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Literature

Dr. Medici

The Plague Doctor: "Treatise on the Pest" (1784)

"A court of fantasy, he made up of a few personnes, quality oft marked for two or three doctors of medicine & as many citizens as will direct, crazy about the authority of the magistrate, all that concerns public health. He will divide the city into quarters, in each of which he will put a doctor who will check up all the sick; he will order the inhabitants to warn as soon as someone of their families falls ill; & statutera of the "gold faith" direct that personnes can not be buried before a doctor has examined the body & has given a note in which he was marked with what disease he died. If the number of doctors is not sufficient; we will employ there other marked surgeons. The poverty of the people & the greed of others have always been and by all means are the main causes by which we have spread the contagion."

"Hadda be Playin' on the Jukebox" - Allen Ginsberg (1975)

"It had to be flashin' like the daily double - It had to be playin' on TV - It had to be loud mouthed on the comedy hour - It had to be announced over loud speakers - The CIA and Mafia are in cahoots - It had to be said in old ladies' language - It had to be said in American headlines - Kennedy stretched and smiled and got double crossed by lowlife goons and agents - Rich bankers with criminal connections - Dope pushers in CIA working with dope pushers from Cuba working with a big time syndicate from Tampa, Florida - And it had to be said with a big mouth - It had to be moaned over factory foghorns - It had to be chattered on car radio news broadcasts - It had to be screamed in the kitchen - It had to be yelled in the basement where uncles were fighting - It had to be howled on the streets by newsboys to bus conductors - It had to be foghorned into New York harbor - It had to echo onto hard hats - It had to turn up the volume in university ballrooms - It had to be written in library books, footnoted - It had to be in the headlines of the Times and the mind - It had to be barked on TV - It had to be heard in alleys through ballroom doors - It had to be played on wire services - It had to be bells ringing - Comedians stopped dead in the middle of a joke in Las Vegas..."

William S. Burroughs - "A Thanksgiving Prayer" (1986)

"Thanks for the Wild Turkey® and
The passenger pigeons, destined
To be shat out through wholesome
American guts.
Thanks for a continent to despoil
And poison.
Thanks for Indians to provide a
Modicum of challenge and
Danger.
Thanks for vast herds of bison to
Kill and skin leaving the
Carcasses to rot.
Thanks for bounties on wolves
And coyotes.
Thanks for the American dream,
To vulgarize and to falsify until
The bare lies shine through."

OWS Poetry Anthology

Occupy Wall Street Poetry Anthology

The OWS Poetry Anthology was born the second week of the Occupy Wall Street Poetry Assembly. The anthology consists of 721 poems, 4 poetic introductions, 448 poets (140 women, 275 men, 34 androgynous) and poems in English, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Urdu, German, Japanese, Chinese and Dutch.

Aldous Huxley - "The Ultimate Revolution" (Transcript)

"Aldous Huxley, a renowned Essayist and Novelist who during the spring semester is residing at the university in his capacity of a Ford research professor. Mr Huxley has recently returned from a conference at the Institute for the study of Democratic Institutions in Santa Barbara where the discussion focused on the development of new techniques by which to control and direct human behavior. Traditionally it has been possible to suppress individual freedom through the application of physical coercion through the appeal of ideologies through the manipulation of man's physical and social environment and more recently through the techniques, the cruder techniques of psychological conditioning. The Ultimate Revolution, about which Mr. Huxley will speak today, concerns itself with the development of new behavioral controls, which operate directly on the psycho-physiological organisms of man. That is the capacity to replace external constraint by internal compulsions."

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