New York City Sept. 30: Pig Judge Murtagh revoked bail on Afeni Shakur, revolutionary woman and one of the N.Y. Panther 21. Ostensible reason: coming ½-hour late to court after visiting her mother in the hospital. Despite apology and her lawyer McKinney’s plea for mercy, Murtagh took the action without checking the facts. Afeni is back in the Woman’s House of D. People have been showing support all week: a riot at the Queens House of Detention that night where several other of the 21 are being held. That night, her husband, Lumumba, also of the 21, and others, held hostages demanding her release. Action in Queens and in almost every other prison in the City continues. Demonstrations continue…All support necessary and important all week and UNTIL OUR DEMANDS ARE MET. Power to the sister and to the Revolution!
Rap-A-Lot Records reports that Bushwick Bill of the infamous GETO Boys has suffered from a bullet wound to his head following a shooting that took place in his Houston home during an argument with his girlfriend. Bushwick—aka Richard Shaw—had been out during the evening of May 5th with friends. The men were drinking Everclear, a 190 proof alcoholic beverage (that’s real, real strong).
Reportedly, Bushwick grew increasingly argumentative during the course of the evening, picking several fights with strangers. When he returned home, his girlfriend reported that he seemed extremely depressed and spoke of suicide. He then requested she shoot him with his gun. After she refused, he forced the cocked gun into her hands. In her effort to undock the gun, it fired a bullet into his eye.
Bushwick has regained consciousness, but he lost one eye. Bushwick says he will be filing a lawsuit against Everclear, claiming that it made him lose his mind.
- Interviews with novelists Nell Zink and Ottessa Moshfegh
- Josephine Livingstone on Eileen Myles, tough dykes, and contemporary femme-mania
- Freddie deBoer on Google’s Deep Dream and irresponsible tech journalism
- Frank Guan on the many cultural binaries in Leon Neyfakh’s The Next Next Level
- Amina Cain on change, companionship, and the part of the self that browses the internet
- An interview with Sean Stewart, whose Babylon Falling project is the best repository of the counterculture going — from the Yippies to the Black Panthers to Too $hort (bonus art curated by Stewart himself!)
- Macon Holt on Sleaford Mods, Rihanna, and resilience discourse in music
- Reviews by Miranda Popkey, Sarah Neilson, and Magus Magnus
- Original art by Hannah Klein and Goda Trakumaite
- And much more! (But not too much more.)