Wednesday, 17 September 2008

The Parasol Unit Readings Series:

Ian Hunt
Thursday, 25 September at 7.00

David Miller
Thursday, 18 December at 7.00 prob.

14 Wharf Road
London N1 7RW
between Old Street and Angel tube stations


Louise Landes Levi, Alyson Torns and David Miller will be reading their poems at Rustique Literary Café, 142 Fortess Road, Tufnell Park, London NW5, from 7.30 on the evening of Thursday 18th September. Admission: £5 / £3 (concessions).


Christopher Gutkind, Jeff Hilson, Gad Hollander, Richard Leigh, Stephen C. Middleton, David Miller, Wendy Saloman & Alyson Torns will be reading at a special "Crossing the Blue Bus Line" event in memory of Petros Bourgos, from 7.30 pm on Tuesday 23rd September, at The Lamb, 94 Lamb’s Conduit Street, WC1, near Holborn tube.


Peter Riley & Johan DeWit will be reading at The Lamb q.v. at 7.30 on the 19th of November.


James Harvey & Shanta Acharya
Sunday 21st September at 7.30
at Torriano Meeting House
99 Torriano Av. NW5 2RX
Hosted by Alyson Torns & Valeria Melchioretto


Jonathan Styles
Masterclass in improvisation
Including audience discussion
Sunday 5 October 2008 at 2.00
at the Norwegian Church (Sjømannskirken)
St. Olav's Square, SE16 7JB
Participating musicians to be announced soon
Free admission

Styles also will give performances in October in York, Lincoln and London:



“poetry and music with the post-avant [surely we're back to square one?] crowd for ya Sunday afternoon pleasure”

Third Sunday of the month, 3-5 pm, Café Oto, 18-22 Ashwin Street, Dalston, London E8 3DL (, £4 entry.

Sep 21: Tim Atkins + Isnaj Dui (music) + Sophie Robinson

October 19: Keith Jebb + The Mind Shop (music: Armorel Weston, John Gibbens and David Miller) + Alyson Torns

November 16: Tom Lowenstein + Hannah Silva + music t.b.c.

December 21: Frances Kruk + me + Jonathan Styles (music)

Cafe Oto is tucked away at the main crossroads in Dalston, just opposite & down a little way from Dalston Kingsland Overground Station (2 stations from Piccadilly Line at Highbury & Islington), and with good bus routes from Waterloo (76 & 243), Victoria (38), Kings Cross (30), Tottenham Court Road (38 & 242), London Bridge (149) & Liverpool Street (242 & 149), let alone North & East London. Ashwin Street is first off North side of Dalston Lane from the crossroads and other end immediately off Abbott Street (1st off East side of Kingsland High St). For further information:

So just to clarify: if you're Alyson "Auntie" Torns, you have to read on the 18th of September and 19th of October and you have to host on the 21st of September. If you're David Miller, you have to read on the 18th of September & 18th of December, which is easy to remember, so you just have to remember which is which. Also on October 19th you have to play some music, so probably you want to go to Kauphmann's masterclass on the 5th, which is a Sunday. Also, all roads lead to you: if someone has borrowed something off you and you need it back, they can come to your gigs in September, October or December, or they can go to James & Shanta's readings on the 21st of September and ask Alyson (who will be hosting) to give it to you at Café Oto on the 19th of October, or they can go to Ian Hunt's reading on the 25th of September in the Parasol Unit and hide it somewhere for you to retrieve on the 18th of December (it depends when you need it by really) when you read there, or they might be able to give it to you on the 5th of October if you do go to Styles's thing in the end, or are actually participating in it, because the musicians haven't been announced yet, and maybe they're you and other people.

Tuesday, 2 September 2008

Thursday September 4.

Readings from Karlien van den Beukel and Peter Manson. Pete McNamara will play the fiddle. Like Timothy Leary on acid etc.

15 Leathermarket Street
London Bridge, SE1 3HN

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Monday, 1 September 2008

From "Karl Marx's Theory of History: A Defence"

By G. A. Cohen.

Why, then, do workers not elect revolutionary candidates? […] A “Marcusean” reply was popular in the 1960s. Bourgeois ideology, it went, has so captured the minds of the workers that they are hooked on capitalism and virtually unaware of a socialist alternative. This answer no doubt gives a part of the truth, in exaggerated form. But it is important to realize that it is not the whole truth. For it neglects the costs and difficulties of carrying through a socialist transformation. Workers are not so benighted as to be helpless dupes of bourgeois ideology, nor all so uninformed as to be unaware of the size of the socialist project. Marxist tradition expects revolution only in crisis, not because then alone will workers realize what burden capitalism puts upon them, but because when the crisis is bad enough the dangers of embarking on a socialist alternative become comparatively tolerable.