You talked about your geeking out on copyright a little bit. One of the best books on this subject is “Freeloading” by Chris Ruen. He talks about the way copyright needs to be vigorously policed and enforced but also suggests shortening copyright to 50 years. He and others have pointed out that “Happy Birthday to You” is not in the public domain, it goes back to the 19th century, but it’s going to be owned by Warner Bros. for years to come. Are you persuaded by the fact that copyright could be shortened a little bit to 50 years or, say, artist’s life plus 20?
Read the full article at Salon.
Protesters recently went to an Ikea store in Brooklyn to make the point. There, they staged a photo-shoot for an alternative catalog called IQEA, and promoted a forthcoming book about LGBT Russians titled Gay Propaganda: Russian Love Stories.
Jelezniakov added: "It's that ‘little’ act of erasing that invalidates the very existence of many, only because of their sexual orientation." The book and these pictures help put LGBT Russians back in the frame.
Read the full article at Fast Company.
A book-free holiday gift guide for the book lover in your life.
What is it?
A poetic tote bag sporting a quote from one of America’s finest (and most badass) poets, Eileen Myles.
Who is it for?
The poet lover in your life who isn’t afraid of getting dirty.
Read the full gift guide at Buzzfeed.
James Goodale’s Fighting for the Press (CUNY Journalism Press, $20) is an account, by the New York Times’s counsel, of the crucial Supreme Court battle 40 years ago for the right to publish the Pentagon Papers. The NY Times and Washington Post were accused of criminal treachery for publishing the trove of documents about the conduct of the Vietnam war. Nixon, determined to punish both newspapers for endangering national security, moved for prior restraint. The Supreme Court, by a 6-3 majority, voted that the papers should be free to publish – thereby making it almost impossible for news organisations to be censored in advance by governments. Goodale is a passionate defender of First Amendment rights and his insider account of this crucial struggle is surprisingly racy – and extremely important.
Read the full list at The New Statesman
A story recently featured in an Ikea lifestyle magazine was supposed to be about two young parents reinventing their small living space. But after the furniture giant pulled the piece from its Russian edition, the focus went from storage space to social justice.
Listen to the full interview at CBC Radio.
Like every other woman in her village in Tamil Nadu, at the first sign of puberty Rajathi Salma was confined within the four walls of her family home. Deprived of any further education or social contacts, she began to write. After 25 years of isolation, a twist of political fate saw her elected to lead her local panchayat (village council). This was followed by four years as the head of the state’s Social Welfare Board. Today she is considered one of the most outspoken women poets in India.
Read the full interview at Development in Action
Issue 2 Vol.1 2013 into 2014
A limited edition of 1,000 copies printed. Published by The Third Eye, November 2013.
YOKO ONO • SEAN LENNON • ARTISTS AGAINST FRACKING • FUCK FOR FOREST • DADARA • GUILLERMO ALARCÓN • THE CELESTIAL TWINS • GRAN OM • KATE BELLM • ED COX • JULIANA NABUCO • SARA MAPELLI • NOMADS UNITED • KAREEN KOHN • YOSHIHIRO KOITANI • CAROLINA XAÜLIMA • BHAGAVAN-DAVID BARKI DE LIMA • ION DAVID
Read the whole issue online at The Third Eye.
For more than a decade, Reverend Billy, along with his Church of Stop Shopping, has preached fiery sermons against recreational consumerism — and more recently, against climate disaster. You can often find them greeting the crush of shoppers at Macy’s in New York City on Black Friday. That may not be the case this year. That is because in September, Rev. Billy was arrested after staging a 15-minute musical protest at a JPMorgan Chase bank in Manhattan to highlight the bank’s environmental record and the extinction of a Central American golden toad. He now faces a year in prison for misdemeanor charges of riot in the second degree, menacing in the third degree, unlawful assembly and two counts of disorderly conduct.
Read the full article and view the video at Democracy Now.
Refreshingly different from all that misanthropic Armageddon porn, The End of The World suggests we may already be at the “global going- crazy tipping point” of an already unfolding consumerism-fuelled climate change enviro-apocalypse, the ‘Shopocalypse’. While most prophets of doom relish the prospect of unbelievers engulfed by extreme weather events or whatever, the Rev’s take on the End of the World is strangely uplifting, with an obvious love of people and of life, even if all life on Earth is about to disappear.
Read the full review in issue #309 of Fortean Times.
Rajathi Salma and Kim Longinotto’s Salma: Filming a Poet in her Village is a hugely engaging, disconcerting book that takes you behind the scenes of BAFTA award winning Kim Longinotto’s beautiful film Salma. This is not an academic book but reads more like a travelogue or a personal journal, exploring the experiences of two women who come together to make the film.
Read the full review at Engenderings.
Exciting that three of the novels on our list are a) written by Irish authors (Alan Cunningham, Eimear McBride, Philip Terry), b) experimental, c) published by independent publishers. A pity they’re exiled. (And we have more to say on this in our editorial in issue one.) Anyway… our favourite novels and non-fiction reads of the year.
Read the full story at Gorse.
"Companies seem to become more obsessed with talking about innovation as they become less and less innovative. Today, the phrase “radical innovation” has become popular in contrast with incremental innovation. It describes some absurdly innovative idea that’s challenging for people to understand—if the idea were easily comprehensible it would hardly be radically innovative.
The real conundrum is how to “engineer radical innovation,” as a recent Harvard Business Review article put it. There used to be an answer to that question and it was Bell Labs."
Read the full article at Quartz.
A group of gay and lesbian demonstrators touched down at an Ikea in Brooklyn, N.Y. over the weekend for a "guerilla photo shoot" in protest of the Swedish company's decision to nix an article about a same-sex couple from the December issue of the Ikea Family Live magazine, which is distributed in Russia.
The photo shoot was organized by Joseph Huff-Hannon, co-editor of the forthcoming book Gay Propaganda: Russian Love Stories, Alexander Kargaltsev, a gay Russian artist and photographer who was recently granted asylum in the U.S., and Rusa LGBT co-founder Nina Long.
Read the full article at the Huffington Post.
In response to Ikea’s removal of a profile of a lesbian couple from the Russian edition of the company’s Ikea Family Live magazine, a group of gay and lesbian Russian activists and American allies staged a kiss-in at the Ikea store in Brooklyn.
Ikea cited Russia’s prohibition on “promoting non-traditional sexual relationships to minors” for removing the profile of a couple named Kirsty and Clara and their baby.
Read the full story at Buzzfeed.
Eileen Myles is the author of more than 20 books of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, plays, and libretti, including Snowflake/different streets, Inferno (A Poet’s Novel), The Importance of Being Iceland (for which she received a Warhol Creative Capital Art Writers Grant) and Sorry, Tree. A former director of St. Mark’s Poetry Project, Myles campaigned as an openly female write-in candidate for U.S. president in 1992. She received a Guggenheim fellowship in 2012. She lives in New York.
See the full list at the Advocate.
When our imaginary relationship to our conditions of existence becomes desynchronized with ongoing events, phenomena such as Wikileaks become impossible to comprehend. One snowy Berlin night after the Chaos Computer Congress in 2009, I rather accidentally ended up getting dinner with Jacob Appelbaum and a few other assorted computer security experts. In the context of a rather arcane discussion of routing problems in Tor, the topic of Wikileaks was broached. Not one to mince words, I warned Jake that Wikileaks was going to get him into deep trouble. He cracked a smile in return and said “We’re not dissidents, we’re meta-dissidents. We only provide tools to dissidents.” Alas, the FBI does not make such fine-grained distinctions. Now, the situation is grim; Jacob Appelbaum is on a terrorist watch-list, Julian Assange is trapped in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, and Bradley Manning is on trial after being in solitary confinement for far over two years. In the largest leak yet, Edward Snowden has revealed that the NSA is spying on all internet communications, and finds himself a man without a country despite the help of Wikileaks. The contradictions of Wikileaks are apparent to all; the hackers that wished to free the world’s information find themselves caged within fleshspace.
Read the full review at Computational Culture.
Without a doubt one of the most important voices in contemporary poetry, and the type of true original we need more of in literature. This book — and everything else Myles has ever put into the world — should be considered a classic.
Read the full review at Flavorwire
3:AM: What are your earliest and most formative memories of stories?
Schwartz: Well, I have no recollection at all, for instance, of the bedtime story, though I’d like to think there was such a thing, at least on occasion, and I can picture, without difficulty, precisely where a parent would have sat in relation to my bed, the angle of light, some of the accoutrements of the room, and so on. I’m not sure they were stories, exactly, but I liked Richard Scarry’s books, I know that, and I suppose this was fairly early—all those collections of animals costumed as humans, moving through a town.
3:AM: When did your writing-inclined side begin to take shape?
Schwartz: High school. I had in mind a very long espionage novel, filled with ludicrous complications, and I managed to stack quite a lot of paper, and to scatter still more around the room. It was a terrific assemblage of garbage. I prepared elaborate charts—as appendices, I guess—to document the plot, every deformity of the story. All the possibilities, as I saw them.
Read the whole interview at 3:AM Magazine.
Strike Debt - an offshoot of the Occupy Wall Street Movement - launched a project to buy up debt belonging to ordinary Americans and abolish it so that they never have to pay it back. A year later the group's raised more than $600,000 and already used two-thirds of that money to clear nearly $15m personal debt caused by medical bills. And now it plans to go after student debt. We spoke to Andrew Ross from Strike Debt to find out more.
Read the interview at Occupy.com.
And now, 15 long years after that debut, Schwartz is out with his second book, John the Posthumous, which his new publisher, OR Books, calls “a novella in objects.” o call this book a novella is a bit like calling a spaceship a motor vehicle: while the label might be factually true, it’s also wildly inaccurate and inadequate.
This book, like its predecessor, is immaculately plotless, a whirlwind of objects, etymologies, histories (including a history of the American bed), Biblical citations, sisters, adultery, insects, murder. Again, there is an air of ruin, and of relentless unreliability. Here’s how the book got its title: ”The foregoing ignores — or mistakes — several details. Cuckold’s Point, according to the map I have in hand, is closer to Evelyn than to Deptford. And Brockwell, strictly speaking, does not exist — in London, anyway. Furthermore, the horned figure — now gone — was not a gallows, in fact, but a simple post. It had been exhibited at a fair — the Horn Fair — in celebration of a king’s cuckolding. Which king? King Richard or King Edward. (John the Posthumous — usually rendered in red — was a French king, alive for five days.)”
Read the full review at the Millions.