ITS Communiques #1+2

This is the first of a series of audio recordings of ITS communiques.

Communique one:

Communique two:

The primary reason I’m recording ITS specifically is personal. I’ve heard many strong opinions about ITS by those around me and as a result, I’ve wanted to read their communiques. Recording them is a specific way of reading that helps me engage with the text in a deeper way than my usual read-once-and-done approach. To record, I have to read it multiple times. I have to actually speak the words with my external voice, to decipher and take on the wild emotions of the text. read more

The Collected Writings of Renzo Novatore Part 1: Beginning Essays and Introduction

Anarchy at it’s peak is an explosion, a diffusion, the effervescence of being limitless.  Boundless as the basis for anarchy is a premise that cultivates freedom. We find these qualities throughout the work of Renzo Novatore.

He writes for himself to express the joy and pain of living in his world with an anarchic disposition.  His heart was indomitable and his work expresses an acute analysis.  He was influenced by Baudelaire, Stirner and Nietzche.  Scorn burns in his words and the individual is the beginning point of his work.  He is beyond dubious of capitalism, authority, the masses, war, and causes that were not his own.  His cause was the burning desire for freedom, “a strange blend of light and darkness, love and anarchy, the sublime and the criminal.” read more

The Rebel’s Dark Laughter by Bruno Filippi


Bruno_Filippi
Click on these words to listen! Here is the audio link!

This is an excerpt from the Rebel’s Dark Laughter.  Some of Bruno’s work is lost but the idea of him lives through his incendiary poetry.  His essence seems to be something of a myth.  He lived his passions and convictions entirely.  The writings of Bruno Filippi are truly beautiful – emotional, irrational, and romantic.  His positions are defined by his love of life, but also his expression of suffering. His poetry embodies the most admirable qualities of youth – strong emotions, earnest devoutness for anarchy and the desire for vengeance.  His feelings of strong repugnance for domination or subservience in any form is admirable. He was as harsh in his assessment of the slaves who resigned themselves to their slavery as to the masters who exploited and oppressed them. Acquiescence in any form was despicable to him.  Surely he would laugh in the faces of many who call themselves anarchists today, much like he did to many that were around him. His writing is bound to offend some who can only read through the lens of political correctness. That is their problem. All forms of puritanical morality impoverish existence. read more

Dear Aunt Sadie: An Excerpt from Coming to Power

aunt sadieClick on these words to listen!

An excerpt from Coming to Power: Writings and Graphics on Lesbian
S/M.  Edited by members of Samois

Coming to Power is a collection of art, essays and erotica from
“lesbian feminists” out of the fabled, feared Old Guard of the San
Francisco BDSM scene. It contains some questionable and dated content
that you have to take with a grain of salt in order to enjoy and learn
from this book. But there’s a wealth of knowledge to be had.
This book came out in 1981. It is a 282 page piece of history I never
thought I would see, written by queer women into S/M, for queer women
into S/M. Samois published this in the midst of the Sex Wars,
documenting and refuting the heated anti-sex climate of established
lesbian feminism. Samois queers found each other caught between the
mortar of heterosexual alienation and they pestle of lesbian feminist
puritanism, and rebelled. This book is a long scream, a maniacal
laugh, a “fuck you.” Excuse me while I gush. read more

Baedan: The Anti-chamber

poopedClick on these words to listen!  This is the audio for the file!  Click on me!

This is an excerpt from the queer nihilist journal Baedan

Join September as it attempts to cultivate a politics of poop:

So, my roommate has one of those Squatty Potty things (he also has a bidet, but we don’t talk about it). It’s like some plastic stepstool that wraps around the bottom of the toilet so you can sit in a squatting position – because apparently sitting while shitting is super bad for your bod, it like scrunches up some muscle inside of you or something. Essentially, this means that modern civilization has filled the world with toilets, which have turned turned out to be physically detrimental to your health, so now we have to get more products to allow us to sit in the shape of a squat, as if we were still pooping out in the woods. read more

Cage of Brass by Samuel R. Delany

delanyListen here! Click on these words!

This is a story of prison, crime, and guilt.  It is a story of the prison’s built for us with real walls that we find ourselves in and the prison’s we build for ourselves in our own minds.  It is a story of crimes of passion and desire, which we cannot explain away with ration or reason, and the crimes we commit to survive in a “decadent world that curses us with its morality.”  It is the story of the guilt that is built into us and the guilt we cultivate like a prison around our hearts.

Delany explores the depths of a futuristic prison unimaginably deep underground, where prisoners are kept in glycerine coffins of which the only two notable characteristics are darkness and silence. Venture into the minds of three different types of criminals as they decide if they deserve to escape, as they talk of their crimes, their guilt, their passions, and their imprisonment. Contemplate utter silence, unimaginable darkness, and nothing. read more

Doc and Fluff: A Dystopian Tale of a Girl and Her Biker

Click on these words to listen to the audio!

An Excerpt (Chapter 20) of Doc and Fluff by Patrick Califia, read by Hyena

Written in the early nineties but set in the apocalyptic future, Doc encounters Fluff in a bathroom of the home base of the Alamo Angels biker gang. Together they kick start a chase up the West Coast,  leaving destruction and mayhem in their wake. The pair winds up in the slums of  Portland, where they settle in with a community of sex workers and dykes. This is where we meet them in  chapter 20, as Doc and Fluff’s relationship continues its downward slide. read more

Silent In Gehenna by Harlan Ellison

approaching-oblivionclick on this link! Here is the audio! This green text will take you to spoken words!

Anarchists throughout history have not only attacked society, authority, and civilization, they have been voices screaming into the void; they are lights occasionally blinking in the bleak darkness that has overtaken what is now called humanity.  Harlan Ellison captures the voice of a lone revolutionary, a lone terrorist, who lies into the bullhorn that he is part of a movement and one of many, when in reality he is alone, destroying the entire University of Southern California by himself. read more