34: Form and ContentUp one level
Form and Content, October 1997
- Introduction: Read This First!
Charlie Bertsch, Jeremy Russell
For this issue, we tried hard to pull in pieces that would be different from the standard Bad Subjects fare.
- Visionary Paranoia
The American "conspiracy film" is a relatively recent sub-genre.
- Two Fathers
Insofar as their distinct philosophies of war were responses to a common cultural heritage, my father and stepfather are two of the same: men navigating life options among the many drains of meaningful options placed on their history.
- Inside the Idea Factory
Language, even academic language, has a texture; it can swing, it can move, it can be felt and heard and sung. We need to admit the presence of language itself, to allow it to occupy a palpable place in our work.
- Beats and Bodies, Posing and Performance
We bargain. We cut deals. We go door to door and pound the pavement in an effort to raise moral and financial support for our public campaigns. We lie, steal and cheat in furthering our causes.
- Offensive Art (Marilyn Manson and John Waters)
Marilyn Manson's music is centrally concerned with evil, supposedly his own, but it actually questions the definitions of evil, because it is joyous and the performance is spectacular and Manson is not destroying so much as he is creating.
- The Bottom of Sonoma
Sonoma will be the same for eternity. You can leave here for decades, come back and find it just the same.
- Bad Tourist: Traveling With Trust
If we must safari, better to leave our guns at home, as monks and good soldiers do.