July 11, 2002 |
MURDER AT THE CONSPIRACY CONVENTION AND OTHER AMERICAN ABSURDITIES By Paul Krassner Barricade Books 332 pages, $17.95 Yippie, prankster, left-leaning realist, Paul Krassner is at it again.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 6, 2002 |
Dreamers have poured into California for a million reasons. Only a handful have come for the Frisbee. With a disk-flinging pal, Mike Weems moved from Atlanta partly for a change of scene, but largely for Santa Barbara's thriving brand of Ultimate Frisbee: a grueling, graceful game that combines elements of soccer, football, basketball and jovial anarchy.
July 24, 2001 |
"It didn't matter what guys collected--comic books, pinup photos, stamps, Zippo lighters. They all had that same look, as if they couldn't fit into the real world, so they had to find some acceptable subculture where they could fit in." Stephen Randall, "The Other Side of Mulholland" You could spot the cars from blocks away, and the people, too. The cars were loud, low-slung and lean. The drivers had big bellies and big beards.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 30, 2001 |
Wayne Muller's "Sabbath" should contain a warning label: This book will change your life. It can happen two ways. One, you can take Muller's advice and observe the Sabbath, which he defines as a time of rest that people of all faiths should observe. You can experience the joy of "time off the wheel, time when we take our hand from the plow and let God and the earth care for things, while we drink, if only for a few moments, from the fountain of rest and delight."
June 24, 2001 |
Don't trust anyone over 30. That was the student revolutionary's refrain around the time a few dozen longhaired malcontents seized an abandoned Copenhagen military fortress in 1971 and proclaimed the free state of Christiania. But as Europe's most famous counterculture commune turns the Big 3-0 this summer, many among the now 700-plus residents admit that they have traded idealism and principle for heat and indoor plumbing.
August 10, 2000 |
Our democracy offers many delightful freedoms, not least of which is the freedom to risk life and liberty in the pursuit of Gucci loafers. The Democratic National Convention visitors can put shopping high on their party's agenda. Herewith, we offer a Bill of Shopping Rights and Lefts, a guide that will make consuming L.A.'s material goods speedy and less of a trial. Rightist shoppers may prefer the shopping streets of Southern California that celebrate capitalism in its glory.
July 31, 2000 |
An alternative convention that promises to be anything but conventional got off to a raucous start Sunday when Sen. John McCain was interrupted by boos and hisses for departing from talk of campaign finance reform to underline his endorsement of George W. Bush.
February 22, 2000 |
We've lived with it for so long, it's difficult to say when the reversal began. When Coca-Cola sent a replica of Ken Kesey's party bus on the road to promote Fruitopia? When the Gap decided that a bored sneer was the ultimate American look? When Joe Camel first donned a zoot suit and shades to hang with his jazz-scribbling, joe-swilling buddies?
December 17, 1999 |
We all want to know what's going on in those other houses, particularly if the occupants go against type. Today, our case is a mother, Gail, and her kids--Moon Unit, Dweezil, Ahmet and Diva. The father was Frank Zappa, rest his soul. On a recent "Politically Incorrect," smirky Bill Maher had as guests Gail and Ahmet Zappa and Paul Kantner (of Jefferson Starship) and daughter China Kantner. The premise was that the Zappas and the Kantners represented atypical, countercultural families.