sunny quiet, old man reading, low cinderblock wall
As mentioned in the previous post, I picked up Erick Lyle’s On the Lower Frequencies last week at Needles and Pens:
The book comprises a few different types of writing: first, excerpts from Lyle’s Scam zine, including alternately hilarious and horrifying stories about organizing protests and illegal generator shows in the Mission, finding and developing squats/event-spaces in abandoned buildings, and generally living in the underground art/life/music activist/punk/traveler scene in SF. There are also pieces of Lyle’s political writing, dealing mostly with tenant’s rights and homeless rights issues within the city, as well as a particularly interesting/inspiring section on getting the first needle exchange started in the Haight. Finally, there are lots of interviews with artists, scene figures, activists/humanitarians, and even a short one with the former mayor of SF!
Lyle’s excellent writing carries you through these disparate topics with a storyteller voice, making each section exciting and interesting. I think this book is definitely of special interest to folks living in SF [that have visited the many donut shops Lyle writes about], but would also be a fun and informative read for anyone interested in art/punk subcultures or activist/grass-roots politics. Definitely recommended!
Wow that was a long review. Anyway, just buy the book at N&P if you have a couple bucks!
I’ve been listening to weirdly less-heavy music lately… couple favorites:
Finally, I spent an-hour-plus the other day updated this old Myspace profile that I had set up like a year ago and then never used. It is unclear to me why I’ve updated it, but, um, some things are just a mystery, I guess.