MONKEY SEE

By Malcolm McNeill

If we accept the Hunter/Gatherer paradigm, we must also accept the very different forms of attentiveness and perception implicit in each set of behaviors. Given that sexual morphology determines efficiency in enacting these roles, males by default assume the role of Hunters and females that of Gatherers.

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X+WHY

By Malcolm McNeill

In a recent interview, Richard Dawkins was asked if he would prefer to be “happy” or “right.” He felt there was no reason why he couldn’t be both, but of the two he would unquestionably opt for “reality.” To Dawkins, “reality” and “right” are apparently synonymous.

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EPIC BATTLES #8 CADIZ 1625

By Malcolm McNeill

George Villiers, The Earl of Buckingham, was a ‘favorite’ of King James I. “God bless you, my sweet child and wife,” crooned James, “and grant that ye may ever be a comfort to your dear father and husband.” When James died, his son Charles picked up where dad left off.

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INTENTION

By Malcolm McNeill

The armies of Yersinia pestis destroyed more than fifty million human beings during the fourteenth century alone – more than the combined hordes of Genghis Khan and Attila the Hun many times over. Like them, they also came from the East.

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1%

By Malcolm McNeill

Marga, says Joseph Campbell, is a Sinhala word derived from Sanskrit. In this, its plural form, it denotes ways, methods and techniques. From the Tamil version of the word, Markangal, derives the religious connotation of the Path, the journey undertaken in search of ultimate meaning.

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“END OF DAYS”: PSYCHOANALYSIS, ART & THE OCCULT

Malcolm McNeill

“END OF DAYS” is the last piece of artwork created for the Word/Image Novel AH POOK IS HERE by WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS and MALCOLM MC NEILL. It defines the moment when the ‘track’ finally ran out. There was no money to support the project; the term Graphic Novel did not exist, there was no…

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LOVERBOY

By Malcolm McNeill

Sultry, French princess Isabella leans down to the dying king Edward and whispers in his ear … “A child who is not of your line grows in my belly. Your son will not sit long on the throne… I swear it.” Her fey, cuckolded husband – the next king Edward – strains to hear her, as the audience squirms with delight.

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DAVIS SCHNEIDERMAN: INK

By Edward S. Robinson

Ink is a concept novel. It contains exactly what the title promises. It’s perhaps fair to describe it not as a novel as such, as a visual art book. After all, even the most boundary-testing of novels, the likes of which eschew conventions such as linear narrative, plot and characterisation contain words or graphic representations…

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VECTOR

By Malcolm McNeill

On July 28th 1945, at 9:49 am, a plane crashed into the 79th floor of the Empire State Building – at that time, the tallest building in New York. On September 11, 2001, at 9:03 am, a plane crashed into the 79th floor of the South Tower of the World Trade Center – also the tallest building in the city at the time.

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WELCOME TO A WORLD OF CACK: AN INTERVIEW WITH MR VAST

By Christopher Nosnibor

In my capacity of music reviewer, I receive all kinds of weird and wonderful releases. I get an awful lot of dross, too. Then there are those which seem to straddle all three bases. In the case of Mr Vast, his work doesn’t so much straddle as drape itself luxuriantly, an ostentatious shrug saying ‘yeah? c’mon, then…’

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SUPERVERT: POST-DEPRAVITY

By Edward S. Robinson

We live in a post-everything world these days. In fact, we’re so post- many things, we’re probably post-post and are returning full-circle. Post-war… we’re slowly moving toward a different kind of war, not so much defined by the war on terror as the war on everything, a global war that pitches everyone against everything.

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UGLY IS

By Malcolm McNeill

The “Ugly Spirit” was the impetus for William Burroughs’ writing career. He attributed the accidental shooting and killing of his wife to the influence of such an elemental force, and his vast output of literary and artistic endeavors was the result.

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THE POP GROUP: CITIZEN ZOMBIE

By Christopher Nosnibor

The Pop Group’s legacy was an enduring one: the three albums they released between 1977 and 1981 are widely regarded as classic examples of the post punk era. Drawing on elements of myriad genres, spanning jazz and dub, they epitomised avant-gardism in a way that punk acts, and indeed, their peers, simply couldn’t…

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JAMES WILLIAMSON: RE-LICKED

By Christopher Nosnibor

The biographical details have more or less passed into legend now: James Williamson was recruited by The Stooges towards the end of 1970 as a second guitarist, but their seminal 1973 release, Raw Power cemented Williamson’s reputation as an integral member of one of the defining bands of the 20th century.

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STEWART HOME’S LIFE OF CRIME: BOXING, BULLSHITTERS, AND FABRICATED BIOGRAPHICAL DETAILS

By Edward S. Robinson

Over the course of a career the length of which has doubtless surprised many, Stewart Home has adopted many styles and left an ever-extending trail of confusion in his wake. From his early parodies of pulp youthsploitation novels to the campus novel on drugs that was Mandy, Charlie and Mary-Jane

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BEAU RICE: TEX

By Edward S. Robinson

There is a crisis in the publishing industry, despite the headlines of record-breaking paperback sales and the boon times in digital publishing. People are reading novels, that much is true, but the books they’re reading are far from diverse or numerous, and herein lies the problem – or at least one substantial facet of it.

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INTERESTING TIMES 15: HENDRIX IS DEAD

By Andrew Maben

I regained consciousness to find the sky still that limpid blue, and to the smell of the dew-damp grass soft beneath my back. I was lying half-in, half-out of the van, which teetered gently, the edge of the roof poised precariously inches above my waist, threatening to bisect me should the van seek stability on its side…

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INTERESTING TIMES 8: SUMMER OF LOVE

By Andrew Maben

So, wait a minute… What, as they sometimes say, was I thinking? What indeed? I suppose that in a certain sense you could say I wasn’t thinking at all, simply living to my utmost, in the hackneyed phrase, “seizing the day”, reacting to events, euphoric with the freedom I imagined I had found, finding a path, pursuing…

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INTERESTING TIMES 5: GROWING UP

By Andrew Maben

It’s probably fair to say that most, if not quite all, the volunteers for the Digby were losers and refugees like me, seeking any escape, even should it prove to be from frying pan to fire. Which it wasn’t. Mr. Curry, the new House-master was progressive, an optimist who appeared to be genuinely concerned for our welfare…

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INTERESTING TIMES 2: SCHOOLDAYS

By Andrew Maben

Idyll of childhood, such as it had been, was about to come to an end, though of course I had no forebodings. One cold, misty, drizzly, January afternoon my father loaded my newly packed trunk and tuckbox into the car and we set off, driving through the bleak winter landscape of the Devon dairy farm country, a journey…

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WILLIAM BURROUGHS – MALCOLM MC NEILL: AH POOK IS HERE AND THE CONTROL OF TIME – TWO BOOKS

By Malcolm Mc Neill

THE LOST ART OF AH POOK IS HERE is an archive of the work produced by the writer WILLIAM BURROUGHS and artist MALCOLM MC NEILL over the course of almost a decade. It does not however include the text to AH POOK IS HERE their most significant collaboration.

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IL SOGNO DEL MARINAIO: CANTO SECONDO

By Christopher Nosnibor

It’s so easy to become mired in genres and to stick with what you know, with what you’re confident you’ll like. Broadly speaking, it gets harder with age. Regardless of when they were born, people get locked into the idea that the music of their youth was the best and that anything produced after a certain point…

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PLAYING THE GAME

By Malcolm McNeill

The publicity photograph shows him standing barefoot in a business suit, hanging by one arm from the branch of a tree. His passion, we are told, is Conservation. His career has spanned several decades, in which he’s photographed the glamorous, the rich and famous, and most significantly the wildlife and people…

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MOUTHS TO FEED

By Malcolm McNeill

Corporations are considered living organisms and afforded rights accordingly. Their primary directive, like all life, is to increase. Unlike biological organisms, however, their methods are not constrained by a fear of physical suffering or demise. To exist as a corporation is not a matter of life and death in a literal sense.

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CLASSIC MOVIES – #4 MR. AND MRS. SMITH

By Malcolm McNeill

The first time I saw Mrs. Smith, she was lying next to me on the side of a bus. Later that same day… I spotted her husband on the side of another one. De rigueur as it is for Hollywood movie stars, each of them had a gun – silver in their case, a fashion accessory offsetting their chic, black evening attire.

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GUNG HO

By Malcolm McNeill

When we came up with the idea of freewill, we pulled the rug out from under ourselves and started wearing it as a hat. It’s our most cherished conceit. In a moment of inspired bravado we went over the wall from the rest of nature and we’ve been on the lam ever since.

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TIME, KINDNESS, AND TRANSCENDENCE: AN INTERVIEW WITH MICHAEL GIRA

By Christopher Nosnibor

There’s simply no escaping time. In many ways, the inexorable march of time, the constraints of time, and a pervading lack of time defines the human condition. Michael Gira is a magician who has a command over time that is not of this earth. I first made this discovery around 1989, when I was 15 or so…

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HYPNOTIST COLLECTORS AND WALKING ANTIQUES: NYLA THOMPSON AND THE DISHONESTY OF OUTSIDER ART

By Jim Linderman

Pioneer folk art collector Herbert Hemphill, Jr. was on a mission in the early 1970s. The first director of the nascent Museum of American Folk Art and compulsive collector of same intended to disprove the commonly understood belief that folk art had died with the emergence of 20th century popular culture.

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SWANS: TO BE KIND

By Christopher Nosnibor

Swans aren’t dead. Not by any stretch. As we all know by now, they’d simply been in hibernation, and all the time Michael Gira was releasing delicate, acoustic-led albums with Angels of light, poison was festering in his veins until Swans were, through artistic necessity, reborn, a magnificent chimera…

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BUGS/LIFE

By Malcolm McNeill

Director Samuel Orr presents us with a painstakingly beautiful account of the unique 17-year lifecycle of Cicadas. The video is a trailer, a promo, a ‘greatest hits’ version of the full-length movie to come. It is designed to capture our hearts and imaginations, to stir us into watching the entire story and hopefully …

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BETTIE PAGE WITH THE KU KLUX KLAN: CELEBRITY BRANDING AND SURFACE DEEP SELLING OF THE DEAD

By Jim Linderman

Not seen in over 50 years, and certainly not identified as Bettie Page at the time of publication, these photographs were in such questionable taste even the “notorious” pin-up model has to hide her face. This should give some Bettie fans pause. Miss Page’s dead celebrity brand has weathered her being hung from…

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ALCEST: SHELTER

By Stephen Hiscock

Shoegaze, dream-pop, black metal, post metal, blackgaze – too many bloody labels. Instructions for the insecure. Alcest have had all of these pinned onto them at some point. In the end though, it’s whether you’re moved by the music or not – a signpost pointing at it won’t help.

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NEW YORK GIANTS

By Malcolm McNeill

In 1868, New York cigar-maker George Hull got into a discussion with an Iowa evangelist about the reference to giants in the book of Genesis. George was not a particularly religious man, but he was no slouch when it came to recognizing a God-given opportunity.

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THIRD TIME’S THE CHARM: A DIGITAL Q&A WITH ACID PUNK PIONEER HELIOS CREED

By dixē.flatlin3

Pioneers of the Acid Punk movement Chrome emerged from San Francisco in the late-70s. Their fusion of bad sci-fi movies, noise, UFOs, and heavy rock laid the groundwork for a genre that would become known as Industrial music; however their obvious influence has been obscured by the passage of time.

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FOODIE FTW!

By dixē.flatlin3

As a teenager I decided to become a vegetarian. At the time I developed a dislike for the flavor or texture of animal products, it was not meant as a political statement or act of teenage rebellion. I have shifted between vegetarian, omnivore and vegan ever since.

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