RAT Writing

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

Proof Paul Dead – The Beatles Spoof That Exploded
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  This was the RAT spoof that exploded.   In 1969, NBC, ABC, and CBS TV networks and establishment newspapers told mass America how to think. Another group of consumers at the supermarket relied on tabloids like The National Enquirer and … Read More

The Scream – Charlotte Von Segesser’s Remarkable Photo
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  Charlotte, a quiet and determined Swiss activist and photographer, shot many rolls of film on life inside Columbia University President Kirk’s liberated office. The arresting cop threw all her rolls of film on the floor and stomped on them, … Read More

Naked At Woodstock
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  Behind the main stage was a medium sized pond for cows. After the rainstorm nobody could get in or out of Woodstock for a couple days. We were joyously on our own. The media psycho warp of “stars,” “megastars” … Read More