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Cut-Ups

For my creative writing class, the teacher is using dastardly coercion to force me to experiment with some old Beat writing tricks. What follows is known as the cut-up technique. As the title would suggest, you “cut up” some writings, shuffle ’em around, and see what happens. What materializes is often absolute gibberish. But in many cases, some interesting word/sentence formations emerge – phrases like “We we like Paradise…You Happy.” Kind of sounds like a French/Japanese fusion, doesn’t it? It’s pretty fun stuff.

This first one that I chopped up is from a letter written by Hunter S. Thompson in January of 1992.

Dear Jann, God damn, I wish yames…O Ghost, O Lost, Lost beautiful weather with me. It gain. Right. and so much for things are beginning to die. and the Animals get in your in the crisp fall air, with guilty and most days are the grass turning brown, and my poem. It was wrong sunlight and big hot fires in it from an early work of rakes the lawn. We see a lot my own crude stamp on it, watch it a lot more, now that want to talk about fucking shorter, and darkness comes sting here at dawn on a crisp die from freezing. Oh, God! Ye football fames to start and yesterday when I finished my eak from this blizzard of some whiskey and picked up my Biographers and sickly and a ball of black opium fore these days (they are a fierce kind of joy in my even in my own bed). I an American on a day like thinking, for good or ill, Football Game, Jann – it was Poor, Jann. But we were remember that bliss you felt We were Smart. Not Crazy, farm and whipped Stanford? Wel called us late, for dinner, digress. My fits of Joy are so cheap these days, do they? and ghosts too foul to name…any fun in public is Prince could have been president, Janss neighbor – the one who forks, and I think of this, like Mike Tyson. Who knows these wild animals who dash weird to figure. You have while rifles crack in the dist men with blood on their hands dusk and mournfully call our nou were here to enjoy this and Gone, O Ghost, come back a is autumn, as you know, and autumn. The trees are diseased

This is a record review that appeared in a recent issue of Decibel. It also happens to be written by my aforementioned teacher, Rod.

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Well, that’s it for this week. Minneapolis band Peter Wolf Crier was at the school last week, and this was one of the songs they played.

Friday Fun Facts, but on a Monday!

Hey everybody, it’s been a little while since I rapped at ya. Don’t worry though, I’ve been doing alright. I’ve been on a Hunter S. Thompson kick lately, who most of you probably know as the author of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.  Today we are going to cover the interesting case of his campaign in the 1970 run for the sheriff of Pitkin County, Colorado on the Freak Power ticket. While you may not agree with many of his policies, you gotta admit that he ran a very straight forward, honest campaign, and in the end Democrats and Republicans actually worked with one another to defeat him. Here is a summary of his agenda if elected:

-Rip up all the streets and replace them with sod. All cars would be confined to parking lots on the outskirts of town.

-Change the name Aspen to Fat City, to prevent developers from commercializing the town.

-Legalization of drugs. Although he did promise he would not eat mescaline while on duty.

-He shaved his head and referred to his crew cut having, ex-army, Republican adversary as “my long haired opponent.”

-Any building tall enough to obstruct the view of the mountains would be knocked down.

-In the end, the Repubs dropped their candidate for sheriff in favor of the Democratic entrant, while the Democrats dropped their man for County Commisioner in favor of the Republican competitor to prevent a three way race. They ended up narrowly defeating Thompson. See, it is possible to work together!

Today’s blong is from Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. I believe that it harkens back to a simpler time, plus I’m a big fan of anything with whistling. But I get the vibe that someday this whole band will be found dead in a barn somewhere after drinking poisoned kool-aid, but for now they are making good music.

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