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Issue #5 of OBSOLETE! Magazine

Issue #5 of OBSOLETE! Magazine

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Published by rich_dana
OBSOLETE! Magazine is a quarterly tabloid publication in the tradition of the International Times, OZ, The East Village Other, The Berkely Barb, The Chicago Seed, The Whole Earth Catalog, PUNK! and the other great underground rags of days past....

OBSOLETE! is distributed FREE OF CHARGE, thanks to donations of readers, friends and fans. You can get it mailed to your door for a small charge to cover shipping, OR, request a free bundle to distribute to your area bookshops, music stores, coffee shops and other independently-owned businesses. Help us keep the underground press alive!

It's time to repurpose our culture, hack our technology, and untether our preconceptions- reality is happening- be there!
OBSOLETE! Magazine is a quarterly tabloid publication in the tradition of the International Times, OZ, The East Village Other, The Berkely Barb, The Chicago Seed, The Whole Earth Catalog, PUNK! and the other great underground rags of days past....

OBSOLETE! is distributed FREE OF CHARGE, thanks to donations of readers, friends and fans. You can get it mailed to your door for a small charge to cover shipping, OR, request a free bundle to distribute to your area bookshops, music stores, coffee shops and other independently-owned businesses. Help us keep the underground press alive!

It's time to repurpose our culture, hack our technology, and untether our preconceptions- reality is happening- be there!

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Special Thanks to:Peg Dana, Ericka Wildgirl Dana, Don Rock, EricHouts, Gregory J. Stokesberry (aka“The Wizzard”),Cynthia Sley, Steve Marsden, Tim Beckett andall of the indie booksellers and the locally- owned businesses who display OBSOLETE!Advertising:For current ad rates and sizes, please send arequest to: obmag@feral-tech.comOBSOLETE! is edited and published by Rich Dana,with art direction and illustrations by BlairGauntt of idezin.com.
Contact:OBSOLETE!, PO Box 72,Victor, IA, 52347obmag@feral-tech.comobsoletemag.blogspot.com
OBSOLETE!
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Table of Contents
arning: Oldster Rant Ahead- Rich Dana 3The Rise and Fall of Zuccotti Park- City of Strangers 4Three Poems - Chuck Miller 6 Before I Was Me - Lenny Zenith 8Paintings - Michael X. Rose 9Benchclearing - Spike Vrusho 10Drag Racing’s Return to Romance- Diana “Doc” Thomas 11University of Strangers- Bob Pfeifer 12Illustrations- Karim Hetherington 12&13Kings of Scrap - Ricardo Obsolete 14Patent Medicines - Ricardo Obsolete 15We Interupt This Broadcast- Christopher Schipper 16Ivey and the Airship- Cheryl Ammeter 17 Quasar Gets a Car - Walter Sun Chien 18Special Bonus Story: Orion Express- Gauntt, Dana, Martin 20
 About the Cover:
Te cover (as well as the contents page) eatures a charcoal drawing by Detroitartist Robert Scheman. Te above drawing is entitled “Kings o Industry”- thecover piece is “Nothing Unseen”. Scheman is on the aculty o the College o Creative Studies, and his amazing artwork can bee seen at his website, http://rob-ertscheman.com. Te publisher o OBSOLEE! wishes to thank Robert or hisgenerosity and support, now, and over the last 29 years.
WE WANT YOUR WORK!
Submit you writing and artworkfor OBSOLETE! #6Deadline June 1st, 2012.
Look for more information at:http://obsoletemag.blogspot.com/ 
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by Rich Dana 
Tis year, I’m going to be 50. Yes, 50. It doesn’t bother me. I swear. I am soon going to be50, which entitles me to be oended by young people. I am. But I am only oended by theact that I am not oended by them. Tat is ironic. Tose creative people younger thanme- Hipsters- are supposed to be all about the ironic. So... I guess it’s working.I know that the hipster thing is over. O-V-E-R. Declared dead in 2008 (by hipsters, ironi-cally). Hipster bashing is old hat. But they just won’t go away. Some have gotten jobs andbeen redened as “Creatives”, but I’m still not buying it. Te wholesale re-purposing o pastcultural ephemera, without reexamination or personal reection, is neither hip nor creative.o be honest, I eel ripped o. I eel like hipsters are ripping o my thing- our thing- ourold, 50 year old thing- the thing that came beore their thing- which they don’t really have.Tey need to get their own thing. Recently, a New York graphic designer redesigned classic80’s punk rock gig posters (Dead Kennedys, Black Flag, etc) in the style o Swiss Mod-ern design, cleverly tagged “Swissted”. Tey come o like ads rom a 1960s issue o Look Magazine. Although the designer is said to love punk rock and swiss modern design, to methey are more about the designer’s love o the sotware and onts that allowed him to createthe posters quickly and thoughtlessly.Hipsters need to stop trying to be “ironic.” Tey need to start by looking up the word“ironic”, because they aren’t. Ironic, I mean. Tey are robbing the word ironic o it’s irony.I’m like my mother, who loved gay people, but hated the act that they had ruined the word“gay”. Tat’s ironic. Sarcastic is something else. It’s a much blunter instrument, and impliesa certain amount o contempt- and maybe even some sel-loathing.Christian Lorentzen o ime Out New York wrote “hipsterism etishizes the authentic”elements o all o the “ringe movements o the postwar era—beat, hippie, punk, evengrunge,” and draws on the “cultural stores o every unmelted ethnicity,” and “regurgitates it with a winking inauthenticity.“Winking inauthenticity” is not irony. It is laziness. Hey, you- wearing the Linda Rich-man glasses- You never watched the Brady Bunch. You never played Atari. I you had, you wouldn’t be wearing that shirt. “My dad grew up in the 70’s, and all he brought me was thisstupid shirt” might be a more appropriate. Tat’s sarcasm, “BW”, not irony. But enoughhipster bashing. At 50, I was born into a airly narrow demographic. I see it bracketed by 2 actors; theend o the American military drat in 1973, and the advent o the mass-produced personalcomputer in 1977. Tose who were too young to be drated to go to Vietnam were bornater 1953. Tose who are too young to remember a time without personal computers wereborn ater 1973, generally. Tis leaves a two decade spread o late baby-boom to early gen Xers that don’t t into either group. A “Blank Generation”, so to speak. We grew up withthe Middle East Energy Crisis and the ear o Mutually Assured (nuclear) Destruction. Wegrew up lacking either the unication o the anti-war movement or the hive mind o theinternet. We are the last o the analog dinosaurs, a merry band o angry loners and mists.I eel ortunate, though, to be a part o this small cultural segment. Tis is where punk rock was born, the indie music scene that turned its back on the corporate record industry.Tis is the generation that hit the road in a van, playing house parties, trading cassettes andxeroxed anzines. Tis is the generation o phone phreaks and hackers and cypherpunksthat blazed the trail or Anonymous and LulzSec. Cyberpunk, Splatterpunk and the othervarious “punk” literary genres inuenced the “look” o the 21st century. Blank Generationartists put their images on stickers, on yers, on clothing on record sleeves- on subway trains, dumpsters and cars. DIY, as a movement, was born o the punks, all o the variousavors shared that Do-It-Yoursel aesthetic.
Tis issue o OBSOLEE! is dedicated to all o my Blank Generation brothersand sisters out there. Keep writing- keep rocking, keep making art. Until they fnd their own voice, the hipster generation needs you to show them the way. And I guess...I guess that’s what getting old is all about.
Warning: Oldster Rant Ahead
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