Leon Scoops ABC News

"...Faulk says he and others in his section of the NSA facility at Fort Gordon routinely shared salacious or tantalizing phone calls that had been intercepted, alerting office mates to certain time codes of "cuts" that were available on each operator's computer.

"Hey, check this out," Faulk says he would be told, "there's good phone sex or there's some pillow talk, pull up this call, it's really funny, go check it out. It would be some colonel making pillow talk and we would say, 'Wow, this was crazy'," Faulk told ABC News."

ABC News would have known about this had they read The Leon Tapes.

New Construction #2: St.L THUM

New book
"a newsletter of cartooning issues and concerns"
Available at SPX and APE
and on the web in the next few weeks.

This issue contains a short article about "thumbnailing"
and an exhibition of thumbz by Dan Zettwoch, Ted May, and me.

Holy Negative Capability

"...In the responses to The Dark Knight I posted here, it was Wayne Wedge who captured the way that the film functions as a hyper-object in late capitalism. The very multivalence of The Dark Knight, its capacity to generate radically different interpretations, to elicit discourse, is what makes it a highly efficient meta-commodity. A text with a single monologic Message, even supposing such a thing could exist, would not be able to 'provoke the debate' which capitalist culture now feeds upon.
It not only that a cultural object can be opposed to capitalism on the level of content, but it serve it on the level of form; one could convincingly go further and argue that the ideology of capitalism is now 'anti-capitalist' (sic)..."

-The nefarious kritical kriminal k-punk traps the Batman in his trickiest trap yet! Will this mean curtains for capitalism? Tune in next time, same Bat Time, same...Bat...Cha[click]

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Using Diagrams

While trying to read and make sense of Gravity's Rainbow, Caleb Crain made some diagrams, and he recently posted some of those here. It's not that the results are in themselves are particularly link-worthy, it's that diagramming is good and we should all use diagrams as tools for brain work, and so let's remember to use 'em! Crain explains that even though the diagrams probably won't "be useful to any other readers, but they were useful to me back then, partly as a memory aid, but mostly in the way of channeling and venting what felt like a possession."