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Vol. XV, No. XIV The University Community's Feature Paper May 3,1994
In case anyone is interested...
. Some of my favorites

1) Mother Love Bone - Apple


By Scott J. Lusby past few months. After all, we did get The Crash Test
Dummies' God Shuffled His Feet. This album present- 2) Soundgarden - Louder Than Love
The semester's finally over. Well, almost, anyway; ed a fresh, intelligent change from the now-mainstream 3) Nirvana- Bleach
there's still the small thing of finals ahead of us yet, but overly-politically/drug-influenced "Grunge" scene. God
I digress. The point is, we're almost done, and, in con- Shuffled His Feet is mellow and witty, apparently 4) Queensryche- Operation:Mindcrime
junction with the semester's end, I think this would be a answering the question the title track asks ("Is that a
good time to look back at some of the music that's parable or a very subtle joke?")---yes, it is a subtle joke. 5) Rolling Stones- Let it Bleed
crossed our paths over the past few months or so. A joke that manifests itself in a couple of areas: 1) Who 6) Alice in Chains - Facelift
The one certainty that we, as humans, can depend on really wants to know the answers to all those questions
in our lives is change. This holds true for any aspect of CTD asks (like "How does a duck know which direc- 7) Nirvana - Nevermind
life; even our individual opinions and tastes concerning tion South is?"); 2) That a few Canadian philosophy
music. I have found myself a victim of such change majors can actually putout a reasonably successful 8) Pearl Jam- Ten
more times than I care to think about On more than one album. This is perhaps the album's secret: the combina- 9) Liz Phair - Exile in Guyville
occasion, I have found my initial feelings about a cer- tion of tongue-in-cheek lyrics with a mellow (yet not
tain album have changed after further listenings; some- overly depressing) composition. They combine to cre- 10) Black Sabbath - Sabotage
times, I have initially felt rather lukewarm towards a ate an enjoyable experience for the listener each and
disk (say Apple by Mother Love Bone, for example), every play. 11) Beatles - The White Album
and, after a few weeks or so, found that it had "grown" Perhaps the semester's best release was 12) R.E.M. - Life's Rich Pageant
on me. Unfortunately, this idea works both ways, and it Superunknown by Soundgarden. Chris Cornell and
s in this fashion that my opinion towards Alice in company continue to be one of music's under-appreci- 13) Rush - Permanent Waves
Chains' Jar of Flies has changed. No longer do I con- ated talents. In order to truly gauge the quality of
sider it a "decent effort." In fact, nothing on it holds any Superunknown, a listen to the entire album is needed; 14) Living Colour - Stain
special thrill for me any longer. I now feel that Jarof "Spoonman" and "Black Hole Sun," while good songs, 15) Led Zeppelin III
Flies falls far short of the talents Chains presented on do not paint a complete picture of the musical diversity
previous efforts (Facelift, Sap, Dirt) and, as a result, I and ambiguity present on the album. Besides, the radio 16) Temple of the Dog
basically deny its entire existence (at least in terms of never plays the best songs. Borrow a copy from a friend
my own personal playlist at home). and listen to "Let Me Drown" or "My Wave" and 17) Jimi Hendrix - Are You Experienced?
Pearl Jam's Vs. unfortunately falls under the same decide for yourself. I bet many of you will find 18) PJ Harvey - Rid of Me
category. While I thought, through the first few play- Superunknown quite appealing.
ings, that it wasn't that bad, I do have numerous prob- Unfortunately, there were several albums that I did not 19) Various artists - The Grunge Years: A
lems with it at this time. Pearl Jam obviously attempted have the time to review, such as Tori Amos' Under the
to rewrite Ten, and, although a worth target (Ten was an Pink and Urge Overkill's Saturation. And Sonic Youth Sub-Pop Collection
outstanding debut, despite the overblown airplay), this (one of my personal favorites) has a release that isn't due 20) Metallica - Ride the Lightning
was not the way to go. Whatever happened to trying out until finals week (May 10), so it doesn't look like I'll
something new? All we have on Vs. is a rehash of the get to do that, either. But please, for those of you who This list is not necessarily in any particu-
same material that they had already recorded, only actually read this stuff, feel free to write in and recom-
more politically inclined (too much so, in fact). I sup- mend new releases to me or even discuss a facet to an lar order or a complete one, although the
pose this wouldn't be so bad if Vs. hadn't fallen so far album I may have missed. After all, these reviews are first few are pretty much my favorite of
short of Ten in terms of composition, lyrics and emo- nothing more than one man's opinion. If you agree with my favorites.
tional power. me, cool. If you don't, write me-I may have missed -SJL
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Haiti-South Africa:
Same Struggle, Same Fight
By Robert V. Gliheany Zionism reactive racism, yes or no?" ing skin color, it's fighting a system of oppression...You
A visiting Israeli professor objected, based on have to be politically clear to join the military wing of
Walking into the Uniti Cultural Center last hearsay. The Professor never attended any of Dube's the ANC."
Wednesday to check out a panel on Haiti and South classes. Fred Dube was the target of slanders, lies and Foreign interest tried to buy influence in the ANC. The
Africa, eagerly awaiting the panelist. The program was threats. The flip side was the tremendous student sup- Chinese government offered equal or more military aid to
featuring former USB-AFS Prof and ANC member Dr. port for Dube. Some of these activities included written the ANC if it refused all aid from the former Soviet Union.
Earnest (Fred) Dube, (who I have alot of respect for), articles, public demonstrations, and occupations of The ANC told them "to go to hell." The AFL-CIO tried to
and two Haitian journalists, "a dangerous profession," administration and other campus buildings. buy out the South African labor unions, for the purpose of
said Professor Lesley Owens of the AFS Department, The negative campaign to get Dr. Dube denied de-politicizing them. Again the ANC said "Go to hell."
and the moderator of the event. tenure took effect Two academic committees recom- When the labor leaders heard what the ANC had done they
7:30 sharp, as the events poster indicated, things mended Dr. Dube, but that wasn't good enough for said "good work." The ANC is not for sale, and are com-
were running late. I talked with Barry Feldman, a com- President Jack Marburger and former SUNY ing to power as a truly independent force that emanates
rade of the peace movement during the last war. The Chancellor Clifford Warthon (a CIA agent); they from the South African people.
crowd was relatively small, considering the importance dropped the ax and finished the academic lynching of Someone asked about how the political rights of the
of the topic. There appears to be a split in the Haitian Dr Fred Dube. Zulus are going to be guaranteed. Fred Dube looked him
and/or black community on campus. At the peak of the Dube sued the university and came out of it with a right in the eye and said, "I am a Zulu!" And so was his
event there were between 45 to 50 people at the event. nice chunk of cash. He is currently a professor at uncle, John Dube, one of the founding members of the
"Professor Dube was the victim of an attack on this Evergreen Collage in Washington State. ANC. Dube also said the vast majority of Zulus are ANC
campus," said Professor Owens and recounted the con- South Africa was the topic Fred Dube was there to supporters. The Inkatha Freedom party wants to preserve a
troversy that erupted at this university that Fred Dube talk about. South Africa is now in the process of count- Zulu "homeland." Just to preserve an elitist Zulu monar-
was in the center of. ing the votes in its first all-race elections. These elec- chy that is just a vestige of Apartheid's homelands.
Dube is a native of South Africa and an active mem- tions will almost certainly elect the ANC and Nelson The two Haitian journalists, Jean Claude Mactino and
ber of the ANC. He spent seven years in the infamous Mandela as president. Dube said "it's not a matter of Emile Pierre, spoke about the situation in Haiti.
Robbins Island Prison for his ANC activities. After he Mandela winning, but by how much." He talked about Haitians had their first democratically-elected presi-
left he came to the United States and landed a position as benchmark events in South African history such as dent, Jean-Claude Aristide, ousted by the fascist
an AFS and a psychology professor here at Stony Brook. "Bloody Sunday," the massacre at Soweto. Dube said a Haitian military. A military that is a hold-over from the
'The politics of race" was a course he taught deal- lot of survivors want to join the military wing of the dictatorship of "Baby Doc" Duvalier, who was ousted
ing with race relations and the global political situation. ANC. A lot of young people wanted to kill the whites for in 1986. After much strife, Aristide, a liberation theolo-
The course discussed issues of racism nazism et al. revenge. These people were not allowed to join the ANC gian whose goal is the benefit the Haitian masses was
During an essay exam the question was asked "is army, Dube explained that the ANC army. "is not fight- continued on page 8
The Press congratulates Scott Mitchel for his prize-winning submission to
a certain coloring contest that, for legal reasons won't be named Barney.
Thank you to all of those who entered that made the decision-making
By Auke Piersma process very difficult. Here is Scott's much debated 1/4 page of space:
Some people insist upon throwing couches out a window because it looks fun.
Two large gentlemen, one blue twoseater foam couch, and a big black dumpster My Graduation Present for Deb Mckee
one story below might seem cool, but most folks can see the possible dangers in
chucking large heavy objects out windows. "Aww come on, nobody will ever
know. Besides, what is the big deal, anyway" babbles one of the gentleman. When I first met her, she was sitting in Linda's suite
The college student questions authority better than anyone. A student can justify
almost any action and be confident that they are within their rights. Most believe laughing and talking about the freedom she was dis-
that they are invincible, indestructib' and immortal. covering. Her hair was longer then, I guess she was a
This immortality is what the Resident Assistant (RA) is wishing for when an
intoxicated gentleman has him jacked up against a puke covered wall. The RA is little bit more of a femme than she is now. At first I
the individual who can guide these misinformed students back to reality.
At the University at StonyBrook there are 156 RA's spread amongst 22 build-
couldn't imagine that she was family, but in the
ings. The average work week for a RA ranges from 5 to 40 hours a week and they months to come she made it quite clear who she was
don't receive paychecks. The RA does receive a bed waiver and a meal plan dis-
count. and where she belonged. We got to know each other
Most students see the RA as someone who gets the broken lamp fixed and then a little better, but I left school the next semester and
yells at them when their music is vibrating through the building. Or in the case of
the couch throwing bandits, they see the RA as the reason they were writing a we kind of lost touch. At the beginning of this year I
three page paper about communituy developement.
However, there is a better definition. An RA is a friend, role model and leader
returned, and I met her again. It was her last year at
who wants to help. The RA is here to improve your life at iriversity. The RA SB and I knew that I was going to make the most of
balances the fine line between being a student and acting as an university official.
Neither of these roles ever cease, because you can't turn off who you are or who
our friendship. She is a mentor, an idol, and someone
you are employed by. "The RA has an next to impossible job, with rewards that to whom I gladly give my respect. She is the one
you have look for. Few residents give a thanks or seem appreciative in the end,"
says Miulina Ng, a RA from Sanger College. who keeps my conscious in check as well as not let-
The RA attempts to create a community and a pleasant living environment with- ting me off the hook when I am wrong.
in the hall by combining a hallway of 35 individual and unique students into a
hallway of friends and neighbors. The RA teaches by fostering programs that
bring a social and educational aspect to the resident. Students attend a university I want to thank you Deb for the strength, confidence
to learn, which includes social skills and general life skills.
An example of this is a program on Sexual Deviance, where 45 residents came and self esteem you help me hold onto.
to learn. They all left the program with more knowledge than before and a new
outlook on sex. Someone asked the RA an interesting question at the program. It
went something like "Do you practice deviant sex?" With love and respect,
The answer: "RAs are people too."
Scott
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Editorial
Rites of Passage
It is interesting to watch how the placed thugs in positions of power, opened the door for the totalitari-
passing of individuals, of groups, and, upon the counsel of the ans of Peking to take respectable
and even movements are observed estimable Henry Kissenger, bombed roles in the world community. He
in different cultures. Last week the hell out of innocent civilians in was the one who presided over the
contained the fateful day in which Cambodia and Laos. He turned the ending of the Vietnam War. He
Richard Nixon was taken from us Cold War into an excuse for tapping wasn't such a bad guy. Just being
into the next world. And Last week the telephones of innocent people, the only United States President
was also the span in which the falsely prosecuting his enemies, and who had ever been forced to resign
100,000 mark was passed in the generally using his office as a and who almost singlehandedly
slaughter of minority Hutu tribes- means of personal empowerment. undermined the foundations of this
men in Rwanda. The contrast is Finally, when the pressures of his country to their roots paled in com-
striking. office had taken his naturally mali- parison to the misty warm memo-
Let us set aside for a moment that cious and vindictive mind to new ries of his evil appeal.
one man died in this country and lows, he stooped to the level of petty Half a world away, 100,000
thousands in Rwanda, and take the thievery in an attempt to sabotage Rwandans were hacked to pieces,
two deaths as equal in that regard, the electoral progress that had literally, in three weeks. Sources in
and take the events as equivalent, brought him to power. The actions the international relief community
and see the treatment that was connected with this last crime, it said that the situation there was the
meted out to the respective dece- was thought, gave him undying largest and fastest exodus on
dents, according to their deeds. infamy in the annals of American record. The Hutu tribe, 15% of the
;' Richard Nixon had been a central government with a political toe-tag country's population, was marked
figure in the United States federal that read "Watergate." for extinction by its Tutsi majority.
government for four decades. He Or so we thought. Following his Machetes were (and are) the extin-
was a man of stately bearing and presidential pardon, Nixon had guishers of choice, with the goal
cultured manner. Nixon had distin- plodded along in the marginal lec- being to remove the head from the
guished himself in his fight against ture and book circuit reserved for helplessly underarmed and out-
the enemies of his country, and had those criminals that American soci- numbered civilian victims.
won the adulation of the people, ety considers too debased even for The fact remains that, during the
coming close to snatching the presi- punishment, and sparing the soci- colonial hegemony of the Belgians,
dency from no less a man than ety the trouble to have to feed them. the Hutus had been favored over
John F. Kennedy in 1960. He won No one troubled about him, as it the Tutsi, and even now a sizable
the 1972 election by a landslide. was thought that he had sunk so rebel Hutu army is positioning itself
However, he had his weaknesses, low as to be forever unredeemable. to take over the country. In the
and even his malicious side. Most people generously allowed comparison, this could be equated
In his tenure on the House Un- those poor, deluded souls who felt to the good decisions that Nixon
American Activities committee, he that Nixon was worthy of something made, such as making cancer
masterminded witch hunts that saw other than thorough daily beatings research a national priority. But the
perfectly decent and upstanding to maintain their fantasies, out of massacres of the last month have
Americans' thrown in jail, and their pity more than anything else. been carried out against innocent
characters and careers assassinat- And then he died. Less than a year civilians, people without the where- While you go through the process of
ed. As president, his demeanor and after his (relatively classy and high- withal to defend themselves, and higher education, and learn the intri-
activities were more reminiscent of ly-regarded) wife, Pat, Tricky Dick who were not given so much as cate relations that connect the most
a dictatorship than of a democracy. kicked the bucket. In the main- notice to leave the country. This, we dissimilar items and events, realize
He tapped phones. He performed stream media, there was a moment could liken to Watergate. While the that the world has become an unholy
illegal and irrelevant investigations of shocked silence (during which, one enjoys the full military honors place, in which the Hitlers and Amins
upon people who had done nothing the trained ear could hear vestigial of his country in his passing, the are allowed to win, and in which Jesus
but service to their country. He backbones disintegrating), after others will be remembered beyond was spiked to a stick. Also realize that
stood by J. Edgar Hoover's under- which came a flood of admiration for their families for nothing so much these things will happen again. Do you
mining of the freedoms guaranteed this American "elder statesman." as the cholera and other diseases even care?
Americans in the Constitution. He Nixon was the one, after all, who their rotting corpses will cause.
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Barney Means Business Accordingly, we hereby demand that you immediately


cease and desist any advertising and promotion activities.
our Barney coloring contest. The editors of The Stony Brook
Press did not wish to undermine your company nor use the
Unless we are in receipt of your written confirmation that contest for commercial gain. The Stony Brook Press is a
The Lyons Group
you will no longer engage in such infringing activities within mere nonprofit student-run newspaper, free for the campus
2435 N. Central Expressway, Suite 1600 seven days from the receipt of this letter, we shall have no community and all who enter it. The prize we offered for the
Richardson, Tx 75080-2722 alternative but to consider that an amicable resolution of this best poster submission was only a quarter page of space. In
RE: Infringment of Proprietary Rights Owned by Lyons matter is impossible. Please be advised that in the event we actuality, we were giving something away for free.
Parnership, L.P. are required to a more formal means to obtain relief, we s1 This contest was done in satire, in which case, anything
Dear Sir: seek not merely an injunction, restraining you unauthorized goes. Also, Barney is a public figure and will suffer the same
We are the owner of a series of copyrighted children's activities, but also will seek appropriate statutory and com- public scrutiny as President Clinton.
videocassettes produced under the series name BARNEY pensatory damages as provided under both federal statutes as We apologize for any damage our contest has done to your
AND THE BACKYARD GANG@ and the present television well as attorney's fees as permitted by law. company's reputation. At the same time, we hope that this
series BARNEY & FRIENDST M . The copyrighted BAR- Upon advise of counsel, we hereby reserve all of our rights poster will cause your company to rethink Barney's pedagogi-
NEY@, BABY BOPTm and BJP characters are also the sub- and remedies in connection with this matter. cal strategies. The editors of The Stony Brook Press believe
ject of a wide variety of products which have been sold Very truly yours, that we should raise our children to be critical thinkers, thus
through various retail channels throughout the United States. Nancy Jones maintaining the democratic traditions of our nation's found-
The BARNEY@, BABY BOPT and BJM characters and the Infringement Coordinator ing fathers. Children cannot be taught right from wrong with-
various products which incorporate the characters similarly cc: Barry I Slotnick, Esq. out having a chance to ask why it is so.
are protected by the trademark laws of the United States. John H. Marburger, President Furthermore, while you were "advised" of the contest, you
We have been advised that you are promoting a coloring State University of New York at Stony Brook weren't advised as to who the letter should be addressed to. It
contest in your paper using a likeness of our Barney character is clearly stated in the masthead of every issue that the editor
and using the Barney name. Such activities on your part are Did someone say i is a woman. Simple inquiry could have eliminated the
in violation of our exclusive rights under both the United
States Trademark Act and the United States Copyright Act.
-, chance of such a mistake.

Indeed, your activities constitute an attempt to capitalize on Nancy Jones Sincerely,


our goodwill and reputation for commercial gain while, Infringement Coordinator Rachel S. Wexelbaum
simultaneously, endangering the reputation we have devel- RE: The Hitler Youth Barney Coloring Contest Arts Editor
oped. Dear Ms. Jones: Catherine Krupski
4_ _ It has come to our attention that you were not pleased with Executive Editor
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By Manning Marable Jesse Jackson for establishing a dialogue with Farrakhan, There are real tensions and disagreements, to be sure,
insisting that black mainstream leaders "are willing to which separate key elements of the Jewish community
Last November, Khalid Abdul Muhammad, National ally themselves with the salesman for a new Holocaust." and African-Americans. The tolerance and discrimination
Spokesman for the Nation of Islam, delivered a speech at In recent weeks, virtually every African-American which Jews have experienced in this country never
Kean College in New Jersey. Over three hours, he pre- national figure has criticized or denounced the anti- equaled the fierce oppression which African-American
sented an analysis which was blatantly anti-Semitic and Semitic slurs and sentiments represented by Khalid people suffered-and continue to experience. There are
filled with hatred. Muhammad's talk. But the political impasse between parallels between the bigotry of anti-Semitism and the
Muhammad declared that Jews were "the blood suckers large segments of the Jewish community and African- exploitation of racism, but the two dynamics of discrimi-
of the black nation"; that Jews "have our entertainers in Americans, characterized previously by differences over nation are not identical. Jews as a group are middle and
their hip pocket" and "our athletes in the palm of their affirmative action and Israel's relationship with the for- upper class, while an ever-growing number of African-
hand." Muhammad stated that Jews "call you Mr. mer apartheid government of South Africa, has become Americans are trapped in a cycle of poverty, unemploy-
Reubenstein, Mr. Goldstein, (and) Mr. Silverstein even worse. ment, drugs and violence. To say simplistically that the
because you (have) been stealing rubies and gold and sil- Let us separate the key issues which are part of this two groups have identical interests is simply not true. But
ver all over the earth." He even revived the controversial growing political controversy. As much as I reject and it is equally false to assert that Jews are "turning against"
statement of Louis Farrakhan of a decade ago, that Adolf oppose the political perspective of Muhammad, he had a black interests. Consistently, even in the recent mayoral
Hitler was "wickedly great" The Holocaust was attrib- right to speak at Kean College, or any other public institu- election in New York City, Jewish voters are among the
uted to the role of Jews, who had "undermined the very tion. If Patrick Buchanan, Newt Gingrich and David Duke strongest white supporters for black candidates and issues.
fabric of (German) society." have a legal right to spew their respective political poi- Nothing can ever justify the articulation of hatred. The
As the text of this speech was circulated, largely by the sons, and to advance an unconditional program of oppres- color of prejudice transcends the barriers of black and
Anti-Defamation League, conservative Jewish leaders sion for black people, Muhammad must be permitted that white. The great strength of the black freedom move-
and journalists used the issue not only to condemn same freedom. To extend the right to speak only to those ment-from Frederick Douglass to Martin Luther
Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam, but the vast majority with whom we agree is a dangerous doctrine. "Freedom" King-has been the realization that our struggle for
of African-American leaders and officials as well who is always and only for those who think differently. equality is for all humanity, not just for ourselves. When
had any relationship with the Muslim community. A.M. We must be honest about the root factors in the debate we surrender this moral and ethical principle, we sacri-
Rosenthal of the New York Times, for example, about Khalid Muhammad, Louis Farrakhan and the charges fice our greatest weapon for democracy for all people
pompously and falsely asserted that "with few excep- of anti-Semitism in the black community. There is anti- who experience discrimination.
tions, black political and intellectual leadership has kept Semitism in the black community, as well as racism and Dr. Manning Marable is professor of History and Political
silent about...the surge of anti-Semitism and anti-Semitic prejudice among some Jews towards black people. But anti- Science, and Director of the African American Studies
propaganda among blacks, particularly among young and Semitism has never been a mass movement among African- Institute at Columbia University, New York City. "Along the
more educated blacks." Rosenthal attacked Ben Chavis Americans, and no national black leader is calling for any- Color Line" appears in over 250 publications and is broad-
of the NAACP, the Congressional Black Caucus and thing which apploaches a "new Holocaust." cast by 75 radio stations internationally.
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Stop the Torture Make Fay Pay


Response to a Disgusting Stony Brook Press Editorial tive laws and low crime rates. There are many factors that Reply:
By Robert V. Gilheany go into a crime rate. These economic or sociological but Mr. Gilheany is quick to jump on to the international
if you look at the United States, the states like Florida, human rights bandwagon, as do most Americans, when
go into a crime rate. These economic or sociological but an American needs "protection" in a foreign country,
For what ever reason, the Editorial Board of the Stony if you look at the United States, the states like Florida, however the reality remains that the U.S. government
Brook Presstook a bizarre turn and wrote a fascist editorial that have punitive laws have some of the worst crime. itself is one of the biggest violators of human rights
"Punishment Well Deserved." In this editorial, The Press Florida.has a very high violent crime rate and has puni- internationally,yet no one screams bloody murder over
supports the caning of an 18-year-old American youngster tive laws and hanging judges. this. To advocate stricter punishmentsfor criminals is
for the crime of vandalism. Caning is very painful, it puts The frustration in the personal lives of people lend to a not the crime that Mr. Gilheany purports it to be. What
people into shock and leaves permanent scars. This form of desire to lash out at people. In Wilhelm Rich's "Mass solutions does he propose- should we allow repeat
punishment is a violation of International Standards of Psychology of Fascism" he points out that sado- rapists to walk the streets time and time again, raping
Human Rights and is considered torture by Amnesty masochism transformed itself into a public policy with women again and again? Should we allow child moles-
International. To this the editorial read "Finally! A punish- the running of concentration camps in Nazi Germany. ters and pedophiles to roam our streets abusing our
ment to fit the crime." Of all the commentary about this The above mentioned Editorial went into a fascist sado- children andsetting up a vicious and unbreakable cycle
case, I have never heard anyone say that. masochistic frenzy that called for the introduction of can- of crime? (Most child molester are shown to have been
It's very disturbing to see how international standards ing in the U.S. It also called for the use of amputation of abused sexually as children, as do a majority of
of human rights and International Law is just dismissed body parts as judicial punishment. It is also very unfortu- rapists). These questions he would rather not address,
in the editorial. The tone it takes is, "Oh, well. Torture nate that the last paragraph started off with an attack on hiding behind the bannerof human rights abuse, is it all
goes on. Fuck it." This way of thinking renders interna- foreigners. This editorial was the most offensive thing right for citizens to violate the rights of other citizens
tional human rights standards meaningless. That will ever read since the Stony Brook Review was on campus. and get off scott free? Would Mr, Gilheany advocate a
make the fight of human rights insurmountable. The tone of the argument plays right into the hands of system in which criminals would go unpunished so that
Some sensitive and well-thinking people point out that the Democrats and Republicans in Washington and their rights could be protected?
the only reason we even know about this case is because Albany who have been working hard to construct a police The central issue here, as Mr. Gilheany knows, is not
the offender is an American. They also say nobody cares state in the U.S. Right now FBI director William Freeh is a question of human rights but one of Americarts'
what happens in Singapore. They are right, but now that seeking to have complete access to all phone conversa- rights. Had this not been an American, no one would
our eyes have been open to the activities of Singapore tion in the country. The death penalty is being expanded care. Singapore is a traditionalsociety in which cer-
government people have an obligation to speak out to 50 or 70 different crimes. Anti-gang legislation is tain actions are not tolerated,and vandalism is one of
against human rights abuses, against anyone, Asian or going through Congress, under their definition the Earth them. The point that most American liberals seem to
American. The same people point out that the people of Day Wall Street Action, of which I was a part, would be miss is that blanket Western standardsdo not apply to
Singapore should enforce their laws the way they see fit. considered a gang. Even well before the "Crime Bill" all regions of the Earth. Mr. Gilheany, having no
The problem with that argument, aside from the human started to go through Congress the U.S. was holding well knowledge of Eastern culture or Eastern values, has
rights issue, is that Singapore is not a democracy. It is a over one million prisoners. The U.S. had one of the high- no place condemning the actions of another govern-
totalitarian military dictatorship. They are kept in power est incarceration rates per population in the world. In fact ment. The reality remains, Mr. Gilheany, that the con-
by a steady supply of military aid from the United States. only the former Soviet Union and soon to be former cept of internationalhuman rights is one invented by
A lot of the Washington bullets that went to Singapore South Africa had a worse record that the U.S.! Western countries which could be used to condemn,
ended up in the hands of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia. At home in the U.S. we need to be on guard against the attack, and eventually declare war on third world
They murdered three million people in the 1970s, (that growing police state. The work in support of international countries that choose not to toe their line. I can assure
Khmer Rouge). The United States relationship with human rights goes hand in hand with the struggle against you that beneath all the hoopla and media blitzing of
Singapore gives it leverage to spare Michael Fay of six the growing police state in the U.S. Just as the right this case, lies a mere political agenda of US govern-
lashes and focus on Singapore human rights violations. wings work to implement corporate martial law in the ment and corporations.This is why The Press will not
International incidents can focus attention on human U.S. hand ;- hand with the activities of the IMF, NAFTA, tow the line,for we, unlike you, see the agendabehind
rights violations in a particular country, Tianenmen and the C.ArT regime. the scenes.
Square in China is a prime example. No Police State.

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Part three in a series of three Just as imperialism squeezes every attempt at liberat- what we the people struggle to make it.
By Mitchel Cohen ed space outside its borders (Nicaragua being a recent Different organizational formats give rise to qualita-
example), so too does the old left (although not with the tively different kinds of experience, just as different
Emergency Lives and the Culture Vultures same intention as the U.S. government) short-circuit kinds of discussion require particular forms. A workshop
that space within. And this is a terrible tragedy. It pre- on the dialectics of organization, for instance, must of
But it takes time to develop the honest and self-critical vents the left from once again developing the ability to necessity include real discussions of the workshop
sensibility needed to overcome automatic, conditioned "unask" the questions (which allows us to transcend process itself, thereby making the "form" part of the con-
patterns of thought and behavior as well as our fear of false dualities), reframe nt. How else to really try to
consciously exploring them. It takes time to learn to the possibilities (so that embody "the utopian
apprehend the world in new ways and overcome the self- we can experience our moment"--the pulling from
sabotaging quicksand of inculcated patterns of thought lives in a different the future, from where we'd
and behavior. It takes time to learn how to participate way). and strengthen like to go-in the present?
effectively in and help to strengthen and link radical and link direct action All too often, however, such
movements. It takes time to re-unite in ourselves the communities of resis- workshops have little mean-
fragments of what had been forcibly separated: the polit- tance and nurturance ing because the form under-
ical and economic, the "consumer" and "worker," what (which would enable mines the revolutionary
can be fought for as revolutionaries in our communities the left to become a potential of the content.
and what is seen as legitimate to fight for on the job. It force to reckoned with). The question is not "anti-
takes time to develop the capacity to unmask the hidden All of that requires time organization" vs. "organiza-
assumptions of our lives and reframe them, as standard and a secure space i tion." as both Leninists and
operating procedure. Transforming our lives, trying to which to develop. Unask, Reframe. and Direct Act- anarchists have tried to frame it, the former feeding into
bring about, as Che Guevara put it, "a new socialist the three poles around which the teepee of revolution- fears of chaos and the latter of hierarchy, bureaucracy
human being within all the harrowing competition and ary strategy, as offered in Zen-Marxism, is wrapped. and domination, but "What kind of organization?" How
insanity of the old society," takes time. It requires nur- During that time and in those spaces we need to explore will it function? What is our vision, and how is that
turing each other, defending our liberated spaces-but how to go about consolidating and linking up permanent embodied in and facilitated by the particular forms? How
who has the time? coughs the rabbit, scurrying down the communities of resistance and nurturance based on direct will it help people to empower themselves and self-
rabbit hole to Wonderland, there's another emergency, action. What threads do we weave them from? Can this develop so that they will not fall victim to the "inevitab-
I'm late, I'm late, for a very important date! And yet even be done? What's holding us back? Who are our list" faith promoted by old left parties and a vulgarized
without that precious vho are enemies? understanding of Marxism, the "absolutist" faith promot-
Time we are lost. be making up the ed by religions of the west, the "great nation/ we are all
Radicals must learn to re"that decides all the greatest, number one" faith promoted by fascism
assiduously guard nd how will those among those with broken egos and shattered dreams, the
that vital "Time" be reached? kind of faith (again, distinct from a human spirituality)
from intrusion by the choices and modes that relinquished vision in exchange for vicarious (and
emissaries of The are possiblized in ultimately even more hurtful) pseudo connection to some
Truth, who come to eriods. How do we larger-that-human transhistorical force?
recruit us or impose the transition from What should be different organized forms' relationship
their undemocratic Ito another so that to revolution? How do potential revolutionary social
processes on us (all in how to shift gears, movement arise? What is the role in that process of peo-
the name of "democ- differently? ple who try to become conscious of that whole process?
racy"), yet who never ,'s revolutionary What organizational forms and activities are required, if
commit themselves to lave often become any, to catalyze, build, sustain, link and transmit ideas
our open, loving ?ologia for capital. among revolutionary social movements that enable peo-
processes. we tell ahead of ple in them to empower themselves and take control over
Communities of at are the assump- all aspects of their own lives?
resistance and nurtu- eft has been unable The format of any project is, ultimately, a concretiza-
rance, and the time nge that keeps it tion of a philosophy of organization in which the objec-
needed to pull them --worse, emboldens tive and subjective reflect off of and shape watch other
together, are consid- Can we influence and sometimes merge. Most leftist projects, as well as
ered "luxuries," sps us impotent, organizations, unfortunately show in practice just how
which are rare or must it be over- hard it is to move beyond reflecting the existing world,
allowed. True, in the course of its "development" capital- thrown? If so, how? even when one wants to create a new one.
ism has destroyed or co-opted nearly all pre-existing Clich6s rationalizing the "need" to "raise conscious-
communities which once could have served as bases for ness" as the primary activity for leftists-which, at first One of reasons people get involved is not just because
"liberated zones," but "the left" has done its share of encounter with the way Leninists from the mission of the -they're concerned with what's happening to others in the
destruction as well. left, seem straightforward and obvious-become lost in a world, although this is an important part of it; nor is it
If my attitude towards the official left in the U.S. maze of hidden assumptions. Qur power lies in reexamin- because they are primarily concerned with their own eco-
appears overly harsh, it is because, time and again, it has ing "the obvious." To do that, we'll find ourselves need- nomic situation. The fact is, most young people are bored
self-righteously undermined the consolidation of forms ing to reexamine all of our hidden assumptions which, silly by this mass-produced plastic society and, as with
though which individuals can develop new ways of expe- having been "hidden" for good reason by the "cop in the many of the high schoolers who were contemplating join-
riencing their lives, and consequently new relationships head," are much harder to extirpate that this glib state- ing the military and others who were getting involved in
among themselves, other people and with the world, ment suggests. Such scist groups, they are
which would lead to a much stronger and more vibrant facile phrases as "History searching form meaning, a
revolutionary movement. That is why the counterculture will absolve me" (sorry, meaningful way to orga-
of the 1960s, in spite of all its problems, was so important. Fidel), or other clarion nize their experiences in a
But the official left continues to thwart all attempts to calls to a higher authority society that renders them
address the psychological and social conditions needed don't make the task any objects and fodder. But
for people to collectively empower themselves. Instead, easier, for "History" is many older leftists scoff at
they play off of people's residual guilt feelings and run not an objective moral the "lack of seriousness'
them ragged around some capitalist-provided "emer- force-that is one of cap- of young folks as they
gency," which always is quickly turned into a permanent italism's prime myths; it start getting involved; and
condition. Despite some worthy efforts of its adherents, is no substitute god with them, when they stay
the old left-with its quick-fix lines and ever-present the power to absolve aX away, refusing to be
crises--exploits and over-runs our openness, democratic condemn: it is a framewi penned-in by "accepted"
spirit, exploration of and engagement with complex for understanding constructed by and for eople in partic- forms of protest, they scoff again. It becomes a self-ful-
issues; undermines our communities; and recruits new- ular circumstances themselves. Perhaps people of the filling cycle. But far from being an "impure" reason for
comers to its style of counterproductive bickering over future will absolve, perhaps not. But if history itself getting involved, boredom is, I believe, one of the best
the correct line, trying to remold our (and others') activi- proves anything, it's that people don't learn from it. (Oh? reasons-although it can't remain the main one or it will
ties in its image, around its agenda. And have we learned that from it?) The futute will be feed narcissism, not revolution. In a society that abolish-

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Big as T.V., Big as bubble gum! ;mile as she walks away
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by D. Anthony Spinelli "Well, uh, thanks for your time," I said, getting up to leave.
"Not at all," he replied. I cautiously leaned over the desk, folded my test around the
I must have looked so tired. He immediately waved me in after I poked my head feces, wrapping * s best I could, and stuck it into the inside pocket of my jacket.
in. I knew I was already dead, and I gave it away as I stumbled in. I had no Walking out io the elevator, there was a thick fog, and the more I shook my
choice. I wasn't turning invisible. I couldn't just run. I couldn't just punch him in the head and tried to wave my way through it,the worse it got. I blinked and squinted,
mouth. So I just put on my blindfold, lit my cigarette and sat down. but it didn't help, so I felt my way along the wall and found the elevator. The other
He didn't hesitiate. Closing his eyes, he took a breath and sitting up straight, he people in the elevator must have smelled what was in my pocket, because they
forced itdown into his stomach, as if trying to release a huge belch. He sat up all pressed themselves against the walls of the elevator and gave me silent stares
again and clutched the arms of his chair. Lowering his chin and opening his eyes of pity.
wide with another push, he gulped again. Dissatisfied with his attempts, he sat Stepping outside, I was met by some bright warm sunshine. I stopped and tilted
back and shook his head, relaxing his stomach for a moment. Then he continued, nmy head back, and stuck out my tongue to taste it. It was great! Warm and
propping himself up again and dropping his head forward. This time bracing him- sweet, but not rich. It was light, and very smooth. I hadn't tasted sunshine like that
self on the desk, he got it! A few good heaves started the process. His tongue in a long time. The whole sky was blue. There wasn't a single splotch of gray any-
rose and fell in his mouth while little gurgles of spit started to appear. They started where.
to run and drip right out and down off his chin. Then more came, this time with a I finally stunbled back, through all the puddles and piles of snow, to the Union,
frothy cough and bubbles. He leaned forward to help in the expulsion. Placing his amidst all the crap dribbling from everyone's mouths and ears and eyes. People
hands flat upon his blotter, he rose from his chair, keeping his hands stuck to his are so used to it now that no one even notices. It's practically a prerequisite.
blotter, he again hacked out some more foam with a few more good coughs. He Coming back into the room, I pulled my test from my pocket, unwrapped it and
breathed deeply, his back arching and flattening and his head hanging over my set it on my desk. Hugo noticed it immediately.
test. Then he paused. "Wo," he said. "That's terrible, man. I'm really sorry. Was it really rough?"
There was a quick stillness before it came. With one single concerted push, he "Nah," I said. "I saw it coming."
forced it up and out of his eusophagus. I winced and leaned back in my chair, my "Yo," Hugo said. "Wanna go pinch some quarters?"
hands instinctively rising as if ready to shield myself from fallout. "Nah," I said. "I feel like crap."
He forced his mouth open, as wide as it would go, and held it, like a long drippy "Come on man," Hugo insisted. "I'll spot you the 'backs. Come on, man. It'll
yawn. Then I saw the very end of it emerge from beyond his teeth, poking out like cheer you up."
a bullet in its chamber. Slowly, he tongued and gagged it further. It was very dark, "Nah, man. Thanks, though. I need to take a shower."
but reflected a certain familiar wetness. He heaved and jerked it out-this was a "Alright, bro," Hugo said. "Catcha later."
long one, and thick, tool It was the same dark brown of his thinning hair. It slowly "Later," I said.
proceeded out of his mouth, and then stopped, just hanging there. He breathed in So I folded my towel and hung it over my chair and sat down. It was nice and
through his nose and waited. I squinted and squirmed. Then, with a slight nod of soft, and dry, too. I clicked on my computer and leaned back in my chair, pulling
his head, he dropped the stool on to my test. With a nice sticky thud, it landed the keyboard down into my lap.
perfectly on its side, right on to my exam, and without getting a single bit on his Abhhh I thought as my fingers met the keys. They fit so well, like the familiar lips
blotter. He was good. of a committed girlfriend. They were home, like a husband in the wonderful warm
There was a last little bit (there always is) which he promptly coughed up and softness of his wife. So I turned on the water and let it warm up. I stripped down
dropped beside the first log. He let out a final sigh of-relief as he dropped back and stepped in. And with a few good gulps of air I was on my way, expelling
into his chair, pulled the hanky out of his pocket and wiped his mouth. through my fingertips, washing itaway.
I
InMemory of Kurt Cobain were my great allies
and Morrissey, and Robert Smith, adn Siouxsie Sioux,
"there are some people born
It's of value if I think and feel it is to whom everything is UPSIDE DOWN"
and the melodious sum of all things was
an expression of hinest intent
no matter how stupid or clumsy (I amnreferring to my own words)
to get it down on paper was better than salvation
is better than an unctuous stream of sparkling duplicity It still is
that floats human or animal lives and newspaper headlines are blank indicators
in a river of sewage of the earth's molten core that doesn't know we
exist
this is because the consequences of words I used to dream about breathing underwater
must be looked at carefully and my fourth-grade classmates swam with me in the
and if the sewers are made to serve a function deep blue heaven
contrary to their purpose that was my childhood conception of Venus (a watery globe)
which is to carry waste from the source gotten from a book
then you have drunk or it yourself (whoever you are) and filled your tis- "the one thing worth all the rest"
sues which was, to have the miracle happen
with poison beneath the waves
I say: that is retribution! and in Moon Valley children with strange powers
These suburbs may be a form of revenge still go to the ice cream shop
as yet unguessed at, sustained by wells that are founts and read each other's minds, and tell each other
what will happen tomorrow
of mysterious toxins that flow limpidly
from the voices of children who condemn others and young as they are, are old enough
to fates worse than their own: to reel under all that fucking responsibility
although it's foggy, in my head, I have vague
intimations of horror Route 347 stretches into reality's edge
and then they vanish: I feel moments and as I drive down it,into that horizon
when my exitstence is speared, and then that clings to every viewpoint, I see
I feel great again: To deny the beauty of this place porno shops and Waldbaum's, and human beings
is not my purpose: but moving in and out of cars, and stars blocked by my
FUCK it,there is something mutant and callous roof,
here, a smirking pleasure in torture, a smell and the radio blasts songs, and I remember the time
in spring, of the regeneration of an evil force, I first heard "Heart-Shaped Box", it came on -
mingling itself into the life that sings and I turned down a side-street, which I
at dawn, becoming rarely went down, to hear the whole song (I was
joyous like it,a seed almost home);
that will grow massive and happy, itwas a sound like an inert feeling
squeezing what I love to dust. in my own soul, that things were always
wrong, a noise like a fitful hypochondria
I used to scream every night anri lust, there is nothing else to say
because I thought my rage was precious but it delayed my coming home because I wanted to
and fuck it,but I liked hear
to wrench the pure feeling from my lungs the whole song.
$
I wanted to pry everything into an upside-down shape -Jonathan Seewalc
and here Oscar Wilde and Percy Bisshe Shelley
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'The Press CENTRAL PARK PSUEDO SONNET With A Little Help


(FOR B. C. AND HIS CANINE COMPANION) From My Friends
would( k OH SPIRITUAL ONE,
WITH BEAUTIFUL EYES, little
to thank AND A DARK COMPLEXION,
earthquakes the best of the art
of noise.
WHEN MYSTERIES ARISE
those who YOUR COUNTENANCE GIVES
you turn me on abbey.
road for sale!
AN IMPRESSION WHICH no time to kill
contributed HAUNTS ANYONE WHO LIVES it's a sunshine
THAT'S WHY SOME CALL YOU "BITCH" day safari.
to tie BECAUSE IF YOU COULD SPEAK get happy
IN TONGUES WE'D UNDERSTAND this years model
success YOU'D SHOW US ALL HOW WEAK live at el macambol
LEGS OF OUR CONCEPTS STAND the ghosts that
.of the
suppemeSSt AND HOW OMNIESCENT YOU ARE NEXT TO ALL OF US SUCKERS haunt me kiss me
kiss me
'TIL THEN WE'LL HEAR YOU SPEAK AND WATCH AS YOUR ASSHOLE PUCKERS
kiss me
supplement. -John Schindler de la soul is dead.
where you
been waiting
Y not uze wurds and leters that LOST IN SPACE for the sun?
R fonetic and breef withowt blood on the tracks?
Misleeding wurd spel sownd and Beamed back from our satellite, came these words on a sign, (rumours)
un nesesary leters to get the meening!? 'THIS SPACE FOR RENT", nobody said it
The purpus uv riting is to cumunicate thus dispelling the widely held belief was easy selling
not to confuze. that only our galaxy's planets contained intelligent life. england by the pound.
So I used the satellite's microwave transmitter bring the family
-MAG to override the telecommunications network ivana dont mind
of this so called Earth. imthe man.
When an earthling answered I informed the being that, look, sharp madman,
D.U.C. although our planet's peoples didn't use monetary units across the water mama
said its a shame about ray shaved.
in their subsistence strategy,
we would trade something of value fish stinky
The advent of civilization may have been
a secondary adaptive instinct, fulfilled by for the advertisement which would read as follows: grooves vivid
"CONGRATULATIONS, EARTHLINGS! stain dayglow legend.
those persons who had the capacity to
YOU HAVE BEEN DISCOVERED BY ANOTHER CIVILIZATION! horseshoes &
adapt. Perhaps the PRIMARY STRONGER
NOMADIC HUMAN INSTINCT remained WE ARE FROM THE PLANET'NEBULOUS', handgrenades kill em
BUT OUR FRIENDS CALL US 'BOB'!". all clean as
intact and available, but supressed, in those
I thought that the earthling who answered my call a broke dick dog
who had the capacity to yield to the sec-
would be delighted to place our ad. its too late to stop now!
ondary adaptive instinct. Historically the few
However, the earthling said in a strident whine, st. dominics preview:
never adapted at all. They remained
"I'm sorry, but we don't do public service announcements", apple black
housed, but unhoused, in a direct relation-
and the It had the nerve to disconnect me. sheets of rain
ship to the land. Secondary real property,
such as buildings, never concerned the pri- So next month, at the interplanetary council meeting, piece of cake
I intend to motion that the Earth be obliterated broken bleach ...
mary historic medieval mythos or logic,
because their salesclerks are so incredibly rude. ... nevermind otis.
much less instinct, of early man whose
genes we are doomed to carry. When unfor- And in the meantime I hope that earthling horny
chokes on the charge for the toll-free call. holidays nude
tunate Political or Ecxonomic conditions
swirl slanted &
enmesh with DIMINISHED HUMAN
-John Schindler enchanted exile.
CAPACITY, the secondary adaptive instinct
in guyville
yields to the Primary Priority Instinct
doolittle
Operative. In other words, homelessness
JAMAICA pop will eat itself.
will occur. The obvious remedy will emerge
dedicated to my grandfather cure for sanity:
from law, not social science. The Primary
frizzle-fry-pork-soda.
Survival Instinct, which will always prevail,
The Island of sweet gourded fruits. (murmur)
must be affixed by Statuatory State Law,
Unique dialect that sounds to others mute. dont tell a soul tim
giving Reservation Land Rights to the
let it
Homeless. The issue of Tenancy will
Big healthy Rivers that shivers with the strength and motivation bleed sticky fingers.
become moot-Dead--for it only served the
Like the black REVOLUTION. some girls fly by night
unreal selfish Minds of Modern Man.
Simple material made of cloth which hides the DARK bodies PRESTO!
that walk to the beat of the streets. "the queen is dead."
-Kenneth Leogrande
(daydream)
Trees shape like the arms of men in caves. nation louder
An alcoholic Hobo named Kit Houses built with the foundation like the great disciple MOSES than love.
Had a dentist fill every pit. When Jesus changed him. dont say no katy
Soon his teeth were all shiny lied!
And white as his hiney nothing like the sun
But the rest of him still lookedlike shit, Ethnic background surrounded by the naturalness of AFRICA'S only girlfriend naked.
breast. watching the dark
Born Reggae Music and food so gooooooooooooooood it can iwantto see
There once was a man from Bologne Determine your mooooooooooooooood. the bright lights
Who's truss was make out of stone tonight.
When he told a snotty lass The birth place of BOB the fat skier
"Kiss my hairy spotted ass." MARLEY couldnt stand
She said "my, what a callous you've grown." BOB the weather.
MARLEY freedom freakout!
BOB yo.u cant do that
A Catholic Bishop was once found MARLEY on stage anymore
jerking-off into Long Island Sound . and
bhe did it at the beach little -ted swedalla
so he could go and preach me.
not to spill your seed on the ground; Jah to Jamaical

-John Schindler -- Julie-Ann Rodgers


-John Schindler -Julie-Ann Rodgers
- I
TALE OF THE drops
of glory.
TOURNAMENT He witnessed
Fellow-Traveler the Winner
weaken,
He heard him
The following is a fragment
from an ancient text widely \. utter
known as "Tales from the negations
Journey". The "Tales" were And the verbs
rendered by an anonymous of unmastered passion.
author in the Language of
Colonies some time during the Loser gathered
Fall of the Empire. (Many "Loj -sn Pieces
the scattered pieces,
authoritative colleagues of
mine have argued in the past of the Game
that the "Tales" were written from the sidewalk.
by different people at different
times, and then assembled Victorious,
under a single cover to aid the the Loser lessened.
Travelers in instruction of their --- Emptiness-
young). no students
The only manuscript to to master.
reach us through the Age of
Catastrophe, the "Tales" are Solitude-
corrupted by age, dust and no teacher to follow.
weather fDAenite thair scarcitu unrvi Oblivion-
ments capture the unique mood of the Journey, no students i no more Games
and thus seem worthy of our attention. to master. in the future.
(From Interpreter of Symbols) Solitude-
no teacher His mind became
(beginning of the fragment) to follow. a maze
Oblivion- of mirrors.
the End of the Season. Mirrors
...and the Winner
that remembered
possesses
Sleep prevails the flashes,
the Prizes.
in his thoughts Images
He is stripped forever. of the Winner's
of his prior clothing, Snow swallows glory.
his stiffening Those
he is clad
body. magnesium-bright
in the robes
He is no longer distortions,
of honor-'
"the Winner"'. Brief and painful
fabric treated
And his name flashes of envy...
with pigment
we forgot Enemy in every
of envy.
Robes decay, to mention. reflection.
and become transparent,
Loser lost
And he marches
his sense
down the streets
A Loser is of direction,
naked,
no longer He wandered
throwing pieces
with us. off the Path
of the Game
His mind is of Reason
in the air,
forever ordered. onto the Angry Face
uttering
His logic is of the Desert.
the nodes
forever flawless. Sands swallowed
of negation
He had justified his witless
and the verbs
his existence. body.
of unmastered passion.
He was stripped Suns shone
of his robes upon
He is helped
of honor. this affair.
through the Arches
He helped His last words
of Triumph,
to soak them were the nodes
he is stung
with envy, of negation
by the bees of
He polished and the verbs
attention,
the gems of unmastered passion.
he is washed
and jewels, The lesson
in the dung
He tightened he learned
of forgiveness,
the belts and buckles. from the Winner.
Drops of sweat
He wrapped them We
are swept off
around shall call him
his forehead,
the Winner, "the Loser",
and the pictures of himn
He watched them For his name
are taken.
dissolve must not be
Those magnesium-flashing and vanish, forgotten.
moments... He listened'
Brief and burning to the hiss of vapor,
moments of glory... As the poison
entered the pores The Meaning
Of the Winner's of the Game
He is left alone
illustrious skin. isn't
with his prizes.
He watched winning...
He is searching
for missing pieces. the Winner
perspire (end of the fragment)
With brilliant
[iMIdL lmii IL ii.[1
es all adventure, the only real adventure is the abolition instead? Or why not the Moonies like Misa, the church mass-based movements? Is it a theory that can sustain
of that society! like Marja, the Chancellor's mansion like Rosebud or the revolutionary organizations of a new type and give prior-
Maybe this was what triggered Ilze's involvement. vanguard party like Laura? Did it all depend on what she ity (and be conducive) to us healing ourselves, of making
Ilze, who lived next door to Marja and Yvette in the ate for breakfast, or what side of the bed she got out of, ourselves whole, re-creating ourselves as new socialist
dorms at Stony Brook, had envisioned herself more of a or who she was sleeping with at the moment and how she human beings in the process - living our vision today,
Russian princess than a revolutionist. Who knows the felt about it? How come some days you feel very brave, envisioning the future in the here and now?
exact processes that each person hoes through in their the molecules are all just right, the colors slant at an Today it is little known that, in his own day, Lenin was
mind as they begin to change their lives? It's different in invigorating angle, you feel invincible and full of humor, considered an anarchist by many erstwhile marxists and
all people, but there are several patterns of themes that you appreciate the sunbeams doing an Irish jig in the social democrats. For all the criticism and condemnation
weave their tender fingers through the mind, massaging sycamores and maples, while other days it's just the offered of Lenin, his party (and those of the old left in the
the longing for a different way of living, some meaning opposite, you just want to curl up in your little corner of U.S.) offered a place for people to go when they were
to one's life, and the hope and opportunity to achieve it. the world like a snail, buried beneath the accumulated thrown into turmoil. In the parties members felt a sense
One morning, Ilze, wearing a read velvet dress, her weight of a billion sighs? of community and of collectively serving some larger
long blonde hair making her look highly unlike the cari- A good poet describes these experiences, and has an purpose, which enabled them to involve themselves in
cature of a "radical" that most non-rads imagine (in fact, intuitive sense about them. An organizer, more than the progressive movements and take enormous risks, and
almost no revolutionary looks , as to understand which also tied them emotionally to authoritarian organi-
the Hollywood part), strode em, make it all con- zational forms and ways of doing things.
up to the U.S. Marine Corps ious, figure it all out. But in accepting bourgeois aspirations, values and defi-
recruiting table in the Fireside And, of course, act off nitions of themselves the old left failed to create and sus-
Lounge in the Student Union that knowledge. tain new forms of empowerment through which people's
at Stony Brook. She hollered: For all the virtues of subjective yearnings could be engaged, leading to mass
"Get the fuck off my campus, 9e's exemplary action, direct action and a vision of a new socialist human being.
you murderers!" ere were also important In such conditions, the old left's verbal denunciations of
One of the recruiters chuck- iortcomings. Do we "the objective conditions," including fascism, remained
led: "Be a good girl and run ily want to kick the based on a bourgeois vision of subjectivity, rendering its
along." Another said: "What arines off our campus? listeners and readers helpless before the system's
aboutour freedom of speech!" hat about out of the onslaught and fascism's apeal.
Now, for years activists hl st of the world? Do we When communists offer no concrete revolutionary way
-tried to come up with a fitting response. Almost always, only act when they appear, as though we are Pavlovian for people to deal with their lives other than by appealing
they would devise complicated arguments in which most dogs salivating as the ruling class rings the bell, or sticks to the existing government to "intervene," David Duke
people soon lost interest. But Ilze, new to this sort of the Marines in front of our faces? does. Whether it's the crimes of the Nazis, the AIDS cri-
activity, cut right to the chase? "I can't go into your What type of activities should we plan? While Ilze was sis, or some other horror of capitalism, by limiting its
recruiting stations and set up my anti-war table, can I?" initiating her actions there was a strike going on at a opposition to verbal exhortations, electoral maneuvering
"No, of course not" nearby factory that no one felt the urge, or thrill, to fully and sloganistic condemnation, Communist Parties around
"Then don't talk to me about freedom of speech, you support. What?! Not get out there every day on the picket the world betray their own rank-and-file's initial enthusi-
hypocrites. If I can't speak in your recruiting stations, lines? Not support the striking proletariat? "They're astic clamor for direct action to, for instance, crush
then you can't speak on my campus!" working on defense contracts for missiles," one Nazism before it could become a mass movement, there-
Ilze picked up one end of the Marine's table. Balloonie reported. Another said, "They're making a lot by exposing their own impotence.
Everything crashed to the floor: the movie projector more money than you and me already, why should we For radicals, every demand, every analysis, every utter-
(sprang! crash! thwappp!); the literature; the banner. No support them? ance must break with the system's hegemony by contain-
one knew what to do. Can't hit a woman, the old male- At the time, a huge discussion tore through Red ing within it the means for people to act directly to
Marine ethic (unless it's in Vietnam, or Central America, Balloon over this. Even when the body was willing, sort empower themselves over the conditions of their live,
or L.A.; then you can rape, torture, burn down houses). of, the enthusiasm just wasn't there. It was similar to and not simply appeal to authority to act on their behalf.
A few people in one of the dogmatic leftist groups that what it felt like when the public school teachers went on More than anything else, that failure on the part of the
plagued Stony Brook at the time came up to Ilze. "Come strike and the students, en masse, refused to support old left was the impetus behind the creation of the new
on, Ilze," one said, "we'll go upstairs and have a meeting them. "What, you want to support that prick who gave left of the 1960s and 70s throughout the world.
about what to do." me a 75 in social studies because I just wasn't into In fact the whole area of "the subjective" was never
"A meeting?!" Ilze screamed. "A fuckin' meeing? You ancient Egypt and memorizing the dates the different considered a legitimate concern of marxism. As a result
people have more meetings. When're you going to do Pharoahs ruled? Let'm die." of their own repressed longings and the need for
something? Like now! We need action!" Is there really any one way of deciding these kinds of Moscow's or China's (or anyone's) approval, the leader-
A handful of Ilze's friends and hall mates came by; questions? So much depends on feelings people in the ship of the official communist parties could present only
Marja and Yvette from Red Balloon, a few others from collective have for each other, apart from any objective a more strident denunciation of imperialism and fascism
the Women's Center. Some of the people had never had a analysis. Both have to be than did the liberal wing of
conscious political thought in their lives. But when they present in any radical or capital . . while at the same
saw Ilze dancing on the Marines' collapsed table (as sol- revolutionary group. How time laying the basis for the
diers scrambled on hands and knees trying to gather the much more fun is it to purges and, in the case of
scattered sprocket and reels), they joined her. take part in events with countries where the Party
More and more danced in a giant hora around the someone you're in love came to power, of outright
Marines, singing, "I wanna kill. I wanna napalm babies. with, or with your friends murder.
Join the Marines, learn to kill, see the world (from inside - andthat is always Perhaps if Lenin had lived
a coffin)!" treated as a sign of your long enough for Stalin to have
Someone had a kazoo and began buzzing, "From the lack of seriousness! You purged him, as Stalin man-
halls of Montezuma, to the shores of Tripoli," at which there, dogmatic leftist! Do aged with most of the old
point everyone, in unison, would stick out their tongues you know what color eyes Bolsheviks, Lenin would have
and, in supreme childish fashion ("oh, how -n-serious," the your closest comrades been confronted with prosecu-
dogmatic leftists moanedl razzed, "Phhhht, Phhhhhht" have? Do you touch, dur- torial evidence of his neurotic
"Where's Montezuma, anyway?" someone thought ing meetings? Are you desire to cure his baldness,
aloud. "And Tripoli, where's that? And what are the tender with each other as and hounded as to why he did
Marines doing there?" the police storm in? Do keep forgetting to turn off the
Son, over sixty people joined the giant dance around you have long, deep gas jets. We might have dis-
the collapsed Marine table. The Marines themselves were romantic discussions about dialectical materialism while covered some hidden nuances in the personalities of the
exiting, stage right. Split. "Don't go," the crowd pleaded, making love on the floor of the computer center, during Russian revolutionary leadership that could have applica-
"We haven't smashed all your equipment yet." demonstrations? I don't ask these frivolously, the objec- tion for today. But that wuz Then, and this is Now.
Ilze received an administrative reprimand. It was her fiye and the subjective must no longer be allowed to Hopefully, today, we realize the political need to create
first of many exciting moments in the sun. Was it bore- remain split, like a watermelon. Boredom is as much a spaces to explore our deeper needs with people who care
dom/ Was it "political consciousness?" What was it valid motivation for subversive activity as political analy- about each other, and find the political within the person-
exactly that drove Ilze, on that particular day, to choose sis, but is it enough? al: The way in which capital is colonizing more and more
her side and to act? What is our theory - different than Lenin's to be sure
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Red Balloon continuedfrom page 7 Haiti-SouthAfrica continuedfrom page 3 Human rights groups and Haitian Activists put a lot of
of our daily lives, the manufactured moments of capital elected in 1991. The military overthrew him seven pressure to expand the boycott of Haiti until the military
within us, the ways in which we are kept from even ask- months later. steps down. President Bush exempted American compa-
ing the right questions, let alone figuring out what the Lesley Owens said "a lot of you voted for Bill nies from the embargo, rendering it meaningless. It took
answers might be, the ways we've internalized our Clinton because you thought things would be different, a lot of pressure on Clinton to have a real embargo. The
oppression and reproduce it in all our social relationships but they aren't." Candidate Clinton rightfully con- two Haitian journalists feel that Clinton does not care
and organizations. demned the Bush Administration's activities using the about the return of Aristide and the restoration of
Organizational forms, to a revolutionary must, in their U.S. military to kidnap Haitian refugees on the high seas democracy in Haiti. Historically, U.S. foreign policy is
very existence, reframe the questions we are facing, our and place them in a huge concentration camp on hostile to self-determination of people in the Third
ways of seeing the world around us. Yes, we need to Gantanamo Bay. President-elect Clinton did a 180 on World. As Henry Kissinger recently said, "I don't lose
"Question Authority" but, far more important, we need to the concentration camp and still continues the intradic- any sleep over Haitians."
Question Rality. Whose reality is it that is heralded as tion policy. Dube talked about the fate of South Africa. He said
the dominant paradigm, within which we all sit going Congressmen have recently been arrested protesting the one of the first things the ANC is going to do is retire
round and round and round and round unable to break the intradiction policy as racist. The congressmen included the leadership of the military and the police. Emile
stranglehold of the old ways of doing things while call- Brooklyn Rep. Major Owens and Joseph Kennedy (D- Pierre questioned how that was going to be pulled off,
ing, over and over again, for the need to do things differ- Mass.). It was pointed out that the intradiction policy is and how South Africa and the ANC is going to escape
ently? Hopefully, unlike Lenin (still encased against his against international law. It is against international law to the same fate as Aristide and Haiti. Dube pointed out the
own desire in his argon-filled transparent casket like a return refugees to a country where they are likely to get difference between Mandela and the ANC in South
pheasant-under-glass - form a worker-pheasant alliance, killed. The Haitian military regime has murdered over Africa and Aristide in Haiti. Dube said, "the difference
do I hear?) - we won't forget this time to "turn off the seven thousand people since it took power. is we have an army," so the ANC won't be pushed out
gas," as we create new ways to turn up the heat. Aristide had his arm twisted by the U.S. government the same way Aristide was.
and the U.N. in order to sign the Governors Island This event was co-sponsored by Concerned Haitians
Mitchel Cohen Accords that granted amnesty to the killers who are in League, Uniti Cultural Center, the Student Action
2652 Cropsey Ave., #7H charge of the coup. The target date for the military lead- Coalition for Animals, the Africana Studies Department,
Brooklyn, NY 11214 ers to step down has come and gone and the butchers are the African American Students Association, and the
(718) 449-0037 still in power African Students Union.

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Dear Azazel:
jAst don't seem to notice. since 3U cannot precisely determine
Everyone I know calls me a witch. Actually, they call just wiclh messiah yo0u claim to be.
:As t e existentialists say, '?We
me the "Wicked Witch of the West" and I like it. are condemned to be free." Surelty you don't meaxn to make a
I try to live up to the reputation on a daily basis. You
know, the usual; ruining someone's life, "accidentally" WL)hatever you decide, remember: pretense of being "he" boundless
losing their term paper, but sometimes I can't. I just end yout life is your own, take pride in buffoon of benevolence; if you do, 3
im fl flinratnaA b lkir tlr tkia rnU
i mian ->Am 1d
Ulp L.n•lIg oUo UUUUL
• UIa
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the time I pretended I was going to push this maust confess tkat youor
guy off the roof, and I slipped and he did fall scrawled note lacks the bib-
off.
I feel like I have a dipolar brain-good and lical jargon Z would have
evil. I have a mental tug-of-war every time I expected.
have to make a decision. Sure I want to ruin
someone's life, but I don't know how rewarded A*nyway, whatever brand
I will feel later on. I don't think this is schizo- of messianic moron you are,
phrenia, and feel that I should just pick one side
of the coin. get real. Z3 would welcome a
I will be graduating and embarking on a career showdowo wit+l you but
soon. I want to know two things: which side
should I choose, and how should I go about it. I yo' re a sore loser. WhLen
think you, the most all-knowing powerful being yow're dead, stay dead. 13ut
in the universe, can send me in the direction I
not you, you get u•p after a
should go in.
few days and say, "See, 3Z
Sincerely,
Sitting on the fence won' itinkte "is savior bit
has gone to your head.
Dear Post-Crotch; yoa're incompetent, and

There is good and evil in man gets along just fine


all of us- yes even in me, 3Z'm without you. Zt's taken us a
a sensitive 90's devil, 3 can long time to rebuild things
admit it. The trick is to devel- after the 'Roman empire
op some sense of responsibil- and we don't need you
ity for one's actions. The mucking aroound where
rewards for ruining some- you're not wanted. Saving
one's life are not always souls is bad for te cosmic
readily apparent, but youa economy. W\at we need is
can't do it just for them. more action, and we're set-

Personally, Z take great ting it. Sodom and


Commora were penny-ante
pleasure in the shoeer existen-
tial joy of the chaos and stcff. Today's cities are big-

lhavoc wrought both by myself ger, stronger, and have


and other kindred spirits. all you do, and do it well. more vice than an hour of prime-
-Hlope yo"r fence isn't time news. Of you're truly back, you
YoU mentioned "pick[ing] one side
of te coin," yet this is not a realistic a picket one, hlad better be something more chal-
option. There is good within all evil, lenging than the son of a carpenter.
and evil within good; each is inher- Perlaps you codud convince dear-
ent within the other. Your best bet is old-dad to let you at least carry a
Dear Azazel, side-arm, cause afer Z 'm done
to j~st take the whole damn coin.
While caugQht within your tlhroes of I think you are an imbecile. I hope you rot in hell forev- wift yoZ ,fyou won'tlhave any
anxiety, you may not realize it, but er. I know that you are absolutely powerless and weak. cleeks left to turn.
You are the most pathetic thing next to President Quayle.
tie issue of good and evil is not a I'll be happy to have a showdown on earth. Pick a day
and time, you puny-assed, frog-eyed, piss-wad of a
choice to be made. Good and evil decrepit debacle.
have been aro•ud since the dawn
-The Messiah Dear Azazel,
of time, and we don't keep score.
I have the worst imaginable problem, you wouldn't
T ere is no contest, in the sense Deakr Godling; believe. OK, so like I have this big date next weekend.
that there will be no resolution. Vy, V
mes-
my, what lang~~eage Oh my god, he is really hot. No doubt we will be in sin
the whole time.
Armnageddon .as come and gone siah uses these days. 3T am a bit I bought new make up for this guy. I have the possibili-
many times over and most people Wnsure as to how to respond to yo&t Continued on page 10
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Parent-Purchased Spring Unsprung
SClothes: A M G
What About The A Message to the Graduates
Children?! ByGeremyBlandston
Yup, its spring, the birds are singing, the bees are buzzing,
the tab for S and L's, the deficit, and your parents medical
bills. Hey who needs it, the best things in life are free,
really. Unfortunately thats about all you'll be able to afford.
By Catherine Krupski and young Long Islanders are driving around in slightly bat- The world changes poitically and economically, and these
tered Camaro's shouting, "Yo baby, yo baby, yo baby!" and factors can help you in your job search, several years ago
The ivory dress had a floral print with small flowers. Not quietly discussing the problems they've found with this you might have benefitted from knowledge of Japanese, but
tiny flowers covering the material, just enough here and babe-getting technique. Spring is here and our thoughts turn thanks to NAFTA, Spanish and Canadian speaking students
there so it wouldn't be tacky. The shoulder pads weren't to, um, err, sex. But hold on\there Tiger, Spring is also a have an edge in the growing markets of round bacon and
over-dominating defects from the football team. The gold time of rebirth. No, I wasn't talking about contraception, but jumping beans. Future instability in the former Yugoslavia
buttons down the front added elegance to it instead of that time when things start anew and flourish only to die in and other former Soviet republics have created a demand for
hideous reflectors. Not bad, I thought. the fall. maps which cartographers have capitalized on. As always
Mom did a good job picking out a dress for me. Then I Before you seek some nubile yet top heavy nubbin to the need for dedicated public servants to hold important
saw the empire waist, the latest fashion, and my least engage in the horizontal hokey-pokey' with, shouldn't you elected positions is great, the salaries may not be equal to
favorite; they look like maternity dresses. be taking a look at where your life seems to be headed? You the private sector, but public officials are usually well paid,
"This looks like a maternity dress, Mom," I yelled from know, where you'll be ten years from now? Your future? uhm, off.
my room. I decided to at least try the dress on to prove that What you'll do when you grow up? Those questions your Surprisingly enough, you can still run off and join the
it was an atrocity. parents kept screaming at you when you came home for the media circus. Not only is truth stranger than fiction, it can
As I put it on, I noticed it was two sizes too small. I twenty-third semester without a degree? make for a good living. Todays media is a clearing house
couldn't button it for fear of a button popping off and You know, life isn't ail cheese and crackers (or was that for the peculiar or downright weird. Simply being the victim
bowling balls and cherries). Important as carnal gratification of a bizarre accident or perpetrating a strange or sordid
blinding someone. My temper flared a little. Paranoid
is to a growing young stud such as yourself unless you want crime can keep a roof over your head for life. Selling the
thoughts flooded my mind: What kind of cruel trick could
to end up like Cliff, the post office guy on Cheers, it might rights to your local national network can give you noteriety
this be on my mother's part? What did I forget to do for her help at some point to get a life, or at least a clue. and or fame along with enough money to pay for your
to deserve this? Don't parents only want the best for their You see, life gives you many opportunities, and its up to defense lawyers or doctors bills and still allow you to
children-especiallythe youngest? you to decide which one is for you, be it mafia don, or host indulge in the best life has to offer. Unfortunately, you
This wasn't the first time my mother had bought some- of Dance Fever, of course all decisions have consequences might have some problems with the Writers Guild, but you
thing for me that she thought I would like. There was that be they dangerous or merely embarrassing. As we once can always keep one step ahead of them by buying their
winter coat that made me look like the Michelin Tire Lady learned from Charles Darwin, only the strong species sur- script. People with not so unusual problems can appear on
and that flashy brown angora sweater with a sequined vive, for humans this also means the rich and anemic, but talk shows and receive free travel and lodging to some of
flower pattern on the front and that bright red accordion not under the same conditions. The strong eventually break America's biggest cities and get to meet other people with
skirt that is too short which makes me look like a tomato. their backs, while the rich have nice cushy jobs and marry the same inane problems..
Parents always want their kids to have the best, because shrewish yet beautiful women who suck the life out of them While your mind may be preoccupied by promiscuity,
we can't afford it ourselves. We often fall prey to that and provide good excuses for having affairs. The point is remember that eventually your prurient perusals may lead
tacky outfit that they think is just wonderful. As they glow that unless you are born rich, or just really lucky, you might you down the primrose path to prenuptials. In regard to sud-
over their wardrobe selection, we pray they still have the benefit from contemplating what you'll be doing after den marriages, remember the weddings that last don't
receipt. school. involve firearms in the ceremony. A marriage or long last-
Age has a lot to do with it. They try to follow the latest As Bob Dylan once wrote, "The times they are a-changin" ing relationship, be it straight or gay, will give your life that
fashions with their own enthusiasm and suggestions. They and this truth stays the same, or rather changes with time, or little extra something by making it meaningful to an other-
"keep us up to date" each month with that new Vogue it changes while time is changing, but the fact that it wise happy complete stranger. Living on love is more than a
changes is the same. You see, the future holds many things, metaphor, but should not be taken literally unless you have
magazine as we try to find what suits us the best and stick
but changes. Look around and see what fields are opening a good lawyer.
with that.
up for graduates in the future. While naysayers predict slim The future is wonderful, scary and less predictable than
Several years ago, I never had a problem with the clothes
pickings for career openings in the 90's it can't be all that Hogans Heroes reruns. Look before you leap. Don't buy a
my mother picked out for me in my absence. We had the bad, just always remember the five words that are guaran- house with a ballon mortgage, and remember, "If Woody
same taste. Now, she is looking at catalogues with the lat- teed to help your job prospects, "You want fries with that?" had gone straight to the police, nothing would have changed
est fashions on the tallest, thinnest models thinking it will
suit me. At least she hasn't bought a pair of platform shoes
yet.
The trends show that you'll be paying for years to pick up
I,-I
because pigs don't listen to woodpeckers."

Parents get touchy when you tell them you don't like Azazel continued from page 9
rance and apaiyh bears 4te mark of
something. "Take it BACK" is all I need to say to wash ty of wearing two outfits. OK, so like here's the dilemma: an evil genius 4+e likes of wliclN
Do I wear the floral short dress with the one zipper (it's
my hands of the sin of not liking what they bought for me. even Z ccannot begin to em•late.
short, easy access and has only one zipper, for moderately
Sometimes it comes down to "Keep it in your closet
simple access) that really shows off my figure, but doesn't Thle Zen-like emptiness of youIr
because you may need it someday." So, into storage it goes go so well with my new make-up, or do I wear the black
until you can pass it off onto a neice or sister with no taste. dress, which is a little frilly on the bottom, goes with the minds woVAd astol'd 4 sages of
se
Sometimes there are other reasons why parents want us make-up (slips off, for the easiest access), but is out of sea-
to look a certain way. Perhaps, they want us to fit the son because it is now spring.
anctiqity. Sven were 3 competent to
image they have made for us. Oh my God, I totally forgot about shoes. I am at a com- advise yo"A, 3Z fear ite seeds of my
"You don't look feminine enough," my mother once told plete loss because I have like 23 pairs. Can you give me a inf nite wisdom wold find no fertile
me. I was living at school and went home every other suggestion that will match the dress?
weekend, so she never saw the clothes I wore to class. She soil in wl'iclN to take root. Alas,
only saw what I wore when I went home-dirty, old jeans -Candi after consitling +re wisest of the
and sweatshirts. Of course there is a difference in the attire
worn at home and the image presented at school. She
wise, reading texts of ancient wis-
didn't think her image of me was being satisfied, although Dear Candi; dom, and pondering yoaw letfer Antil
I wore "feminine" clothes at school. 've .noticedover my last couple mY eyes bled, t e best advice C7 can
There could also be the factor that they are afraid of what
kind of person we will become. They see our directions in of yecars here at S+ony Brook lat offer is: wear the frilly one.
our choices in fashion. If they think they can alter your per- t+tere seem to be a lot of big-hair
sonality through your closet, by God, they will. bimbos like yo&4 on the Zslca d.
I personally believe in the motto, "Don't dress for who
you are, dress for who you want to be." Unless that 9Alwo#Ig v3 can appreciate it, U am
includes being like my mother, I will continue dress the ever amazed at t+e itter lack of
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By Rachel S. Wexelbaum the mouse lemurs into a circle. He invited Mousie "All right. I will let you go, but only if you promise to
for Kerry and Greg, who do extensive field research into the middle of the circle and proceeded to tell her wait for me every night at your window."
on intimate primate relationships about the birds and the bees and safe sex. Then he Mousie promised, and Ringer delivered her back to
tied a red ribbon around her neck and officially the village. He rounded up his comrades and left as
There is a tribe in Madagascar whose members declared her a woman. After that the village came suddenly as he appeared. The village elders gath-
dance with the dead. On festive holidays these alive with song and dance, but Mousie felt very con- ered around Mousie, checking to see if she was all
tribespeople will dig up the skeletons of their ances- fused. She had expected magic! right. Apparently she was not hurt, but they could tell
tors and friends and invite them to join the celebra- All of the dead female warriors and healers had by the stars in her eyes that the young ring-tail had
tion. They dance with t n the celebration. Soon bewitched her and the celebration continued.
occasions to show that ned all about them, and Just as she had promised, Mousie would wait
forgotten them. In this % t very proud to be a every night at her window for Ringer. He never
will always be loved an an. At the same time, missed an evening, and he would always bring her
remain alive. e still did not quite feel sweet flowers and fruit. They spent long hours talking
Sometimes such a trad ke a woman-but the together, and soon she never wanted him to leave.
tion can be an emotional- evening wasn't over She wanted him to be the first one with whom she
ly painful experience. It yet. Something had would make love, but he would have to wait four
does not allow one to to happen soon, she months. "I will never leave you," he promised, "and I
forget a dead lover. thought. will wait until you are ready."
Can you imagine hav- Many young men The other mouse lemurs all knew who had
ing to plan for a phrty asked her to dance bewitched Mousie. The elders were happy for her, but
all year long just so with them, but the young ones were extraordinarily jealous. They
qou can have the first Mousie was a little would fix him so that he would never come back.
dance with your ex? shy and refused. The young men silently waited in the bushes under
Mouse lemurs, also The elders began to Mousie's window. When Ringer was about to make
native to Madagascar, worry about this- his dazzling entrance they grabbed him and cut off
can only have sex three she had to dance with his tail. "Next time," they swore through gritted teeth,
times a year. Ring-taile it least one man on this "itwill be your head!"
lemurs, on the other ha iht, otherwise the pas- This did not stop Ringer from coming back, and
can have sexual intercour, . into womanhood when Mousie saw him without his tail she began to
year long. Both species, not be complete! cry. "I hate them!" she wept as she held him.
indulge in the same activ it would take a very "I love you," he whispered as he gently kissed her
of over-ripe fruit, soccer, do eak her shell, and they cheek, "and I cannot live without you. Come with me,
ing and mass orgies-so they often intermingle with wondered who itwould be. and we shall go to a place all our own."
one another. Extremely social and gregarious, ring- A band of ring-tailed lemurs from the next village The next morning Mousie and Ringer were gone.
tails and mouse lemurs do not go out alone. Ifthey do, stormed the party, causing a grand ruckus. Their All that remained was Ringer's tail, hanging on the
they fall victim to the vicious gossip cycle perpetuated leader, a dashing young swashbuckler named village signpost. Angered by this militant gesture, the
by dominant co-dependent group leaders. Ring-tails Ringer, saw Mousie and stole her away. As he elders decided to bury Ringer's tail in the ancestral
and mouse lemurs who wish to have a private life must swung across the jungle on a vine with Mousie under burial ground in the hope that the lovers would
do so far, far away-at their own risk. his arm, the mouse lemurs chased and cursed him- return.
Mouse Lemur had her first period, and she was no but he got away. Ringer took Mousie up to his secret
longer a little girl. This meant that, on the first full treetop hideaway and did not come down.
moon of the month, the village shaman would initiate Mousie was afraid of this young man, and she
her into the world of womanhood. It would not be a backed into the corner of his treehouse with little
private ceremony; Mousie could invite as many squeaks. Ringer just laughed gently. "You didn't look
friends as she wanted. like you were having a good time," he said. 'That's
SThe night before the ceremony Mousie could not why I brought you up here!"
sleep. She was all excited to become a woman, and She stared at him with wide brown eyes, and he
-she began to wonder what the shaman would do to winked at her. He was very handsome with his black
her. She also began to think about boys. Once she mask and long ringtail, but he frightened her just the
reached womanhood Mousie would be allowed to play same. "Please take me back home," she begged.
with them, and she wondered what they would be like. "They'll be very angry if I don't come home, and our
Finally the initiation took place. The shaman sleepi- king will declare war on your people if I am hurt."
ly emerged from his treehouse and gathered all of Ringer thought about this a moment, then nodded.
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just plain cheesy-complete with wretched


arrangement and Dulli's horrid singing voice. While
attempting to try different styles is admirable,
Dulli's voice makes this difficult at best; he should
stay with what works for him.
The Afghan Whigs are at their best when they
"turn the amps to 11" and just jam, as on
"Gentlemen" and "Debonair." These works have
"pit" written all over them with their syncopated'
drumwork and swirling, feedback-screeching guitar
riffs. These songs literally demand bouncing off of
he Afahanr Whias works, composition-wise. Yet I found the lyrics, walls, or the nearest convenient obstacle.
Gentlemen while somewhat interesting and personal, to be It's unfortunate that Gentlemen does not fulfill
Electra Records run-of-the-mill, boy-meets-girl stuff (with a bit of the promise expressed in it's first few tracks. Had
By Scott J. Lusby psychosis attached to them). The same can be that been the case, Gentlemen would be receiving
said for the cuts "Fountain and Fairfax" and "My regular shifts in my disk player. But it doesn't.
The Afghan Whigs are yet another one of those Curse." But I found myself wanting to look past this Some of the blame must go to Electra for this;
bands to sign a contract with a major record label fact; after all, you can mosh without listening to the don't they realize that ballads have no place in
from Seattle's independent Sub Pop Records. My words as long as the music's of that "hurt your such a band's repertoire? So much for the ability of
first exposure to them was their track "Retarded," friend" quality. major labels to find the pulse of its market. Yet, the
from The Grunge Years: A Sub-Pop Collection. Unfortunately, as in King's X's Dogman, any rest of the blame must be placed on The Afghan
"Retarded" wds a muddled, rocking tune. Could momentum established musically on Gentlemen is Whigs-after all, they were the ones who let this
the songs on Gentlemen match the power cap- eventually broken. "When We Two Parted" is noth- travesty happen.
tured on "Retarded"? ing more than an attempt to write a drippy ballad to As a result, I'll probably just tape the few good
The answer is sometimes. The singles appease the gods that are Electra Records, which songs and listen to them on some assorted collec-
"Gentlemen" and "Debonair", penned by makes me wish that the Whigs had never left Sub- tion for my car. The album's just no good enough
vocalist/guitarist Greg Dulli, are above-average Pop. And their cover of "I Keep Coming Back" is in its entirety to listen to straight through.

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