[Marxism] Swans release: June 2, 2008

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sun Jun 1 16:41:48 MDT 2008

June 2, 2008

In this issue:

Note from the Editors:  This is a Special Edition, but first a short
announcement: For those who wish to help the Nader-Gonzalez '08 Campaign
we've assembled specific information about five concrete steps you can take
to make a positive contribution to the future of the USA and the world. We'll
keep updating this document as we gather more details. If you have specific
tips please send them our way.

Over two months ago, Peter Byrne came up with the idea of a special issue on
the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago and the vicious police riots that
ensued. Peter coordinated the entire issue from his Lecce residence in Italy.
Peter was also instrumental in having Art Shay, the preeminent American
photojournalist of the past 60-plus years, contribute his recollection of
these fateful days with the likes of Jean Genet, Allen Ginsberg, William S.
Burroughs, William Styron, Norman Mailer, etc., and generously allow us to
publish some of his famous photographs. A retrospective of Shay's work was
exhibited in Paris last month. Karen Moller went to its opening and sent us a
report as well as pictures. Peter Byrne uses his literary brush to paint the
historical tableau of the political machine in Chicago, the means used by
Mayor Daley to orchestrate the police riots, and what happened at the
Convention. Far from that epicenter, in London, dissent was expressed through
the theatre. Former drama critic Irving Wardle talks about the production of
The Chicago Conspiracy (the Convention, the demos, the Chicago Eight) and
Charles Marowitz's master-stroke in casting William Burroughs as Judge
Hoffman at The Open Space Theatre. Charles goes behind the scene to reveal
the nuts and bolts of the play and how humor served the purpose of
demonstrating the travesty of justice and the ludicrousness of those events.

Speaking of the Chicago Eight, Louis Proyect looks into the respective
trajectories of Rennie Davis, Jerry Rubin, and Abbie Hoffman -- only Abbie is
worthy of respect -- and the corrosive power of American capitalism. Michael
Doliner, who was in Chicago, offers three vignettes of his experience during
those tumultuous times. Carol Warner Christen was not there but her
transformative experiences in 1968, as you'll see, have served her well, even
though many were not so pleasant. As to Norman Mailer, one can imagine Gore
Vidal taking some pleasure at the reading of Peter Byrne's essay. Mailer
appears rather aloof -- a navel-gazing non-reporter -- and a mostly confused
man as he participates in and writes about those days.

Guido Monte, Gilles d'Aymery, and Martin Murie were not in Chicago, but Monte
translated a short excerpt of Pier Paolo Pasolini's 1968 poem to young
communist students, which reflects his sentiments in regard to the Italian
riots in that year. Nostalgia about 1968 abounds, but Gilles d'Aymery does
not fall for it as he places these events in a larger context and expresses
simmering contempt for daddy's rebellious children and the legacy of the baby
boomers. Martin Murie ends with a look toward the future, which appropriately
ties in neatly with the first paragraph of these notes. Your letters conclude
this issue, with Michael DeLang's thoughtful response to misguided
accusations...and more.

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How To Help The Nader-Gonzalez '08 Campaign - Gilles d'Aymery & Jan Baughman

The Democratic Convention -- Chicago 1968  -  Art Shay
With famous photos by the author.

Art Shay's "Traces Of A Bygone America"  -  Karen Moller

Big Dumpling's Shock And Awe: Mayor Daley's Chicago  -  Peter Byrne

"The Chicago Conspiracy"  -  Irving Wardle

Expats' Chicago: London, 1968  -  Charles Marowitz

Whatever Became Of What's-His-Name, The Radical?  -  Louis Proyect

Three Memories of Chicago 1968  -  Michael Doliner

My Mere View Of The Year 1968  -  Carol Warner Christen

Norman Mailer, A Noncombatant At The Siege  -  Peter Byrne

Fragments Of 1968  -  Pier Paolo Pasolini (translated by Guido Monte)

Exercises In Nostalgia -- 1968  -  Gilles d'Aymery

Then, Now, And Tomorrow  -  Martin Murie

Letters to the Editor

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