Black Magic (Hidden Cities)
This whole city is run on witchcraft. Did you know 100 black women are missing from skid row? It’s black magic. There was this guy, he was white, and he was with this lady. He passed me. I’d bought a bunch of food and I was eating ice cream. He looked and he tells his woman right in my presence, "they after her with black magic." He stopped and looked at me like he felt bad for me. He was talking about the people that’s in this city.
This city is full of witchcraft. Here, San Diego, Arizona, El Paso Texas. Someone tried to make me a witch when I was 21 years old. I said no. Turned him down. The guy that came after me was already a warlock; he wanted me to be a witch. He said "you ain’t had a chance to use your your gift yet". He said "I want to train you to use your gift, you can make plenty money if you do this." Then he handed me a devil’s prayer to denounce god. I said no. He said "I don’t do this for just no anybody." I said I ain’t gonna use no gift for the devil. Mac Daddy caught a fit. He used to run up on me with sharp objects you use to cut wood. I had to get out from around him ‘cause he wanted to make me a witch.
Jesus Christ tells in the Holy Scriptures: if you die a witch, he’s gonna cut your head off. 'Cause it's treason against Jesus.
The Royal Road
It has neither name nor place. I shall repeat the reason I was describing it to you: from the number of imaginable cities we must exclude those whose elements are assembled without a connecting thread, an inner rule, a perspective, a discourse. With cities, it is as with dreams: everything imaginable can be dreamed, but even the most unexpected dream is a rebus that conceals a desire or, its reverse, a fear. Cities, like dreams, are made of desires and fears, even if the thread of their discourse is secret, their rules are absurd, their perspectives deceitful, and everything conceals something else.
Cities and Memory (1466 East 54th Street, Los Angeles)
On May 17, 1974, the Los Angeles Police Department's newly formed SWAT division engaged six heavily armed Symbionese Liberation Army militants barricaded in a small house in South Central. Three months earlier, the SLA had made headlines with the kidnapping of the publishing heiress Patricia Hearst. Media obsession with the story was so intense that Newsweek put the photogenic Hearst on its cover seven times. The saga’s cocktail of celebrity, spectacle and violence would, in many ways, give rise to the media world we inhabit today, while the siege would usher in an age of militarised urban police forces.
The scene at West 54th Street became a landmark in the history of television. Until then, advance planning was required to broadcast live events. But new technology allowed local TV station KNXT to broadcast live from the field through a microwave transmitter attached to a van. Thanks to the minicam, the Hearst kidnapping led to the first unplanned breaking news event to be broadcast live and soon millions of viewers were watching not only what was, then, the biggest police shootout in U.S. history, but the first example of terrorism as media spectacle.
Years later, evidence emerged suggesting that the SLA's leader, Donald DeFreeze, had been an agent provocateur working to discredit the radical left. It is doubtful that the facts of the saga will ever be parsed from the fiction, perhaps least of all the degree to which Hearst herself was complicit in it. The siege ended with the deaths of the six SLA members. But as 1466 East 54th Street went up in flames, the question for TV presenters and viewers alike was whether Hearst herself was in the building.
She was in fact 20 miles away, at a Disneyland motel watching the scene unfold on television.
Dream City / Dream House
A face appears, disappears... a trace is found, is lost. All the folklore of dreams is so much in its place that the next day when I am awake I realize that I continue to seek in the basement labyrinth the presence concealed the night before. I begin to wonder if those dreams are really mine, or if they are part of a totality, of a gigantic collective dream of which the entire city may be the projection.
The Ghosts of Charles Manson and IBM meet in Caesar’s Palace
‘We’ll find you a car, Wayne, so you can see more of LA. The old freeway system is still there, should last as long as the Pyramids.’ With remarkable frankness he told me that he sees Manson's Vegas and Los Angeles operations as the base for a new Mexican kingdom that will occupy the whole of north America to the west of the Rockies. I tried to explain to him my own dreams of a renascent USA, but he clearly thinks I am crazily impractical, hung-up on brand names and a lot of infantile delusions about unlimited growth. In his eyes it was an excess of fantasy that killed the United States, the whole Mickey Mouse and Marilyn thing, the most brilliant technologies devoted to trivia like instant cameras and space spectaculars that should have stayed in the pages of science fiction. As he put it, some of the last Presidents of the USA seemed to have been recruited straight from Disneyland. Paco reads the Batman comics, but he regards himself as coldly realistic. Oddly enough, I don’t think he has as much faith in Manson as I have, sees him as an eccentric Lloyd Wright, Edison or Land.
The Fiction of Knowledge
The desire to see the city preceded the means of satisfying it. Medieval or Renaissance painters represented the city as seen in a perspective that no eye had yet enjoyed. This fiction already made the medieval spectator into a celestial eye. It created gods. Have things changed since technical procedures have organized an ‘all-seeing power’? The totalizing eye imagined by the painters of earlier times lives on in our achievements. The same scopic drive haunts users of architectural productions by materializing today the utopia that yesterday was only painted.
The world which had held one bewitched and 'possessed' is spread out like text before one's eyes, to be read as though by a solar eye or the gaze of God. The elation of a scopic, gnostic impulse: to be nothing but this pure viewpoint - this is the fiction of knowledge.
The Cosmic Age
It was well after five o'clock when we pulled into the motel parking lot. Teko told me to get under the blanket on the floor of the car in order to stay out of sight while Yolanda went in and registered for a room for two. They would sneak me into the room to save money and for security in case the police had been alerted to look for two women and a man... After Yolanda registered we drove around to our motel room and moved in. We now had only our weapons with us, having lost the clothes and groceries we had bought when we abandoned Cin's VW. The room seemed marvelously big to me and clean, with two large double beds and a color television set.
A Labyrinth with no Centre
The film has at least two plots. The first, pointlessly banal, attempts to milk applause from dimwits: a vain millionaire collects statues, gardens, palaces, swimming pools, diamonds, cars, libraries, men and women. Like an earlier collector (whose observations are usually ascribed to the Holy Ghost), he discovers that this cornucopia of miscellany is a vanity of vanities: all is vanity. At the point of death, he yearns for one single thing in the universe, the humble sled he played with as a child!
The second plot is far superior. It links the Koheleth to the memory of another nihilist, Franz Kafka. A kind of metaphysical detective story, its subject (both psychological and allegorical) is the investigation of a man’s inner self, through the works he has wrought, the words he has spoken, the many lives he has ruined... Forms of multiplicity and incongruity abound in the film: the first scenes record the treasures amassed by Kane; in one of the last, a poor woman, luxuriant and suffering, plays with an enormous jigsaw puzzle on the floor of a palace that is also a museum. At the end we realize that the fragments are not governed by any secret unity: the detested Charles Foster Kane is a simulacrum, a chaos of appearances... In a story by Chesterton — “The Head of Caesar,” I think — the hero observes that nothing is so frightening as a labyrinth with no centre. This film is precisely that labyrinth.
The Cult of the Fetish Gods
By virtue of it being value, Capital has acquired the occult ability to add value to itself. It brings forth living offspring...
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The Most Valuable Space in North America
One Wilshire Boulevard is a 30-story telecommunications exchange point, or “carrier hotel”, in downtown Los Angeles. Largely empty of personnel, the building is filled with computer servers and fiber-optic cables. It is one of the three most important telecommunications centres in the world and, as the termination point for multiple Asia-Pacific subsea cables, is the most highly connected data centre on the Pacific Rim. Approximately a third of all telephone and internet data connections between Asia and the US pass through the building.
The structure is owned by GI Partners, a San Francisco and London-based private equity firm which bought the building in 2014 for $437.5 million. GI holds over $2 billion in assets. Apart from commercial and residential real estate its business interests include healthcare and education services, software, hospitality, leisure and retail, mission-critical technology, logistics, media, energy and financial services.
Today, One Wilshire commands the highest rent per square foot in North America.
Tenants of One Wislhire include Verizon (VZ, +2.62%), AT&T (T, +2.03%), Amazon Web Services (AMZN, -0.48%), Netflix (NFLX, +0.56%) and CoreSite (COR, +0.66%), a national data centre and collocation provider.
Neighbourhoods West of Downtown LA as a Magic-Realist Computer Game
A Good Place to Think
I started the car, and drove down an empty Sunset Boulevard all the way to the Pacific coast highway. A rain-heavy, overcast sky. I finally stopped at Malibu, alone by the ocean on the edge of this huge city. I walked through the groves of palm trees and sat on the beach, a fringe of sand littered with rotting coconuts and the remains of hundreds of stills. A good place to think. I wandered through the shells of the film stars houses, husks of dreams impaled by the palms.
The Necroeconomic Logic of Capital
Larry Phillips, Jr. and Emil Mătăsăreanu met at a Gold's Gym in Venice, California, sharing an interest in bodybuilding, weightlifting and firearms. After a series of successful armoured car and bank robberies, on 28 February, 1997 Phillips and Mătăsăreanu robbed a North Hollywood Bank of America with an execution inspired by the Michael Mann film Heat, which had been released a year earlier. Sedated with phenobarbital, they were armed with automatic weapons and body armour. The plan went to script, with the botched robbery resulting in a 45 minute firefight with close to 400 members of the LAPD outside the bank. An estimated 1800 bullets were fired, twelve policemen and eight civilians injured and the perpetrators killed.
Live television broadcasts presented the action from multiple viewpoints caught from helicopters and camera crews on the ground, while presenters referenced the scene’s resemblance to the film Heat.
“In the United States certainly, television news increasingly is broadcast as noir cinema. News of violence is shot like handheld excursions into neo-noir… I had students compare the television coverage [of the North Hollywood shootout] to scenes from Heat. They agreed that the movie looked more 'realistic' but, most stridently, that the film grammar was essentially identical.”
- Norman M. Klein, “Gold Fevers: Global LA and the Noir Imaginary”
Training Centre for the Wall-Installation of Listening Devices (404 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles)
A Simple Idea in Architecture
We know the principle on which it was based: at the periphery, an annular building; at the centre, a tower; this tower is pierced with wide windows that open onto the inner side of the ring; the peripheric building is divided into cells, each of which extends the whole width of the building; they have two windows, one on the inside, corresponding to the windows of the tower; the other, on the outside, allows the light to cross the cell from one end to the other. All that is needed, then, is to place a supervisor in a central tower and to shut up in each cell a madman, a patient, a condemned man, a worker or a schoolboy. By the effect of backlighting, one can observe from the tower, standing out precisely against the light, the small captive shadows in the cells of the periphery. They are like so many cages, so many small theatres, in which each actor is alone, perfectly individualized and constantly visible. The panoptic mechanism arranges spatial unities that make it possible to see constantly and to recognize immediately. In short, it reverses the principle of the dungeon; or rather of its three functions—to enclose, to deprive of light and to hide—it preserves only the first and eliminates the other two. Full lighting and the eye of a supervisor capture better than darkness, which ultimately protected. Visibility is a trap.
The US Bank Tower (Koinos Kosmos)
If two people dream the same dream it ceases to be an illusion; the basic test that distinguishes reality from hallucination is the consensus gentium, that one other or several others see it too. This is the idios kosmos, the private dream, contrasted to the shared dream of us all, the koinos kosmos. What is new in our time is that we are beginning to see the plastic, trembling quality of the koinos kosmos — which scares us, its insubstantiality — and the more-than-mere vapor quality of the hallucination. Like SF, a third reality is formed half way between.
Overseas Union Enterprise (OUE) Ltd. is "a diversified real estate owner, developer and operator dedicated to bringing new life to iconic buildings and communities across the globe." Reflecting this commitment, OUE purchased the US Bank Tower in 2013, and since then has invested nearly $100 million in renovation and improvements, including a skylobby and exhibit hall, a restaurant named 71Above and an observation deck named OUE Skyspace on the 69th and 70th floors.
According to the 9/11 Commission Report on the 11 September attacks, the plot originally called for the hijacking of ten aeroplanes, one of which was to be flown into the US Bank Tower, then the tallest building on the West Coast of the United States.
Air Unit with 30 Million Candlepower Nightsun
158. THE SPECTACLE, BEING the reigning social organization of a paralyzed history, of a paralyzed memory, of an abandonment of any history founded in historical time, is in effect a false consciousness of time.
150. PSEUDO-CYCLICAL TIME typifies the consumption of modern economic survival — of that augmented survival in which daily lived experience embodies no free choices and is subject, no longer to the natural order, but to a pseudo-nature constructed by means of alienated labor. It is therefore quite "natural" that pseudo-cyclical time should echo the old cyclical rhythms that governed survival in pre-industrial societies. It builds, in fact, on the natural vestiges of cyclical time, while also using these as models on which to base new but homologous variants: day and night, weekly work and weekly rest, the cycle of vacations and so on.
Zones of Possession (Smooth Space)
Preserving the 'hood through retaliatory attacks and writing encrypted messages on South Central walls come under critical examination when Shakur realises that he does not even own a brick in the United States, and yet, since the age of eleven, he has defended a territory that is not really his own. Shakur is a nomad whose continuous movements suggest he does not possess any territory and yet his actions still demarcate zones of possession, an actuality, or an identity within the urban landscapes of Los Angeles. This movement is smooth space, which, according to Deleuze and Guattari, is the removed perimiter from the apparatus of recoding, or reterritorialization, of the State apparatus. "It is in this sense that nomads have no points, paths, or lands, even though they do by all appearances."
At the main entrance of Welton Becket and Associates' new building on Alameda Street, an art installation has a calming and inspiring effect. 108 wind-chiming bells are each inscribed with one-word virtues such as “harmony,” “mindfulness” and “service”. The generous mini-plaza is combed with undulating and circular patterns that mimic sand art. But the building's ambience is more than a mere facade. The interior has barless windows, a pastel colour plan, well-tended patio shrubbery, prison staff in preppy uniforms, a hotel-type reception area and nine recreation spaces equipped with Nautilus workout equipment.
The Dream as a Weaponised Meme
“The weaponized meme, when properly introduced and reinforced, will parasitically weave its way throughout the labyrinth of the mind and attach itself to the subconscious, thus effecting the root of the thought of the recipient.”
― James Scott, Senior Fellow, The Center for Cyber Influence Operations Studies
In The Ecology of Dreams, François Brunot discusses the American Dream in terms of a weaponised meme: “whether it is dreams of youth, of being rich and famous, or of producing a multi-generational wealthy family, people who pursue such dreams based upon unrealistic ideals, or without the requisite access will, as carriers of the associated cultural virus, destroy themselves either partially or totally. Such ideas destroy people. These weaponised ideological values that support the culture are most reliably delivered in the form of entertainment, in films and in television."
Theodor Adorno House (316 S Kenter Avenue, Los Angeles)
On the summit of the bluff and as though growing out of it in a kind of stony efflorescence, stood a castle. But what a castle! The donjon was like a skyscraper, the bastions plunged headlong with the effortless swoop of concrete dams. The thing was Gothic, mediaeval, baronial — doubly baronial, Gothic with a Gothicity raised, so to speak, to a higher power, more mediaeval than any building of the thirteenth century. For this... this object, as Jeremy was reduced to calling it, was mediaeval, not out of vulgar historical necessity, like Coucy, say, or Alnwick, but out of pure fun and wantonness, platonically, one might say. It was mediaeval as only a witty and irresponsible modern architect would wish to be mediaeval, as only the most competent modern engineers are technically equipped to be.
Daily Activity Patterns of the Homeless (“The Time-Space Prism”)
The time-space prism can exist between any pair of temporally adjacent points. In this case, there is an open temporal interval - "time-budget" in time geography parlance - during which the person can conduct travel and participate in activities. More generally, one or both of the origin or destination points may be unknown, or they may be different locations. Projecting the time-space prism onto the two-dimensional geographic plane delimits the potential path area, that is, the set of geographic locations that the person can occupy during the available time budget. The potential path area is a binary map, where values indicate presence inside the projected time-space prism.
Lord Technologies Corporate Headquarters (450 South Bixel St, Los Angeles)
Lord Technologies is a diversified technologies manufacturing company that designs, develops, and sells advanced electronics, computer software, security and defense equipment. The company's products include unique brands of cell phones and laptops, telepathy inhibitors and metahuman detectors. Red Kryptonite, a synthetic, radioactive variant of the naturally occurring green element, affects targets on a psychological level, removing their inhibitions and restraints. Prolonged exposure to Red Kryptonite inhibits moral faculties and victims have been known to become dangerously reckless and narcissistic. Lord Technologies stated philosophy is: "The world has changed drastically and overnight, so we must change with it. It is our job to provide the resources and technologies to allow everyday Americans to keep up in an out of control universe."
Founder, CEO and billionaire Maxwell Lord was instrumental in the formation of the Justice League International.
Cities of Refuge
As synthesized by Pfizer, Morbehanine quickly became the most popular drug in all countries where it was not prohibited usually in some gentling combination with the traditional. Modified by narcotizing agents it was marketed as Oraline; with caffeine it became Koffee; with tranquilizers Fadeout. In its crude form it was used only by the half million or so members of the intellectual elite who practiced Historical Analysis.
Unmodified Morbihanine induces a state of intensely experienced "daydreaming" in which usual relationships of figure-to-field are reversed. During a common hallucinogenic high the self remains a constant while the environment, as in dreams, undergoes transformation. With Morbehanine the landscape that one inhabits, after the initial "fixing" period, is not much more malleable than our own everyday world, but one is aware of one's slightest action in this landscape as a free, spontaneous, willed choice. It was possible to dream responsibly.
What determines the outlines of the alternate world is the subject's sum knowledge of the period he chooses to fix during his first trips. Without continuous research one was apt to create a fantasy life as monotonous as the afternoon sex features. Most people, sensibly, preferred the mild, multidirectional zonk of Oraline, its euphoric illusion of freedom every which way.
For the few, however, the more strenuous pleasures of Pure Will were worth a greater effort. A century before the same people had covered themselves with useless degrees in the humanities, filling the graduate schools to overflowing. Now, with Morbihanine, there was a use for all the history history students are forever studying.
Konsumterror (The Lorenzo de’ Medici of Los Angeles)
Visitors approached the mansion—designed in part by Frank Gehry—through a private sculpture park, then entered a sitting room the size of a hotel lobby before descending a stairway into a series of double-height galleries. “This is bigger than the Gagosian,” said fashion-world fixture Richard Buckley as he arrived at the first subterranean white cube, with its cranelike Calder sculpture and pair of giant Chuck Close portraits… The 130 guests included fellow megacollectors Michael Ovitz and Eugenio Lopez; art stars Ed Ruscha, John Baldessari and Franz West (in town for his LACMA retrospective); gallerists Shaun Caley Regen and Michael Kohn; and international playboy-collector Nicolas Berggruen.
The party, in honor of the 40th anniversary of Art Basel, was organized in part by their West Coast head of VIP relations, Lauren Taschen—wife of publisher and art collector Benedikt Taschen—and was intended as a sort of stimulus package to foster enthusiasm for what is widely considered the art world’s preeminent sales event.
“There’s a nonlinear, omnidirectional cultural energy that is part of the fair,” offered artist Doug Aitken, who has attended in the past with his European gallerist, Eva Presenhuber; this year he will participate in a program at Theater Basel curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist and also featuring Matthew Barney, Olafur Eliasson and Pierre Huyghe. “Also, while I don’t think that exclusivity is necessarily a good thing, Basel has a sense of being curated. It weeds out the white noise. It’s like a museum experience.”
Despite the woeful economic climate in the real world, the evening at Broad’s art-filled Shangri-la had all the trappings of headier days. Cosponsor Cartier invited a bevy of its diamond-clad customers, and additional sponsorship from NetJets and UBS was a subtle reminder that only a year ago, private planes were an aspirational luxury, not a political liability. There was a slightly frantic edge to the merriment—as if a four-course Wolfgang Puck dinner including hand-formed mascarpone agnolotti with black winter truffles could jump-start a new bull market.
Chengüchngech, Supreme Creator God
They believed in one God, the maker and creator of all things, whose name was (and is) held so sacred among them as hardly ever to be used, and when used only in a low voice. That name is Qua-o-ar. When they have to use the name of the supreme being on an ordinary occasion they substitute in its stead the word Y-yo-ha-rivg-nain or “The Giver of Life”. They have only one word to designate life and soul.
The world was at one time in a state of chaos, until God gave it its present formation, fixing it on the shoulders of Seven Giants, made expressly for this end. They have their names, and when they move themselves an earthquake is the consequence. Animals were then formed, and lastly men and women were made separately from earth, and ordered to live together. The man's name was TOBOHAR, the woman's PABAVIT. God ascended to Heaven immediately afterwards, where he receives the soul of all who die. They had no bad spirit connected with their creed; and never heard of a “Devil” or a “Hell” until the coming of the Spaniards.
Notes Toward a New Dreampolitik
Guardians of the Threshold
One knew of places in ancient Greece where the way led down into the underworld. Our waking existence likewise is a land which, at certain hidden points, leads down into the underworld — a land full of inconspicuous places from which dreams arise. All day long, suspecting nothing, we pass them by, but no sooner has sleep come than we are eagerly groping our way back to lose ourselves in the dark corridors. By day, the labyrinth of urban dwellings resembles consciousness... At night, however, under the tenebrous mass of the houses, their denser darkness protrudes like a threat, and the nocturnal pedestrian hurries past — unless, that is, we have emboldened him to turn into the narrow lane.
... at dusk glowing red lights point the way into the underworld of names... misshapen sewer gods, catacomb fairies. This labyrinth harbours in its interior not one but a dozen blind raging bulls, into whose jaws not one Theban virgin once a year but thousands of anemic young dressmakers and drowsy clerks every morning must hurl themselves. Here, underground, nothing more of the collision, the intersection, of names — that which aboveground forms the linguistic network of the city. here each name dwells alone; hell is its demesne. Amer, Picon, Dubonnet are guardians of the threshold.
Dream Houses of the Collective (436 N Rodeo Dr, Beverly Hills)
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Brentwood Country Estates (Running Wild)
The exclusive 24-hour gate-guarded community of Brentwood Country Estates was completed in 1991 by the Hilton family, of hotels fame. It is located minutes from Brentwood’s fine shops and dining in the exclusive suburb of West Los Angeles. There are only 14 estate sites in this 250-acre enclave, which assures undisturbed privacy and security. Each site averages 3.85 acres with flat building pads ranging from 30,000 square feet to over 2 acres. This unique development combines a serene country setting with breathtaking views of the ocean, city and mountains.
This is an active community that features the semi-annual BCE barbecue, Halloween Party, Spring Easter Egg Hunt, and other activities throughout the year. The community also offers three tennis courts, two paddle tennis courts, children’s playground, basketball courts, and even a small pitch/putt course. The BEC Clubhouse has a spacious “great room” with a professional catering kitchen for meetings and private parties, plus a fully equipped gymnasium, pool, and spa. What makes Brentwood Country Estates so wonderful are its landscaped public areas and roadways. Because of its seclusion and security, maintained by constant guard patrol and security cameras, many high network celebrities and business executives are drawn to the community such as actor Arnold Schwarzenegger, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and his supermodel spouse, Gisele Bundchen.
Prohibiting Residual Bourgeois Tendencies Among Municipal Employees
Plan for the Assassination of Jane Fonda
They collected maps—topographical maps of the Rockies, abandoned silver mines in the Sierras. They rehearsed violent encounters in the closed space of the house... They also stored thousands of rounds of ammunition. In a closet, there were cyanide-tipped bullets. They were inveterate list makers, too, and Nancy Ling Perry's to-do compilation reflected her surreal constellation of interests:
* the Communique
* all those papers
* memorize addresses
* make a dress
* Molotov cocktails
* Wood cutting
* Buy bolts of material
Among the evidence was a long list of targets for assassination or kidnapping. None were contacted by the police to warn them of their status. Most were older, white males connected to such entities as the Bank of America, Wells Fargo Bank, Standard Oil of California, Kaiser Industries, Del Monte Corporation, Safeway Stores and others.
Patricia's fury had not abated. She would curl up with the newspaper, and a pen, and circle the names of her enemies, especially those she regarded as betrayers of the revolutionary cause. Angela Davis and Jane Fonda were favorite targets. At one point, Micki asked Patricia what she was doing. "Making our hit list," she replied.
1974 - 1982 - 2017 - How did we get here?
(Remembering our Radical Past)
Working with the topography of accessibility / Zones of Transition
The potential path field or topography of accessibility measures the connectedness of each cell to other cells reachable within the time budget. Higher on the topography of accessibility, more places become accessible within the given time budget: climbing the high ground, one gets better access to the places within the time budget; staying on the high ground maintains good access to other places within the time budget, meaning that travel on the high ground is fast. Cells positioned high on the topography of accessibility are thus candidates for paths, corridors and routes.
El Templo de Santa Muerte
He wanted a dollar for the portrait. I gave him one and he came back with a cheeseburger, chatting while he ate it. He was wearing heavy black ski gloves, although it was about 95 degrees. The man said he was friendly with Keanu Reeves and goes to parties at his house in the hills. There's a big neon light in one of the rooms there and he said Keanu has a special drawer full of bikinis for the girls that come over but don't have anything to wear for the pool. I looked at his shirt again. A cartoon polar bear was savaging an Inuit, his guts spilling out. I had thought it wouldn't matter and might even be a good thing, but it wasn't and I realised the shot probably wouldn't work. All the parties end up in the pool, he said.
the dead tree gives no shelter
Predatory war machines accelerating through the jungle - uprooting arboreal sedimentation - mongrelising 'authenticity'. Feral improvisation displaces arboreal code with a revolutionary - almost cataclysmic - velocity. Speed kills! - the war machine invents absolute speed.
The Geometry of Dreamspace
Without knowing what futurism is like, Johansen achieved something very close to it when he spoke of the city; for instead of describing any definite structure or building, he dwells only on broad impressions of vast angles and stone surfaces–surfaces too great to belong to anything right or proper for this earth, and impious with horrible images and hieroglyphs. I mention his talk about angles because it suggests something Wilcox had told me of his awful dreams. He said that the geometry of the dream-place he saw was abnormal, non-Euclidean, and loathsomely redolent of spheres and dimensions apart from ours.
Life in California: During a Residence of Several Years in That Territory
The Necroeconomic Logic of Capital (El Ultimo Beso)
The market reduces and rations life; it not only allows death, it demands that death be allowed by the sovereign power, as well as by those who suffer it. In other words it demands and requires that the latter allow themselves to die. From this we must conclude that underneath the appearance of a system whose intricate harmony might be appreciated as a kind of austere and awful beauty, a self-regulating system, not the ideal perhaps, but the best of all possible systems, is the demand that some must allow themselves to die. This of course raises the possibility that those so called upon will refuse this demand – that is, that they will refuse to allow themselves to die. It is at this point that the state, which might appear to have no other relation to the market than one of a contemplative acquiescence, is called into action: those who refuse to allow themselves to die must be compelled by force to do so. This force, then, while external to the market, is necessary to its existence and function.
In a Dream of Strange Cities
Strategies of Exclusion
The Minotaur was destined for neither life nor death - not, at least, until Theseus arrived: he was simply to be removed, "ousted" as a danger to the King. The labyrinth gave "evil" a location; it was the site of malevolence. It was what Michel Foucault termed a heterotopia, a place beyond all others, the flip-side of society. It was a kind of testing ground: a trial run at making something disappear without actually destroying it.
How to Overcome Fear of Crime in Downtowns
Create a Dense, Compact, Multifunctional Core Area.
A downtown can be designed and developed to make visitors feel that it - or a significant portion of it - is attractive and the type of place that 'respectable people' like themselves tend to frequent. A core downtown area that is compact, densely developed and multifunctional will concentrate people, giving them more activities... The activities offered in this core area will determine what 'type' of people will be strolling its sidewalks; locating offices and housing for middle- and upper-income residents in or near the core area can assure a high percentage of 'respectable', law-abiding pedestrians. Such an attractive redeveloped core area would also be large enough to affect the downtown's overall image.
The Threshold of Understanding
She drove into San Narciso on a Sunday, in a rented Impala. Nothing was happening. She looked down a slope, needing to squint for the sunlight, onto a vast sprawl of houses which had grown up all together, like a well-tended crop, from the dull brown earth; and she thought of the time she’d opened a transistor radio to replace a battery and seen her first printed circuit. The ordered swirl of houses and streets, from this high angle, sprang at her now with the same unexpected, astonishing clarity as the circuit card had. Though she knew even less about radios than about Southern Californians, there were to both outward patterns a hieroglyphic sense of concealed meaning, of an intent to communicate. There’d seemed no limit to what the printed circuit could have told her (if she had tried to find out); so in her first minute of San Narciso, a revelation also trembled just past the threshold of her understanding.
Risk Free Consumption in a Private Dreamworld
But who has defended the Los Angeles rioters in the terms they deserve? We will. Let the economists fret over the $27 million lost, and the city planners sigh over one of their most beautiful supermarkets gone up in smoke, and Parker blubber over his slain deputy sheriff. Let the sociologists bemoan the absurdity and intoxication of this rebellion. The role of a revolutionary publication is not only to justify the Los Angeles insurgents, but to help elucidate their perspectives, to explain theoretically the truth for which such practical action expresses the search.
The Actor Patrick Duffy as Bobby Ewing Resurrected from Auto Fatality
1. in a film, television series, or other fictional work. a piece of new information that imposes a different interpretation on previously described events, typically used to facilitate a dramatic plot shift or account for an inconsistency.
At the most enigmatic moment, when all paths stop and when one is at the point of being lost, or at the absolute beginning, when one is on the threshold of something else, the labyrinth suddenly again offers the same: its last puzzle, the trap hidden in the centre—it is a mirror behind which the identical is located. This mirror teaches that life before coming alive was already the same, as it will be the same in the immobility of death. The mirror which reflects the birth that's explained by the labyrinth is the one where death looks upon itself, in turn reflected by it. And the nature of the labyrinth comes infinitely close to the metamorphosis resulting in the passage from life to death, and in the maintenance of life in death. The labyrinth leads to a Minotaur which is a mirror, a mirror of birth and of death, the deep and inaccessible point of all metamorphoses.
In a Golden Land (The Chance to Begin Again)
Seven years later [Hearst] was living with the bodyguard she had married, their infant daughter, and two German shepherds behind locked doors in a Spanish-style house equipped with "the best electronic security system available."
List of Works
Unattributed texts: E. Telford
1. Interview with ‘X’, E Telford
2. Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities
4. Chris Marker, Sans Soleil
5. JG Ballard, Hello America
6. Michel de Certeau, The Practice of Everyday Life, Volume 1
7. Patricia Campbell Hearst, Every Secret Thing
8. JL Borges, “An Overwhelming Film”, Selected Non-fictions
9. Karl Marx, Capital
10. Salton Inc. manufacturer’s text
13. JG Ballard, Hello America
15. Michel Foucault, Discipline and Punish
17. a/ Phillip K Dick, "The True Stories of the Three Stigmas of the Five Break-Ins of Philip K. Dick," Paul Williams, Rolling Stone, November 6, 1975 b/ Telford
19. Guy Debord, The Society of the Spectacle
20. Deepak Narang Sawhney, “South Central Los Angeles and Minor Literature,” Unmasking L.A.: Third Worlds and the City
24. Aldous Huxley, After Many a Summer Dies the Swan
25. Dimitrij Mlekuz, Exploring the topography of movement, in Computational Approaches to the Study of Movement in Archaeology
27. Thomas Disch, 334
28. Kevin West, "Art Party," W Magazine, 1 June, 2009
30. Walter Benjamin, The Arcades Project
37. a/ Jeffrey Tobin, American Heiress. b/ Brad Schreiber, The Patty Hearst Kidnapping, Mind Control, and the Secret History of Donald DeFreeze and the SLA
39. Dimitrij Mlekuz, “Exploring the Topography of Movement,” Computational Approaches to the Study of Movement in Archaeology
42. Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari, A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia
43. HP Lovecraft, “The Madness from the Sea,” The Call of Cthulhu and Other Stories
46. Warren Montag, “Necro-Economics: Adam Smith and Death in the Life of the Universal,” Radical Philosophy, November 2005
48. Jan Wenzel and Olaf Nicolai, Four Times Through the Labyrinth
52. N. David Milder, “Crime and Downtown Revitalization,” Urban Land, Sept 1987
53. Pynchon, Thomas, The Crying of Lot 49
55. Guy Debord, “The Decline and Fall of the Spectacle-Commodity Economy,” Situationism: A Compendium
56. Michel Foucault, Death and the Labyrinth
57. Joan Didion, “Girl of the Golden West,” After Henry: Essays