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COMPOSTING ARTHUR’S REMAINS

“I’m here to capture the rapture and the resurrection at the same time,” says Tim Dundon, pushing a wheelbarrow brimming with fresh mulch, leading me up the inclined path into his shady tropical reserve. “Isn’t life triumphing over death the resurrection? The body turns back to basics and then the basics are picked up by the next generation and the next generation makes use of it and is happy to live inside this new entity because it didn’t go to the landfill. It went to the hill with the will.”

— from “The Sodfather” by Daniel Chamberlin, originally published in Arthur (Dec. 2007)

In the spirit of Tim Dundon, we’re doing some compost work here on the site, making sure nothing goes to the landfill, and all that we did back then is available to the next generation. We’re restoring lost blog images and credits, and posting text, photos and art from old print issues of Arthur Magazine online for the first time.

There’s a lot in the archives for us to choose from, and we’re not doing it in any systematic order. If there’s something you’d like to see online sooner than later, let us know in the “Comments” section below. Requested items will then be brought online, archived and highlighted in the blog.

Jay Babcock (jay@arthurmag.com)

p.s. 2022: I’m now writing a weekly email newsletter called Landline. Free to read, sustained by subscriptions ($5/month cheep, $40/year cheaper). Have a gander: https://jaybabcock.substack.com/

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About Jay Babcock

I am an independent writer and editor based in Tucson, Arizona. In 2022: I publish a weeklyish email newsletter called LANDLINE = https://jaybabcock.substack.com 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., where I practiced with Buddhist teacher Ruth Denison and was involved in various pro-ecology and social justice activist activities.

5 thoughts on “COMPOSTING ARTHUR’S REMAINS

  1. Hi Jay & Friends, any chance you could resurrect the files for Issue No. 32? I’m now missing just 4 issues, and the online-only issue happens to be one of them. No one has the pdf files on eBay (thankfully) 🙂

  2. Jay,

    I first discovered “Arthur” as I concluded my weekly peruse/purchase at Bill Boichel’s COPACETIC comic shop (its tiny but well-stocked Squirrel Hill [East-End Pittsburgh, PA neighborhood] incarnation). Before I left, Bill (ever the astute one) casually commented, “hey… grab one of those magazines by the door. They’ve got a lot of good stuff in them & they’re really cool & FREE.”
    Little did I know that he’d be turning me on to a whole new experience of what a literary/art/music/magic/folklore/psychonaut (ALL the things I was/am into) magazine could & should be. Many years later, I (like many I’m sure) was shocked & saddened to realize that, indeed, all things must pass, & yet – here we are.
    I haven’t been back here online for awhile, but am gladdened to see some dusting-off of the oldies & goodies & am writing this just to tell you “Thanks” (b/c I never did back when you originally were packing it up). For your previous & current efforts to continue to let this flame brighten corners of our minds (& the internet) – thanks.
    Marc V.
    Pgh. PA

    • Thank you Marc, this is so great. Copacetic was an Arthur stronghold. Glad you got a lot out of Arthur; you may enjoy my LANDLINE substack email newsletter, it’s in the same vein. All the best, Jay

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