Author Archives: Mob Legend
Amy was recently awarded a NYFA fellowship for her outstanding contributions to the world of poesy. Check it.
Also, check out a recent Nathan Austin coup here.
Also, Alex Smith’s story, “The Model of a Boy” appears in the current issue of Theaker’s Quarterly Fiction. Downloadable, FREE, here.
Go Black Maze Books contributors!!
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I visited Brian Bolland ‘s website a bit ago, and found this open letter to the French collage artist Erro. Here’s a quote:
What this is is a kind of colonialism. You, Erró, have found a place for yourself in the land of the Fine Art Elite, in “Gallery-land”, and you have gone out and discovered a dark continent inhabited by pygmies – barely more than savages really – people with a colourful but primitive culture. Like the Victorian explorers you find what they do ghastly but somehow alluring so you steal from them, give them nothing in return and dismiss them. You display bits of their infantile and garish nonsense in what you call a “synthesis” on a gallery wall in the civilised world, something which has nothing whatsoever to do with giving a full and accurate “report” on the stuff you steal or the people you steal it from. It’s more to do with the titillation of your peers. You’d like them to be shocked by the vulgarity of the artefacts you’re bringing back from whatever nasty place you’ve been to but appreciate them (and you, of course) in that post-modern kind of way. One reviewer of your work said “I don’t know where Erró finds all that stuff”. Luckily for you she and other inhabitants of the galleries don’t know the names of the people you steal from and you’re not in a hurry to list them. You’re exploiting people like me, not because you’re a “witness to our time” but because you want to turn the base metal of comics into art gold – and you’d like to have a lucrative career in Gallery-land.
Recently Howard Stern announced that he would continue broadcasting his funny, funny, A-level talk show through SiriusXM satellites for another five years. He was also proud to announce that his listeners would be able to get his shows in their iphone using the Sirius app. Great news! Only Howard accepted a bad deal, because Sirius has proven to be a block on the talk jock’s success. It is a matter not of his rumored pay cut, but another large corporation’s failure to meet the demands of their consumers. As such, it is easier to steal Howard Stern’s show than to pay for it.
The problem is that the app sucks. And Sirius sucks worse. You have to pay these tiny weird subscription fees, which are hard to find on the Sirius websites. You need to sign up and pay for two separate services just to get the Stern audio show. Even then you won’t be able to pause, rewind, or save content into your i/berry/droid. And the app sucks down battery power reeeeaaal fast. Stern also does genius television, which you’ll need two MORE subscriptions to receive (Cable, HTVOD). You need ANOTHER subscription to watch, save and load the TV show as you wish (Tivo).
It is a nightmare to consume Howard Stern’s art legally. As a result, Howard Stern is shooting himself in the foot. In both feet. In the small of his back. Because thousands, if not tens of thousands, if not more, are getting Stern’s stuff for free. In fact, it’s easier to do it that way. Sternnet is a pirate site that delivers Howard Stern content better than Stern and Sirius do. You’re up and running, receiving all the content of Howard Sirius and Howard TV and more with a single sign-up.
After agreeing to their simple citizenship-style member rules (contribute or die), you’re swimming in Stern almost immediately. Fans can listen to every program on the Stern Sirius channels, including old episodes going back years. Sternet even produces their own pirate radio shows, focusing on new content they generate and high-quality clip shows.
Ok, so pirates do it better than suits. Big surprise. What’s the point? Well, first of all, this is another great example of corporate suicide.
And second: Howard, we love you. Go ask the punks at SN to help you be relevant to a broader audience again.
We all buy, sell, trade, and steal. We torrent, itunes, hulu, netflix. Many think they’re not guilty of it, but then they go to youtube and watch entire television shows illegally uploaded to the site. The reason is because we want what we want, and we know we can get it RIGHT NOW, whether you tell us we can or not.
Please, Howard, take a page from the criminals. Some of your listeners would start paying you instead of them.