Micronations and autonomous zones covered in new book
Jesse Walker reviews Micronations: The Lonely Planet Guide to Home-Made Nations:
The patron saint of such projects is Joshua Norton I, the San Francisco eccentric who in 1859 declared himself the emperor of the United States. He issued his own currency, which local businesses honored; he made royal proclamations, which the local newspapers printed; according to legend, he once managed to stop an anti-Chinese riot merely by standing in front of the mob and reciting the Lord’s Prayer. I can’t endorse all of his policies-the fines he levied on anyone he overheard calling the city ‘Frisco’ were an unconscionable interference with freedom of speech-but his reign was altogether far less bloody than that of his two rival emperors in the east, Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis. When he died in 1880, tens of thousands of people attended his royal funeral.
Full Story: The American Conservative.
See also: Footnotes to History‘s guide to micronations.
Archive of 70s counter culture fashion magazine Rags
Rags was a counterculture fashion magazine ahead of its time. Published monthly in San Francisco from June 1970 through June 1971, its focus was street fashion rather than the fashion found in store windows.
(via Arthur Magazine blog).
The Visionary State: An Interview with Erik Davis
Erik Davis talks about his new book, The Visionary State (with Michael Rauner), about the psychogeography of California.
This landscape ranges from pagan forests to ascetic deserts to the shifting shores of a watery void. It includes dizzying heights and terrible lows, and great urban zones of human construction. Even in its city life, California insists that there are more ways than one, with its major urban cultures roughly divided between the San Francisco Bay Area and greater Los Angeles. Indeed, Northern and Southern California are considered by some to be so different as to effectively constitute different states. But that is a mistake. California is not two: it is bipolar.
Full Story: BLDGBLOG.
(via Abstract Dynamics).
Also, Davis’s site Techgnosis has been re-designed.
Grant Morrison’s International Guide To Living Fabulously
LVX on meeting Grant Morrison:
Me and two buddies hit the scene Friday night at Isotope Comics in San Francisco. They were hosting the first of two big party’s for the annual Wondercon comic convention and Grant Morrison was the guest of honor. Packed in amongst the fanboys (and occasionally their women), we gawked at original artist renderings on the walls, leafed through unknown comics, and drank freely from the open bar. While standing outside Grant and his wife Kristan hopped out of their cab looking appropriately dashing, said “good evening” to those of us hanging about, then moved into the store to meet the fans.
Full Story: LVX23.
Burning Man Art Installed at San Francisco’s City Hall
Michael Christian’s “Flock,” one of the best-known Burning Man art pieces of all time, was installed in front of San Francisco’s City Hall on Nov. 17, 2005. It’s the latest in a series of temporary art projects around the city.
CNET: Flock in front of city hall
Mindwarp on Psychic TV live show
Mindwarp‘s first piece for Key 23 is up, a review of Psychic TV’s recent San Francisco gig.
GPO these days is quite a sight to see (here?s a recent pic), as he continues his experiment of alchemical/surgical/cosmetic fusion with his wife, Lady Jaye Breyer. The aim of this process (which the couple laid out in the 2003 essay ?Breaking Sex!?) is for the two P-Orridges to achieve the creation of a third entity through a process of ?cut-up? of their own bodies, which is making them more and more similar to each other. The two recently got a matched pair of breast implants, and Genesis? surgical alterations so far include a substitution of all his teeth with a set of gold replacements, and enhancements of his cheekbones (and, judging by their size, maybe his lips as well). Down to the smallest choice of gestures, schtick and vocal timbre, Genesis comes across more and more as the lascivious diva who, on some hidden level, he?s been all along.