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Monthly Archive for June, 2009

Riverine, Movish

Before posting on ‘advertising characters’ as promised below, I will report that the second season of my Peachy Coochy Nites has drawn to a close until the end of September. One thing this means is that the curator will not have to devise publicity mailouts on a monthly basis for a while. Not that he […]

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My Name is Product

Ardent readers of this publication will be familiar with the Editor’s need to visit secondhand bookshops every 48 hours lest he succumb to uneasiness. The thing about such rhythmic behaviour is that eventually all the books one has craved become one’s own. If the bookomane reads book reviews, regularly inspects stock in the big bookshops, […]

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They Live

Ever keen to provide material for Strength Weekly by having experiences the editor of this journal and his wife visited a party to which they had been invited in the north of this city. I will not condemn the suburbs outright for they nurtured J.G. Ballard thoughout his career and have catalysed, in their severity, […]

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This is the final post in a series that begins below with ‘Stage & Screen 1’ In ‘The Truman Show’ (1998) Truman Burbank is the unwitting star of a hugely successful documentary TV show based on his life. The show runs continuously, following Truman from the moment of his birth into adulthood. Truman is completely […]

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This post is part of a series. Please start reading at ‘Stage & Screen 1’ below. In his editorial introduction to the January 1968 special edition of ‘Scalebor’ mental hospital magazine, price sixpence, 24 year old ‘schizophrenic’ inmate Patrick Schofield refers to “the hundreds of men and women who find themselves living and working” in […]

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Stage & Screen 4

This post is part of a series. Please start reading at ‘Stage & Screen 1’ below. In the ‘Essays’ section of Strength Weekly is a piece titled ‘What We Talk About’ in which I write about a series of experiences I had at the Anti-University of London (see the ‘1968’ entry here) in the late […]

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Stage & Screen 3

This post is part of a series. Please start reading at ‘Stage & Screen 1’ below. Laing’s radical psychology provides a means of reclaiming the narrator of the ‘surveillance theatre’ document (see ‘Stage & Screen 1’ below) from the dank cul de sac that is the terminus for the barking nutjob. Clearly the narrator is […]

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Stage & Screen 2

This post is part of a series. Please start reading at ‘Stage & Screen 1’ below. New ways of looking at the mad were supplied by the radical psychiatrist R.D. Laing and his colleagues in the 1960s. Madness was seen as a reaction to an impossible situation and treated as a crucial stage on a […]

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Stage & Screen 1

A man came up to my my friend Trevor in New York in the early 80s and handed him a sheaf of densely typed foolscap. The man told my friend to read the document because it was very important. It turned out be a detailed account of an extraordinary project involving what could be called […]

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