SATURDAY,  MARCH 12 from 6 to 8pm = Gerry Fialka (in person) -
Explore cinema's hidden psychic effects via Gerry Fialka's new article 

with rare film clips and fiery discussion 
at The Pickle Fort, 1141 Hermitage SE, Grand Rapids MI 49506, 616-752-8381, free admission, donations appreciated 

SUNDAY, March 13 at 5pm till late = Gerry Fialka (in person) -
Explore cinema's hidden psychic effects via Gerry Fialka's new  article 

with rare film clips and fiery discussion in
 Hamtramck at Bill Meyer's, free, 5pm potluck, 6pm discussion & film  3016 Trowbridge, Hamtramck, MI 48212   (313) 207-3904  .

Monday, MARCH 14 from 6pm - 9pm = Political Poetry as James Joyce & Marshall McLuhan at Crazy Wisdom Bookstore (in CW Community Room) 114 S. Main St. Ann Arbor MI 48104 734-665-2757, free admission Gerry Fialka leads an interactive and expansive discussion, including local poets. Delve deep into current issues & events via new questions. What's the difference between rights & responsibilities? Revolution & rebellion? Fialka will interconnect James Joyce's Finnegans Wake and Marshall McLuhan's Understanding Media with poetry and politics. "World War III will be a global information war with no division between civilian and military participation." And "The police state is now a work of art." And "Only puny secrets need protection. Big discoveries are protected by public incredulity.” - McLuhan.  "It is a curious thing how your mind is supersaturated with the religion in which you say you disbelieve." For more info- or
WED, March 16 Gerry's Pecha Kucha 6 minute presentation at the Ann Arbor Film Festival at 3pm at North Quad Bldg.

Gerry Fialka - Artist, writer, and paramedia ecologist lectures world-wide on experimental film, avant-garde art and subversive social media. Fialka has been praised by the Los Angeles Times as "the multi-media Renaissance man." The LA Weekly proclaimed him "a cultural revolutionary." For more info-  &


Fialka interview with him

Watch this 30 interview of Al Fialka by Gerry Fialka from Nov 15, 2003 =
This quote probes what reading Finnegans Wake outloud with a group of people can do -:"Every film is narrative simply by virtue of the fact that one frame must follow another in time. Our minds are such that we are obliged to make a story out of everything we experience, obliged to frame things to make them comprehensible. We constantly tell ourselves stories that allegedly interpret the play of light and shadow in the screen of the mind. Story is absolute basic essential of waking, we dream that we are awake, imagining past and future, telling ourselves elaborate stories about both. We invented cinema deliberately as a devise to allow us to dream while waking, and to give us access to areas of the mind that were previously only available in sleep. " - Andrew Noren in PA Sitney's Eyes Upside Down.
CHECK out this J. HOBERMAN NY TIMES article =  
Plz send me your reactions to - my new OtherZine article  
and gf interview

what is it that does not begin and does not end?
Wally and Eric McLuhan
SWAMI X - rip -  Well, I’m listed in Who’s Who as “What the fuck is that?” The man whose mother is still suing his father for ill-founded and meaningless entry. The man who leaps from tall buildings into small moist boxes.  "Sex is not the answer. Sex is the question. 'Yes' is the answer."


"I'm going to prove that Finnegans Wake is an information pool based on computer memory systems that didn't exist until centuries after James Joyce's era; that Joyce was plugged into a cosmic consciousness from which he derived the inspiration for his entire corpus of work." - The Divine Invasion by Philip K. Dick 
After living in the remote countryside of Ireland all his life,
an old Irishman decided it was time to visit Dublin.
In one of the stores, he picks up a mirror and looks into it.
Not ever having seen a mirror before, he remarked at the image staring back at him.
'How 'bout that! he exclaims, 'Here's a picture of my Fadder.'
He bought the mirror thinking it was a picture of his dad,
but on the way home he remembered his wife didn't like his
father, so he hung it in the shed, and every morning before
leaving to go fishing, he would go there and look at it.
His wife began to get suspicious of his many trips to the shed.
So, one day after her husband left, she went to the shed and
found the mirror.
As she looked into the glass, she fumed, 'So that's the ugly
bitch he's running around with.'
SF 2015 EVENTS,    some 2015 links,    then quotes,    then more links...

PLEASE SPREAD the word on these two FILM - POETRY - DISCUSSION events:

Sept 18, 2015 FRIDAY Gerry Fialka interviews POET ruth weiss

Sept 21 MON - 7PM - FILM CAN'T KILL YOU BUT WHY TAKE A CHANCE  - films and fiery discussion -  free admission -   at New Nothing, 

Thanks, Gerry Fialka 
310 -306-7330                     

ruth weiss - film at 8pm and interview at 8:40pm
Friday Sept 18, 2015 at 8:00pm ($10 in advance, $15 at door)
at Oddball Films & Video
275 Capp St, San Fran CA 94110, 415-558-8112, rsvp
ruth weiss (born 1928) is a German-born poet, performer, playwright and artist who made her home and career in the US, as a member of the Beat Generation, a label she has recently embraced and that is used frequently by historians detailing her life and worksweiss spells her name in lowercase as such as a symbolic protest against "law and order," since in her birthplace of Germany all nouns are spelled capitalized. She is often credited as the originator of combining live poetry with live jazz music.

The Brink (1961, 40 minutes) Based on ruth weiss poem, this intriguing film was called by Stan Brakhage "one of the most important San Francisco films of the period." A playful love story about two lonely people. Photographed by Paul Beattie, the painter.

The public is invited to this engaging interview by Gerry Fialka with ruth weiss who'll address the metaphysics of her callings and the nitty-gritty of her crafts. and 

"Gerry Fialka asks unexpected Questions about important Ideas, eliciting Answers that can surprise even those doing the answering.  My Interview with him taught me something about myself; it was a Gift." - David Gatten 
"Great interviewing requires a stimulating interviewer and Gerry Fialka is certainly that. Best part is that he makes the rare act of deep thinking in public before an audience flow as creatively and easily as a Basquiat painting." - Jay Levin, LA Weekly founder and former editor-in-chief 

"Fialka's cool questions are right at the heart of all my work. By far the best interview I have ever been treated to." - Ondi Timoner, only two time Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury winner  

"My experience in Gerry Fialka's MESS series was a scintillating discussion of history, culture, philosophy, sociology and the creative process. His questions and ideas transcend the accepted, traditional limitations of 'the interview.' " - Brad Schreiber, author, producer, screenwriter, journalist  

"Fialka's interview with me was an invigorating, pleasurable, philosophical, specific, awakening journey." - Harry Northup, actor and poet  

For a link to our latest Collections and Projects:

FILM CAN'T KILL YOU BUT WHY TAKE A CHANCE   MON, Sept 21 at 7pm -   free admission -    at New Nothing, 16 Sherman St (off Folsom between 6th & 7th), San Fran CA 94103, phone 310-306-7330.
Explore cinema's hidden psychic effects via Fialka's new OtherZine article     with rare avant garde film clips and fiery discussion.
Media archaeologist Gerry Fialka's interactive fun workshop probes the creative process and interrelations between film experimenters and audience. The mash-ups and transformations of cinema with new media, video, computers, and performance art are deeply examined. Fialka contextualizes McLuhan's percepts as detailed in Janine Marchessault's book Cosmic Media: "The New Media offer a freedom of movements, of creative thought and aesthetic perceptions that previous visual regime did not. These portend an opening rather than a closing of different forms of engagement and interactivity. Explore the creative process by retooling McLuhan's percept: "May I suggest art in the electronic age is not a form of self-expression, but a kind of research & probing. It is not a private need of expression that motivates the artist, but the need of involvement in the total audience. This is humanism in reverse, art in the electric age is the experience, not of the individual, but of a collectivity." Probe "rearview-mirrorism" - when new media looks backwards for content and meaning. When McLuhan yelped "The future of the future is the present," he was revealing that the artist lives in the present and writes a detailed history of the future. "It's misleading to suppose there's any basic difference between education and entertainment. This distinction merely relieves people of the responsibility of looking into the matter. It's like setting up a distinction between didactic and lyric poetry on the ground that one teaches, the other pleases. However, it's always been true that whatever pleases teaches more effectively." - McLuhan, 1957. The word "pleases" evokes the word "massages," as in Marshall's book The Medium is the Massage. 
"Gerry Fialka's energized exercise in creative brainstorming AND critical thinking opens up an interactive space beyond the rote drills of required readings in the college classroom. With good humor and puns aplenty, he posits the daunting media matrix of word, sound, and image as something more like a jungle gym, and then generously invites all to climb on and play the McLuhanesque game of pattern-recognition." - Craig Baldwin
"Upon leaving Gerry Fialka’s Ann Arbor Film Festival Pioneers Workshop my first thought was: where do I go to sign up for another, because one is definitely not enough. This guy has a brain that interests me and a generosity of method that is rare as well as fecund. I watched him coax a room full of people in folding chairs into an intellectual group dynamic that showed just what the Socratic method can yield when led by a skillful master of ceremonies. Intellectual confluences of the widest description were entered into and all participants were not only invited along for the ride but also invited to have their say. I learned a lot. Gerry Fialka: that rarest of species, an original, non-institutionally-based intellect –a thinker whose natural predilections lead him to a connecting of the dots wherein both the dots and the connecting of the dots are illuminations of the unexpected and unconsidered. He makes his own way and invites you along for the ride. Before you know it, he’ll even give you a turn at the wheel." - Fred Worden, award winning experimental filmmaker and Professor of Visual Arts, University of Maryland
"McLuhan talks about media as extensions of our sense organs, and that's precisely what a workshop with Gerry Fialka is like. Gerry extends and enhances our ability to perceive the world. Did I also mention that Gerry is a hell of a lot of fun?" - Award-winning filmmaker Bill Brown
"Before Gerry Fialka walked into my sound studies class at USC, Marshall McLuhan was just a name in a book to most of my students; by the time Gerry was through, McLuhan was a whole-body experience. His round-robin technique brought out people who ordinarily hang back and let the firecrackers pop elsewhere in the room." - Bruce Smith, Author & Professor of English
"Gerry Fialka has a special ability to engage and get folks to think, think, think!"  - Filmmaker Ellen Lake
Thanks, Gerry Fialka
video bio - 
"Gerry Fialka is Los Angeles' preeminent underground film curator." -CinemaWithoutBorders
"One of Los Angeles' great celluloid underworld overlords, relentless cultural provocateur and filmmaker Fialka has been successfully bedeviling our popular consciousness since the late 20th century. A recognized artistic force since his early 1970s breakout as head shot-caller at the notorious Ann Arbor Film Co-op and renowned as the veteran curator of PXL THIS, Hollywood's second oldest film festival, any presentation of Fialka's work is guaranteed to rate as a mind-bending affair... a veritable stampede of visual strangeness, theoretical acrobatics and sociocultural redefinition, all delivered through the singular prism of Fialka's self-defined prime directive: 'exploration of the hidden psychic effects of human inventions.' " - Jonny Whiteside, LA Weekly
Consider my new project - THE BROTHER SIDE OF THE WAKE - Gerry Fialka and friends reinvent (and  reimagine, expound, understand, interpret, translate, articulate, resuscitate, expose, enhance, evoke, de-make) the Orson Welles film The Other Side of the Wind via the Mennipean satire of James Joyce and much more. Delve deep into the hidden psychic effects of the philosophy that the journey is more important then the destination. What are the motives and consequences of Chris Marker's probing of the inability to escape time? Why even make a film when you can just live life as if it is a film? As it lives in your imagination?
Consider these quotes from Orson Welles and others:

"Who do I have to (expletive) to get out of this picture?"

"The great danger for any artist is to find himself comfortable. It's his duty to find the point of maximum discomfort, to search it out."
“You could almost say a director is a man who presides over accidents!”
"One should make movies innocently — the way Adam and Eve named the animals, their first day in the garden…Learn from your own interior vision of things, as if there had never been a D.W.Griffith, or a Eisenstein, or a JohnFord, or a Jean Renoir, or anybody."  

“There are only two things it is ever seemly for an intelligent person to be thinking. One is: ‘What did God mean by creating the world?’ And the other? ‘What do I do next?’”

AND consider these quotes by others...  

Peter Viertel wrote that John Houston enjoyed working on the Welles film because it was a perilous undertaking and he enjoyed "an adventure shared by desperate people that finally came to nothing."
"The gods graciously give us a first verse for nothing; but it is our task to finish the second, which must harmonise with the first and not be too unworthy of its supernatural brother.” - Paul Valéry       

"Nothing is what I want." - Frank Zappa  

"I started out with nothing and still have most of it left." - ?  

"Pull the wool over your own eyes." - ?  
“What he creates he has to wreck.”- film critic in The Other Side of the Wind

Jean Renoir: "A director makes only one movie in his life. Then he breaks it up and makes it again."

"  The voyage will not teach you anything if you do not accord it the right to destroy you." - Nicolas Bouvier

"An artist never really finishes his work, he merely abandons it." - Paul Valery

Michelangelo Antonioni: "The greatest danger for those working in cinema is the extraordinary possibilities it offers for lying."
Director Gus Van Sant proclaimed that film making devastated his life.
Now in production with RIA (Reverse Intuition Aberations) -
Sept 2015
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Gerry Fialka's FREE events in Michigan – March 18 to April 1, 2015 - Smitten Wif Da Mitten 

SAT 3-21 at 2pm = Flint - Melet's HIDE & SEEK ART salon, 

SUN 3-22 at 5pm = JAMES BROWN AS POLITICAL MUSIC - Hamtramck Bill Meyer, 5pm potluck, 6pm discussion and film  3016 Trowbridge, Hamtramck, MI 48212   (313) 207-3904 

THURS 3-26 at 11am = Ann Arbor Film Festival lecture DR. CHICAGO AS THE AAF, 11am - noon 

MON 3-30 at 4pm = Detroit CCS lecture - ReJoycing McLuhan As Perceptual Epiphanies, (8th year in a row) 

TUES 3-31 at 4pm = Saginaw SVSU lecture - ReJoycing McLuhan As Perceptual Epiphanies - Saginaw Valley State University (8th year in a row) 

WED 4-1 at 6pm = Ann Arbor Crazy Wisdom event
6pm - 9pm ALL THIS INFO is the same at this link except that it is indeed 2015 on April1, no foolin= 


HIDE-AND-SEEK - Gerry Fialka's interactive workshop probes the function of art, and the motives of its makers. Explore the hidden psyche effects of the environments resulting from art-making and art-viewing. Hide-And-Seek is a children's game in which players conceal themselves in the environment, to be found by seekers. Participants will seek new metaphors. Consider this axiom: "Art is confession; art is the secret told. . . . But art is not only the desire to tell one's secret; it is the desire to tell it and hide it at the same time. And the secret is nothing more than the whole drama of the inner life." -Thornton Wilder. What is art about, and then what is it really about? Delve deep into the artist as "probe" and "antennae of the race." What role does intention play in the creative process? Marcel Duchamp said there is no art without an audience. What role does the audience play in the creative process (during the making)? What was the motive of the cave artists? James Joyce was the first projectionist in Dublin over 100 years ago. He abandoned it and asked, "Why should I go inside a building and see a movie of a tree when I can go outside and see a real tree?" Years later William Faulkner said that the best fiction can be more true than journalism. Why do we have to recreate/reproduce things in order to get them? Why do we go to a theatrical play of people acting out life? Why don't we just live life? McLuhan and Warhol both said that art is anything you can get away with. Examine the interconnections between "art for art's sake" and "the medium is the message/massage." 


JAMES BROWN AS POLITICAL MUSIC and McLUHAN AS MOVIE MUSIC - Music outsider Gerry Fialka examines Marshall McLuhan's percepts as cinematic soundtracks. McLuhan wrote: “Song is slowed-down speech. The reason cultures have different musical tastes is ultimately connected to language difference” We will survey the hidden psyche effects of music in cinema, and how this interaction of sound and visuals is both political and personal. Explore Bernard Herrmann, the funk pioneers, the anti-hits of The Shaggs, Igor Stravinsky’s Harvard lectures (attempting to prove that music is an expression of itself and nothing more), Korla Pandit’s “Universal Language of Music” idea, The Mothers Of Invention’s employment of Sprechstimme, Ornette Coleman’s harmolodic philosophy, John Oswald's Plunderphonics, and air molecule sculptures by Captain Beefheart, George Russell and Sun Ra. “Music is the Mother art”-Frank Lloyd Wright. “The best music does not want to be recorded” –Tom Waits. 

The Ann Arbor Film Festival on March 26, 2015 at 11am - 
DR. CHICAGO AS THE AAFF -  Experimental Film Historian-performance artist Gerry  Fialka surveys resonant intersections of George  Manupelli's   Dr. Chicago  films and the Ann Arbor Film Festival. The amalgamation of innovators and sources that inhabit Dr. Chicago  films is a metaphor for the roots of the Festival. Evolution is adapting to the exploration of personal filmmaking with breakdowns as breakthroughs (Alvin  Lucier's  stutter), performance art (Pat  Oleszko ), poetry (Edgar Allen Poe), avant garde music (Robert Ashley, Pauline  Oliveros , Blue Gene Tyranny), political activism (Black Panthers), contemporary dance (Steve Paxton), painting, comedy, and post-post modern collage sensibility. This participatory workshop  hoicks  up the very personal interactions that these myriad forms also exploit and engage. 
Probe the vitality and influence of George Manupelli, who founded the AAFF in 1962. He remained active as a filmmaker, poet, collagist and political/environmental activist till his passing on Sept 14, 2014. His  Film For Hooded Projector evokes the cosmic giggle ala the Duchampian inquiry of making art that is not art. He had the courage to actually destroy the fourth film is the series,  Dr. Chicago Goes To Sweden by driving around town with the only copy unreeling out the window of his car.  "Anything worth doing well isn't worth doing at all?"- Manupelli. 

Manupelli's empathy was observed at a 1970's party to design the AAFF program graphics as George sang Marlene Dietrich's  Falling In Love Again. We will analyze what AAFF director  Woody Sempliner learned from George when they stood behind the screen at the Michigan Theater and saw the projected screen from behind as a form of "second sight"
George was fond of the questions that appear in Gaugin's painting: "Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going?" Let us celebrate Manupelli's vision that continues to inspire the exploration of new questions and the mysteries of art. Let's reinvent George's axiom: "The things you think you can do are the things you can do the best of all." 

George Manupelli says "Ignore yourself." Jonas Mekas says there is no self-expression. Cecil Taylor says he is a vehicle and it comes through him. Is art making more self-expression or more vehicles for whatever dominant technology or culture is currently present? Can art-making (and filmmaking) be egoless? 


WED, April 1 from 6-9pm - POLITICAL POETRY AS JAMES JOYCE & MARSHALL McLUHAN - Gerry Fiallka's interactive workshop delves deep into timely current issues. What's the difference between rights & responsibilities? Revolution & rebellion? Percept plunder for the recent future. Fialka interconnects James Joyce's Finnegans Wake & Marshall McLuhan's Understanding Media with poetry and politics. "World War III will be a global information war with no division between civilian and military participation." and "The police state is now a work of art." and "Only puny secrets need protection. Big ones are protected by public incredulity - McLuhan. "It is a curious thing how your mind is supersaturated with the religion in which you say you disbelieve." - James Joyce. 

Gerry Fialka has been praised by the LA Times as "the multi-media Renaissance man." The La Weekly proclaimed him "a cultural revolutionary." 310-306-7330 

AT Crazy Wisdom Bookstore, 114 S Main St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104, 734-665-2757, free admission 

"What I learned on my summer vacation" 
by Gerry Fialka 310-306-7330 
"If people were able to be convinced that art is precise advance knowledge of how to cope with the psychic and social consequences of the next technology, would they all become artists?" - Marshall McLuhan 
"Today we must all be aware that protocol takes precedence over procedure." - Professor Irwin Corey  
"What is clear and concise can't deal with reality, for to be real is to be surrounded by mystery" - James Joyce 
"Don't bother to look. I've composed all this already." - Gustav Mahler to Bruno Walter, who had stopped to admire mountain scenery in rural Austria 
"Musicians talk nothing but money and jobs. Give me business man every time. They really are interested in music and art." - Jean Sibelius explaining why he rarely invited musicians to his home. 
"I'm not handsome, but when women hear me play, they come crawling to my feet." - Niccolo Paganini 
"Wagner's music is better that it sounds." - Mark Twain 
"Already too loud" - Bruno Walter on seeing the players reach for their instruments at his first rehearsal with an orchestra 
"What he has to teach is that just as there is no way to arrive at art, there is also no way not to. "-Morton Feldman on John Cage 
 “I don’t like to vocalize my thoughts. Words are stupid.”  - Mason Jr. (Ellar Coltrane), the protagonist of Richard Linklater's  Boyhood 
“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. " - Albert Einstein 
"One of the things I like about jazz, kid, is I don't know what's going to happen next. Do you?" ~ Bix Beiderbecke  
"It wasn't about thinking that you had to be it or work for it. You just had to shout and demand it.. thats' revolution. " - Dee Dee Ramone 

"This concern which interests us more than anything else: the blurring of the distinction between art and life." - Marcel Duchamp 

"Less is more...but it's not enough" - Robert Huot's Billboard for Former Formalists, 
"Less is more" is often misattributed to Bucky Fuller or to Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. It was actually used much earlier in Robert Browning's "Andrea del Sarto" - 1855. 

"Parks are idealizations of nature, but nature in fact is not a condition of the ideal. Nature is never finished..Parks are finished landscapes for finished art. Museums and parks are graveyards above ground." - Robert Smithson 

"If we were to protect all ravens against storms and avalanches, we could never be able to admire the beauty of their scarred surfaces." - Elizabeth Kubler-Nilaya 

Walter Benjamin recommended "mastery, not of nature itself, but of the relationship between nature and humanity." He was a major influence on John Berger's Ways of Seeing (watch it on youtube-

Raushenberg's work could help people cope with information overload. "His art encouraged the city dwellers rapid scan rather than the art audience's stare."...approximately what author Brian O'Doherty wrote in his 1973 book American Masters 

What was important to Jasper Johns was much like "Cage's aim to disclose the familiar world to see what in nature there is to see - and how it is perceived, that is, to investigate and reveal the equivocal nature of vision, and to instruct viewers on how to cope with it." - Irving Sandler, author of The New York School 

"I want to change my way of seeing, NOT my way of feeling. I was perfectly happy about my feelings." - John Cage 

"If Cage selects the materials he will use, and makes all the decisions necessary to set up the mechanism of chance, is the result really controlled by chance at all? - Virgil Thomson 

"Subtlety chases the obvious up a never-ending spiral and never quite catches it" - Rex Stout 

"If there is any difficulty in what I write, it is because of the material I use. The thought is always simple." - James Joyce 

'Each generation writes its biography in the buildings it creates' - Lewis Mumford 

"The bourgeoisiecreates a world after its own image." - Marx and Engels 

“What is the purpose of writing music? One is, of course, not dealing with purposes but dealing with sounds. Or the answer must take the form of a paradox: a purposeful purposeless or a purposeless play. This play, however, is an affirmation of life--not an attempt to bring order out of chaos nor to suggest improvements in creation, but simply a way of waking up to the very life we’re living, which is so excellent once one gets one’s mind and one’s desires out of its way and lets it act of its own accord.” - John Cage 

"Oh, those Greeks! They knew how to live! What is required for that is to stop courageously at the surface, the fold, the skin, to adore appearance, to believe in forms, tones, words, in the whole Olympus of appearance! Those Greeks were superficial— out of profundity " - Nietzsche 

"To walk on not wondering am I right or doing something wrong." - Meister Eckhart 
"The commonest mistake in history is underestimating your opponent. It happens at the poker table all the time." - 
General David Shoup, President Kennedy's adviser during Cuban Missile crisis 

"Is history written with gentleness? Do you honour gentleness when you’re a dragon?......What can these be but the playthings of a mad God who made us to build them for him?" - Chris Marker's film Level Five 
"Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable" - Banksy 
“The end of man is knowledge, but there is one thing he can't know. He can't know whether knowledge will save him or kill him. He will be killed, all right, but he can't know whether he is killed because of the knowledge which he has got or because of the knowledge which he hasn't got and which if he had it, would save him.” - Robert Penn Warren, All the King's Men  
"Why does the eye see a thing more clearly in dreams than the mind while awake?" - Leonardo da Vinci 
"I would like to think that the sounds people do hear in a concert could make them more aware of the sounds they hear in the street, or out in the country, or anywhere they may be...I prefer laughter to tears." - John Cage 

Please let me know your reactions these quotes. 
THANK YOU, Gerry Fialka 310 306 7330 


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JOHN BISHOP, James Joyce scholar, interviewed by Gerry 
SUZY's sings her song BRAVO with Michael 
We be leakin knee deep in da swamp muck of 
Frank Zappa sang, "I will love everyone, I will love the cops as 
the beat the shit outta me on the streets." 
 Why don't the movies actually move?  Because they like the 
Gerry's article in Canyon Cinemazine 
Gerry & Will RIA Radio 
PLEASE watch this short 
and send me your reactions. Who is to the left of Nixon at 1:41 and who 
is the the left of Duchamp's urinal at 1:41 
FZ RADIO special - Here is the link to me and Joseph Weidinger 
 on the FZ radio special Dec 13, 2014 (thats 12-13-14) 
for 20 minutes at the 4:30am point 
(the show runs from 3 am to 6 am),_2014_Edition_of_Reverend_Dan's_Music_For_Nimrods,_KXLU_Los_Angeles.mp3 
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Zappadan - Music For Nimrods 12-7-13  - BBC '82's%20Music%20For%20Nimrods%2C%20KXLU%20Los%20Angeles.mp3 
As FZ says, "The Ocean IS the ultimate solution" - so navigate to the 60 minute point into this 3 hour Zappa Radio Special from 12-14 to hear my 22 minute rant. I highly recommend listening to all 3 hours and last weeks too 12-7-13.  
12-14-13 Zappadan - Music For Nimrods-'s%20Music%20For%20Nimrods%2C%20KXLU%20Los%20Angeles.mp3  more dan's%20Music%20For%20Nimrods%2C%20KXLU%20Los%20Angeles.mp3 

Plz keep in mind that Frank Zappa has elements of Menippean satire. Marshall McLuhan made extensive use of Menippean satire, as he himself suggested: “Most of my writing is Menippean satire, presenting the actual surface of the world we live in as a ludicrous image.” 11-22 =  "one plus one equals eleven, two plus two is twenty-two" - frank zappa  MUST READING- 

Read this DAVID OCKER article-Frank Zappa's 200 Motels - The Suites and 

ck FZ - G-Spot Tornado - 4 minutes (zappa's regular 8mm film) (or burt ward sex change- ) 
Celebrate Dec 21, the Winter solstice, and ... "Information is not knowledge. Knowledge is not wisdom. Wisdom is not truth. Truth is not beauty. Beauty is not love. Love is not music. Music is the best" - Frank Zappa, born 73 years, died 20 years ago - 2013. 
Jonas Mekas paraphrased Rimbaud: "There is no other cinematic conventions than through a complete derangement of the official cinematic senses." 
What can I say other than the music itself? 
Yes, to the ears that dare to hear 
That dare to hear 
Both the silence and the sound! 
Yes, the silence/sound duality necessity belongness . . . Balanced 
projection pointless 
Cosmo-Nature/natural feeling sensitivity 
Dial pointer vibration-intensity indicator 
Express image expression need necessity being code alter- 
otherness continuance 
Continuance On . . On . . On 
The music is in the word of words ON . . . . . . . 
--Sun Ra (1972)

READ Darren Wershler on poetry and McLuhan 
and PLZ send me your reactions, thanks 
"Why must we continue to mow down the Kennedys in order to illustrate that the hot politics of the old machines won't work on the cool and involving TV medium,?" - Marshall McLuhan in the 1969 book  The Interior Landscape - The Literary Criticism of Marshall McLuhan 1943-1962 (edited by Eugene McNamara, the Dad of my friend Chris McNamara, who is a great experimental filmmaker) 
CHABON on WAKE  and 
"Life is short, break the rules, forgive quickly, kiss slowly, love truly, laugh uncontrollably, 
and never regret anything that made you smile. Twenty years from now you will be more 
disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did.  So throw off the bowlines. 
Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” 
- Samuel W. Clemens, aka Mark Twain. 

Gerry Fialka 
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I welcome your reactions to my new articles - and and 
TWEETS clip with TIMOTHY CAREY, whose TWGS featured Zappa's 
score AND ck“bunny-bunny-bunny”-“cheepnis”-uncle-meat 
DO NOT MISS this new film 

RIA press


Gerry on Occupy & Wake in OtherZine   
BSP:  & 

Gerry at Other Cinema's PXL THIS 20- 2011 screening  and 
Gerry on Erik Davis' Progressive Radio show 9-8-11 
(a little static for first two minutes, then gerry comes in at the 4th minute, about 60 minutes total) 
Gerry's interview with DJ Spooky 
Gerry's new article 
Gerry's interview with M.A. Littler (who's new film features Noam Chomsky) 
Gerry interviews Bishop Joey 
Oldest  Finngans Wake  song  and   
SUZY's  What the Frack is Going On  song 
Suzy & Brad Kay's  Pinchback  Pixelvision 
Phil Ochs Film review by Gerry & Suzy 
Gerry & Jon Rappoport - Progressive Radio Network 11-15-10  and 
Gerry's McLuhan WikiLinks Other Zine article -   
and, with graphics, at 
MAP (live improv music/noise band) 
Gerry on Music for Nimrods 
GF's Dream Awake Litquake 2009 
and Burroughs-Beckett 
Essential reading -  and 
DAVID OCKER article-Frank Zappa's 200 Motels - The Suites    
Darren Wershler on poetry and McLuhan 
"Why must we continue to mow down the Kennedys in order to illustrate that the hot politics of the old machines won't work on the cool and involving TV medium,?" - Marshall McLuhan in the 1969 book  The Interior Landscape - The Literary Criticism of Marshall McLuhan 1943-1962  (edited by Eugene McNamara, the Dad of my friend Chris McNamara, who is a great experimental filmmaker)