"Man oh man, 'Dr. Menlo.' Now there's an alternative blog. Kindness to animals, Seattle anarchists, nudism galore, SubGenius, anti-Bush black propaganda, jeez louise, Doc, that thing sure is happenin'." --Bruce Sterling, Schism Matrix
by kirsten anderson Kirsten invented and runs the best art galleries in Seattle: the Roq la Rue and BLVD Gallery. abuddhas memes by tony tross Tony chases Eris and his own personal Buddha-kin from the icy outer reaches of the Yukon.
"Ye fucking gods!! Are you nuts!? Those Jesuit bastards will eat you alive!" --Hunter S. Thompson, to me, circa '93
I got a rejection letter back from Glimmer Train over a year ago--a publication I have never read because upon scanning it seemed to purvey what Anne Rice once called "protestant fiction" (you know, Updike-ian well-told tales of bourgeois ennui) . . . but I sent them this story because they paid well and I thought this piece could loosen them up a little. Their rejection letter was particularly condescending, I thought, in that the top part had several choices of rejection terms from which to choose from, a tiny box flanking each with which they could render their final mark (they had marked mine the one which said, "Not for us, but please send more.")--but underneath this, was a ton of quotes--pendantic quotes, from other writers about how to improve your prose.
I wrote next to the, "but please send us more" part: "As if!" and wrote over the whole top part: "BITE ME.", then ripped off the top part, put it in an envelope showing the return address as drmenlo.com, and sent it back to them.
" . . . We were adopting a policy that says American people deserve significant choices between two major parties and third parties. As far as Leninist strategy, Tony Coehlo and the corporate Democratic National Committee—which spawned Clinton, Gore, and Lieberman—have for 20 years destroyed the progressive agenda and excluded citizen's groups from being able to affect policy in Washington, D.C., as they lunge into protective imitation mode with Republicans. That means the Democrats' strategy was to defeat the Republicans by taking Republican issues away from them and becoming more like them."
"The Times believes there should just be two parties, and a party like the Green Party, in that memorable phrase, 'clutters' the playing field. A remarkable position for a newspaper that believes in the First Amendment and has excoriated politicians for corrupt campaign funding that the Green Party wanted to eliminate. That will go down as the most indefensible intellectual exercise that ever appeared on New York Times editorial columns, which were basically rantings. The Washington Post invited me to speak at their editorial office, and The Wall Street Journal invited two op-eds. The Times never did either.
"Tom Friedman is a source of humor. He's so off the edge that he bellows in his column, he rages, it really makes our day. Here's a man who fancies himself an expert on global trade and has never read global trade agreements. I would give him the nomination as the columnist who has traveled more extensively and regularly around the world and has learned the least."
I just found out my Dad voted for Nader--way to go, Pop!!!
" . . . FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Richard Diefenbeck, Director of Facilities and Engineering Division, 425 ``I'' Street, NW, Washington, DC 20536, Telephone 202-514-3099."
Is this Diefenbeck any relation to the Richard Diefenbeck listed by the Association of Research Libraries' List of Electronic Journals & Zines (circa. 1994) as the Editor-in-Chief (and Founder/Creator) of The Georgetown Gonzo? . . . "Georgetown University's unsanctioned, underground, untasteful, unboring satire/humor/culture publication. *One of the first publications created to take advantage of the World Wide Web's capacity to hyperlink.*" . . . where previously it had said [pp]: "The first college humour publication to be brought online"? . . . hmmmm.