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?)


  1. See, I don't see Infernokrusher as aggressive, per se. Ben Rosenbaum made a good point at the Wiscon Why Men Hate Sex panel -- that while we tend to associate the idea of violence with aggression and coercion, we shouldn't lose sight of its other meanings: forceful, intense, vivid, loud, wild. That's what Infernokrusher is all about.

    (Of course, Kathryn Cramer also made the point that if the adoption of slipstream was motivated by class anxiety -- the desire to have one's work accepted as Great Literature -- in Infernokrusher there's undoubtedly an element of reverse class anxiety, e.g., the desire to have one's work turned into a Fox Sports Network morning infomercial.)

  2. Also, doesn't Lewis' BLAST predate Berkman's?

  3. According to Wikipedia, the first issue of Lewis' Blast came out in 1914, the second in 1915. Wiki has nothing on Berkman's Blast (or is it "The Blast"?), but from the manifesto it seems to be a little more progressive in character than the Vorticist's.

  4. You're entirely right -- Lewis's Blast was 1914-1915, Berkman's from 1916-1917. For some reason, I've got Vorticism in my head as a 1920s movement, and have thought that for years now.

  5. I never repressed my aggression in elementary school, and I ain't gonna start now!

    I wrote a novel in college that involved 400 exploding babies who destroy the continental united states. It also had a giant robot president who runs amok and fights the living avatar of China. I won't go so far as to say it was a proto-InfernoKrusher work, but I will say I feel like there's finally a movement I can embrace wholeheartedly (and it's a krushing embrace, and I'm hugging with arms of fire).