Thoughts & Stories of Mike Straight
What communities do infoshops represent? Are we going to be limited to a white, middle class, male-dominated activist/anarchist/punk subculture? Will infoshops serve as a spark of real social change? What are we doing exactly? How do we get better involved in the community issues and not just be a clubhouse?
Aww, this issue instead of my normal rants on abstract political theory or biting social critique - I have decided to address the phenomena of basement/house shows and to give some helpful tips about the do’s and don’t of these shows. I think too often people take these spaces for granted and don’t show a proper gratitude for their existence. I think an idea that is easily forgotten is that “basement shows or house shows” by their very nature take place in people’s homes.
At war with the new fundamentalist Christian movement
It is definitely one of the stranger things that I do. It is not an easy endeavor; actually it is kind of difficult. Memorizing a role, staying with it, acting out accordingly - it can even be a bit stressful. If it wasn’t for the fact that it pays so damn well and I get to fuck with the American advertising industry from the inside, I probably wouldn’t do it…but I do, and it really is interesting.
It was late night, at one point of the gathering, when someone looked over to me and asked “so Mike, is Queeruption going to be in your next Slug and Lettuce column”...well... I guess it is.
When is violence an answer? No really, when is physical force necessary, deserved or needed? When is there no other alternative? Or when is it justified?
The alienation of labor—the separation of what I create, from what I control—that is the basic gist of it all. Lately, it all has been driving me mad—taking over my thoughts—beating me down. The sense of frustration...anger, and basic disgust of how this society is founded. The values of wealth, the hierarchy imposed on all aspects of life, a direct result of poor working conditions - an economic system that not only rewards selfishness and ruthlessness, but encourages it, forces it.
Sometimes, situations are handled almost exactly the way that you feel they should be. When dealing with fucked up situations-the best remedies normally are most present in retrospect—but sometimes things fall into place exactly how they should. Last month a negative situation emerged and I can truly say that it was handled well by the community I am part of.
Here in Philly, there is nothing better than Penn X-mas, and it always brings it’s joys in late spring. See, out here in West Philly, (the true Punk neighborhood in Philadelphia, way more so than that South Philly place) there is the University of Pennsylvania, an ivy-league school, where the majority of the student body is from the ruling elite.