Tuesday, April 22, 2008
A new blurb for me, a haiku for April, and Andy B. looks for trouble on Earth Day
Expendable Andy B. from Shanghai recently wrote me this e-mail:
I wanted to unload some thoughts and I think you, and some of the Expendables, are the only ones who can really get it. I spend a lot of time over at Medialens.org. They do a great job of challenging UK mainstream journalists based on the Chomksy/Herman propaganda model. When the journalists do respond it’s always with excuses and diversions, sometimes with counter-campaigns in their own writing. They will do anything except say out what it is they do - reproduce the party line, support power. But - what I always think about is this: What if the assault on their smokescreen worked and then they said “You know what, yeah, that is what we do ...but we’re fine with that so what are you gonna do about it?” ... how would people find out and would they care, would there really be some kind of enlightened rejection of the papers unless they changed and how would it work? Really - what would we then do about it? And why not just skip to that step right now? (As you’ve pointed out in other articles, that’s a discussion that could wind us up in ‘trouble’.)
“Mickey Z.’s CPR for Dummies is a ribald collage of styles, points of view, and blasphemies. Written loosely in the style of a play, the novel includes the author as a character, a sex-crazed priest and a confession-booth orgy to rival the best of Rabelais. Both satiric and insightful, the book manages to invoke both Armageddon and optimism. With politics sure to rile even the most self-righteous liberal, Mickey pulls off a tour de force - a textbook within a play within a parody within an urban memoir. It is a book that is as tongue in cheek as Vonnegut and Bukowski - funny, sexy, surprising and entirely iconoclastic.”
The folks at Bluestockings Bookstore have penciled me in on:
Saturday, May 3 @ 7:00 pm
I hope you’ll join us, bring friends, and spread the word far and wide.