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The Great Debate:

AUDIO: Harley Brown For
Governor of Idaho


Like many, I really enjoyed the bizarre Idaho Republican Debate. (BBC News) — In particular, I found myself charmed by Harley Brown. Here's a quick sound piece putting some of his better moments to jazz music:


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Realist Archive:

NEWS: Realist Archive to be discussed at the 2014 Computers & Writing Conference — also, now available as a fully downloadable torrent in PDF format:

Some interesting news for the Realist Archive. First up, some incredibly kind soul has compiled all the issues of the archive, collected them into PDF format and uploaded the entire thing as a torrent. The following are a few links to seed and download the entire set (though these links might change from time to time.)

Pirate Bay:
http://thepiratebay.se/torrent/9710518

KickAss Torrents:
https://kickass.to/the-realist-t8845446.html

Other news is the archive is scheduled to be discussed on June 6 at Washington State University's Computers & Writing Conference. I like the title for the panel, Digital Archives and the 'Unauthorized' Scholar. Here's the description:

Friday, June 6, 2014
3:00pm–4:15pm

The Unauthorized Archivist

Traditional archivists, through the selection and preservation process, give historical value to a disembodied collections of materials. Digital archives complicate this task by both enabling preservation on a vast scale and blurring the distinctions between the professional archivist and the indiscriminate collector. I aim to discuss the role of the unauthorized archivist and their efforts toward digitally preserving the past. The unauthorized archivist is a contributor to the archive who acts independent of accreditation; this definition refers to those without institutionalized archival training including, but not limited to, antiquarians, collectors, storytellers, and, yes, even scholars. The barriers to a vocation in the digital archive are significantly lower than those of traditional brick-and-mortar institutions, but the products of these nontraditional archives can be equally valuable to the researcher. Encouraging students to engage in archival work empowers them to “establish and maintain control, both physical and intellectual, over records of enduring value” (Society of American Archivists 2013).

Historians of the American counterculture have made significant use of projects undertaken by unauthorized archivists, notably The Realist Archive (http://www.ep.tc/realist) and The Digger Archive (www.diggers.org). I will exhibit these websites, discuss their origins, and analyze their contributions to scholarship to show the little-explored potential of nontraditional archives. These unusual archives serve as examples for students who seek to contribute their own projects to the existing array of digital sources available to the academic community.

More information on the 2014 Computers and Writing Conference


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Wilcock Project:


April through June, 2014:

John Wilcock, New York Years


Now on BOING BOING: Happy to present the next installment of John Wilcock, New York Years.

Week One:
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, LENNY BRUCE!

Week Two: (The story of)
WHEN LENNY BRUCE STAYED AT JOHN'S APARTMENT

Week Three:
Legal Mescaline via Mail-Order
and other DRUG MEMORIES of 1961

Week Four:
Sneaking Julie Bovasso into
McSorley's 'Men's Only' Saloon

Week Five: (LSD History)
Michael Hollingshead Turns On the World

Check back every Thursday for a new comic.


- Full Index of Wilcock Comics on Boing Boing
- Chapters 1-3 of John Wilcock, New York Years


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March 2014:

Radio HOUR - Three new episodes

Our weekly audio program is taking a brief break, but here's the three most recent episodes: Where Would We Be Without Wood, Motel Incident, and How to Deal with Mental Problems:



Additionally, the Wood track had a very fun on-air review from KGLT, Montana:



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New issues of COMICS WITH PROBLEMS
Continuing our effort to provide some of the rarest and weirdest public service message ephemera on the web:

Issue #62 (January 2014)
KID JUSTICE BATTLES AIDS!

Issue #63 (April 2014)
DON'T DRINK THE WATER!

Terrific (and sought-after, personally) anti-flouride comic book. Also includes a bonus letter I found on the ground in 2001 that seemed an appropriate companion for the page.


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Best - and Hope you're enjoying a nice Spring, Ethan

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