opaque prose, he disparaged schooling that focused on traditional character development and endowing children with hard knowledge, and encouraged the teaching of thinking "skills" instead. His views had great influence on the direction of American education--particularly in public schools--and helped nurture the Clinton generation.

6. Das Kapital
Author: Karl Marx
Summary: Marx died after publishing a first volume of this massive book, after which his benefactor Engels edited and published two additional volumes that Marx had drafted. neventson-20&creative=9325&path=tg/detail/-/089526711X/qid=1117548592/sr=1-1
/ref=sr_1_1?v=glance%26s=books> Das Kapital forces the round peg of capitalism into the square hole of Marx's materialistic theory of history, portraying capitalism as an ugly phase in the development of human society in which capitalists inevitably and amorally exploit labor by paying the cheapest possible wages to earn the greatest possible profits. Marx theorized that the inevitable eventual outcome would be global proletarian revolution. He could not have predicted 21st Century America: a free, affluent society based on capitalism and representative government that people the world over envy and seek to emulate.

7. The Feminine Mystique
Author: Betty Friedan
Summary: In neventson-20&creative=9325&path=tg/detail/-/0393322572/qid=1117548774/sr=1-1
/ref=sr_1_1?v=glance%26s=books> The Feminine Mystique, Betty Friedan, born in 1921, disparaged traditional stay-at-home motherhood as life in "a comfortable concentration camp"--a role that degraded women and denied them true fulfillment in life. She later became founding president of the National Organization for Women. Her original vocation, tellingly, was not stay-at-home motherhood but left-wing journalism. As David Horowitz wrote in a review for Salon.com of Betty Friedan and the Making of the Feminine Mystique by Daniel Horowitz (no relation to David): The author documents that "Friedan was from her college days, and until her mid-30s, a Stalinist Marxist, the political intimate of the leaders of America's Cold War fifth column and for a time even the lover of a young Communist physicist working on atomic bomb projects in Berkeley's radiation lab with J. Robert Oppenheimer."

8. The Course of Positive Philosophy
Author: Auguste Comte
Summary: Comte, the product of a royalist Catholic family that survived the French Revolution, turned his back on his political and cultural heritage, announcing as a teenager, "I have naturally ceased to believe in God." Later, in the six volumes of neventson-20&creative=9325&path=tg/detail/-/0404082092/qid=1117549502/sr=1-7
/ref=sr_1_7?v=glance%26s=books> The Course of Positive Philosophy, he coined the term "sociology." He did so while theorizing that the human mind had developed beyond "theology" (a belief that there is a God who governs the universe), through "metaphysics" (in this case defined as the French revolutionaries' reliance on abstract assertions of "rights" without a God), to "positivism," in which man alone, through scientific observation, could determine the way things ought to be.

9. Beyond Good and Evil
Author: Freidrich Nietzsche
Summary: An oft-scribbled bit of college-campus graffiti says: "'God is dead'--Nietzsche" followed by "'Nietzsche is dead'--God." Nietzsche's profession that "God is dead" appeared in his 1882 book, The Gay Science, but under-girded the basic theme of neventson-20&creative=9325&path=tg/detail/-/0679724656/qid=1117549960/sr=1-1
/ref=sr_1_1?v=glance%26s=books> Beyond Good and Evil, which was published four years later. Here Nietzsche argued that men are driven by an amoral "Will to Power," and that superior men will sweep aside religiously inspired moral rules, which he deemed as artificial as any other moral rules, to craft whatever rules would help them dominate the world around them. "Life itself is essentially appropriation, injury, overpowering of the strange and weaker, suppression, severity, imposition of one's own forms, incorporation and, at the least and mildest, exploitation," he wrote. The Nazis loved Nietzsche.

10. General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money
Author: John Maynard Keynes
Summary: Keynes was a member of the British elite--educated at Eton and Cambridge--who as a liberal Cambridge economics professor wrote neventson-20&creative=9325&path=tg/detail/-/1573921394/qid=1117550218/sr=1-1
/ref=sr_1_1?v=glance%26s=books> General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money in the midst of the Great Depression. The book is a recipe for ever-expanding government. When the business cycle threatens a contraction of industry, and thus of jobs, he argued, the government should run up deficits, borrowing and spending money to spur economic activity. FDR adopted the idea as U.S. policy, and the U.S. government now has a $2.6-trillion annual budget and an $8-trillion dollar debt.

Honorable Mention

The Population Bomb by Paul Ehrlich
What Is To Be Done by V.I. Lenin
Authoritarian Personality by Theodor Adorno
On Liberty by John Stuart Mill
Beyond Freedom and Dignity by B.F. Skinner
Reflections on Violence by Georges Sorel
The Promise of American Life by Herbert Croly
The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
Madness and Civilization by Michel Foucault
Soviet Communism: A New Civilization by Sidney and Beatrice Webb
Coming of Age in Samoa by Margaret Mead
Unsafe at Any Speed by Ralph Nader
Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir
Prison Notebooks by Antonio Gramsci
Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon
Introduction to Psychoanalysis by Sigmund Freud
The Greening of America by Charles Reich
The Limits to Growth by Club of Rome
Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

4.23.2006

Smell Last Sunday Reading Series

Come to the next readin of the year at THE SMELL
Sunday, April 30, 2006

Reading will begin at 6:30 pm.

5 dollars at the door to support visiting writers.

247 S. Main Street,
Between 2nd and 3rd streets in Downtown, Los Angeles
Enter in the alley, more or less behind Jalisco's

Readers will be:

Mary Burger
Dolores Dorantes
Vanessa Place


Mary Burger is the author of Sonny (Leon Works, 2005) and the co-editor of Biting the Error: Writers Explore Narrative, a collection of critical essays on experimental fiction (Coach House Books, 2004). She edits Second Story Books, featuring works by innovative narrative writers. An Apparent Event: A Second Story Books Anthology has just been published.

Dolores Dorantes was born in Córdoba, Veracruz in 1973. Her most recent books include SexoPUROsexoVELOZ (Cuadernos del filodecaballo, 2002), Para
Bernardo: un eco (MUB editoraz, 2000) and Poemas para niños (Ediciones El Tucán de Virginia, 1999). She is a founding editor of Editorial Frugal, which counts among its activities publication of the monthly broadside series Hoja Frugal, printed in editions of 4000 and distributed free throughout Mexico. Translations of her poems into English have been published in the anthology Sin puertas visibles ( ed.and trans. Jen Hofer, University of Pittsburgh and Ediciones Sin Nombre, 2003), in the Seeing Eye chapbook PUREsexSWIFTsex (also translated by Jen Hofer), and in the journals Aufgabe and kenning.

Vanessa Place is a writer and lawyer. She is the author of Dies: A Sentence, a 50,000-word, one-sentence novel; other work has appeared in Northwest Review, Northridge Review, Film Comment, Contemporary Literary Criticism, 4th Street: A Poetry Bimonthly, LA Weekly Literary Supplement, Five Fingers Review, and n/Oulipo. Place represents indigent sex offenders and sexually violent predators on appeal, her nonfiction book about sex crimes and the morality of guilt is to be published by Other Press. She is a co-founder of Les Figues Press, publisher of the TrenchArt series of experimental literature.