Selections from the Arthur Twitter feed…

Recent (Nov. 17-today) stuff on

Best “Alan Partridge’s Mid Morning Matters” yet: Episode 5

LIBERATION SOUNDS: “One Nation Under a Groove (Part 1)” Parliament-Funkadelic, D.C. 1979 video *

UNTOPPABLE: Parliament-Funkadelic “Aqua Boogie (Part 1)”- D.C. 1979 video * #lookattheladies

Noam Chomsky described it as “the gravest domestic crime of the Nixon administration” * #fredhampton

“Blood Sport: The Louisiana Cockfighters Manual” by Stacy Kranitz, photojournalist and longtime Arthur contributor

The great LYNDA BARRY, interviewed at The Paris Review: “What makes us start drawing and what makes us stop?” “I believe that the arts are like an external immune system. I believe that they have a biological function.” *

I’m tired of shit sucking for all the talented people I know. This country needs a new WPA and it needs it fucking right now. Giving people Google jobs doesn’t cut it. * WPA:

#ediebushwick “new WPA”: we might find the new Jim Thompson (head of the Oklahoma Federal Writers Project, a New Deal program)…

Very sad about the passing of Peter ‘Sleazy’ Christopherson. What a C.V.: Hipgnosis, Throbbing Gristle, Psychic TV, Coil and more.

Peter ‘ Sleazy’ Christopherson 1955-2010

“He was one of his generation’s first openly gay musicians, railing against homophobia and ‘Christian perversions’ such as monogamy, while making music designed to help others live with HIV.” — Dave Simpson on Peter ‘Sleazy’ Christopherson at The Guardian

Cosey Fanni Tutti & Chris Carter statement on Peter ‘Sleazy’ Christopherson

“So worthy of the honoured name ‘Master’”: Gensis Breyer P-Orridge pays tribute to Peter ‘Sleazy’ Christopherson

Extensive tribute at Brainwashed * “Peter Christopherson: 1955-2010”

“Peace and Love always to you, beloved Sleaz, now with beloved Jhonn, at play in Æon.” – David Tibet

Coulthart tribute to Peter Christopherson

“DIY Futures: Los Angeles and the Closing of Echo Curio”

[Unsolicited suggestion to musicians: Play by the LA River.]

Dorian Cope at On This Deity on “The avant-garde soundtrack to what is possibly the most extraordinary ‘first date’ ever.” “[T]they dared to mass-popularise radicalism.” * #johnandyoko

n/r: LIFE by Keith Richards. He’s as smart as you thought he’d be. Great stories from Grandpa Rocknroll.

#mongabay Hairy enigma of the Serengeti photographed again

Planetary treasure Willie Nelson busted by Border Patrol/Texas sheriff for 6oz medicinal herb on bus, out on bail

“[Willie] could get 180 days in county jail, which if he does, I’m going to make him cook & clean—Hudspeth County Sheriff Arvin West. “He can wear the stripy uniforms just like the other ones do.” *

Essential reading: “Much of what investment bankers do is socially worthless” #fuckwallstreet

“We are experiencing an explosion of Northern Lights”

“As though Ken Russell had dragged some feral boy out of the woods and had him declaim 17th century refusenik tracts over music by the all-time best Detroit rock band…” – Julian Cope’s tribute to ‘Anarchy In the UK’ on the 34th anniversary of its UK release at On This Deity

#roundmyskull Basil Wolverton’s 1930s science fiction portfolio

RIP Chalmers Johnson – American “blowback” theorist/historian, anti-US Empire writer

#NatGeoSociety Pictures: Best Underwater Views of 2010 Announced

‘Godfather of ecstasy’ Alexander Shulgin suffers stroke * The Guardian

Are today’s University of California students the most docile in history?

“The anniversary of Thatcher’s resignation is a date to celebrate and savour.” Dorian Cope on 20th anniversary

What Primal Scream were listening to during their fantastic Screamadelica period * 2-hour broadcast

Anne R. Dick’s memoir, ‘The Search for Philip K. Dick’ *

“Humanity is nature becoming self-conscious.” — Elisée Reclus

Fascinating piece on contemporary cherubic countertenor Philippe Jaroussky in the NYT, who sings in a way that recalls the castrati. #TheThirdSex (Castrati were “male singers who were castrated before they reached puberty in order to preserve their high, pure voices.”) Castratism “kept the papal choirs and ducal courts supplied with sopranos for their Vivaldi oratorios.” Finally outlawed by Vatican in 1903. “Yet these maimed idols, these eunuchs to the kingdom of art, continued to haunt our collective psyche…” #KnowYourCatholicHistory #eurobarbarism

#ubuweb “Taliesin West” (1950, Jim Davis), made at the request of Frank Lloyd Wright who trusted no other filmmaker


#ubuweb David Cronenberg lecturing on Andy Warhol [MP3]:

A smart guy thinks about Glenn Beck – Mark Lilla in The New York Review of Books

Too bad about the cover, but lotta good stuff inside from this crucial member of the San Francisco Diggers

Good to revisit this document regularly, for perspective

ALLMANNS Sept 1970 “Whipping Post” Fillmore East live on VIDEO #beautiful

#PictureBoxBooks Great interview with Brian Chippendale at Tiny Mix Tapes. Get psyched for book tour!

#volcanictongue Working our way through the incredible Merzbient box. Massively psychedelic drone/noise constructs.

“Serge said that from the age of six he was aware that he was an anarchist.” * #onthisdeity #doriancope #knowledge

#johncoulthart The great Tom Phillips’ reworks his Humument for the iPad

“In the late ’60s a significant # of poets and artists were among the psychedelic refugees that went to Bolinas…”

“I think in the next three to five years, you’ll see half the bookstores in this country close.”

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About Jay Babcock

I am an independent writer and editor based in Tucson, Arizona. In 2023: I publish an email newsletter called LANDLINE = Previously: I co-founded and edited Arthur Magazine (2002-2008, 2012-13) and curated the three Arthur music festival events (Arthurfest, ArthurBall, and Arthur Nights) (2005-6). Prior to that I was a district office staffer for Congressman Henry A. Waxman, a DJ at Silver Lake pirate radio station KBLT, a copy editor at Larry Flynt Publications, an editor at Mean magazine, and a freelance journalist contributing work to LAWeekly, Mojo, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Vibe, Rap Pages, Grand Royal and many other print and online outlets. An extended piece I wrote on Fela Kuti was selected for the Da Capo Best Music Writing 2000 anthology. In 2006, I was somehow listed in the Music section of Los Angeles Magazine's annual "Power" issue. In 2007-8, I produced a blog called "Nature Trumps," about the L.A. River. From 2010 to 2021, I lived in rural wilderness in Joshua Tree, Ca.

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