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December 15, 2008

Hey, George: Losers don't get to write history

sfgate.com | Editorial: Revisionist history about the Iraq war
President Bush is trying mightily to rewrite the history of the Iraq war before his administration leaves power. He and members of his national security brain trust, including Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, would like to dispel the narrative that they misled the country into war. Instead, both Bush and Rice are trying to characterize the White House as the unwitting recipient of faulty intelligence.... The president's attempt to disassociate himself from accountability for the phony pretext for war is simply outrageous. Bush and his vice president, Dick Cheney, were not just two guys in a crowd of "a lot of people" who were worried about Hussein's weapons capability. They were elevating the hysteria about Iraq at a time when some of this nation's most important allies were openly skeptical of U.S. claims of Hussein's weapons cache and capabilities. The Bush administration was sounding alarms - such as Rice's January 2003 suggestion that ceding to uncertainty might cause the "smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud" - even though U.N. inspectors were coming up empty.

Fear and loving - the last years of Hunter S. Thompson

Fear and loving - the last years of Hunter S. Thompson - Times Online
Few people, however, have seen Hunter S. Thompson like this - smiling benignly in the dimly lit evening, and swaying slightly to the cosy warbling of Elton John's Candle in the Wind, which is playing in a loop on his stereo. This, it might be argued, is the real Thompson, the lover and the man, captured on home video by his second wife, Anita, and featured midway through the fascinating new documentary, Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr Hunter S. Thompson.

December 11, 2008

David Foster Wallace lecture being released as book

Little, Brown Plans Wallace Book for Spring - 12/8/2008 7:40:00 AM - Publishers Weekly

While some rumors persist that there's an unfinished novel David Foster Wallace was working on before he died in September, at least one work from the author is definitely on the horizon. Wallace's publisher, Little, Brown, is going to release This Is Water in April 2009, which is the address the author delivered at Kenyon College's commencement in 2005.

The speech, which LB assistant director of publicity Marlena Bittner called Wallace's "only philosophical public address," was paraphrased and quoted in various Web sites and blogs after the author died. The edition of the speech from LB will be slightly under 150 pages and feature illustrations throughout; the imprint is going to press for an announced 40,000 copies.

December 05, 2008

The Brown Buffalo, Oscar Acosta, on recently rediscovered 70s video

Along with scads of other Chicano writers. La Bloga: 1973 Festival de Flor Y Canto Update: Digitizing U-matic Tape
By 1973, after a couple years working for a living, I am in Grad School at the University of Southern California on the G.I. Bill. Having selected a dissertation topic centering around Chicano poetry, I am tickled brown to see that El Centro Chicano will host a half-week long Festival de Flor Y Canto.... s I've described earlier, when Oscar Zeta Acosta gets up to read, he pillories the video company for being a tool of the LAPD, and demands "turn the fucking cameras off". They apparently do so, as the camera operators leave the room.... Fast forward to Spring 2007. Someone Emails me a link to Acosta reading from Revolt of the Cockroach People. Click. I'm stunned to discover it's Acosta reading at USC! That sneaky Tom Reddin has had the last laugh after all. ... Better; the University of California Riverside has 41 videos of individual readers.

See James Blaylock read in SoCal

Dear friend of the Newswire and frequent commenter Killian of Normality Restored sent me a note reminding me that award-winning fantasy author James Blaylock is going to be at his bookstore this Saturday down in Southern California.

And really, how can you resist (if you're within driving distance) seeing ai master like Blaylock at his best. The man won the Philip k Dick award and the World Fantasy award. Those are nothing to sneeze at. Especially the Dick award. How many of us in our lives can say we've won a Dick award? I've read many books that've won that award, and they all are amazing.

And like I was saying yesterday: we all need to buy more books.

So this Saturday head on over to the Borders at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, CA at 2PM and check out James P. Blaylock reading from his new novel "Knights of the Cornerstone."