We begin today with a nice piece of music for the upcoming Holiday weekend. Emilio Pucci was an Italian fashion designer (wikipedia) who also ran for public office in the 60s. Enjoy this extremely far out garage, mod, psychedelic radio spot. Unfortunately I can't speak or translate Italian so can't figure out what he was running for, or against. My vote's his, however, provided the entire term would be this funky and maddening.
Handling employment discrimination, from Your Future Rests In Your Hands (1964, NAACP)
Main item for the month, and we mean it. Here's some criminally ignored history which, like so many civil rights handouts of the time, is without much historic preservation — or even academic documentation / appreciation, for that matter. Bit of a fun search to find these, we present "The Street Where You Live" (1960) and "Your Future Rests in Your Hands" (1964)
Neglected and trash-filled neighborhoods, from The Street Where You Live (1960, NAACP)
For those following RSS and other means, this has already been announced, but to make it official here: Very pleased to mention we're taking over design on Evergreen Review. Future issues will take on more risks visually but we're very pleased with our first issue, the redesigned Number 118. Evergreen Review is a great part of US History, sharing first publishing rights for Ginsberg's Howl, serializing Naked Lunch - directly emancipating the work of Henry Miller (and subsequently Burroughs - and later all of us), broadening the audience of Samuel Beckett (which Grove Press directly introduced to US audiences.) Also notably: Pairing together Michael O'Donoghue and Frank Springer to create one of the best comics of all time, Phoebe Zeitgeist. It's a good thrill to be working on the magazine and I promise some good things in cue.
This month's update to the Realist Archive pushes us up to 95 full issues in the bank out of the full run's 146. How is it we're at 95 when last month we were at 90? Shouldn't the four issue a month schedule move us to 94? Yes, regularly, that should be so.
Leaked photo of Michael Jackson in rehearsal before leaving on life-ending 'neverland' tour
As I was saying - that should be so - But we're grieving the death of pop this month. So that of course means an added FIFTH (crystal glove edition) issue of The Realist, featuring Michael Jackson on its cover. Issue 120 from Summer 1992.
However, similar to overshadowing the demise of Ed McMahon and Farrah Fawcett - Iran, too - we don't want Michael Jackson to overshadow the entire update contents. Particularly since this update contains one of our favorite items in the magazine's run: An Interview with Terry Southern, from issue #50:
Terry Southern is one of our true 'thank you for existing' favorites, so this interview from the height of his talents is a genuine treat. Questions and responses focus on the two Christian stories, and scripting Dr. Strangelove.
Speaking of the Christian stories, here's a pretty rare archive item, a first printing of CANDY. Note the pseudonym Maxwell Kenton. This is Traveller's Companion No. 64 of the Olympia Press version.
If you've never read CANDY this is all the clues I'm going to give you on one of the best books of its kind ever written. And for those who have read it I'm sure you'll enjoy the very unremarkable, almost discreet, first published edition. A fake name, even! (Olympia Press often paid famous poets and writers to, erm, produce fiction like this for a fee. In certain cases like Mr Kenton's above, a classic was created)
In Closing, a Music Number: A reader writes in (thanks, LM) with a clip to another We are the World. (we collect them here, see menu below for Stop the Madness and Fight the Fight.) Here to make our slow-to-assemble collection total to three is a pretty stunning piece by the hate group Westboro Baptist Church (wikipedia - note harsh topics advisory). Westboro gained fame picketing soldier funerals and disapproving of gays. (I'm being kind) So it's no surprise that they produced music, yet we had no idea they could make something like THIS - and we're delighted to add it to the We are the World collection. We'll let them sing us out and see you in a month with other things (daily updates on Facebook and Twitter)
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