21st century capitalism moves quickly and ruthlessly. Nothing enters the public consciousness which does not draw the attention of marketers and publicists (the eyes and ears of the leviathan). Wherever there is a commodity to be exploited, capitalism is always already there. I’m a little surprised by my own surprise when I realized how fast the … Continued
If you didn’t vote––fine by me. If you voted third party––that’s cool too, and if it helps you can imagine that we lost because they hated us more than we hated them. Don’t get too wrapped up in that fantasy though. The real reason we lost is that we didn’t listen to each other, we all … Continued
The New York Public Library is an institution: massive, sprawling and glorious in its dedication to collecting and making literature available. There is a dizzying array of every kind and stipe of written work in the library’s collection as well as a host of other cultural artifacts and art objects. Deep in the main branch … Continued
When Marquee Moon came out the literati embraced it, but audiences seemed not to care and Television didn’t tour it aggressively or exhaust themselves promoting it.
Last month, Attention Scum focused on Science Fiction, tracing its part in the roots of early zine production, its interactions with popular culture and the connections to folk mythology that came out of the genre’s transition into the hands of fan publishers. This month will focus on Punk Rock zines/culture and the way those zines … Continued