"Man oh man, 'Dr. Menlo.' Now there's an alternative blog. Kindness to animals, Seattle anarchists, nudism galore, SubGenius, anti-Bush black propaganda, jeez louise, Doc, that thing sure is happenin'." --Bruce Sterling, Schism Matrix
by kirsten anderson Kirsten invented and runs the best art galleries in Seattle: the Roq la Rue and BLVD Gallery. abuddhas memes by tony tross Tony chases Eris and his own personal Buddha-kin from the icy outer reaches of the Yukon.
"Ye fucking gods!! Are you nuts!? Those Jesuit bastards will eat you alive!" --Hunter S. Thompson, to me, circa '93
Stefen Styrsky: You are one of the greats of contemporary science fiction and fantasy (SF/F) literature. You identify as gay. You are also black. Where do the three meet, and more importantly, where do they diverge?
Samuel R. Delany: They touch each other everywhere. But what they don't do is overlap in some totally congruent way. I'm black; I'm gay; I'm a science fiction writer. That is to say, all three have histories, are a part of the history of my life. It's even useful to talk about some parts of those histories apart from the others. At other places, such a separation is hopelessly distorting. [more]
Dhalgren is one of my favorite books--I have my copy and another of his short stories signed to Dr. Menlo, I'm honored to say. Me and Pagan went up to see him at Bailey/Coy on Broadway in Seattle last year.
I was reading this biography recently when I came upon this passage:
Of the beat writers, only William Burroughs had given him the cold shoulder, snubbing him at a reading, which was ironic because Burroughs was the only one he admired. Bukowski muttered about going outside and fighting him.
'I could push him over with one punch,' he told Harold Norse, who knew them both.
'Yeah, but you'd be dead,' said Norse. 'He'd shoot you.'
"Roy makes decisions for Martin and writes the column Crank Watch. He also teaches English, writes copy, plays bass with Lach and the Secrets, and works as a freelance reporter. In the 1980s, Roy was a member of New York punk-rock sensations the Shaved Pigs and the Reverb Motherfuckers. More recently, he played with Lancaster County Prison. Roy lives in Williamsburg, Brooklyn."
WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE Plastic surgeon says that in 5 years surgery to give humans tails and wings will be a reality...not to mention horns, and other surgery to make one appear more animal like. I could really use a prehensile tail.
--which already happens in Babel-17. (Kirsten, of course, is kidding about the tail--she already sports quite a long and lustrous one; next time you see her ask her nice and she may show it to you.)
Samuel R. Delany
This book completely bowed me over.
For more on Samuel Delany, I hugely recommend Bellona Times . . . whose author (Ray Davis) may or may not have mentioned that his very blog's title comes from Dhalgren (I think?) . . . Bellona Times on Delany here and here: Delany's Dirt: