The 58th Street Manifesto

The 58th Street Manifesto: Thoughts, articles, crafted words and miscellaneous expressions. Exploring the symbolism of the eight-pointed star, and recontextualising cultural appreciation.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

The Back Page: October in Review

The staff at the Blogazine thanks all who have read and participated in the October issue. Our contributors this month have been BigAlDente, Morgan23, and Thee Reverend Spook.

As we now hydroplane our minds headlong into the future, more secrets will reveal themselves in the tradition of the Eight Points.

The November issue will bring some short fiction, in-depth music interviews and more Etcetera Obscura.

Writers are further encouraged to submit content and, if interested, become a Member.

To obtain the status of Member is to achieve the Eighth Level. It is an achievement of degrees that requires aspirants to submit writings via e-mail. Then follows a Process that includes five gallons of Crisco and a life-size mockup of the Hungry Hungry Hippos board. The greased writer is thrown toward the center, as Holy Assistants pull the plastic levers. BigAlDente reads passages from Aleister Crowley’s “Book of Lies” aloud over a megaphone. Only know this secret if you know this secret. Don’t know what you don’t know. Only know what you know.


Sunday, October 22, 2006

Wisdom submitted by: Thee Rev. Spook

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-by thee Reverend Spook;
ordained minister of the universal life church,
and flagship for the exploited peoples of the world.

more on the "wild card" point of 8:
the wildcard point is a 'fnord' in and of itself;
the origin of the 'fnord' actually.

"...Fnord is an apostrophe on drugs.
Fnord is the bucket where they keep the unused serifs for H*lvetica.
Fnord is the gunk that sticks to the inside of your car's fenders.
Fnord is the source of all the zero bits in your computer."
-(quoted from the site:

so a 'fnord' you see is like you and me;
thus the 8th point is un-veiled...
the thought of thus makes you twitch
and thrust and bite your nails.
if 'God' is 'IT' and it is 'am" then that of which
i spit 'i am'; so as birds and verbs and insect terds-
recycle through my mothers skin, i bend a light through prism sight and hint at what i am.
the hints' been dropped and ball too;
my poetry is babe ruth - knocking "rilke vs.
bukowski" outa' the ball-park; nolan ryan pitchin' a "golden delicious apple"; beaning me in the head causing massive irriatable mouth syndrome..."
(*when is someone gonna write that story anyways?*)
see what happens to the guy who stands in the "wild card spot" for too long.

anyways my point is this:
"the first truth is the same as the last truth...
what were we talking about again?"

hail eris!!! all hail discordian!!!
careful for the 8th's a sharp one.
poly-hedroned worm beak sharp.

so i think it'd be interesting to see a 8pointed survey:

whats the first thought that comes to mind when you hear the following words...

8.)'Style Transfer Protocal'

meanwhile; back at the fall-out shelter
rev.spook finds his way....
meet you there...or here...

peace out! & blessed be!
p.s. "Brick; clean the mayonaise outa the toaster. - thanx"

and here's the definition:

Friday, October 20, 2006

Overcoming the Aural Fascism of Contemporary Advertising and Mass Media.
A special Goldstar Report

Have you ever turned on your television and, in the swirling confusion while the screen warms up, mistakenly thought that you had turned on your CD player? Before you disregard this simple question as a ridiculous stab at the common sense reality that you are currently engulfed in, please bear in mind that this sort of event may go unnoticed by many. We are talking about a confusion that manifests, simmers, and then dissipates in a matter of 200 milliseconds, to be immediately replaced by the blissful indulgence of finely tuned visual stimulus coupled with enticing audio cues.

Why would one make the mistake of confusing two dissimilar media sources such as a CD player and a television? The answer is simple. Aural Fascism!

The public relations industry was conceived, in it’s modern sense, during the World War I era. The successful birth of modern public relations, or PR, is often credited to their first successful campaign; the campaign that attempted to convince women that smoking cigarettes was not only alright, but in fact chic'. This campaign was an overwhelming success and the modern PR industry has flourished ever since. This first success, and every subsequent success, can be credited to a tactic known as ‘good marketing’, where marketing means a strategy that is capable of inducing (psycho/physio)logical responses in the target. All good PR can be credited to good marketing.

As the needs and desires of consumer humans (also referred to as bio-slaves) have changed over the decades, so has the marketing of various PR groups. Moreover, as the physiological triggers of the bio-slaves have changed, the strategies of the PR groups have changed to keep pace.

In the modern day, we are virtually surrounded by various tactics and derivatives of tactics used by public relations firms. PR firms are using the maximum amount of otherwise unbiased environment in an attempt to literally engulf a potential consumer. Areas of the environment currently being exploited to this end include media devices (TV, radio, newspaper, magazine, internet, etc.), advertising avenues (billboards, taxi cab ads, direct mail campaigns, etc.), endorsements (from celebrities, artists, public figures, etc.), custom goods (such as the Ben & Jerry’s Volkswagen bus, the Red Bull van, etc.) and the almighty word of mouth (such as the cigarette girls for various brands, the Captain Morgan personality, the Heineken stewardesses, etc.). However, PR firms try to go even farther than this by using strategies, such as word placement and neuro-linguistic programming, to achieve their ends. Yes, in this modern day, the strategies used by PR firms are indeed complex. This brings us to the topic of Aural Fascism.

Aural Fascism is a term, coined by Goldstar, to describe the strategy of using non-pop music in a commercial campaign as an attempt to hijack the bio-slave’s attention. This strategy has become more and more frequent over the last several years, and this is the foundation of the 200 millisecond confusion between your television and your CD player. It has been shown that a majority of people believe that the music they listen to is, at least partially, underground or independent (meaning it is unlikely to show up on TV). This notion is ultimately a relief mechanism from constantly being bombarded by ‘pop’ media, that is, PR founded media. A majority of people having a preference for non-pop music immediately leads to a catch-22. As more people listen to an independent or unaffiliated artist, that artist eventually gains enough recognition to become ‘pop’. Therefore, underground music is only truly available to the cutting edge of consumer. In an attempt to target this cutting edge of consumers, and the two or three tiers that are just underneath this target, advertisers are now using underground or independent music effectively as part of their campaigns. The examples of this strategy are too numerous to mention, but I shall mention just a few (as Artist, [Track], and Advertising campaign).

Dandy Warhols (Bohemian Like You) for General Motors,

Air (Surfin’ on a Rocket) for Nissan,

Devo (Whip it) for Proctor & Gamble,

Daft Punk (Technologic ) for the Apple iPod,

Gorillaz (Feel Good Inc.) for the Apple iPod,

B-52s (Rock Lobster) for Kmart,

Jurassic 5 (What’s Golden) for SBC/Yahoo,

Chemical Brothers (Galvanize) for Budweiser,

Iron and Wine (Such Great Heights) for Nextel,

AC/DC (Rock and Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution) for Nike,

Black Eyed Peas (My Humps) for Verizon,

Portishead (All Mine) for Victoria’s Secret,

Afrika Bambaataa (Looking for the Perfect Beat) for Visa,

Eric Dolphy (Out to Lunch) for Volkswagen,

and, the author’s personal favorite example,

Amon Tobin (Four Ton Mantis) for the new Hummer H3.

This new strategy is the next logical step for a PR industry that is running short on tricks. For the independent music aficionado, this technique is offensive at best; for the larger target of semipop-affiliated bio-slaves, this strategy has led them to possibly the best music in their bleak existence. Considering that it is a strategy aimed at one of the last known refuges of non-PR existence, it is a strategy that should be neutralized. Of course, the only way to neutralize an advertising campaign is to acknowledge it’s existence. It is the authors hope that this special report has contributed in some way to neutralizing this strategy.

All questions and comments can be directed to Weber Shandwick Worldwide, Fleishman-Hillard Inc., Hill and Knowlton, Inc., INCEPTA (CITIGATE), Burson Marsteller, Edelman Public Relations Worldwide, Ketchum, Inc., Porter Novelli, GCI GROUP/APCO Worldwide, or Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Al Dente News: Someone Busts a Hole in Pablo Picasso's "The Dream"

The Picasso estate may take a cue from Andy Warhol's "Shot through Marilyn" series with the latest alteration to 20th century art. Casino owner and art collector Steve Wynn, owner of the original 1932 painting "La Reve"(The Dream)by Pablo Picasso, sold the work to a buyer for $139 million. Then he put a silver dollar sized hole in it with his elbow and said, "Oh Shit!". Our sentiments exactly.

In an obvious attempt to mimic editor BigAlDente's wild communicative gesticulations when in the spiritual "TransVerses" mode, Wynn was showing off the painting to some friends in his office. He is known to "speak with his hands", and the official story is that he was too close to the painting to avoid elbow collision. As many readers well know, to mimic the "TransVerses" gesticulations of BigAlDente has been known to cause random and unpredictable bodily and extrabodily reactions when not executed under the precise tutilage of BigAlDente. His peripheral vision may have been reduced due to this effect. However, a condition called retinitis pigmentosa, which also effects peripheral vision, has been named as a possible cause.

Wynn will not hold the buyer to the sale. He will keep the painting and fund its repair.

source: AP

Monday, October 16, 2006

Reviewing the work of: Jan Svankmajer: "Food"

The layman's idea of the work of Jan Svankmajer, based on available information, would set the expectations of a Tool video's stop motion puppetry with dark imagery with tones of urban and biological decay. A twisted surrealism permeates the modern stop-motion aesthetic. It is indeed certain that Jan Svankmajer's work accentuates these dark surrealist tones. However, he is seen by many in the stop motion animation world as a founding father of the genre (he has influenced artists from Tim Burton to The Brothers Quay), and has constantly exceeded the boundaries of what is expected of the artform with his use of live action, non-puppet animation, and even narrative dialogue.

"Food"(1992) Immediately assaults the visual sense with a quick succession of pictures of - well, food and slams the watcher right into the first "movement" of the piece, entitled "Breakfast". In what may be the best of three vignettes due to its total lack of spoonfed explanation of motivation a man seats himself before another, motionless individual. The clothing all throughout the piece is drab and grey, matching the sparse and dingy room. This image repeats in Svankmajer's work.

The motionless man is an automaton, and during "Breakfast" we learn a cyclical lesson about the relationship between the real and the inanimate.

"Lunch" follows. At the risk of spoiling, suffice it to say, two men eat each other.

"Dinner" is a twist that reassures the watcher that humor is indeed a pillar of surrealism; a point often forgotten in favor of the darker stop motion style of decaying doll heads and meat being pushed through drainage pipes.

Svankmajer is an innovator. In the silence of dignified quality he has set off an explosion of influence that echoes in today's music videos, children's cartoons, and television commercials. We can take refuge in the knowledge that establishment media has roots in the surreal.

Enjoy the first movement of the reviewed work: "Breakfast", part of Jan Svankmajer's "Food".

Saturday, October 14, 2006

A little info on the 8-pointed star

Some may extrapolate a relationship between the Blogozine 8-pointed star, and another, well, GOLDstar that one might find whilst sailing the solar wind.

We, the editing staff at BigAlDente Blogozine are here to confirm and dispell some frequently constructed theories surrounding the 8-pointed star, its uses and associations.

The editor-in-chief, BigAlDente, does profess certain genetic synchronizations that irrefutably connect him with Goldstar. However, due to some very specific N© laws, coupled with licensing restrictions embedded in our usage contract with Style Transfer Protocol®, we can assure you that our 8-pointed star has only a loose association with Goldstar, its agents, meat products, and designer coffee mugs.

The 8-Pointed star will reveal itself to you.
Its 8-Points represent, in counterclockwise fashion, the point of fact, point of fiction, point of clarity, point of abstraction, point of focus, point of release, point of deletion and the wildcard point which, when accessed through Style Transfer Protocal, allows the reader to change all other points to whatever description and in whatever order desired, except the wildcard point, the point of chaos.

Friday, October 13, 2006

The BigAlDente Blogozine

There is no more waiting

No more time to ponder innovation

While gristle and coffee brew on the idiot box.

Now is the only thing that's real

--we begin--