The Evergreen Review Returns

THE EVERGREEN REVIEW VOLUME 1, NUMBERS 1, 2, and 3 “If it is impossible to imagine literature being labeled obscene in our time, it is largely because of the Evergreen Review.” —The Daily Beast From the moment of its inception, The Evergreen Review pushed the boundaries of propriety and free speech. Authors like Allen Ginsberg, Kenzaburō […]

Indignez-vous! (Time for Outrage)

From The Nation. Toward the end of 2010, a small book by a 93-year-old man unexpectedly reached the  summit  of  the  best-seller  list  in  France. Indignez-vous! by Stéphane Hessel sold more than 600,000  copies  between October  and  the end of December. Stéphane Hessel, born in 1917, grew up in a rich literary milieu, authoring novels […]

Doublespeak

In honor of the new year, Donald Trump’s rise to the presidency, his cabinet of misinformation, and the lies being propagated as truths (or alternate facts), we hereby reprint George Orwell’s “Politics and the English Language” from 1946. By the way, Orwell’s “1984,” as well as Huxley’s “Brave New World,” both staples of the counter-culture […]

Art Sex Music

Cosey Fanni Tutti. co-temptress along with Genesis P-Orridge of COUM Transmissions, the quintessential 1960s/70s performance and mail art group, and co-founder of ground-breaking prototypical Industrial Music group Throbbing Gristle, has just announced her long-awaited memoir, Art Sex Music, which will be published in the UK in early 2017. COUM Transmissions was a confrontational and subversive […]

Grove Press Publisher Barney Rosset, Champion of Free Speech, Dies

In 1963 — still a fresh-faced high school student just beginning to feel the need to step out and express myself, to maybe “revolt” against the staid and stunting middle-class rules and regulations that governed my school and social life — I was working on my uncle Mort’s parking lots in Los Angeles and Beverly […]

The People Speak: Howard Zinn

With the death on January 27 of historian Howard Zinn (author of “A People’s History of the United States,” the first book to present American history through the eyes of working people rather than political and economic elites), we wanted to call to your attention the release of Zinn’s DVD “The People Speak” on February […]

Boom Times

“The Boomer Century: 1946-2046” is a two-hour documentary that looks to the baby boomers — the influential generation that changed everything — past for clues to how this generation of 78 million Americans will shape the future. Hosted by gerontologist and psychologist Dr. Ken Dychtwald, the program focuses on the boomers’ formative years to reveal […]

Riding “White Bicycles”

A dd this to your Sixties book list: “White Bicycles: Making Music in the 1960s,” by Joe Boyd, an American who moved to London in the Sixties and who was a leader in the English music revolution that brought forth Pink Floyd, Soft Machine and The Incredible String Band. Boyd was born in Boston in […]