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COLUMN FIFTY-EIGHT, APRIL 1, 2001
(Copyright 2001 Al Aronowitz)

ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT!  

Subject: brilliant
Date: Mon, 6 Nov 2000 01:17:29 +0300
From: "Hacienda" <interlink@netkey.bishkek.su>
Organization: IOC
To: <info@blacklistedjournalist.com>
CC: <kitai03@hotmail.com>

Who ever wrote the article about Bob Dylan, The Beatles and the evil weed is absolutely brilliant

please respond ##

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DIPSHIT!

Subject: (no subject)
Date: Sat, 10 Feb 2001 04:52:29 EST
From: Channah521@cs.com
To: info@blacklistedjournalist.com

Sorry fools, Louis Armstrong is the most beautiful human to have been given

birth onto north America and to then walk about its face.  Miles is the dipshit, I would give the last two years of however many I am supposed to live to have been able to see him play dear old southland at terra blues on la guardia in the village.  I read your article to see which cigar Armstrong enjoyed not to understand yous to be morally bankrupt trifling no-count pieces of mierda. ##

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DARLENE FIFE BEING SUED!

 
Subject: Darlene Fife & Surregional Press Sued!
Date: Fri, 09 Feb 2001 21:37:36
From: "Dennis Formento" <mesechabe@hotmail.com>
To: info@blacklistedjournalist.com

Yes, indeed, friends, it finally happened.  Today Surregional Press got the pleadings in the case of Dorothy C. Higson v. Darlene Fife et al.  Ms. Higson believes that Darlene's book Portraits From Memory:  New Orleans in the Sixties, recently published by Surregional, has caused her mental anguish, public embarassment, and financial loss, and constitutes an invasion of her privacy.  She is suing for financial damages & "injunctive relief," i.e., we would not be allowed to sell or distribute the book.

Her husband, who remains a friend of Darlene & of Surregional Press & supports us all the way, warned me that she doesn't have a sense of humor. Or something to that effect.

This person had the good fortune to marry (in the 70s) a heroic Englishman who moved to Mississippi in the 60s to work in Freedom Summer.  Subsequently he moved to New Orleans to join the struggle here, and associated with Darlene Fife, Robert Head, and others who published NOLA Express, possibly the South's greatest underground newspaper.  The pleadings are full of factual inaccuracies, such as Mrs. Higson's belief that there are intimate details about their personal lives in the book.  In fact, Darlene knows very little about her from those days, & the Higsons were not married until '73.

Dorothy's name does not appear anywhere in the book.  Her husband virtually disappears from Portraits from Memory after 1971.  She alleges his association in the book with "assassins and arsons," which has no basis in fact whatsoever.  There's a lot of other crazy shit in the pleadings too.

The most wonderful irony is that Dorothy's lawyer has his offices in the house on Canal Street where I lived in 1978-1980, in a commune mostly made up of Oystershell Alliance/safe energy alternatives activists.  I got busted for possession of crabgrass there.  We smoked it in the kitchen, yeah.

Oh, another thing... Portraits From Memory also has the privilege of being segregated from other less controversial books in the original Maple Street Book Shop, due to a certain Playboy parody we reprinted from the original NOLA Express.  Damn, but this publishing bit sure is fun!

Stay tuned for further proceedings.

Dennis ##

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WORD OF MOUTH

 

Subject: Column 56 Section one
Date: Wed, 07 Feb 2001 14:59:34 +1100
From: Harold Hark <hark@optushome.com.au>
To: <info@blacklistedjournalist.com>

Al,

Was forwarded The Blacklisted Journalist URL by John Bennett of Vagabond http://www.eburg.com/~vagabond/main/hotp.html. He gave you a rave review, and now that I've checked out Col56Sect1, I have to agree. Dynamic stuff!

I run a web zine in Australia, with a political page dedicated to the humiliation of Australia's version of the Rebublican Party (URL below). Here they are called the Australian Liberal Party. They used to be quasi-liberal, but for some time have been a Monarchist version of the worst aspects of the Republicans: born to rule, award-winning hubris, genuine hatred of battlers, wowsers bent on censorship, racist, xenophobic, you name it.

From your Col 56 I went to The Guardian and downloaded the two articles from their 24 Dec 2000 edition, which I intend to publish next issue. Christ, what a scene in UmErUhca!

I also intend to put up a links page in the future, and will include yourself and of course Michael Moore. Any others?

Cheers, HH

PS: Do you know Gene Bloom? George Montgomery? If so, are they still around? I used to go under the moniker of "The Willie", published a few of their poems in a mimeo mag. One of my most excruciating memories is of returning to New York on the bus after spending a night with George drinking beer in Hackensack. My bladder has never been the same.  

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Harold Hark

Editor: SCATT! (Scum at the Top!)
http://members.optushome.com.au/thesquiz/scatt.htm
Author: Living in the O
http://members.optushome.com.au/thesquiz/lito.htm  ##

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REPUGNICANTS!  

Subject: Re: repugnicants...
Date: Fri, 23 Feb 2001 18:27:48 -0000
From: "Mike Farahay \(turtle9\)" <turtle9@bright.net>
To: "al aronowitz" <info@blacklistedjournalist.com>

Dear Al:

Research needs to be done on every Pres... election from Carter on...  in that:  The prices on fuel have gone through the roof after each and every one.  This is not a phenomenon from lack of supply, lack of refineries, sudden demand or any other excuse... My brother worked for Exxon for 20 plus years, and will discredit all excuses for high prices except for, your favorite, Republicants recouping their political donation expenses!  

Mike Farahay  (heron9)

http://members.tripod.com/~heron9/index.html1
http://www.CedarArts.com
http://www.BeartoothNatureCenter.com
http://www.farahay.com

turtle9@bright.net  ##

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NOSTRADAMUS HAD IT RIGHT!  

Subject: [Fwd: Predicted???]
Date: Mon, 12 Feb 2001 18:32:50 -0800
From: sophia <sophia@catskill.net
To: al aronowitz <info@blacklistedjournalist.com

this says it all....

In 1555, Nostradamus wrote:  

Come the millennium, month 12,
In the home of greatest power,
The village idiot will come forth
To be acclaimed the leader.  ##  

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