RAT Writing

William S. Burroughs – Revolution & Technology
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Stories and photos on William S. Burroughs who was a regular contributor to RAT Subterranean News.

Allen Ginsberg – Buddhism & Telling The Truth
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Stories & photos of Allen Ginsberg by Jeff Shero Founder of RAT Newspaper NYC. Ginsberg on the Jack Kerouac Festival and India. Ginsberg was a contributing writer to RAT.  

Allen Ginsberg
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Jeffrey Nightbyrd Shero of RAT reflects on his time with Allen Ginsberg one of the great Beat poets of the 20 century.  The end of World War II left poets like Allen Ginsberg, Gary Snyder, Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Gregory Corso … Read More

W H Auden
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RAT intersected with the best writers of a generation– hell, several generations. W H Auden was considered one of the best from Britain in the 20th century. He proved to be genuine when he helped the RAT.       … Read More

Deep in the Heart of Texas
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The Guns Of August Part 1 appearing originally in New York’s Village Voice Thursday, August 11, 1966 A Dark Mood, a follow-up, written August 1 2016– 50 years later AUSTIN, Texas – On the observation deck of the 27-story University of … Read More

A Dark Mood
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Tower Sniper Charles Whitman Memorial August 1, 2016 Fifty years ago today, a sniper peered down from the top of the University of Texas tower at the ants below,  little hungry blips rushing for food. It was almost lunch hour. … Read More

From The Archives: Black Panthers Respond To Macy’s Bombing
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“Historically, all reactionary forces (the pig power structure and their “cultural” black capitalist lackeys) on the verge of extinction invariably conduct a last desperate struggle against the revolutionary forces (all workers, the unemployed, Mexicans, Indians, Puerto Ricans, poor whites, et … Read More

William Burroughs On Becoming Invisible
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  We stood in front of the Hilton hotel during a lull in the police assaults. Burroughs was dressed in his muted color suit, white shirt and dark tie. His lanky frame looked like it belonged just where it was. … Read More

Channel 13 Takeover – First “Fuck” On American TV
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  Another boring talk show. “What Does the Underground Really Think?” In between the station’s self-important gunk, the activist tries to stick in a few memorable points that will electrify any teenagers who are channel surfing. (No cable, only seven … Read More

Sharon Krebs Serves Henry Kissinger A Pig’s Head
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  I came across a picture of one of my heroes, Sharon Krebs.  Sharon was active in the earliest women’s protests, had Yippie theatrical instincts, and was brave. Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger, the man who advised Nixon to bomb … Read More

Should We Disarm The Police?
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  Five policemen were assassinated in Dallas. No surprise. In America, 25 blacks are killed by police a month on average. And, Dallas exists in sort of a negative vortex, a predictor of violent trends.   Once again, there’s been … Read More

Janis Joplin – Austin, New York, Heroin and Death
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  I knew Janis from the weekly folk music meetings at the University of Texas. A coalition of misfits would gather: singer-songwriters, spelunkers, SDSers, “Rangeroos” from the humor magazine, a couple more weirdos who read French poetry, and, strangely, motorcyclists … Read More