03 June 2005


In response to the Notes Toward an Infernokrusher Manifesto, Alan DeNiro has, quite rightly, invoked the Vorticist movement and Wyndham Lewis's journal Blast.

We shouldn't forget that there was a Blast! before [update: actually, shortly after] Lewis's Blast -- one edited from 1916-1917 by Alexander Berkman, complete with its own manifesto:
Too long have we been patient under the work of brutality and degradation. Too long have we conformed to the Dominant, with an ineffective fist hidden in our pocket. Too long have we vented our depth of misery by endless discussion of the distant future. Too long have we been exhausting our efforts and energy by splitting hairs with each other.

It's time to act. The time is NOW.

The breath of discontent is heavy upon this wide land. It permeates mill and mine, feild and factory. Blind rebellion stalks upon highway and byway. To fire it with the spark of Hope. To kindle it with the light of Vision. And turn pale discontent into conscious social action -- that is the crying problem of the hour. It is the great work to be done.

To work, then, and blasted be every obstacle in the way of Regeneration.
(AK Press will be publishing all the issues of the Berkman Blast! in a book soon.)

Hal Duncan has offered an infernokrushing blast at competitive movements. Grrrrr!

All this time I was thinking my next car would be one of those cute little hybrids ... but now ... I feel it ... the desire for ... a MONSTER TRUCK!!! Bwahahahahahahaha! We're krushing you! Krushing! KRUSHING!

Um. Sorry. [Cough.]

(Are we just watching the repressed aggression of people who were bullied in elementary school, or is something else going on here?)