Sunday, January 17, 2021

Literary Fan Magazine

King Wenclas of New Pop Lit has revived his old print zine Literary Fan Magazine!  I quite enjoyed the original, so I applaud its return.

On a sidenote, I wonder if there will be a return to print now that many Internet companies are censoring content (Wenclas's revival has nothing to do with this by the way as far as I know).  Regardless of the creepiness of the content they are yanking down, freedom of speech as a principle generally is only for speech we don't like since no one has a problem with speech they do like.  The answer to bad speech is good speech as always, not trying to erase the bad speech.  People tend to think bad thoughts whether they feel free to express them or not.  The expression can actually be healthy as the cognition will emerge at some point, probably in a less pleasant manner if it's been repressed for some time.  Conversely, it is wise to pay attention to nasty speech as it is often the precursor to nasty action.  Anyway, I never liked the social networks much.  There was too much garbage on them, and they were creepy in general (I thought this long before I saw the interesting Social Dilemma movie).  I deleted most of my accounts a few years back.  A blog may be so 2003, but it's also a lot more fun.  Since I own my own domain name, even if my webhost took this site down, I would just pop up elsewhere.  Maybe I would even have fun experimenting with running my own server.  As the old line goes, freedom of the press belongs only to one who owns one.

Anyway, back to the King!  He asked me to contribute something, so I wrote a new "What Wred's Reading" for him.  I will let you know when the zine is published (keep in mind that zines publish irregularly, so it might be a while).  It's nice to see the King still publishing.  Many of the other old zinesters have faded away, not publishing in print or online (in some cases, this is a good thing, however).  That makes sense because many zinesters had a particular need to publish and once that need passed, so did the publishing.  Some of us are lifers though.  Fortunately, most are the interesting ones (alas, some are not).  I'm about halfway through my rereading of my Zine World collection and about to the point where I left the staff to concentrate on writing The Pornographic Flabbergasted Emus, and at that time, there was a big debate about online publishing (one bonehead even strangely hijacked a staff meeting, which was basically a zine itself, to complain about the dissertation I wrote that explored how electronic publishing was affecting zines, and it was clear that she nor any of the others she roped in didn't actually read the dissertation).  It is interesting to note that the most strident voices against publishing online then have almost all disappeared from publishing in print or online with only one exception I can think of (but he's been boring readers since 1969 or something).  The people who saw online publishing as yet another interesting tool in the toolbox, even if they took a while to come around to it, such as Wenclas, seem to be more likely still publishing.

In any case, I look forward to the King's new venture!

If you can't wait to read my contribution to the King's zine, then please read my latest novel, Edna's Employment Agency!

Sunday, January 10, 2021

"Burning In 5/9" Video!

I had fun making this video! I even managed to get one of the cowriters, Dave, to make a cameo appearance in it. I also managed not to set myself or the camera on fire during the filming, which was nice. I followed the lyrics a bit, but since the lyrics tend to be a bit surreal, the video is as well. Thanks to Dave and Tyler for appearing in it!

For more tomfoolery, please read my latest novel Edna's Employment Agency!

Sunday, January 3, 2021

New Recording!: "Burning In 5/9"

This song stems from an old Angry Housewives session.  We might have been the Lenin Spoonful by then, as Dave and I had added our pal Damon to the mix.  Mainly, the gag was to just jam until we came up with some fun music, then pass around a notebook Exquisite Corpse style to create the lyrics with sometimes the reverse happening.  Though we had a lot of fun doing this, rarely did any substantial songs result.  This one is a rarity and survived into Yeast? when the three of us turned that from a solo project of mine into a band.  It was on the Crisco Disco cassette, which was me solo mainly, and was one of our early songs as a band.  It's fun to play, which may explain why it periodically surfaces in my sets to this day (it just dropped out again, but I will not be surprised if it resurfaces).  In any case, it hung around long enough this time that I recorded a new version of it.  The older versions didn't have the Slayeresque lead guitar intro, which I added to flesh out the song, which was otherwise just verse chorus verse chorus verse chorus.  It is not in 5/9 time, which sounds like something only a prog rock band would attempt anyway.  The lyrics are generally silly.  The "atomic delivery, sign a release form" refers to Sharon, Pennsylvania USA's iconic Quaker Lube restaurant (apparently, they had some gimmick then, and maybe still do, where if you ordered the hottest wings, you had to sign a liability release).  The "George, Barbara called" line is a reference to the then president, the awful first George Bush (and the sequel was even worse).  I think my favorite line is "Please, please, the doctor's name is Rudolph!" which makes no sense but just amuses me.  The chorus means nothing really, just a reference to what living in the USA with morons in charge does to the mind of anyone sensible over time (sadly, that has not changed, perhaps explaining the song's continued relevance underneath all the surrealism).  As usual on these recordings, I played everything.  The weirdo element this time is a Christmas decoration that makes sound.  Not that this song needed anything extra to be weird . . .

To hear more music by the trio of me, Dave, and Damon, check out the first Yeast? 7", not reissued, just never sold!