Friday June 1, I’m showing new art with three old friends: Mike Taylor, Sara Double Ears, and Colin Lapuyade. Music will start at 7 pm sharp with The Younger Lovers and Pins of Light. The show is presented by the awesome Needles & Pens gallery on 16th St. and Guerrero in the Mission. Yes!

Friday, May 25: “Northern California and the Ghosts of Utopia”

As part of the monthlong Streetopia exhibition, please join me, Fred Turner, and Jesse Drew the Friday evening, May 25 at the Luggage Store. I’ll be showing clips from Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin and discussing how her Northern California upbringing affected her imaginative fictional societies. Jesse Drew (UC Davis) will speak on the historical end of the communal legacy in Northern California from a perspective that includes his personal involvement in Diggers communes and the SF Food Conspiracy. Fred will talk about the ways a lost Utopian spirit is echoed today. 7:30 p.m. Qs will be Ad, no note taking required.

My interview with Erick Lyle of Scam Zine

Since the early ’90s Erick Lyle (formerly know as Iggy Scam) has published Scam zine and played in tons of great bands, including Chickenhead, Allergic To Bullshit, The Horrible Odds, Onion Flavored Rings, and Black Rainbow. In recent years he has parlayed Scam and his many other DIY zine projects into a bona fide writing career of sorts, with one book under his belt (On the Lower Frequencies on Soft Skull Press), another in the works, a number of articles in the San Francisco Bay Guardian, and just this month a bound, full-sized reprint of the first four issues Scam!

I spoke to Erick Lyle for last year’s print media-themed issue of Maximumrocknroll magazine. Black Rainbow photo by Greg Harvester.

Read the interview.

My film Stuffed now available to view online!

Now you can watch Stuffed, my doc on compulsive hoarding & cluttering (co-directed with Cerissa Tanner) on Amazon for $1.99, or buy it for $7.99. Amazon? I know. I have mixed feelings. But I’m happy people can see it.

If You Like Parties

I’m writing once more for Maximum Rocknroll. If You Like Parties, maybe you’ll like this…

I am interviewed by the Rejectionist.

Arwen Curry is a filmmaker and writer. She is an associate producer of the documentary Regarding Susan Sontag and co-produced and directed the 2006 documentary Stuffed. She coordinated the magazine Maximum Rocknroll from 1998 to 2004 and publishes the zine Ration. She talked to us about her current project, a documentary on Ursula K. LeGuin.

Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin

Le Guin will speak with Margaret Atwood at Portland Arts & Lectures on September 23. I’ll be traveling north once again to interview Ms. Atwood about Ms. Le Guin. Atwood’s review of Le Guin’s story collection Birthday of the World is one of my favorite pieces of Le Guin criticism. For her part, Le Guin has taken Atwood to task for evading the term “science fiction” to describe her last novel, the enthusiastically welcomed The Year of the Flood. Their discussion is sure to be thought-provoking, and if I were you, and anywhere nearby, I’d be sure not to miss it.

Arwen speaking on BAVC fundraising panel Tuesday

I’ll be speaking about doc film fundraising on a panel this Tuesday, April 13 with acclaimed non-profit arts consultant Morrie Warshawski for the third installment of BAVC’s “Art of Fundraising” series. Moderator Jeff Perlstein of GFEM, Danae Ringelman of IndieGoGo and Ellen Schneider of Active Voice will join me. Hope to see you there, but please RSVP as soon as you can, because it’s filling up (or maybe already filled). More here:

Report: March 2010 shoot with UKL

My latest shoot with Ursula went great. Someone is trying to include her invented word for a faster-than-light communication device, the ansible, in the OED. More details to come!

Robert Darnton Reflects on the Google Settlement in the NYRB

Google & the Future of Books

By Robert Darnton

How can we navigate through the information landscape that is only beginning to come into view? The question is more urgent than ever following the recent settlement between Google and the authors and publishers who were suing it for alleged breach of copyright. For the last four years, Google has been digitizing millions of books, including many covered by copyright, from the collections of major research libraries, and making the texts searchable online. The authors and publishers objected that digitizing constituted a violation of their copyrights. After lengthy negotiations, the plaintiffs and Google agreed on a settlement, which will have a profound effect on the way books reach readers for the foreseeable future. What will that future be?


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