Promoting Ukrainian Fascism – Part 2

I hope this doesn’t have to become a regular series.

Here’s a quick look at some headlines from the past week from sources outside of the “East Village”:


The Daily Beast

Time Magazine


So, how is this being presented in the “East Village” you ask?:

EV Grieve

The Villager

La Mama, via DNA Info

To their credit, The Lo-Down and Bowery Boogie have not been propagating this. It waits to be seen if The Shadow will write anything in their next issue.†

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A musical about current events is not necessarily a bad thing. The San Francisco Mime Troupe had a musical called Steeltown, about the rise and fall of steel-worker jobs in this country. And while searching other blogs for this piece, I came across something The Lo-Down wrote last January about The Living Theater’s performance of “Here We Are” (from their promotional material):

    In the show, the international (and multi-generational) company “visits the Anarchist collectives of France, Spain and Ukraine [Emphasis mine–Q] for the 19th and 20th centuries, and finds (them)selves transported to an immersive and participatory underground outdoor/indoor crossroads of our present moment. The ensemble and the audience work together to manufacture and perform the potential creative possibilities for a post revolutionary world of beauty and non violence.”

Of course, that’s not what this performance is about.


Headlines like:


And then! In a flash of total-recall, I totally recalled this, from an EV Grieve piece written last January:


Socialist post-modernism? It’s fine to dislike Avalon buildings, but to throw in “socialist”, when socialism had absolutely nothing to do with the topic (1st meeting of the No 7-Eleven group), makes his position then, and now, all the more suspect. Interestingly enough, this was written at the same time of the performance of “Here We Are”.


† After a ten-year (?) hiatus, The Shadow recently published a new issue. I meant to write something about it but I haven’t got around to it yet. I even paid a dollar for the paper! I don’t remember ever having to pay for The Shadow before.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. klnv
    Mar 11, 2014 @ 18:33:53

    “Comments Off”

    Hahahaha. You can dish it but you can’t take it?


    • shmnyc
      Mar 12, 2014 @ 08:30:51

      klnv, I have it set to automatically close commenting on articles older than 14 days. You see, responding to intelligent comments takes time, and that’s time taken away from writing new pieces.

      If there’s something you want to respond to though, let me know and I’ll open commenting for that piece.


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