I was introduced to William S. Burroughs back in the early ’60s. As so often happens, a teacher made mention of this strange author who was cutting up his writings and pasting them back together in what purported to be a more imaginative order. I had to see this for myself so I ran over to Papa Bach and grabbed my own copy of Naked Lunch. At that time I read about half of the book and set it aside to allow my brain cells to calm down; in the summer I started it all over again and made it all the way to the last page. Like reading a novel in a foreign language, I felt I had a vague understanding of what went on in the narrative but certainly wasn’t fully satisfied that I understood Naked Lunch and William S. Burroughs.
Since that time I have read Naked Lunch (or parts of it) several times and have a much better understanding of both the novel and the technique Burroughs used to “write” it.
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This, I understand, started in Washington D. C. or Washington State with a punk rock group fronted by Kathleen Hanna. I have read suggestions that it isn’t as pure or innocent as it seems but I like the intensity and veracity of their manifesto and thought I’d share it in case others had not been exposed to a very interesting, if regrettably limited, movement in the culture of this country.
RIOT GRRRL MANIFESTO
- BECAUSE us girls crave records and books and fanzines that speak to US that WE feel included in and can understand in our own ways.
- BECAUSE we wanna make it easier for girls to see/hear each other’s work so that we can share strategies and criticize-applaud each other.
- BECAUSE we must take over the means of production in order to create our own moanings.
- BECAUSE viewing our work as being connected to our girlfriends-politics-real lives is essential if we are gonna figure out how we are doing impacts, reflects, perpetuates, or DISRUPTS the status quo.
- BECAUSE we recognize fantasies of Instant Macho Gun Revolution as impractical lies meant to keep us simply dreaming instead of becoming our dreams AND THUS seek to create revolution in our own lives every single day by envisioning and creating alternatives to the bullshit christian capitalist way of doing things.
- BECAUSE we want and need to encourage and be encouraged in the face of all our own insecurities, in the face of beergutboyrock that tells us we can’t play our instruments, in the face of “authorities” who say our bands/zines/etc are the worst in the US and
- BECAUSE we don’t wanna assimilate to someone else’s (boy) standards of what is or isn’t.
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