We’d Walk a Mile for a Kafka

Oh, those clever Brit designers:

The flip-top cigarette pack is one of the most successful pieces of packaging design in history. TankBooks pay homage to this iconic form by employing it in the service of great literature. We have launched a series of books designed to mimic cigarette packs — the same size, packaged in flip-top cartons with silver foil wrapping and sealed in cellophane.

And if you get bored, you can always rip out the pages for rolling paper.

Tales to Take Your Breath Away [TankBooks]

And my first thought is “new collectible.”

And can I get the Jackie Collins Classics Collection from these people?

All in public domain? Hemingway? Yes?

@Benedick: Hemingway? Wot?

I don’t know what Gertrude Stein ever saw in that wannabe. What a wanker.

TJ: From the justice files: Dr. Tiller’s assassin sentenced to 50 to life.

@Benedick: Presumably so. At least in England. And that would also presumably include an early Kafka translation, since translations themselves fall under separate copyright.

I can only guess, however, since the U.S. Disney Copyright Act complicates matters. Does the UK follow life+50? (Or is it 75 now?) Will Steamboat Willie ever escape his evil corporate captors? If I forward one of Tommcatt’s emails to someone else, am I violating copyright?

@SanFranLefty: Verily, yea, modern US American fundie Christianity the true “Religion of Peace”.

@SanFranLefty: Let’s hope the prison chef has a sense of humor and feeds him balut for breakfast every morning.

@Pedonator: Let’s hope the warden has a sense of justice and bunks him with a 300 lb sodomite born of a 16 y.o. mother who had everything going for her in life until she was raped by her uncle and forced by her god-fearing parents to carry “Bubba” to full term and raise him on the coin she could earn bagging groceries at the local Safeway.

@ナビスコ: Yeah. Good luck quoting the Leviticus 18:22 to your new friends, pal.

Bill Hicks on “anti-abortion fucks”.

@redmanlaw: You’re not a human until you’re in my phone book.

Works for me.

The pro-lifers are the same people who will froth at the mouth about all of us being RFID’d (not that I think that’s a good idea) and at the same time propose that every fetus get a tracking microchip to make sure it isn’t aborted.

I’ll say it again: until it claws its way out of the womb, it’s just a tumor. Or a parasite. Or an allien invader waiting to be born!

@redmanlaw: OFSM, I started going through more Bill Hicks schtick on YouTube, I can’t believe I completely missed this guy in his prime. Just based on a few snippets, I doubt we’d have John Stewart without Bill Hicks. RIP, Bill, and thank you, RML.

@redmanlaw and Pedonator: That was awesome, and like Pedo, I’m now immersed in YouTube snippets. Can’t believe I’ve never heard of someone this inappropriate.

I got into Bill Hicks through Tool. They cite him as a huge influence on their work from the 90s, particularly the album Aenima, which has the tunes Stinkfist, 46&2 (a personal anthem), Pushit, as well as the title track referencing Hicks’ theme of an Arizona Bay being created when LA falls into the sea in an earthquake, as well as a Hicks clip before the song Third Eye.

Hicks: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vpmgO4BTNCc

Tool, “Aenima” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uCEeAn6_QJo:

Some say the end is near.
Some say we’ll see armageddon soon.
I certainly hope we will.
I sure could use a vacation from this

Bullshit three ring circus sideshow of

Here in this hopeless fucking hole we call LA
The only way to fix it is to flush it all away.
Any fucking time. Any fucking day.
Learn to swim, I’ll see you down in Arizona bay.

Hicks is on the Aenima cover art, and the cd art also includes a map of the US with an Arizona Bay.

46&2 video w/lyrics


(Progressive) Metal!

@SanFranLefty: I wrote on a gun blog that they can no longer call the 9th Cir “liberal” after that fucking piece of shit.

@redmanlaw: Was I the only one who noticed the gender of the dissenting judge?

@redmanlaw: @Pedonator: @SanFranLefty: Thanks to all for the introduction and the information re Bill Hicks. When I first clicked on the link, I thought who is Bill Hicks? and then, I don’t dare ask, probably every Stinquer but me has known the answer to that question forever.

@redmanlaw: @SanFranLefty: @SanFranLefty: Where are the pro-lifers on outrages like this?

@lynnlightfoot: I’m actually very late to Hicks. But after plowing through all the DVDs recently, I’m partial to the earlier stuff.

@Benedick: That’s because you left to soon. Towards the end of his career, Hicks was much more popular in England than here.

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