Thursday, October 22, 2015

Out Now: Emergency Hearts, Molotov Dreams: A scott crow Reader

Friends and Accomplices
With deep gratitude and excitement I wanted to announce in more detail my new book:
'Emergency Hearts, Molotov Dreams: A scott crow Reader' Selected Interviews and Conversations 2010-2015'.
This book is from a new radical publishing cooperative GTK Press in Cleveland, OH that is part of the longstanding bookstore called Guide To Kulchur.
Emergency Hearts, Molotov Dreams is a selected collection of interviews, presentations and conversations that I have given over the last five years covering a variety of topics such as- anarchy, cooperatives, police brutality, prisons, animal liberation, environmental justice, surveillance and political movements. Many of the interviews have been expanded, remixed and edited from their original publications.
Preface by Tom Nomad
Afterword by Lara Messersmith-Glavin
Poem by John Clark
Interviewers featured :
Abby Martin , Grayson Flory, Anne Gessler, Kit O'Connell, Vic Creatuure Mucciarone, Baruch Zeichner, Jonny Gordon-Farleih, Nathan Diebenow, Matt Tedrow DJ Pangburn and Darwin BondGraham. And a co-presentation with Debbie Russell

Front cover: Tony Shephard of Shepherd Creative/Deviated Instinct
Back Cover and Interior: Ryan Walker

Author photo: Leon Alesi
210 pages
Available at Last Word Books & Other Independent Bookstores

Friday, September 04, 2015

Little Free Libraries on the Wrong Side of the Law

(This was back in February, but I felt like posting it anyway)
Crime, homelessness and crumbling infrastructure are still a problem in almost every part of America, but two cities have recently cracked down on one of the country's biggest problems: small community libraries where residents can share books.
Officials in Los Angeles and Shreveport, La., have told the owners of homemade lending libraries that they're in violation of city codes, and asked them to remove or relocate their small book collections.
In Los Angeles, Peter Cook, who acts under the name Peter Mackenzie, and his wife, writer Lili Flanders, were told by a city investigator that their curbside library was an obstruction. They were given a week to remove it, or else face fines from the city. This came after an anonymous note from "a neighbor who hates you and your kids" was left on their library, ordering them to "Take it down or the city will."
The couple is declining to remove or relocate the library, with Cook telling the Times that he'll refuse to obey "the blinded Cyclops of L.A. city — wildly swinging its cudgel to destroy something that has made the city and this neighborhood a better place."
A spokesman for City Councilman Paul Koretz said there's a chance the library could remain if the owners got a permit, which could be paid for by city arts funds.
It's a similar situation to the one in Shreveport, where the city sent a cease and desist letter to the owners of a Little Free Library. Ricky and Teresa Edgerton were told they could file an appeal to let the library remain, but it would cost $500.
Residents of the Louisiana city were not amused. An artist named Kathryn Usher constructed a makeshift lending library outside her home, and told The (Shreveport) Times, "I did it in solidarity with Ricky. I'm basically telling the [Metropolitan Planning Commission] to go sod off." Another Shreveport resident, Chris Redford, did the same thing, saying, "I just put my books out there to show that I support the Little Free Libraries in every community and what they stand for."
The Edgertons might get a reprieve, however: a Shreveport city councilman told the newspaper that "a resolution is being drafted to waive existing Little Free Libraries" from zoning laws.
It remains to be seen how both situations will be resolved, and what other cities might join Los Angeles and Shreveport in addressing the growing problem of people sharing books they love with their neighbors.

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Happy Birthday Robert Heinlein!

1907 -- Robert A. Heinlein lives (1907-1988). Prolific American 
writer, grand master of science fiction. His first stories 
appeared in action-adventure pulp magazine "Astounding Science 
Fiction" in 1939.

     "There is Lovecraft...[Heinlein, Ayn Rand, Tolkien]... who constantly sing the praises of bourgeois virtues & whose villains are thinly disguised working class agitators — fear of the Mob permeates their rural romances.

     To all these & more the working class is a mindless beast which must be controlled or it will savage the world (i.e. bourgeois security)..."

          — Michael Moorcock, "Starship Stormtroopers,"
          an essay on SciFi Fascists,

From Wikipedia:

Robert Anson Heinlein (/ˈhnln/;[1][2][3] July 7, 1907 – May 8, 1988) was an American science fiction writer. Often called the "dean of science fiction writers",[4] he was an influential and controversial author of the genre in his time.
He was one of the first science fiction writers to break into mainstream magazines such as The Saturday Evening Post in the late 1940s. He was one of the best-selling science fiction novelists for many decades, and he, Isaac Asimov, and Arthur C. Clarke are often considered to be the "Big Three" of science fiction authors.[5][6]
A notable writer of science fiction short stories, Heinlein was one of a group of writers who came to prominence under the editorship of John W. Campbell, Jr. in his Astounding Science Fiction magazine—though Heinlein denied that Campbell influenced his writing to any great degree.
Within the framework of his science fiction stories, Heinlein repeatedly addressed certain social themes: the importance of individual liberty and self-reliance, the obligation individuals owe to their societies, the influence of organized religion on culture and government, and the tendency of society to repress nonconformist thought. He also speculated on the influence of space travel on human cultural practices.
Heinlein was named the first Science Fiction Writers Grand Master in 1974.[7] He won Hugo Awards for four of his novels; in addition, fifty years after publication, three of his works were awarded "Retro Hugos"—awards given retrospectively for works that were published before the Hugo Awards came into existence.[8] In his fiction, Heinlein coined terms that have become part of the English language, including "grok" and "waldo", and speculative fiction, as well as popularizing the terms like "TANSTAAFL", "pay it forward", and space marine. He also described a modern version of a waterbed in his novel The Door Into Summer,[9] though he never patented or built one. In the first chapter of the novel "Space Cadet" he anticipated the cell phone, 35 years before the technology was invented by Motorola.[10] Several of Heinlein's works have been adapted for film and television.